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Old 03-01-07, 07:35 PM
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Curb Surfing, Dumpster Diving, Garbage day gathering, what have you scored********************?

Me first, many many bikes that I either keep or fix and pass on. A Proton Hi-Power stereo amp , a Sony stereo amp, a Grundig Reel-to Reel. 3 window air conditioners, 2 dehumidifiers 1 zerox copier and a fax machine. What have you found on your rides????
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Peace, tranquility and, am, the dignity not to rifle through other people's garbage.
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Originally Posted by skiahh
Peace, tranquility and, am, the dignity not to rifle through other people's garbage.
dignity, or snobbishness?

There's good stuff in there.

2 bike frames (one that I use daily), a TV, a disco ball...
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Originally Posted by skiahh
Peace, tranquility and, am, the dignity not to rifle through other people's garbage.
Either your not riding in the right neiborhood or you live in the neiborhood I ride in. Dignity Shmignity I got a 72 Stratocaster too but didn`t want to brag.
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Originally Posted by Eatadonut
snobbishness?
Maybe... but I'll take that in regards to this topic.

Dive away... my snobishness means there's more for you.
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In a few instances I've seen items of minor interest to me. But I wasn't in the mood to try to carry them back x miles on the bike.
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4 $20 bills blowing across the road on south front street
3 cell phones, found on separate occasions near curbs---people exit car and they fall out of pocket
1/4 gram of blow

in the city people drop stuff all the time
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BTW this is a sposed to be a fun post. Don`t take me too serious. But......Curb surfing is a "Green Thing" its recycling at its best cause it requires no energy to turn refuse into a usable product. The 2 Stereo amps I found went on ebay and made a BIG down payment for my latest road bike. I made more $ per hour curb surfing than I ever made as an engineer(aerospace).

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Originally Posted by glenng
I got a 72 Stratocaster too but didn`t want to brag.
That is one hell of a nice find!!! What condition was it in?
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My absolute best find ever, after thinking myself a pro for years, was an Englhardt upright bass. A high school band director at a school I worked at threw it away because it was "in the way". When I was throwing my household's garbage in the dumpster after school there it was.

Asked about it the next day and was met with "take it home" to which I replied "already had".

I had to get a missing bridge but the soundposts were intact and the body has no cracks.

I thunk around on it a bit every now and then.

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Fiberglass insulation that had just fallen from a truck (which I had to bunnyhop like hell, on my steel beater no less ), keys, ballcaps, clothing, deer carcass, empties, and a bunch of threaded bolts, none of which I cared to pick up.

A staple and a rusty nail, both of which I picked up on two separate occasions. In my rear tire.
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Some of you must be riding in a different kind of location than I do. If I'm riding in the areas I like to ride, the most common thing I see within reach is roadkill.
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Originally Posted by Sprocket Man
That is one hell of a nice find!!! What condition was it in?
Rusty strings, the ag&e string were broken and the whammy bar was missing... some minor belt buckle rash(patina) and it plays beautifully. The case took the brunt of it. Did I mention it was in the case??? OK now I`m bragging

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Originally Posted by VegaVixen
deer carcass

Vega, If you bunny hop a deer carcass and then vigorously pull up on the bars the moment the back tire is traversing its mass you can catch major air, but we should probably talk about that in a different thread. We`ve perfected that in PA.

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Some of you must be riding in a different kind of location than I do. If I'm riding in the areas I like to ride, the most common thing I see within reach is roadkill.
Seriously though, where I find the big trash day treasure is in rich old money neiborhoods. I can`t haul the stuff on my bike so sometimes I`ll knock on the door and ask if I can set it aside and come back later If its a big ticket Item. Sometimes I get invited in to see if I want some more stuff that they couldn`t put on the curb like a new in the box hot tub. If you need a hardly used treadmill, stairclimber, rowing machine etc,,, you gotta surf the new money yuppie neiborhoods. Yard sales in wealthy neiborhoods suck cause they throw the good stuff out weekly. Yardsales in the working class neihborhoods are awesome cause they keep everything. I should write a book. When I`m in the countryside I ride fast and I am serious. There is a method to my madness.

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Lordy Jesus,where do I begin! I've been Dumpster Diving collage towns since the early 80's!! I'll just make a list of the more memorable finds...

