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Do you pick stuff off the ground? If so, what have you found?

Old 05-31-15, 10:47 PM
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Do you pick stuff off the ground? If so, what have you found?

We cyclists go for long distances, often in high population areas, and we pass things that car drivers will not see or stop for.

I ride by a golf course, and often see golf balls in the gutter. I stop and turn back to get them, and throw them to some golfers for them to use.

I've found car emblems, and car parts. I find a lot of clothing left behind. Some books.

I found an iPad Air, but it was completely demolished but in one piece, and got some money for it on eBay.

What have you guys found? Or do you not bother with it?
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Old 06-01-15, 02:00 AM
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Tools, home improvement items, car parts BUT best of all is money!

I am so bad, I have stopped riding with the group of guys, picked up the coin(s), then had to work my but off to catch them.

I am so bad, the guys sometimes throw down coins when we get to a gas station or a traffic light. All good hearted actions.

I am so bad, my 7yo grand-daughter looks for coins to pick up "just like grandpa."
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Old 06-01-15, 03:35 AM
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I'll stop and pick up bolts and nails I find along the bike path.
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Old 06-01-15, 04:54 AM
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The neatest thing I found on the side of the road was a Topeak carbon fiber mini bike pump. It was scratched up a little, but seems to work fine. That's the pump I carry with me on the commute now.
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Old 06-01-15, 06:23 AM
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last month I found a set of car keys and an inhaler. I left it on one of the bollards on the bike path
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Old 06-01-15, 06:29 AM
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I found a backpack with a $1000 laptop in it. When I returned it there was no offer of a reward. He was a university professor.
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Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
last month I found a set of car keys and an inhaler. I left it on one of the bollards on the bike path
Empty or not? When my wife forgets her inhaler its terrifying.

I havn't found anything recently but i stop for cool stuff sometimes, i found $30 on the road once.
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Old 06-01-15, 12:40 PM
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On the local MUP I found a $5 bill and also a flashing bike tail light that works and has good batteries in it. I also found a really nice pair of sunglasses in my subdivision. That's it so far. I've seen numerous balls (baseballs, nerf footballs, etc.) along the road of my subdivision but I dont bother with them. I've seen a few decent kids bikes set out for trash but never went back with my truck to get them. You never know with that stuff if it's in working order or not and my kid has a decent bike.

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Old 06-01-15, 12:45 PM
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Best thing I ever found was a men's leather jacket. My guy wore it to death.
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Originally Posted by HBxRider View Post
I found an iPad Air, but it was completely demolished but in one piece, and got some money for it on eBay.
Yep, a busted iPad Air, $299, and a trip to an Apple store and you can swap it out for a fresh refurbished unit via the Out Of Warranty repair/replacement program. Not that great a deal if a base model but could be lucrative if it were a higher storage or cellular model.

https://www.apple.com/support/ipad/repair/other/
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Old 06-01-15, 12:54 PM
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I haven't found anything I've kept yet. I saw a half a sandwich the other day. Left it. There's a pretty large sized leopard print bra hanging on a post near my lunchtime running route the past few days. I can't imagine that could work out well if I were to bring it home for DW.

I saw a bright pink Maltese dog running loose on Saturday. If my owner had done that to me I'd probably run away too.

If someone finds a Bontrager Flare 3 tail light that's missing the brass insert used to screw-mount it to a rack let me know. I still have the insert and screw firmly attached to my rack. The Flare3 not so much.
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Old 06-01-15, 02:40 PM
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i trim my horse's hooves using a big rasp. it's sharp and leather gloves are necessary. i rode past a pair of leather gloves by the side of the road near a construction project the other day. turned around and picked them up. my old gloves are way, way past the point where they need to be replaced and these 'new to me' gloves will be a big improvement.
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Old 06-01-15, 02:48 PM
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Mostly tools. All the "Snap-On" tools in my tool box (not many, but more than just a couple) are road finds.
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Originally Posted by Alaraine View Post
Empty or not? When my wife forgets her inhaler its terrifying.

I havn't found anything recently but i stop for cool stuff sometimes, i found $30 on the road once.
I didn't want to mess with someones medicine so I didn't try it or even shake it, if it had the person's phone number on it, I would have called since I had their keys to the car. But I wasn't going to waste too much time asking everyone that passed by that point if they lost an inhaler. and I couldn't think of any thing else to do.
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Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
I didn't want to mess with someones medicine so I didn't try it or even shake it, if it had the person's phone number on it, I would have called since I had their keys to the car. But I wasn't going to waste too much time asking everyone that passed by that point if they lost an inhaler. and I couldn't think of any thing else to do.
Inhalers have a numeric counter on the backside, guess i just assumed everyone knew that... oops.
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Old 06-01-15, 07:32 PM
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Inhalers have a numeric counter on the backside, guess i just assumed everyone knew that... oops.
Some do, but by no means do all inhalers have a counter.
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Old 06-01-15, 07:51 PM
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When I sees something on the ground, as I cycle. With the bike I have. I always take that as a set-up, in that I be(en) entrapped. As my cycling concentration been lost.
In that it's a set-up, so that one hijacks me/my bike.
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I was raised as a hunter and fisherman. I was taught to leave the place better than when I got there . I pick up anything that could be a hazard and will pick up trash often I can't carry it all but if we all pick up a little it will go a long ways I give bobbers I pick up in the kayak to kids fishing often . I stopped once in the truck and picked up a dewalt case it had a complete 9.6 drill in it I used it for years. I won't even leave a shell casing in the woods if I can find them
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I'm sure that plumberroy has found/collected plastic grocery bags. That will assist the environment in doing so.
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I found a pretty decent hammer, a pair of wire strippers and an automated flue damper for a gas water heater still in the box. Once I came across something that looked like styrofoam, but it was still there a few days later so stopped for a closer look. It was a 2" thick 2 foot long chunk of terrazzo with rebar in it. It would be a very bad idea to accidentally run over that so I moved it off the shoulder.
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Wallet that I turned in to local police, two cell phones which I returned service provider so they could find owner, lots of open end and box end wrenches. I see that JohnDThompson above finds Snap-On tools; curiously I've only found Craftsman. Those I keep.
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Old 06-02-15, 06:37 AM
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Have found lots of tools. The occasional cell phone. A large pink "adult" toy which sat near someone's driveway for about a week - I can only imagine it was a prank.

Found a big 6 or 8" diameter valve thing that had obviously fallen off a firetruck - it weighed about 20 pounds and I rode a mile or so to the closest fire station with it.

Last year found a nice new Samsung Galaxy something or other - was able to return it on my commute home without even going out of the way. Lady dropped it off the top of her car.

Have "rescued" a few loose dogs that were wandering around a busy 55mph road that I typically use on my commute.
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In one rural area I lived a few years ago, you could really see the meth epidemic in action. There were bunches of those "jug cookers" along the side of the road near the truck stop. It was actually interesting that, since they will condemn a home for having it made there...but cleanup the dangers along the side of the road, not so much.
Here it's beer bottles. I am not sure I feel safer....

Biggest keepable along the side of the road here are leather gloves. See lots and lots of them.
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