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Old 08-16-11, 10:55 PM
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Has this ever happened to you?!

Oh yea btw, before u read this, finish eating.... you've been warned

ok so i finish one of my flip bikes this morning, so time to work on another, hmm what to pic?!

I see this bianchi frame that i bought few months ago and last week i got a nice miele donor bike in, so this looks like the perfect project right? It has some nice ambrosio 19 rims on it (getting tires on these are going to be a b**ch and some nice suntour and shimano stuff)

Hmm so i strip down the rest of the bianchi give it a wipe down and then i decide what to do next.

Let's regrease the BB, i grab my tools and gloves and away go. Lock ring comes off, then i proceed to take the non-drive side cup out. I start pulling the spindle out and i notice some gunk, it just looks like a big chunk of grease and leaves and whatnot that just got caught up in the BB right?! I keep pulling then i see some hair, then wiskers......

and then........

























A dead mouse's head falls to the ground infront of me with some debris of some sort, probably the mouse.

I did gag a little when i saw it, never had that happen to me. the odd part is that i didn't see the rest of the mouse bones and whatnot in the seat tube or bb bracket area, i guess it got stuck inside the seat tube? well i grabbed the shop vac and put it on reverse and blew out anything else left in the seat tube and bb.

this was pretty gross, it reminded me of this one time. I used to do professional selling for a boat dealership for a very long time, i remember there was a rush job and i had to help clean a boat quickly, i went into a storage area or so and there was reminents of a dead cat in this storage area. i remember opening the hatch and seeing a liquefied cat, with it's skull and the rest of it's bones still there and hairs floating around in the disgusting water. The smell was something like no other as well.

This is probably the grossest thing that's happened while i've been fixing a bike, anyone else got any interesting stories?

hopefully someone on here can one-up me

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Old 08-16-11, 11:07 PM
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puke!!!
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Old 08-17-11, 12:29 AM
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Awesome!
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Old 08-17-11, 12:59 AM
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I had a similar experience last month with my pool vacuum. I thought another branch got stuck in there. But what I thought was wood turned out to be flesh...legs and tail. It was bloated and smelling foul. For some reason, no hair on this rodent. I tried to pull it out with pliers. But only managed to dislodge a hind leg. It was bigger than a mouse, but hairless. Tail had no hair, I assumed it was a rat. But who knows.
We haven't done much swimming this season.
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Old 08-17-11, 01:10 AM
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Its never happened to me and I've never seen it before - thank God!!! The previous owner must have noticed a 'Squeak' surely. Now - back to my dinner.
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Old 08-17-11, 01:32 AM
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This has happened to someone else on the forum, as I recall. Don't remember who.
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BB "grinder" stash!
Blecchhh!! Yeccchh!!
Maybe the mouse was hiding up one of the tubes while the previous owner was assembling the bike at one time or the bike sat without a seat/seatpost installed for some time in a garage and Mosh Mouse made the frame a home for a while??

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Old 08-17-11, 03:18 AM
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'plenty of bugs, no mammals yet.
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Found a smallish hornet's nest hanging under a bike seat years ago. No hornets in it, though. I always wondered if that was the reason the bike was sold on down the road.

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Old 08-17-11, 04:47 AM
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In 1984 I bought a Team Fuji from a Doctor who was in the process of divorce. He
passed away the same year with Cancer. In 1986 I pulled the BB and noticed
that there was plastic stuck up in the seat tube. I figured that he had slid some
form of ID in the bag. So I turned it upside down and fished out the little bag.

WTH ! $2500 in 100's. At this point, the good Doctor had passed and there
was no way for me to contact his ex - Wife.

So the moral of the story - Ladies be careful where your Hubby hides his money !


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Old 08-17-11, 04:49 AM
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This is exactly why I put a cork in every one of my seat posts.
Too bad everyone doesn't.

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Old 08-17-11, 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyBee View Post
In 1984 I bought a Team Fuji from a Doctor who was in the process of divorce. He
passed away the same year with Cancer. In 1986 I pulled the BB and noticed
that there was plastic stuck up in the seat tube. I figured that he had slid some
form of ID in the bag. So I turned it upside down and fished out the little bag.

WTH ! $2500 in 100's. At this point, the good Doctor had passed and there
was no way for me to contact his ex - Wife.

So the moral of the story - Ladies be careful where your Hubby hides his money !


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Wow. That's interesting. I'd say the moral of the story is...check every seat tube. Never know.
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Old 08-17-11, 06:05 AM
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Found this little guy in the bottom bracket of a Nishiki something or other several years ago. The little fella even has his breakfast set aside but never got around to it...

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Originally Posted by ftwelder View Post
'plenty of bugs, no mammals yet.
Originally Posted by JohnnyBee View Post
In 1984 I bought a Team Fuji from a Doctor who was in the process of divorce. He
passed away the same year with Cancer. In 1986 I pulled the BB and noticed
that there was plastic stuck up in the seat tube. I figured that he had slid some
form of ID in the bag. So I turned it upside down and fished out the little bag.

WTH ! $2500 in 100's. At this point, the good Doctor had passed and there
was no way for me to contact his ex - Wife.

So the moral of the story - Ladies be careful where your Hubby hides his money !


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you win, that's by far the grossest thing that's happened.......