Trek 950 Mtb
1964 Plymouth Fury (Parked next to dumpster with Title and Regie taped to windshield with this note..."If You can make this run you can have it") one Timing chain later I had a car!!
1/4 Lb Coloumbian smokeables
Laptops,towers,monitors,scanners ect...The one I'm typing on now is a Lawerance trash find!
more stereo equipment than I can remember.
Lots of top quality camping gear

And The Best...$3640 in an envelope in Bag of paper trash while doing the Student Moving Season in Cambridge Ma. Thanks to some not too attentive Harvard Student!!

Collage towns at the end of May are the best...If it does'nt fit in the car,it goes in the trash!!
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Many computer monitors
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$1200 Avocent DSR 1024
many autoview boards
Dell Inspiron 600m [needed a screen]

I need to see what else I can get.
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Awesome kindered spirits.... you know the ladies get some cool stuff too but are to proud to post. Come on girlies what have you scored? My lady got a funky lamp.

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I have found two leather dress coats. One, still in a dry cleaning bag, fit one foster daughter. The other had a couple of small paint spots on it and may be donated to Good Will some day. Endless supplies of narrow bike tubes.
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A full ATM Machine with keys, combination, owners' manual and paperwork including original bill of sale. I actually crammed it into the back of my Focus (and yes, the hatch closed just fine). It was about 350 pounds and made my rear suspension squat almost two inches.



I poked around in it, explored a bit, took some pics and wrote This Article which was published in 2600 Magazine. I still have it. If someone wants it, I will let it go for $100. It powers up and I don't know much about what it would take to "activate" it on an ATM network.

Over the past 4 years, I've found about 30 of these LaGard ComboGard 2 digital combination locks for gun vaults, safes, ATM machines, etc. in a local dumpster.

The problem was I didn't know the combination to unlock (and therefore reset and/or reuse, sell, or refurbish) the locks. A little trickery and I found out how. I also got another article published in 2600 for this. I sold the vast majority of them for about $50-$70 each on eBay. Maybe I should go see if there are any more...

I also found a somewhat beaten up Handkey II Biometric hand scanner. This is a biometric device that reads your hand profile and outline as well as a heat map of your blood vessels to authenticate you before granting you access to unlock a door.


I spent about $40 refurbishing it and putting a new high-security lock on it, and sold it for $425. They're $1200 new, so both the buyer and I got a good deal.

I've found tons of other security related stuff inclduing night-vision (0.002 LUX Black and white / IR) surveillance cameras, CCTV Monitors, keyed locks, old dial combination locks, etc. I've found loads and loads of working cellphones that just needed a little TLC. Whole computers that aren't really that slow, books, manuals, a TON of tools and elecrical/electronic supplies including my favorite soldering iron.

I found our 31" TV on the curb. Dead on arrival when I got it home. The HOT was disconnected. 30 seconds to pull the back off and about 5 minutes fixed it.



Basically, I've found tons of stuff in the trash, rescued it, refurbished it, and if I didn't need it, I got it to someone who did.
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I found a 4 cell Mag-Lite, still have it and use it.
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When I lived in NYC, we used to go to the Upper East Side on alternate Tuesdays at about 4 - a.m. to check thier trash before the Sanitation Dept came. Scored a brass music stand, a 1920's swivel office chair in need of 1 wheel, numerous large plants, a set of 4 designer chair frames, and a couple of couches.

After moving to WV, the pickings are slim - people sell stuff instead of tossing it!
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My neighbor had this Jeunet mixte frame out for trash pickup. I rescued it and built it up for a friend, using mostly bin parts.


Crappy photo I know...it's from a cell phone camera.
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I haven't been dumpster diving in a good 25 years, but during my high school & college years I accumulated a surprisinly large arsenal of tube power amps, all found in other people's trash.

These days I'm on the opposite side of the dumpster: Whenever my wife and I replace some furniture or computer equipment we briefly entertain the notion of trying to sell the older stuff on eBay or Craig's List. And (irrespective of what a complete nuisance selling crap online is) then I remember all the joy I got finding stuff in the trash, so I think "Let's give something back to the community; let's feed the cycle of karma" and we leave our crap on the curb.

And sure enough, it's always gone within 30 minutes.
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