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Old 07-30-12, 07:03 AM
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Found a CR2032 battery. I put it in recycling.

Oh and yesterday's ride a (partial) box of brads
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Many years ago in a well-known tourist town, during a big event weekend in off-peak quiet time around sunrise, alongside the MUP connecting a couple of the larger hotels with the beach I found a zippered leather pouch approximately 6" x 4" x 2". There was no one else around at the moment, but literally thousands of tourists in town for the weekend. This pouch contained a significant quantity of ... substances and associated gear. Also, folded and tucked neatly in a separate compartment was $400.

I knew I'd soon pass a place where the police sit with radar. I guess I chose the sorta middle ground, morally. I pocketed the cash then rode up to the officer's window and handed him the pouch.
"Good morning. Hey I found this down near the beach. I think it contains controlled substances"
*unzips, looks inside* "Yes, it sure does. Thanks."
"Have a good day."
"You too."

.. and rode off.

I could have squandered the whole wad on some nice toys, and not even needed to hide it from the Spousal Unit - she kinda has that "easy come easy go " attitude about surprises and windfalls - but I didn't. As I recall I DID buy myself one whoppin' wonderful celebration lunch that day then stirred the rest into the general family fund.
Some friends of mine found $2000 is a canvas bag on the side of the road while riding. They took the moral high road and tried to return it. It was harder than one might have thought to try to return it to its owner (the cops didn't want anything to do with it).
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Some friends of mine found $2000 is a canvas bag on the side of the road while riding. They took the moral high road and tried to return it. It was harder than one might have thought to try to return it to its owner (the cops didn't want anything to do with it).
If there is identification with the money, return it to the owner. If no identification, just keep it, or better yet, donate it to a charity.
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found a 26x1.9-2.1 tubes inflated on the sidewalk acouple mornings ago ... no one around not by a driveway or anything so i snagged it ....

also found a 11mm .. 1/4 in drive socket .. in an intersection ..
found a 10mm .. 3/8 drive socket today .. im working on a set
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found a 10mm .. 3/8 drive socket today .. im working on a set
I actually did find a set during one of my lunchtime walks before my retirement. Inxpensive set in a plastic box about 12" x 4" with ratchet and two extensions, plus standard and metric assortment of sockets. I still use them.

Found this today in the right lane of U.S. 1 near home, 48oz. Snap-On deadblow hammer. Probably not cheap, and just the thing you want when the "Get a bigger hammer" calls go out.
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I actually did find a set during one of my lunchtime walks before my retirement. Inxpensive set in a plastic box about 12" x 4" with ratchet and two extensions, plus standard and metric assortment of sockets. I still use them.

Found this today in the right lane of U.S. 1 near home, 48oz. Snap-On deadblow hammer. Probably not cheap, and just the thing you want when the "Get a bigger hammer" calls go out.
Add a little padding of some kind and I could use that to help gently tap my DS crank out when it doesn't want to come. Nice.
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Old 03-09-20, 11:33 AM
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A little off the "cycling" topic but during my college years I worked for the Highway Dept during the Summer months. Each Friday and again on Monday I was the lucky one who got to do the "dead run" which was to dispose of the dead animals and large trash items on primary roads. Two of these roads were major interstates and I would always check the ends of bridges or curves which would dislodge loose items and it was absolutely amazing at what you would find. I nearly furnished the family farm with all the chains, ratchet straps, and misc hardware.
Then there was the plethora of items that I wouldnt touch such as:
-Needles
-porn magazines
-bread bags full of urine
-clothing of all types
Not to mention some stories of removing some dead animals that would put a gag response on the strongest.

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Sockets, one a year. But I expect it'll take a hundred years to make a complete set.
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I found this thread after it was dead for over 7 years. Quite a find and still fresh
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Probably some where in this thread I mentioned I found a back pack with a $1000 laptop in it.
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Probably not cheap...
I looked it up. #HBFE48 , $87.50.

Holy crap.
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Number 1 item I find on the road is empty Busch Light cans. Occasionally I find a full one and take it as a good omen that the biking gods want me to drink one.
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Does anyone know what this thingy is? It has a flashing light that I saw on the ground when I was riding before sunrise. Behind the big part is a power button and the small circle thing with Avia logo is a battery. It's six inches long. I couldn't find it in an internet search.

