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    Found any roadside treasure on yer commute?

    I have, on occasion, found items of value laying along the road.
    over the past 2 seasons, I've picked up
    3 DVD movies, various tools, baseball caps
    ....but the best was a few weeks ago when I found a nice pair or Oakley M-frames laying right on the white line, in near new condition

    What prizes have you found?

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    Cheap folding knife, a billiard ball (?), a Snap-On 1/4" ratchet, assorted pliers and wrenches. Best thing I've found on my commute was a filthy DeWalt DW9109 charger, which I cleaned up, found out it still worked, and then hacked so I could charge my homebrew light's battery pack with it while driving to the trails.

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    A quarter at my stop for an intersection. A very long extension cord but it was damaged from dragging a bit so I hung it on the nearest mailbox for the landowner or someone driving by to claim. Also these:



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    and they make a nice display with the tropical ones from the butterfly gardens.

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    Estwing hammer, tape measure, wallet (owner located), work gloves. Best find ever was not on a commute; I was riding on a discontinued town road that became a snowmachine trail, and found an 1865 Indian Head penny. I imagined someone dropping it while hitching up their horse & wagon.

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    A used hypodermic needle with accompanying spoon
    a crack pipe
    lots of bits off of cars
    and I'm pretty sure I saw a fetus last month

    I have not stopped to pick up any of these items.

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    1 cellphone (found out who owner was, returned it)
    1 Logitech cordless mouse (with USB dongle thingy)
    3 full water bottles (left them where I found them)
    countless piles of horsecrap (left them where I found them)
    lots of broken glass (my tires decided to embrace it many times)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    I was riding on a discontinued town road that became a snowmachine trail, and found an 1865 Indian Head penny. I imagined someone dropping it while hitching up their horse & wagon.
    Now that is freakin’ sweet!
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    I love the thread idea. I've only just started commuting to work this week (62 miles so far) and already found 2 burned cd's, one awful, the other made a better frisbee, a single work glove and a rusty craftsman screwdriver with a lifetime warranty I just might try to get exchanged.
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    Though I haven't ridden my commute yet, I've walked along the shoulder plenty of times (my mechanic is located on the same road so I'll drop the car off for service and walk home).

    Most finds are road kill -- dead crows and other small birds and the occasional squirrel or possum all in various states of decay. I leave those there...

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    cd's
    bungee cords
    dead animals

    i only retrieve the bungee cords if they are in decent shape

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    For those of you in California - http://www.wildlifecrossing.net/california/

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    plenty of good stuff including money. craftsman screw drivers, pliers. duralast pliers. channelock brand wire cutters. malco snips. blue point hammer. wrenches. i like picking up the tools because i can use them at work as a bike mechanic

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    Novara rain pants, perfect fit!

    Planet bike superflash rear light, use it everyday!

    Craftsman 10mm / 11mm wrench, now part of my tool kit!

    Headband . . .

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    Sugoi helmet rain cover - right when I needed one.

    Full sized sledge hammer. That was fun to ride home with - especially up the hill to my house. Starting up at intersections was an interesting juggling/balance act.

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    Found a Benchmade 912SBKD2 one day... Sent it back to Benchmade for a clean/tune-up/general once over and had my last name engraved at the same time. It's a great EDC knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubernerd
    Full sized sledge hammer. That was fun to ride home with - especially up the hill to my house. Starting up at intersections was an interesting juggling/balance act.
    Glad you weren't behind the truck that fell off of!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubernerd
    Full sized sledge hammer. That was fun to ride home with - especially up the hill to my house. Starting up at intersections was an interesting juggling/balance act.
    Dang! I wondered where that go to!

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    A very large brown dildo.
    A full size bike pump.
    A 9mm Czech made semi-auto pistol (turned in to police never touched it with bare fingers)
    Many multi tools on the trails
    http://www.nbbikes.com/
    ^^^Best Bike Shop of MTBR 2008^^^

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    Not nearly enough stuff, really, you'd think a mess load of wallets, stolen goods thrown away in haste. Stuff like that...in my fantasies. But really, c'mon...just mess. Okay, I did find a box of auger bits down in a ditch- damn heavy. Had to wait and pick up later.

    Now, mountain biking...plenty of strange stuff hidden in the backwoods such as...

    http://www.ruralmysteries.com/blog/i...04boxingcage01



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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    Dang! I wondered where that go to!
    I'd be happy to "give it back". There are some house projects requiring it that have to be done this weekend. It's be a shame if I didn't have it any more and had to go riding instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubernerd
    I'd be happy to "give it back". There are some house projects requiring it that have to be done this weekend. It's be a shame if I didn't have it any more and had to go riding instead.
    Could you imagine THAT in a 'flat rate' USPS box?! Finders keepers!

    Passionate purple panties left untouched, but not without daydreams of delightful daliances and a post in thread on random thoughts.

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    I found a cell phone. Conveniently it was the exact model I already had and was going to replace soon due to having been dropped too many times. The one I found had the battery removed, the SIM card removed, and the battery cover put back on. No numbers in it but had a few pictures. I ended up getting a year of use with my old battery in it.

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    I got a nice SKS seat post mount rear fender. Fits my bike just fine.

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    Took the long way home after work in winter and found a
    18" ridged pipe wrench
    The other day found a bowl full of nuts and bolt scattered on the rd, yeah i had to stop and pick them up.
    Then there are those miscellanies screw drivers, bungee cords, and wrenches. you sure can find alot at 10mph.

