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Old 08-21-15, 03:23 PM
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Last year I found a waterproof plastic case. Inside was a pipe and two good size pieces of hash wrapped in foil. I disposed of it properly.

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Older thread but, I found a $100 bill once and another time I found a .38 snub nose. (Golden Gate Park)
The latter was too heavy to take.
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Old 11-23-19, 05:10 AM
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I once found a hypodermic syringe on my morning commute. Possibly dropped by a diabetic but you never know. I left it there and called the local police.
I once found a sew-up tire on my morning commute. It turned out to be a spare I had dropped the day before and hadn't noticed.
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Old 11-23-19, 05:56 AM
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What have you found while riding?

A girlfriend.
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Originally Posted by eastbay71 View Post
One time I found a pair of rolled up tube socks, when I pulled the socks apart some sexy black lingerie fell out onto the ground. I think someone was trying to hide the evidence!
$10 says you sniffed it.
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Old 11-23-19, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by autonoz View Post
Last year I found a waterproof plastic case. Inside was a pipe and two good size pieces of hash wrapped in foil. I disposed of it properly.
Hey, I think that was mine, man!! Give it back! 😁😉

This is a cool thread to revive. I know gugie had one like this, but I can never find old threads, when I look for them. 🙄

I mentioned in that thread, my Milwaukee sawzall find, but haven't topped that yet. But I did find a mini pry bar and old but functional vice-grips recently. 😁 I set the pry bar free, and still have the vice-grips. 😎
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Old 11-23-19, 11:18 AM
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Excellent zombie thread. I've found lots of stuff over the years, but I probably use this machete the most.

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Old 11-23-19, 09:41 PM
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Not riding, but running: I found a cash register on the side of the road, drawer ripped out and obviously beaten with a large blunt instrument. I asked the officer about it when I ran into him a couple months later--it was from a robbery in Massachusetts.

The officer asked me when I called, "Did you stop and touch it?" I replied, "Heck no, I was making good time up that hill."
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I find tools and screws. Some real nice screws, almost all metric these days except the huge bolts which I, too, use as a Sheldon Brown bottom bracket stuck fixed cup extractor.

The tools I've found are:
1 big adjustable wrench (the kind that's just big enough to use for adjusting headsets but not big enough for fixed cups)
1 19mm Snap-On impact socket
1 pair diagonal cutters
1 pair needlenose pliers

Riding in Europe, I find lots of automobile emblems (Skoda, Citroën, but only ever one of the chevrons, Mercedes, BMW, Toyota). Nothing else comes to mind.

Once I found a two-pack of spaghetti sauce, the kind you get from Costco where the jars are bound together by a plastic handle. One of the jars was smashed, but it had sacrificed itself to cushion the blow for the other jar, which remained intact. I grabbed it, cleaned up the glass, and had the sauce on pasta. I can only imagine it was left on the roof of an SUV by an absentminded suburban shopper.

And once, I saw a whole car door, complete with side mirror, in the middle of the road. It would have been dangerous to stop, so I didn't, and it took me a while of puzzling to figure out that it probably fell off of a scrap/salvage truck, and the driver may not have noticed.
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Old 11-26-19, 04:45 PM
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Not biking, but running....

Yes, you do see strange stuff whil running. Case in point, a long time ago:

While out for my daily 10-miler, I approached an intersection, ran across, and was very nearly decimated by a small white Ford Ranger.

Apparently, this courier pickup, the kind with the shell on the rear, was in a hurry, darn near on two wheels in the corner. It was near the hospital, and as I gathered myself, I was glad he didn't hit one of the many head-down elderly that seem to be all over that area.

I also noticed the 2-quart Thermos that fell off the back. Simple, cheap plastic version, top taped in place. I had one and it leaked, too, so I understood the tape. It was justice that I snaked the jug from the dude that almost killed me.

I carried it the 4 miles or so home, set it on the counter, took a shower, and forgot about it. Spouse comes home, and in a rare moment, did the dishes. I heard her screaming from the garage, run in the house, she has the Thermos open. Packed in ice, a severed big toe. Apparently, the courier was in a hurry near the hospital for a reason. No, I did not call the hospital. Figured it was too late.



Called a tow truck, though.
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Old 11-26-19, 05:31 PM
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I found a Jack in the Box apron by the side of my local trail a few weeks back, presumably forgotten by an employee. It now serves as my shop apron

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Here are a few. There's been more, but I honestly can't remember.