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Does anyone know what this thingy is? It has a flashing light that I saw on the ground when I was riding before sunrise. Behind the big part is a power button and the small circle thing with Avia logo is a battery. It's six inches long. I couldn't find it in an internet search.


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https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Avia-Hi...edirect=mobile
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In other threads here on BF.net, I have described how I count the coins alongside the road while on my commute. When it totals more than a couple of bucks, I pick it up and buy myself a treat at DQ (which is also along my commute).

Other items - shoes, baseball caps, sunglasses, used condoms, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, sockets (even a whole 1/4"drive set in a case), hammers, CDs, even a few cassette tapes. Lots of roadkill.

Things I find that pizz me off is the spent CO2 cartridges and used inner tubes left behind from roadies... If you had the room to take them on the ride, take the used stuff with you! I HATE litterbugs!
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I still tour with a lightweight hoodie I found on the side of a road in MT in 2016.

During my tour last month I saw the remains of a dresses deer just off the road. The flesh was still red so it must have been recent.
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I found a back pack on the bike path. It had a $1000 lap top in it. I got it back to its owner, and he promised a reward. Never did get one tho.
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I've started to get into metal detecting, but I find that it is easier to find neat stuff (and not so neat stuff) along the side of the road. I didn't use to stop and pick things up, unless it was the iPad I found east of the Grand Tetons. Now because I am older and my old back needs a stretch frequently, I stop for most items. I should never have to buy a tarp strap again. And if I put in enough miles in the farm communities, my tool needs should be mostly met by pedaling a few thousand miles a year. I just need to remember to attach an extra frame bag on the journey in which to place my finds.
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I've found tools, a Columbia hoodie, coins. Most interesting find was a hand held gas detector that retails for $3000. Was eventually able to track down the owner, a local fire department.

While not exactly a find, I regularly see evidence of the Jagermeister Man who drops those characteristic little green shooter bottles along many of the roads I frequent. Yesterday saw one in the parking lot of the grocery store. Who is this guy?
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We are at the edge of town so get things dumped, only ones I even look at are bicycles. I tried a few times to post serial numbers on registries but nothing ever worked out other than just donating them.
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I found a back pack on the bike path. It had a $1000 lap top in it. I got it back to its owner, and he promised a reward. Never did get one tho.
It just doesn't make any sense.
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Found two $100 bills, bungee cords and various tools. Nothing super exciting.
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Coins. A little background: my commute used to take me across the river on a two lane toll bridge, Richmond's famed Nickel Bridge (actually the Boulevard Bridge and the toll is now 35 cents) and cyclists must dismount and walk across on the sidewalk. The descent and the climb are long on both sides with a pretty good grade and the toll booth is at the far (north) end of this photo. Heading home (north) I would always check behind me for overtaking traffic and then go as far as I could before having to dismount. This was back before they added the separating walls between walkways and roadway.

Anyway, while walking I'd console myself by checking the gutter for change. I found a lot of change. Most days a buck or more. It wasn't wages, but I considered it payment for not being allowed to ride across.
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I find all manor of things on the roadside on my rides.
The best one this year was a double bladed axe. (I guess Paul Bunyon passed by.)
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Coins. A little background: my commute used to take me across the river on a two lane toll bridge, Richmond's famed Nickel Bridge (actually the Boulevard Bridge and the toll is now 35 cents) and cyclists must dismount and walk across on the sidewalk. The descent and the climb are long on both sides with a pretty good grade and the toll booth is at the far (north) end of this photo. Heading home (north) I would always check behind me for overtaking traffic and then go as far as I could before having to dismount. This was back before they added the separating walls between walkways and roadway.

Anyway, while walking I'd console myself by checking the gutter for change. I found a lot of change. Most days a buck or more. It wasn't wages, but I considered it payment for not being allowed to ride across.
I've kayaked under the Nickel Bridge and looked up at the bridge structure and heard it creaking. It was built in 1925. I don't drive over it anymore.
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