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Old 06-16-24, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Kiwisaver
If one stopped to consider the mind wouldn't boggle. This is standard in every major city in the States.
What are you talking about? Using a litter box in the way cats do is not normal. The normal thing is abnormality, or really, wide variety. It's what makes city life interesting even though it is sometimes unpleasant.
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Originally Posted by noglider
What are you talking about? Using a litter box in the way cats do is not normal
This is a bike forum. You missed the point, That's as far as one can go in this format. Cheers.
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I recall getting a flat a few blocks from home (this was in the late '80s). I decided to walk the bike along the railroad tracks as it was a shortcut to get home. Shortly after turning onto the tracks, I found a $20 bill. About 50 yards in, another $20 bill. Then, shortly before getting to the cross street where I would exit the tracks, a third $20 bill.

Today, I would have used the money to buy a few inner tubes and a patch kit - maybe a new tire or two. Back then, though, I probably blew it on pizza and beer.
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Originally Posted by OregonJim
I recall getting a flat a few blocks from home (this was in the late '80s). I decided to walk the bike along the railroad tracks as it was a shortcut to get home. Shortly after turning onto the tracks, I found a $20 bill. About 50 yards in, another $20 bill. Then, shortly before getting to the cross street where I would exit the tracks, a third $20 bill.

Today, I would have used the money to buy a few inner tubes and a patch kit - maybe a new tire or two. Back then, though, I probably blew it on pizza and beer.
I'd a kept walking
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
Eh, not to be argumentative, but Teflon plumber's tape is too big for most of the tubes you list (except perhaps Shoe Goo). Do you carry a small pair of scissors to cut the tape down to width along with your patch kit?
No, I carry a mini Leatherman w/a very sharp blade in my toolbag. It trims the tape very nicely.
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Kudos to him for doing it off the trail/street!

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Not an item but an amazing sight.

Big cities have people who behave well beyond the normal ways. I was riding to work on Wednesday, and I saw someone off the side of the path low to the ground making a vigorous repetitive motion. As I got close, I saw he was making a digging motion. He was sitting in a big, human size cat litter box. I didn't even slow down to look at him, such as to see if he really was doing what I thought.

The mind boggles.
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I saw a toy skull on the ground thursday. I kept riding.
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A 5/16" (or 8 mm) socket. Normally not a big deal, but this one was machined down to make the wall thinner, which is why I don't know if it's 5/16 or 8 mm. I feel bad for the person who lost it. It's not easy to grind or otherwise machine away hardened steel. The person probably had to grind it down so it would fit in some type of tight space. Second picture shows a normal socket for comparison.


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Originally Posted by truthseeker14
A 5/16" (or 8 mm) socket. Normally not a big deal, but this one was machined down to make the wall thinner, which is why I don't know if it's 5/16 or 8 mm. I feel bad for the person who lost it. It's not easy to grind or otherwise machine away hardened steel. The person probably had to grind it down so it would fit in some type of tight space. Second picture shows a normal socket for comparison.
He probably made it special for that locknut inside his pedals.
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Yesterday on my way out to ride, I saw a wrench in the road within a hundred yards of my house. After my ride, I walked over to pick it up and there was a little Cobalt phillips with it too.. The wrench turned out to be a Craftsman ratcheting box end made in the USA. It was either well taken care of or Craftsman has returned to making tools in the US.

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Originally Posted by Chuck M
Yesterday on my way out to ride, I saw a wrench in the road within a hundred yards of my house. After my ride, I walked over to pick it up and there was a little Cobalt phillips with it too.. The wrench turned out to be a Craftsman ratcheting box end made in the USA. It was either well taken care of or Craftsman has returned to making tools in the US.
It didn't fall out of your tool kit, did it?
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Nope. A multi-tool is all I carry. But not on the bike I rode that day. That ride was just a spin to the duck pond.
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One of my favorite local trails goes right by "duck pond" (don't know why this satellite view makes it look like dirt, it's been a wet pond every time I've ever ridden past)
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This duck pond for me is special. When I was a kid, I would bring a Takara just like this one to town and ride a path that ended at this pond. I loved the path and I loved the pond. Now I live about a mile from it and I use the path on Saturdays to ride downtown for coffee or some days after work to fill my growler.

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Today on the bike path, I saw a left crank with pedal attached.
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Originally Posted by noglider
Today on the bike path, I saw a left crank with pedal attached.
The good news is there wasn't a shoe still clipped in with a severed leg in it.
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Originally Posted by noglider
Today on the bike path, I saw a left crank with pedal attached.
Someone must've been laying down some serious watts...
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Haha, I bet it was from a Citi Bike bike. The rider may have walked it back to a dock or even abandoned it.
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What haven't I found? Couple weeks ago was a first: a metal, cylindrical object with "precision door" printed on it. Thought it was a wire core/wrap holder thingie. Looked up at the top of my garage door and there perched another Guess it fell off a work truck.

Almost daily finding coins. I call them discounts/road cash/Kroger cash. The latter is the test: if a Kroger (grocery store) machine will not accept a coin, it goes into the trash. Pro tip. Those machines seem to have the highest tolerance for damaged coins.
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What haven't I found? Couple weeks ago was a first: a metal, cylindrical object with "precision door" printed on it. Thought it was a wire core/wrap holder thingie. Looked up at the top of my garage door and there perched another Guess it fell off a work truck.

Almost daily finding coins. I call them discounts/road cash/Kroger cash. The latter is the test: if a Kroger (grocery store) machine will not accept a coin, it goes into the trash. Pro tip. Those machines seem to have the highest tolerance for damaged coins.
They also have a tendency to reject currency with a different metal mix, like pre-1964 coins made with silver instead of cupronickel.
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Found a bullet minutes the shell and gunpowder. Still bullet shaped
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Originally Posted by RidingMatthew
Found a bullet minutes the shell and gunpowder. Still bullet shaped
When I was more into MTBing I would find lots of live ammo. Sometimes even in the caliber I could use.
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Found a bullet minutes the shell and gunpowder. Still bullet shaped
I once found a bunch of live ammo in the grass 50 yards from an outfitter’s. I talked to an employee and they went and picked it up. Still don’t know what that was all about.
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The Cheap Zebco fishing reel I found that was brand new in the package I got to use it at the ocean this last month, and it worked fine for 3 casts, than on the 4th the insides blew apart which made a birds nest, I tried to but the components back together but it was too badly messed up. Not sure if that happened to to the shock it took when it flew off a car, or was it due to being a cheap reel.

I had bought a cheap $42 Ugly Stick GX2 for it, now I think I find a cheap baitcasting reel for the rod, probably the Kastking Mega jaws Elite and use the system for the grandkids to mess with, or use it for catfishing and bass fishing since all my fresh water stuff is ultralight to light spinning and fly.
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