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Old 11-26-19, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Called a tow truck, though.
I had to read that twice, you sick puppy. 😁😉 How do you know it wasn't a thumb, posing as a big toe? 🤔
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Old 11-26-19, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Packed in ice, a severed big toe. Apparently, the courier was in a hurry near the hospital for a reason. No, I did not call the hospital. Figured it was too late.
Did it have green nail polish?
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Old 11-26-19, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
I found a Jack in the Box apron by the side of my local trail a few weeks back, presumably forgotten by an employee. It now serves as my shop apron

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Back in the 80s, a buddy of mine found himself working at Rax a midwest, low-rent beef joint during a low ebb in his life. He had to wear the men's version of the pictured uniform, which subsituted a floppy hat for the scarf.



I picked him up from work one day and started to give him a hard time about the uniform and his life choices. As we hit the highway, he said to me, you're right, and started throwing his uniform out the window, while screamin "f-you - I quit forever!!!"

30 years on, he's now a VP at a major company </end of story>
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Old 11-26-19, 10:51 PM
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Plenty of miscellaneous tools, sockets, bits over the years.

A few months ago, I rescued an American flag in the middle of the road. It was one of those jobs people prop up in their window and must have fallen off a car. Had to stop while going up a long hill for it, which resulted in some MFering.

There's a tennis club along my usual route. I could get dozens of errant balls a month, if I bothered to stop for them.

Tastiest thing found, was a crate of frozen McDonalds burger patties that literally fell off a truck that took a hard turn right in front of us, about 45 years ago. The back door swung open and out popped a large crate. A group of us were cycling out to a friend's family bungalow on Long Island, so we opened the crate and packed away as many burgers as we could on our bikes. When we got there we presented the burgers to my friend's father, who swore us to secrecy, lest any faint-hearted BBQ attendees get upset -- all said while laughing (this guy had a cheap streak, I'm surprised he didn't want to drive around looking for the rest of the crate).

Always see plenty of lug nuts along the road. Who the hell are all these people driving around with missing lug nuts on their wheels?
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Old 11-26-19, 11:36 PM
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A brand new half inch socket driver, a couple of hockey sticks (yup, I'm in Canada), various pairs of glasses, money (most was 100.00), cycling gloves, screwdrivers, a new roll of duct tape etc.
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Old 11-27-19, 11:38 AM
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Bicycle Water Bottles
I live in an area that is very popular with the weekend recreational cyclists. They lose a lot of water bottles, especially on the curvy downhill stretches.
Every couple months there's a large enough crop on my usual 30-mile loop that I put the handlebar bag on the bike and collect them all. Here are the results of one such harvest:



Boring bottles by and large; mostly bearing the logos of bike shops or charity rides. They all go in the recycling.
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A few months ago, I rescued an American flag in the middle of the road.
Looks like I'm not the only one. I've rescued several over the years.
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A girlfriend.
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$10...
I, for one, do not judge.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
I once found a hypodermic syringe on my morning commute. Possibly dropped by a diabetic but you never know. I left it there and called the local police.
I once found a sew-up tire on my morning commute. It turned out to be a spare I had dropped the day before and hadn't noticed.
I passed by a hypodermic needle and syringe in the Hunt's Point, Bronx, NY for a whole year. Every time I went by it, I knew where to look, and there it was. One day a street cleanup crew appeared and I thought it was the end of it but all they did was brush it a foot over. It might still be there.
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No, I did not call the hospital. Figured it was too late.



Called a tow truck, though.
Two tow trucks you’ve called now?
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Gloves, lots of work gloves. Once I found one glove, picked it up, and found the mate a hundred or so yards later.

My uncle also commutes to work and picked up every glove he found for a year then gave them to his brother as a gag Xmas gift.

I’ve also found the usual: screwdrivers, sockets, wrenches, 16 oz hammer, phones, lock blade, a whole bike probably destined for the dump. Went back with a car and picked it up for parts.

As others have mentioned, I typically find peace and tranquility - the best finds.
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Two tow trucks you’ve called now?
Shouldn't that be toe truck?
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Shouldn't that be toe truck?
You want a toe?
I can get you a toe.
There are ways, Dude.
You don't want to know.
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