What is the best booty you have found on your commute

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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby simmo71 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:52 pm

hotfoot wrote:A real fancy camera..took it to the cops..after spending ages convincing them I hadn't stolen it...turns out it was stolen not lost..unfortunately I didn't get it back as unclaimed property...owners claimed it. Damn my honesty.


But at least you have a clear conscience, and good karma will be coming your way.
Better luck next time, eyes peeled.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby just4tehhalibut » Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:33 am

There's a similar thread to this, much advanced in age, on the Bike Vic forums. Worth a read too.

I seem to have a knack for finding things, tools and wallets being common. Generally I think this relates to how things get lost; if I ride through a neat middle class area like Como near Manning Rd I seem to find 2 dollar coins lately, if I ride along the main roads connecting boganville I find stuff thrown out of stolen cars, I've a great collection of pocketknives from outside my local shopping centre, you get the idea. And people seem to be clumsy, lose things. Roundabouts are good for lost valuables, just as traffic lights collect tyre-piercing bits.

I've stopped trying to contact the people who've lost mobile phones, I've had too many hiccups from this (teenagers!) and just hand them in to the cop shop. Contents of wallets, the trail of credit and business cards that you see sometimes strewn down a road after a break in, robbery or car theft I usually gather up and try to find the owner. Sometimes they're lucky and the wallet has money, the biggest find like this was a wallet stuffed with 50s and 100s, looked like a month's pay and the owner wanted to give me a 100 as reward, no doing. The first time that I found valuables and didn't try to find the owner immediately I was contacted six months after I'd handed it in to the cops, the owner wanted to find the missing papers that'd been with the briefcase; if there's that long a delay with the cops it's better to find the owner yourself. Rarely have I seen a motorist stop to clear an obstruction off a road, the most eager case was when a ute in front lost a whippersnipper, the next car got to it before I could rescue it, probably the last the real owner would've seen of it. Biggest thing otherwise that I've had to pass up was a sledgehammer, spotted on a country road while doing a 1000km Audax; no thanks! Weirdest find was a 50 buck note standing up on its side above a sewer grate, fluttered in as I rode past and I got help from some Adelaide council workers only yards away to get it out. Then there was that 7 foot crowbar found just down the road from the servo that was broken into, hell of a ride home that day.

It isn't that I don't pay attention to the road while riding, I seem to pay more attention because I'm on the bike, as well as going the right speed to bother stopping. Keeping the roads clean, one wallet at a time.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby trailgumby » Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:57 am

Best find was a multi-tool with chain breaker. Various lights. Second-most useful was a rubber mallet.

I always try to find the owner by posting on a local forum or leaving a sign up at the point of fiinding.
* Most irritating was a bike computer the owner didn't pick up for months. I had to hassle him to come and get it.
* Most rewarding was an expensive kids wetsuit that I found while surfing at Harbord/Freshwater - they were so grateful to get it back. :D

Cash rewards I turn down but when they've gone to the trouble to buy a gift it feels rude to decline.

Last night I found a MyBus3 Travel10 ticket on the pavement at Wynyard - unused! Unfortunately no way to confirm the bona-fides of the owner with that one.

Lost items? My Garmin 705 disappeared off my stem when I had to bail out of a near-OTB in a 4-hour race at Yellowmundee mtb circuit beginning of last year. Didn't notice until I was part-way around the circuit. I finished my lap, got my temperature back down with the ice bag (it was a 43C day) and was about to head out to go look when an announcement came over the race control PA that one had been handed in - it was mine! Yay!

Almost as good as getting it back was removal of the prospect of having to explain to the Minister for Finance that it had been lost. :oops: Would have been nice to find the hander-innerer and share some of the booty I won for our podium placing.

Now I have a secondary retention system.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby simmo71 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:16 am

Picked up a few hex keys from the traffic lights yesterday. The slip lane with red arrow causes a lot of stuff to fall off tradies utes. :lol:
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby Blackrock » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:48 pm

Found a wallet that must have fallen off a roof going around the corner. Only had some bank cards in it, so tried to call the bank. They talked for a bit and cancelled the dudes cards. Oops. Took it to the cops and got a call the next day. Teh guy wanted to take me out to dinner, to which I declined. Kinda weird way to say thank you...

Worst thing I've lost is the little tightening thing that goes on your bike pump to seal in the valve. They jsut don't work with those!!! Cost me $40 to get a different brand after only using that one for a single puncture!! Perfectly good pump, but useless without the little tightening thingy....
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby just4tehhalibut » Wed May 02, 2012 10:48 pm

Just a heads up for anyone who lost their sex toy, it's sitting on, sorry standing on Rockingham Rd, Wattleup and awaiting your collection. I passed on picking it up and dropping it off at the local cop shop as 'lost and found', do the local cops have a sense of humour or what?

