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Old 05-04-17, 07:04 AM
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Last week, on the bridge right by the train station, there was a big piece of a steel leaf spring at the side of the road, right where I ride. It was a piece big enough to potentially cause me serious problems if I couldn't go around it, and when there's a lot of traffic I might not be able to go around it. So I went back and moved it off the road, which I could barely do with one hand, that's how big it was. After doing that, I realized I had left it in the grass that sooner or later would get mowed by the county maintenance department, and they might not see it. So now, every time I go by there in daylight, I'm looking for this piece of leaf spring so I can move it again, and I haven't seen it again. Could someone have taken it? Seems strange....
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Last week, on the bridge right by the train station, there was a big piece of a steel leaf spring at the side of the road, right where I ride. It was a piece big enough to potentially cause me serious problems if I couldn't go around it, and when there's a lot of traffic I might not be able to go around it. So I went back and moved it off the road, which I could barely do with one hand, that's how big it was. After doing that, I realized I had left it in the grass that sooner or later would get mowed by the county maintenance department, and they might not see it. So now, every time I go by there in daylight, I'm looking for this piece of leaf spring so I can move it again, and I haven't seen it again. Could someone have taken it? Seems strange....
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Old 05-04-17, 04:26 PM
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Old 05-04-17, 08:12 PM
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Saw a black iPhone on the edge of the road. Face down without a protective case.

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I was driving and found an iPad mini which I retrieved. It's screen was obliterated. I am trying to decide if it is worth the repair.
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Old 05-14-17, 07:45 PM
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Does a dude in a velomobile count? I saw him Friday on my way home.
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Old 05-15-17, 08:28 AM
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Wow, that guy gets around!

This guy lives on my commute www. Velo Rambler .com | Musings of a bicycle tourer (warning SLOWEST WEBSITE EVER -- I think this guy must serve it out of his basement off a Pentium II with a 9600 baud modem)
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Old 05-15-17, 09:22 AM
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Never underestimate scrappers. Get paid by the pound.
Yup; when we were moving the shop, I swept out the fabrication area and one of the scrappers clearing out some damaged racking went over my dirt pile with a big magnet to get all the nails, screws and other bits of steel before I got back with the dustpan.
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Old 05-21-17, 05:52 PM
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Found this. Left it tho.

[IMG]Sunken by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Don't know what the story is.
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Old 05-21-17, 11:14 PM
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One day I was riding on a bike path and I saw a large rattlesnake across the bike path. I waited until it moved back into the desert.
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Old 05-22-17, 03:14 PM
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In germany on the way to work I once almost drove over a hedgehog
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Originally Posted by locolobo13 View Post
Found this. Left it tho.
Dude, some parachute cord and a cobbled up hook, and you got yourself another bike.

Though I'd call the local police and check bikeregistry before getting attached to it, but you might be saving somebody else's favorite ride.
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Old 05-23-17, 08:48 AM
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Found a toilet seat this morning. Not the lid, not the bowl, just the seat. White.

I have no idea.

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My rear tire found a nail in the road this morning....
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Old 05-23-17, 10:18 AM
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Dentures. Yep. Someone's whole grill just layin' in the street.

Also, black snake sunning on the trail... bump bump. Also, mating squirrels. Thump! I hate running over living things but 1) that snake was basically over the whole trail and I thought it was a stick, and 2) well, someone zigged instead of zagged, and basically ran under my wheel.

I've been finding bikes in the river behind my office. Nothing worth keeping but good to get out of the river anyway. I'm sure they're stolen and dumped, or in the case of the Walmart fixie, dumped out of frustration with components breaking.
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Usually don't stop but.. 3 mi from home I picked this up.

[IMG]Good Luck? Or Bad Luck? by res1due, on Flickr[/IMG]

Had to get out my leatherman to get it out. The tube is still holding.
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Old 05-24-17, 08:33 AM
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Nice! That reminds me of this incident I once had, also the tube survived:

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Originally Posted by locolobo13 View Post
Usually don't stop but.. 3 mi from home I picked this up.
[IMG][url=https://flic.kr/p/V3xRqw][img]https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4249/34815756426_eb98150424_z.jpg[/img
See? Narrower tires would've missed that completely.
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And that reminds me of a auto tire incident I once had.
As I was walking up to the car, I just happened to notice a metal rod protruding from it;
It looked something like a piece of bare welding rod.
I crossed my fingers and pulled about three inches of rod out of the tire.
It had apparently hit the underlying plies in the sidewall at such a shallow angle, that it just burrowed along between the rubber and the plies, almost reaching the bead.
I pulled it out and there was no leak.
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A Planet Bike Turbo tail light! Which gave me two! Then my original was stolen off my bike the next day...karma
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A Planet Bike Turbo tail light! Which gave me two! Then my original was stolen off my bike the next day...karma
Once, trailing a large organized ride, my wife found a Cygolite Hotshot. Fantastic light, I use it every day on my commuter. I would buy it again if I lost it.
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A roll of 3M 33+ electrical tape, barely used. Of course, this was two days after I purchased a new roll of 88 grade tape! Either way, stocked up for a while now.
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Once, trailing a large organized ride, my wife found a Cygolite Hotshot. Fantastic light, I use it every day on my commuter. I would buy it again if I lost it.
Indeed, I have 4 of them. 2 originals and 2 Pro 80's. I use the Pro 80's pretty much exclusively.
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This morning I saw a ladies black leather handbag on the side of the road in the tall grass. Of course it was while on a mile long climb with a 7% average grade and no shoulder. I didn't stop.

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Old 05-26-17, 01:31 PM
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So now, every time I go by there in daylight, I'm looking for this piece of leaf spring so I can move it again, and I haven't seen it again. Could someone have taken it? Seems strange....
It is good steel.

It would make a good anvil, or steel for forging. Knife blades? Bells or chimes?

Heavy stuff can also be handy.
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