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Old 08-17-11, 07:46 AM
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I found a mummified mouse in a Raleigh Sports BB, one of my coworks said the same thing happened to him in the 70's
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Its never happened to me and I've never seen it before - thank God!!! The previous owner must have noticed a 'Squeak' surely. Now - back to my dinner.
LOL, well done.

I've only found corn and sunflower seeds in bikes at the co-op, no remains yet. I'm gonna start doing the cork thing to any bikes I sell.
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I've found a few mummified lizards, but no rodents yet.

I found a bag of weed in the seat tube of a BMX bike (big surpise) that I pulled out of the trash.
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Not bike related but... we had some mouse or small rodent climb into the dryer duct outlet. It got stuck in either the long duct or back of the dryer. I eventually blew it out but for weeks every time we ran the dryer there was this disturbing dead odor blowing out. As it was spring summer, we suffered from the smell.

I was digging a hole to put a bird feeder pole in front of a house we lived in in the 90's. I hit a soft spot. A plastic bag. I pull it up. INside was (apparently) a dead kitten that had been bagged and buried. Ugh. I eventually used that event in a short story I wrote.

Every one of these discoveries would make great small bits of some short fiction.

The hidden 2500 bucks? The divorcee was secretly dealing pain killers and couldn't let his wife know. Then, when he became addicted himself, his brain fried a little and he forgot all about his $ stashes. Unknown to you, 5 other bikes he had were donated to a local earn a bike organization (no one knew there was an additional 12500 stashed in their seat tubes!) Two years later, one of the new bike recipients, a recent refugee from Sudan, interested in bike mechanics, overhauled his bike and found the money. With the money He was able to enter university, study experimental hydrology, get an advanced degree, and he developed a method for moving water to arid regions of his country, thereby winning a nobel peace prize and a post in the government.

And he owes it all to a suburban doctor who covertly dealt pain killers on the side.
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The hidden 2500 bucks? The divorcee was secretly dealing pain killers and couldn't let his wife know. Then, when he became addicted himself, his brain fried a little and he forgot all about his $ stashes. Unknown to you, 5 other bikes he had were donated to a local earn a bike organization (no one knew there was an additional 12500 stashed in their seat tubes!) Two years later, one of the new bike recipients, a recent refugee from Sudan, interested in bike mechanics, overhauled his bike and found the money. With the money He was able to enter university, study experimental hydrology, get an advanced degree, and he developed a method for moving water to arid regions of his country, thereby winning a nobel peace prize and a post in the government.

And he owes it all to a suburban doctor who covertly dealt pain killers on the side.
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I found sunflower seeds, too. Weird.

I love the idea of the cork. I'll do that. It's so clever. So when you have an integrated seatpost, how does crap end up in the BB?

I hate mice. I think mice and rats are the only creatures that gross me out. I had to kill a rat in the basement of a bike shop I worked in. It was really gruesome.

My personal bike shop is in my basement. I left a bucket of water on the floor once, and a few days later, I found a drowned mouse floating therein. That was pretty upsetting. I'm careful not to leave any standing water around any more.
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The grossest thing I've ever found inside a bike was only filthy water, no doubt from being stored outdoors in the rain.

$2500 inside a seat tube? Now you know everyone on this thread is rushing to their garage to open up all their bikes! I know I will. An elderly lawyer was the previous owner of my Suburban. Maybe he left a stash of cash, too.
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Not bike related but... we had some mouse or small rodent climb into the dryer duct outlet. It got stuck in either the long duct or back of the dryer. I eventually blew it out but for weeks every time we ran the dryer there was this disturbing dead odor blowing out. As it was spring summer, we suffered from the smell.
Had a similar problem in a duplex we rented. It was built on a slab, so the ductwork was run through the ceilings and dropped down to the baseboards. We kept smelling that nasty "something's dead" odor but could find where it was coming from until I removed the grate from one of the baseboards and found a dead mouse putrefying in there. It must have entered the duct in the ceiling, fell down the drop to the grate and was unable to escape from there.
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Originally Posted by Sigurdd50 View Post
Not bike related but... we had some mouse or small rodent climb into the dryer duct outlet. It got stuck in either the long duct or back of the dryer. I eventually blew it out but for weeks every time we ran the dryer there was this disturbing dead odor blowing out. As it was spring summer, we suffered from the smell.

I was digging a hole to put a bird feeder pole in front of a house we lived in in the 90's. I hit a soft spot. A plastic bag. I pull it up. INside was (apparently) a dead kitten that had been bagged and buried. Ugh. I eventually used that event in a short story I wrote.

Every one of these discoveries would make great small bits of some short fiction.

The hidden 2500 bucks? The divorcee was secretly dealing pain killers and couldn't let his wife know. Then, when he became addicted himself, his brain fried a little and he forgot all about his $ stashes. Unknown to you, 5 other bikes he had were donated to a local earn a bike organization (no one knew there was an additional 12500 stashed in their seat tubes!) Two years later, one of the new bike recipients, a recent refugee from Sudan, interested in bike mechanics, overhauled his bike and found the money. With the money He was able to enter university, study experimental hydrology, get an advanced degree, and he developed a method for moving water to arid regions of his country, thereby winning a nobel peace prize and a post in the government.

And he owes it all to a suburban doctor who covertly dealt pain killers on the side.

*lol* Great story ! Hey, you never know.



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