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    I found a a plastic cigarette case with some weed,papers and a little bic lighter in it.

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    Ray Bans, cash, tools, bike parts, porn, cds, cell phones, and the best was an ice cold gatorade sealed sitting upright on a 100 degree day.

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    golf balls
    '10 Rockhopper SL Comp 29er

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    Riding to work last summer I found a Stella Artois glass in perfect condition, with the gold rim and everything, just sitting on the sidewalk.
    "Careful. We don't want to learn from this." -- Calvin & Hobbes

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    I found some awesome, tough nylon-ish cord wrapped around a piece of wood. It was handy at work.

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    My best find was a full chef's fold with 2 x 8" knives, carving, paring, blades. All Wustof. probably around $400 worth of kit. Market Street SF. I posted a found notice on craigslist but got no response.
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    Is this treasure?


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    [QUOTE=BillTCat]Is this treasure?

    Did you find the box, or is that just what you harvested out of your tires?

    Must have been fun having that weight on a rear rack, nice and high, messing up C of G.

    Once upon a time, as a sailor on shore leave in Tahiti, that collection could have made you very happy. Unfortunately , the trading value for used hardware has dropped rather a lot even in the farthest flung markets since then.

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    a box of tetanus?

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    I found a Snap On 3/4" 80 tooth extended handle ratchet last week. Like this one but with some scratches.

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    One of these this morning.
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    Slightly more beat up, but same icy blue color.

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    I found $240.00 cash wrapped in a rubber band run over many times....


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    A pair of Fox MTB gloves...I'm still using them five years later.
    "You don't need a lighter bike, you need bigger muscles"

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    thats a very nice ratchet. you got a good deal on it =p

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    gonna try to remember all my road swagg, throw in the mtn swagg as well; 1 pump ,pair of glasses,5 dollar bill, various change, un opened gatorade(last week in ringwood), a couple of plyers over the years a few open end wrenches.At least a couple of screw drivers, my tires have found a couple of screws and a few nails ,but i've never found a hammer. I found a dirt bike off the side of the trail once, left that. Found a jumper once under the george washington bridge, left him alone, went and got the police.

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    Today's find, snow helmet in the ditch, well used but serviceable. I must have looked very safety concious, wearing 1 helmet & carrying another. Put it in Lost & Found on craigslist, but could been there in the snowbank a while. If you wear a Large & need one, let me know. Smith Variant Brim, army green.

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    Last spring I found a nice pair of Underarmour gloves in a residential neighborhood, but somehow, over the winter, I misplaced them myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Today's find, snow helmet in the ditch, well used but serviceable. I must have looked very safety concious, wearing 1 helmet & carrying another. Put it in Lost & Found on craigslist, but could been there in the snowbank a while. If you wear a Large & need one, let me know. Smith Variant Brim, army green.
    Wow, that's a nice helmet!

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    A huge cast iron skillet, now used daily.
    Two disposed of bikes, stripped of many parts. Except cranks and a rear rack. Now have two extra sets of Deore square taper cranks and a rack on my commuter.
    I often pass things and am too into the ride to turn around and pick it up. Always kick myself for it later.
    "...like sex with the trail." - Boe

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumblemumble
    A huge cast iron skillet, now used daily.
    I find that strangely humorous...

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    Yes, stumble, am impressed with your cargo-carrying feats. Plus I want one of those heavy skillets. My gram always said never scrub them, just wipe if possible.

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    Sorry, have to promote cast iron...

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Yes, stumble, am impressed with your cargo-carrying feats. Plus I want one of those heavy skillets. My gram always said never scrub them, just wipe if possible.
    LOL. Things like those I hide and pick up with later when in the truck. I switched entirely to cast iron. You don't use soap, just rinse (avoid scrubbing if possible). That layer of black is carbonized fat that is bonded to the iron, basically a natural Teflon coating. You actually get a small amount of iron added to your diet cooking on cast iron. It's good for you, and a lot better than a small amount of Teflon in your diet. If you're looking this is a great combo, the pan fits as a lid for the pot and vice versa:
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    ^^ and I learned from a friend in water quality that teflon is the new DDT,mercury, etc., they are finding it in fish all over -ick. It's in a lot of waterproofed bike stuff too.

    But you burst my bubble, I liked the image of the biker balancing the skillet and bike frames en route.

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    I have a cast iron kettle from the civil war. Didn't find it on the side of the road though.

    I found a pretty nice Gerber multitool (leatherman-type deal) and a pair of leather work gloves that fit great. I got a season of woodcutting out of the gloves, and I use the multitool all the time.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Not on my commute, but I was leisurely cruising around some neighborhoods with a buddy and picked up a Benchmade Nimravus (a knife) from the middle of an intersection. I gave it to my dad and he sent it into Benchmade to get the blade reworked. It had gotten pretty messed up after falling off of a moving car. Minus the cost of shipping and fixing the blade, it was about a $75 profit.

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    Aw, man! When this thread was fresh I racked my brain tyring to think of something better than bungie cords that I`d found while riding. But I came up with a big fat nothing. Now that it`s active again, I tried again and still just bungie cords- I must be very unobservant! Since I have nothing to share for bicycling loot, I`ll tell you all about my favorite non-biking find.

    The find took place on an internal combustion camping and recon mission with my buddy from Boise. It was laying in the middle of a dirt road near Sunbeam, ID. I stopped to grab it and have been using it ever since. It was....

    an 18 inch round grill from a patio barbecue, and worth AT LEAST $0.50 if I had sourced it from the finest garage sale in the land!

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