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Old 01-07-13, 07:53 PM
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dead cat but not ran over, flattened skunk, someone trying to do a drift using a stock honda civic and failing.
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- An umbrella which i tied to my frame with a few lanyards i had in my bag

and a rather heavy battery , looked like it was from a Golf cart or forklift . it had a strap so i carried it home ... weighed about 9kg and that was the worst ride ever.

Couple of lights and tools .
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Originally Posted by Ekdog
In the old ganster films, they used 'copper'. My grandfather, who walked a beat in San Francisco in the 30's and 40's, referred to himself as a 'cop'.
yes but copper in this case means "someone who cops" not "a type of metal"
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Originally Posted by frantik
yes but copper in this case means "someone who cops" not "a type of metal"
Agreed.
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Old 04-25-13, 04:29 PM
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I hope you washed your hands when you were done!
you could have donated it.....
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i bike/bus.

at a stop with other folks standing there, was a thorsen 8" crescent wrench. i waited until all boarded then picked it up. needed cleaning, but works nice.

today i found a sheath knife, in the sheath. cheesey chinese hunting knife (w/ skinning hook). if it was a murder weapon the perp had cleaned it up well. the cheesey sheath had an equally cheesey belt loop than had come unattached to the sheath at one end. looks like rosewood grips. has a very nice edge.
maybe only used once... it was at a transfer station, lying on the grass. again i waited until all boarded, then retrieved it and put it in a pannier.
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Old 05-26-13, 01:13 PM
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Found a Life is Good wheel cover a few weeks ago on the way home
. Found this iPhone 4S on the way in today
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Old 06-04-13, 08:22 AM
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...Lemon Diet Coke?

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Old 06-04-13, 08:32 AM
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Oddest thing I found was a bottle of half drank vodka, tied to a light pole. It was a cheap bottle, that had the handle on it, and someone tied to the the lamp post...

It was gone on my way back home... I guess the owner was worried it would walk away, and get lost?
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I see this a lot; but what is with a pair of shoes tied together and flung up over a power line left to hang there? Or why do I see a single shoe on the side of the road? Where's the other shoe?
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Old 06-04-13, 08:53 AM
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Yesterday I found a Planet Bike SuperFlash Turbo that works and looks just fine. I haven't decided how to use it yet because I need a brighter tail light then that. But I did test it against my other tail lights and it was brighter then the Cateye LD600, it wasn't quite as bright as my retired Blackburn Mars 4 but darn close, and nowhere near as bright as my converted Cygolite ExpiliOn 350 but the PB had better side illumination. I think I'm going to get a NiteFlux tail light after reading a lot about tail lights.
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Yesterday, lying at the entrance to an apartment complex, almost as if it were marking the entrance was this Coast PX20 flashlight.
It was 'on' which is why it got my attention.
My first thought was some other biker was using it for a headlight (white light was on) and it lost it. I don't know how that would've gone unnoticed.

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Old 06-04-13, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Surrealdeal
...Lemon Diet Coke?

Ugh, a "trucker jug". They use them as a urinal then toss them out because, hey, the world is their latrine, right? Slobs.
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Originally Posted by babaluey
Ugh, a "trucker jug". They use them as a urinal then toss them out because, hey, the world is their latrine, right? Slobs.
Yuck! I'm seeing more and more of those. I have no reason to believe they're necessarily the work of truckers, though. Could be any cager.
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata
Yesterday I found a Planet Bike SuperFlash Turbo that works and looks just fine. I haven't decided how to use it yet because I need a brighter tail light then that. But I did test it against my other tail lights and it was brighter then the Cateye LD600, it wasn't quite as bright as my retired Blackburn Mars 4 but darn close, and nowhere near as bright as my converted Cygolite ExpiliOn 350 but the PB had better side illumination. I think I'm going to get a NiteFlux tail light after reading a lot about tail lights.
The reason you found the superflash is because it has a habit of bouncing out of its quick release mount. It's a known issue that you have to live with or find a way to secure the light better to the mount if you are going to use superflashes. I use them and have had one pop off. But I run redundant lights and can usually hear something hitting the pavement it if comes off the bike so I can circle around a get it. Doesn't keep it from potentially getting crushed by a car though before you can retrieve it.
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata
I see this a lot; but what is with a pair of shoes tied together and flung up over a power line left to hang there? Or why do I see a single shoe on the side of the road? Where's the other shoe?
At one point, so the urban legends tell us, this was a way to mark gang territory. Nowadays it still may be true, but I think kids mostly do it for fun when they get a new pair of shoes. Just one of those things that people see and decide to imitate. I've done it when I was a jerkwad idiot teenager...

As for the single shoe, I don't know either. What I want to know is what's up with all the underwear I see on the side of the road?
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Originally Posted by hubcap
The reason you found the superflash is because it has a habit of bouncing out of its quick release mount. It's a known issue that you have to live with or find a way to secure the light better to the mount if you are going to use superflashes. I use them and have had one pop off. But I run redundant lights and can usually hear something hitting the pavement it if comes off the bike so I can circle around a get it. Doesn't keep it from potentially getting crushed by a car though before you can retrieve it.
I noticed it just has a clip nothing else. It landed on grass that's probably why the rider, or jogger perhaps, never heard it. It wasn't on either so they just had it attached to whatever not being used.
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Originally Posted by Ekdog
Yuck! I'm seeing more and more of those. I have no reason to believe they're necessarily the work of truckers, though. Could be any cager.

Could be yes, but here in the States truckers are particularly suspect because a) compared to cars, there are fewer opportunities for trucks to find potty stops, b) truckers are under tight deadlines and don't want to or can't afford the time to stop as often as they should and c) large numbers of these bottles are found at truck stops, as well as along the highway.
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Tools like end wrenches, screw drivers and a complete set of motorcycle tools still in their tool bag.
A new 4' long by 1' diameter roll of chicken wire. Quite a trick to haul it on my rack...but I did.
A log truck chain binder. Must have weighed 20 pounds. Hung it on a sign.
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A dead cat that took a 2 weeks for the city to come and pick up...

A left crank arm

A rear light, which I now use on my bike.

A saddle in PERFECT condition, no scratches, cuts, not even markings on the rails, also on my bike currently.

A few bash guards from cars, also an entire front bumper.

85 cents and, most recently, a fresh box of unopened Ritz crackers which I chowed down on last night after I got home.

And also a seatbag which, again, is currently on my bike.
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I found $25 in change along my regular route last week. All in one pile, like it was purposely left. Hmm.

Last year I found a working Net-book, picked it up, turned it on, found out who it belonged to and returned it. Apparently the owner had a flat tire and had to remove everything in the trunk (including the net-book) to get to his spare tire. Assembled the spare, put everything sans the net-book back in the trunk and drove off. He was grateful I took the time to stop, pick it up and check for a sign of identification
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata
Yesterday I found a Planet Bike SuperFlash Turbo that works and looks just fine.
Dammit. That was mine.
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I haven't found anything odd other than roadkill or the smell of human urine. maybe I just don't bike enough.
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Yesterday morning I rode by a shiny socket in the road, so I went back for it. I didn't pay much attention to it at the time, just stuck it in my pocket and rode on. When I examined it I found that it's an 11/16" socket, but must use something like a gearwrench to turn it, as the center is a round hole. I don't plan to buy the tool so now I have a socket I've no use for.
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