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Old 01-09-15, 08:03 AM
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Things you've lost on your commute

We have the ever-entertaining thread on strange things found on your commute.

But do we have a thread on things people have *lost* while riding?

Yesterday I stopped while riding, took off the long-sleeved shirt I was wearing over a t-shirt, strapped it to my saddlebag, and rode on. Upon arriving home I discovered that the shirt was no longer there

That's what I get for being lazy and not actually stuffing the shirt inside the bag. Oh, well.
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I have some sad tales regarding stuff lost on my commute. Unfortunately, it's easy to lose things when your routine gets thrown off, or you get distracted or in a hurry. The worst case was when I forgot to close my seat bag when loading it at the end of the day. For some reason, I realized this after riding about halfway home and found that my wallet, eyeglasses and other gear had fallen out of the bag. I backtracked all the way to work, but only found a few useless cards from my wallet. By the time I got home and called the credit card companies, someone had already charged more than $500 worth of electronic gear on my credit cards.

I did the same thing one other time but only lost a balaclava, which I found on the following day's commute.

Another time I forget to lock my Kryptonite lock and cable (with key attached) to the bike rack when I was leaving work. The lock, cable and key were all gone when I got to work again the next day. That cost me about $75 for replacements.

Several times I have left water bottles near the bike rack when leaving work, and sometimes they were returned to me by coworkers, other times not.

I have tried to develop routines so that I don't make such mistakes, but it's easy to get thrown off when commuting regularly and encountering distractions such as having to work late, lousy weather, etc. It also doesn't help that I am absent-minded by nature ... and 61 years old.
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Rear lights.
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Old 01-09-15, 09:28 AM
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Rear lights.
+2 PB superflashes', direct mounted on my rear rack. The business end bounced off while the useless back stayed on.
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Spoke wrenches, multi-tool, tire irons. Worst was when my badges fell out of my bag; fortunately I had a card in there, and someone found it and called me on my cell. Takes a couple days to get replacement ID where I work, so I was very grateful.

Oh, and 50 pounds.
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Lost a bandanna recently on a windy ride, which bummed me out.
Got some carabiners and spare zip-ties in my bag. Keep everything strapped down or prepare to lose it.
Also, not technically while riding, but had a bunch of lights stolen off my bike over the years because I forgot to take them off.
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Old 01-09-15, 10:51 AM
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my virginity - only once though
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i lost a winning $100 lottery ticket. Luckily i retraced my steps and eventualy found it in someone's front yard.
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I lost an electronic cigarette that was quite expensive. Forgot to buckle the frame bag at the front and it turned upside down. Since I can´t get them where I live and was trying to quit smoking, it was the most painful thing to lose at the time.
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Old 01-09-15, 11:18 AM
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My ego.

I can't ride in traffic without being reminded of exactly how small, insignificant and poorly-regarded I am. Good for the humility.

As for stuff, nothing I know of.

I did temporarily lose a pair of gloves a couple of weeks ago. I had a slow leak in a tire. I was within two miles of work, so I decded just to pump it up, ride in, and fix it indoors. I double glove. I left the outer pair on top of the panniers when I was done.

About a quarter-mile later I thought it felt a little drafty on my hands. Found them both along the curb, but had to stop traffic on a bridge to retrieve one. Good incentive for the sprint, though.
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Serfas rear Thunderbolt, bottle of chain lube, a relatively inexpensive e-cig, a frame mounted mini-pump that just popped out of the clip one day over some railroad tracks and was promptly ran over by a car. Lost the charger to my battery pack one day, found it the next morning while riding with residual charge. I'm fairly certain that's it.
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I lost a balaclava once between leaving and returning home, and figure it will show up after it warms up.
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BlueTooth, winter gloves... but usually my boredom.
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my virginity - only once though
Saddle came off?
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Lost control of the bike a couple times and crashed. Get it? Lost control. Clever, huh?
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I have lost lights both front and rear. The worst part were done have expensive rechargeable batteries.

I left my seat bag on one night and the next morning I caught the guy who had rummaged through it and took some stuff including my nice Gerber multi tool. I talked to him but didn't really confront the meth head jerk.

On a pedestrian bridge there is a bad joint and I lost my pannier once, bounced right off. And some lights. The city has responded and tried to fix it.

I had a coffee cup bounce out of my cage one ride. I saw it skitter away and couldn't stop since it was four lane road at rush hour and I was going 40 km/h. I found solace from a guy in a car who gave me a very sympathetic and understanding look.

I've lost gloves but not while actually riding. Just left then somewhere other than my hands.

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I can't remember anything that I've actually lost. Do a few chunks out of my right slicker pant leg count?

It seems like I find more stuff than I actually loose. Most of my bungee cords I carry with my rack were donated by others. A few tools, and some odds and ends. Not a lot of money lately, although I think I did snag a dime a few days ago.

Oh, and a month or so ago I brought home a 6 foot long hood vent from something, I think. I'd return it to the owner if I knew exactly what it was. It was in the middle of the shoulder and I ran over it a couple of times. I'm not into throwing trash over the bank, and perhaps it will be incorporated into a project sometime.

Yesterday I found a mysterious high healed shoe sitting right next to the bike rack. I turned it into lost and found at the store. Perhaps the owner will eventually realize that she had two shoes at one time, and now has only one.
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Luckily I've never lost anything, despite leaving bags unzipped and having things less-than-securely strapped to my rack.
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A couple of rear lights.

A glove.

A hat.

Some skin.
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Keys to my apartment, but a friend, a Locksmith let me back in.. now my keys are on a Loop I hang over my head, around my neck.

1 shell glove and its removable Fleece Liner .. It dried quickly, because, I could take it apart.

I should have stuck to wearing the Anorak , rather than a Jacket, the bigger Handwarmer Pocket always had a place to Put Both gloves In.
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Lost my wallet twice. The first time a tourist found it and contacted my insurance company so I could pick it up at their hotel. The second time someone definitely swiped it along with $40.

Lesson learned, don't ride with a wallet in your back pocket.
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Prescription sunglasses (ouch), lots of handkerchiefs, office keys twice.
I lost several cheap blinkies and found a few. Eventually I wised up and got one designed for rack mounting.
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My bag of tools and repair parts... it sat under the saddle... had two tubes in it, plus a patch kit and several quarters and dimes, small adjustable wrench and a multidriver.

I have no idea where it went... I went back on my route and didn't see it anywhere. Somewhere along the way it just decided to hop off on it's own.
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I've lost two PB superflashes in the last few years. I am now using a small elastic band to hold them.
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