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Old 07-04-11, 10:05 AM
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Not too old to still make noob mistakes

Jesus wept.

Big police escorted ride with Treasure Coast Cycling. 100+ riders.

Anyways in case you're so inclined do not put your money in the same jersey pocket that you'll be fishing around for your Fig Newtons in during a long ride.

Felt something fall out of my pocket and a minute or 2 later some people behind me told me I'm dropping money.

Since my group was not looking like they were going to stop while I turned around to try to track down a bill floating in the wind I decided that staying with the group for the last 25 miles was worth more than what I presumed was a 10$ bill.

Later my wife told me it was probably a 20.

It still would've been a miserable 25 mile solo ride though.

At least there were groups behind me. Some small consolation in that hopefully somebody suffering off the back had a reason to smile.
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Oh man, that sucks. I had a close call a couple of times and then I started bundling my ID/CC and cash into one with a rubber band. Left rear pocket along with other stuff I need to bring but won't need to pull out. Anything I need to grab along the ride goes in the right side.
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It must have been rough grinding out 25 miles without being able to stop for a pizza break.
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I almost got hit by an ambulance today.
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Oh man, that sucks. I had a close call a couple of times and then I started bundling my ID/CC and cash into one with a rubber band. Left rear pocket along with other stuff I need to bring but won't need to pull out. Anything I need to grab along the ride goes in the right side.
That's the way to do it of course. I have no idea why I put the bill in in my right pocket. There was a requested 5$ donation to pay for the escort and the other bill was for if I found myself off the back (it has happened) I could stop at a 7-11 as I meandered back to the start/finish. However the first 30 miles had gone great and I wasn't off the back. At least it was one of the better rides of decent distance that I've been able to do lately.
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When Ride The Rockies was in town last year I rode the first day with them over the Colorado National Monument. I was riding along up there and I spotted either a drivers license or a credit card (it may have been both, don't exactly recall) on the road. Stopped and picked it up. It was a person from California. I was able to track them down later in the day at the RTR tent city and give it back to them.

Then the next week when I was riding Bicycle Tour of Colorado I found another credit card on the road. Picked it up and turned it in to the BTC officials.

I have a small nylon drawstring bag that fits in my jersey pocket that I keep all my small items in (flat repair kit in underseat bag). My bf has two small red drawstring bags for his pockets he rides with all the time. One for his tool kit and the other for personal items. He does not use an underseat seat bag. We don't keep small items floating around by themselves in our jersey pockets.
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There are some rides that are worth paying the extra cash for. In retrospect, given how good the ride was for you, this ones appears to be just that. Some lucky person found the cash...probably someone who needed it more than you. Consider it a donation to your own bike karma fund.
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The nazis can harp all they want but I like a seat bag big enough for the tubes, tools, telephone, I.D. and money.

The jersey's for bananas and bottles.
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Old 07-04-11, 11:52 AM
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There are some rides that are worth paying the extra cash for. In retrospect, given how good the ride was for you, this ones appears to be just that. Some lucky person found the cash...probably someone who needed it more than you. Consider it a donation to your own bike karma fund.
Always willing to donate to that fund. I hope it wasn't one of the local homeowners who found it though. This happened on Jupiter Island and they certainly don't need my cash.

It is one of those lessons, I'm just exasperated that I had to teach it to myself after all of these years of riding. Oh well.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
It must have been rough grinding out 25 miles without being able to stop for a pizza break.



Mmmmmmmmmmmm....Pizzzzzaaaaaaaa........
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I almost got hit by an ambulance today.
Oh, the sad irony....
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Any my wife wonders why I've taken to riding as much as possible in jerseys with at least one zipper pocket for important/valuable things like money, ID, keys, and cell phone that I won't be taking out while riding.
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If your going to get hit by an automobile it might as well be that.
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That's reason #1 I don't carry cash. Debit card, DL, and cell phone, all zipped away in a pocket. Not going anywhere.

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If you are going to carry cash, follow the rules on set forth on the back of my mountain jersey:


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Walter, I was planning on going to do that ride actually. That was until about 11pm last night when, for no apparent reason, I decided to drive to Clermont instead to do a 50 mi ride solo. Weather was great and really enjoyed it. Hope you guys had a good time regardless of you throwing money around like a ****** LOL......
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Oh man, that sucks. I had a close call a couple of times and then I started bundling my ID/CC and cash into one with a rubber band. Left rear pocket along with other stuff I need to bring but won't need to pull out. Anything I need to grab along the ride goes in the right side.
same here, i reserve my left pocket for keys, ID/cash/debit card, and anything else i won't need to grab while riding
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Old 07-04-11, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by dgasmd
Walter, I was planning on going to do that ride actually. That was until about 11pm last night when, for no apparent reason, I decided to drive to Clermont instead to do a 50 mi ride solo. Weather was great and really enjoyed it. Hope you guys had a good time regardless of you throwing money around like a ****** LOL......


It was a very nice ride. Real good turn out. Easily 100+ riders and it's always nice having the police escort to wave you through the intersections. TCCA does a real nice job with these rides. In addition to the escort they have volunteers with water, Gator-Ade and fruit at the turn-around point if you want to stop.

You can ride any pace you want. The Treasure coast Racing team will take off at a designated point and ride upwards of 30mph. The main groups are 22 or so but there's plenty who will group together slower as well. As I said TCCA does a really nice job with the holiday rides. Even worth the "extra" money I "paid."
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Where are you riding next weekend?
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Old 07-04-11, 08:40 PM
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Around Crockett, TX as it turns out. Annual visit to the in-laws so I'll try to ride as much as possible.

I don't usually repeat mistakes but if you want to stay behind me, you never know.
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guys like you helped me recoup some of my entry fee for the tour de tucson a couple of years back. next time i am carrying a backpack for all of the stuff people threw away.
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Money and car keys go in the saddle bag. I'm not reaching for either of them while pedaling.
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guys like you helped me recoup some of my entry fee for the tour de tucson a couple of years back. next time i am carrying a backpack for all of the stuff people threw away.
On behalf of all my kindred with poor gear stowage genes...

You're welcome.
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My favorite jersey has a zippered pocket on the exterior of the left most pocket. That's where I stash loose cash/car key. That pocket is one of the reasons that it's my favorite jersey.
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I almost got hit by an ambulance today.
Originally Posted by mpath
Oh, the sad irony....

If I ever get hit by an ambulance I'll probably discover that my sister the paramedic was driving.
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This is precisely why I travel with my jersey wallet made by these guys:
https://www.soulrun.com/Our_Products.html

it's waterproof so my phone, money and any paper I need goes in there. I usually throw my levers in there as well. I also have one of their tool rolls. Great stuff
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