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Old 07-26-15, 08:23 AM   #26
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One of the most unusual things I've found is 4 gallons of coleman camp fuel. It was within a mile of home so I made 2 trips.

I think a lot of small hand tools around here come from 3 scenarios. Working on car and drop tool and it doesn't make it to the ground and vibrates out on the road, Left tool on inner fender,header panel, cowl and it eventually comes loose. Rusted out car trunks in this part of the country.
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Not that it's any worse than any other garbage one might find but it ticked me off. I found a spent CO2 cartridge and tube with a hole in it. What a lazy jerk. Couldn't take 30 seconds to shove the tube and cartridge back into his pack or pocket. This was on a MUP so it wasn't a race or anything like that.

But now I have another spare tube.
Found the same plus a used towelette on a local MUT, 50 feet from a garbage can. I want to think they just forgot, but the number of discarded energy bar wrappers I see on a regular basis seem to indicate otherwise.

Unfortunately being active, and health conscious doesn't always equate being conscientious of others.
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Shopping carts mostly.
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Two new things in the last couple of days. A very nice pair of electrician's pliers and a decent folding knife:

https://goo.gl/photos/rs8ypkcVA7UPbuTy5

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This was a new one today: nuts.
Dozens, and dozens of new hex nuts, probably about a 3/8" size, all over the bike lane.
It looked like someone had spilled a box of them.
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Copperhead snake sunning himself.

I left it for the next rider, though.
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In the last two weeks I've picked up a beach towel, that I now have hanging in my closet at work for those hot and humid days, and a nice wood claw hammer.
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10 Wheels, your amazing photo reminded me that I found a nice hammer way back in college; I still have it...
I save most of the stuff but not this one.

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I save most of the stuff but not this one.
That would have fed you and your family for months (I think).
I generally find tools, bungee cords, and flatbed straps. I found a reallly nice pair of needlenose pliers I use all the time. That was the best.
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Couple Ipods thus far (cracked), cell phones (cracked), cell batteries, bungee cords, pens & pencils, tools of a wide variety.
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Copperhead snake sunning himself.

I left it for the next rider, though.
Did next rider get snakebite flat??
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Since I ride through residential areas I see a lot of "Free" items by the curb like chairs, sofas, pieces of wood. Nothing that I can take with me.
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Lots of stuff all the time, like everybody else, gloves, bungees, tools. Once there were hundreds of zipties, I gathered up a few handfuls and still have a large stock. I've found a couple smashed phones, but a few weeks ago I found an iPod in the gutter of a residential street, working, on, playing Fleetwood Mac, and having no password. I was able to get into the settings and find a gmail address and make contact and return it.

This Tuesday was a good day, on the same ride I found a "locking C-clamp", a Snap-On hinged 8mm socket, and a roll of white electrical tape.
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Old 07-30-15, 09:58 AM   #39
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Since I ride through residential areas I see a lot of "Free" items by the curb like chairs, sofas, pieces of wood. Nothing that I can take with me.
Ditto, but I'm kicking myself for not going back with the mini-van to see if I could fit the basketball goal that was on the curb for 3 days.
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Mostly peoples garbage and roadkill. A few years ago I spotted a black canvas sunglass case on the shoulder, in it was a pair of expensive Oakleys with several replacement lenses. Brought it to the police station. They listed in local paper as designer sunglasses, would give back to owner with proof of ownership or if could ID make and style. No one claimed them, so they were mine. They are now my favorite shades to wear when riding. Like the different lens tint and color options for varying conditions.
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Old 07-31-15, 02:51 PM   #41
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New Tigers player shirt and a brand new hat this week.
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New Tigers player shirt and a brand new hat this week.
If you were really unlucky you would have found two Tigers shirts.

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The only thing I have found on my commutes is a pedometer. I once saw a new soccer ball floating in a ditch, but the ditch water was really dirty and the ball was too far. Besides, I hoped that the kid who lost it would come back and get it - I always hated losing cricket balls when I was a kid.
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Riding through a really nice neighborhood yesterday when I came across this. There was something inside (no, I didn't open it) because when I moved it with my foot to get a picture I could tell that it was not just an empty box. You asked.
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My commute passes right by a storage locker place. Have found many tools, knives, flashlights down the road. Best find was a full bag of fishing gear, poles, lures, hardware, and a craft beer in a can! Hauled it all home on top of my commuter backpack. There was an old fishing license and for several weeks I tried to contact the guy. Apparently he packed up and left town, with most of his stuff!
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Riding through a really nice neighborhood yesterday when I came across this. There was something inside (no, I didn't open it) because when I moved it with my foot to get a picture I could tell that it was not just an empty box. You asked.
Oh yuk!

Except for this I'm jealous of you guys who are finding nice tools and stuff.

Maybe I need to find new places to ride...
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A kitten.

Some tools.

A fly rod case with a St. Croix rod, a 2 wt Loomis rod (I still have that one) and 2 reels with line.

A bicycle. Found the owner through a local shop by the serial number. He'd biffed his head and couldn't remember where he had left his bicycle.

Four naked teenagers do the wild thing along a mountain bike trail. As I startled them and one of them yelled the common word for fornication. My response? "Looks like."
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wallet (returned it and the guy gave me all of the money in it - $20), bell front light and knog blinder rear light
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A pair of toilets. 1 pink, 1 white.


... and a stuffed Sponge Bob
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There was another recent thread where a forum member found a handgun: Found this on my ride this morning
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