Found a reflective vest the other day, will be handy.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby WestcoastPete » Thu May 03, 2012 1:36 pm

Picked up an extension bar for a 1/4" drive socket set yesterday. Whoopy do...
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby pacra » Fri May 04, 2012 8:43 pm

a $20 note ironed flat in the bike lane in pouring rain.
According to a solicitor friend I was legally required to hand it in as lost property.
Having guiltily spent it do I now expect that knock on the door.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby simmo71 » Sat May 05, 2012 10:12 am

pacra wrote:a $20 note ironed flat in the bike lane in pouring rain.
According to a solicitor friend I was legally required to hand it in as lost property.
Having guiltily spent it do I now expect that knock on the door.
Cash in the bikelane is compensation for all the broken glass you have to enure and is classed as income. Don't forget to decare on your tax return this financial year. The act of picking it up was work so your bike is now a tax deduction!
If only!
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby jasonc » Mon May 07, 2012 9:22 am

simmo71 wrote:
pacra wrote:a $20 note ironed flat in the bike lane in pouring rain.
According to a solicitor friend I was legally required to hand it in as lost property.
Having guiltily spent it do I now expect that knock on the door.
Cash in the bikelane is compensation for all the broken glass you have to enure and is classed as income. Don't forget to decare on your tax return this financial year. The act of picking it up was work so your bike is now a tax deduction!
If only!

be easier if he had an ABN and issues a tax invoice to the council ($25 administration fee, of course)
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby diggler » Fri May 11, 2012 12:01 am

Samsung Galaxy 2

thousands of L and P plates

high visibility vest

I did lose some vibrators so I guess it evens out.
That's what a fool does. I'm invincible, I'm paying money ... uh ... The girl's happy, she's got no money, I got my rocks off. How good is this?
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby wexford » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:31 am

PIcked up a brilliant pair of Oakleys in the middle of the bush a few weekends back. I saw them coming around a corner on the trail and was actually aiming for them before my mind clicked in and said "hey, sunnies!". Carried them back to the car park and considered options - no means of leaving a note. Opted to keep them.

They're now my MTB sunnies :D

Having lost three pairs of good (expensive) sunnies, two of them having been stolen, I feel no guilt.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby BandedRail » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:44 pm

Found a pair of Rai Bans but they neither fitted nor suited me (best for a small-faced pilot or 70's porn star ) but my wife found a great pair of Spotter Cruiz on her commute the other day - just right for me 8) :D 8)

Also seem to find lots of good rolls of tape (duct, masking, electrical and packing), haven't had to buy any for years.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby simmo71 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:07 pm

BandedRail wrote:
Also seem to find lots of good rolls of tape (duct, masking, electrical and packing), haven't had to buy any for years.


You must be lucky to follow the right roads!
The frequency and type of booty that you find is certainly influenced by the types of roads traversed. Detouring through commercial areas is great if you dont mind flats.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby Comedian » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:50 am

I found a giant CO2 inflator on a river loop. :)

Also found a speedo at gap creek. Put a message up on MTB dirt but no takers..
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby LG » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:18 pm

Lot's of fishing in my area and stuff falls out of boats being towed on trailers all the time - filleting knife, tools, lifejacket, plenty of shackles and shackle pins etc. Found a chainsaw on my ride to work once as well, it was a bit smashed up though.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby LG » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:38 pm

Oh yeah - about 6 months ago I turned up at work with 2 brand new 50m lengths of 9mm rope on top of the panniers. Certainly weighed the bike down a bit.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby LG » Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:10 pm

Found a hammer beside the road this morning.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby uncle arthur » Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:08 pm

LG wrote:Found a hammer beside the road this morning.


WOW!!! You really nailed it!

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
What is it with cycling? 30+ kmh and lycra???!!!
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby JustJames » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:36 pm

LG wrote:Found a hammer beside the road this morning.


Could you touch it?
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby shann » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:33 pm

Found a hack saw the other day, but couldn't bring it home.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby LG » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:36 am

uncle arthur wrote:
LG wrote:Found a hammer beside the road this morning.


WOW!!! You really nailed it!

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Love your work :lol:. I must say they are not the most comfortable thing to carry in a rear jersey pocket. The hammer has been donated to a local community group.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby simonn » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:49 am

Found one of those tool boxes which fit into bottle cages with some hex keys, tyre leaves, a 26" tube etc. I use the tool box all the time now.

Have also found yellow/orange lensed glasses and a blinky - alas no mount and it does not use a superflash one that I have loads of.
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby jasonc » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:10 am

simonn wrote:Found one of those tool boxes which fit into bottle cages with some hex keys, tyre leaves, a 26" tube etc. I use the tool box all the time now.

Have also found yellow/orange lensed glasses and a blinky - alas no mount and it does not use a superflash one that I have loads of.


i've swap you a mount for a boardman CX pro
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Re: What is the best booty you have found on your commute

Postby Big_Red » Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:56 pm

Sadly all i've seen on my commute is a bright red frame pump, in the gutter forlornly missing its owner, but i flew past too fast to contemplate turning around to pick up. Oh, and lots of dead possums that range from fresh 'n juicy to pancaked into an almost unrecognisable mess. Ewww.
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