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Old 03-01-21, 09:53 AM
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What are these little things?

You can see the scale compared to college rule lined paper.
They are metal and each has 2 tiny bumps along one side of the length.

Oh, and this isn't a contest where I reveal the answer. My wife found them between 3 bikes I am working on and I am dumbfounded as to what they are for.



...mark this down as a dumb workday winter thread.
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Curious. What exactly is meant by "between 3 bikes?"
Are the long parts tubular?
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Your missing one. keep digging. Change any brake pads lately?
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Your missing one. keep digging. Change any brake pads lately?
I havent changed brake pads. The pads I use are below.

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Old 03-01-21, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
Curious. What exactly is meant by "between 3 bikes?"
Are the long parts tubular?
I had 3 bikes all next to one another that I was working on over the weekend in what used to be a spare room and has been an office for me and my wife over the last year. I moved them out of our 'office' this morning and my wife saw these on the ground where the bikes were. We then got into an fun back and forth where she declared they are bike parts because there is dirt/grease on em and I looked dumbfounded the whole time since I have no idea what they are.

The long part isnt tubular. Its solid metal and is flat on all sides.
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I believe those are the three things you are to toss in the garbage when they're left on the floor after you move your bikes out of the room.
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Definitely unobtanium. You'll get the big bucks for them on the ebays.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
I believe those are the three things you are to toss in the garbage when they're left on the floor after you move your bikes out of the room.
They are as useful as the 3 bolts left over from when I built cribs for my kids? Perfect- into the garbage they go!
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Heck put them on eBay.
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My guess is speed skating blades for 1-1/2 mice.
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
My guess is speed skating blades for 1-1/2 mice.
Well that one got a laugh out of my better half. Thanks
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Obviously, bicycle poop.
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Wow, these look so much like the "runners" on the underside of my Apple wireless mouse, flanking the battery compartment.
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
My guess is speed skating blades for 1-1/2 mice.
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Well that one got a laugh out of my better half. Thanks
Shouldn't that be for three-quarters of a mouse?
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
Shouldn't that be for three-quarters of a mouse?
Most of the mice I have seen speed skating were able to do it on hind legs only. Long track, anyway.
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These are obviously the wheel balancing weights from one of your bikes.
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
Most of the mice I have seen speed skating were able to do it on hind legs only. Long track, anyway.
That'll teach me to question the wisdom of an expert.
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These are obviously the wheel balancing weights from one of your bikes.
This. At high speed you'll think the road is wavey, but it's the subtle weight imperfections of the wheels that will cause the rocking.

Fortunately, because you found three, at least one bike should still have one on the rim.
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Fortunately, because you found three, at least one bike should still have one on the rim.
Or three bikes still have one.

I don’t know if you’re being serious or not, but how do they attach to a rim?

They look very small, my wheel building skills are not at a level that these would make any difference.

Just put them in the Box O’ Crap.
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I don’t know if you’re being serious or not, but how do they attach to a rim?
I was kidding.

As a serious guess, maybe part of a reflector, the kind that wedges onto a pair of spokes? Hard to imagine three breaking at once though.
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
That'll teach me to question the wisdom of an expert.
You did read it on the internet, after all.
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Those are pieces of crap that need to go into the recycle bin. Be good. Have fun.
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This is still bugging me.
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Originally Posted by blacknbluebikes View Post
This is still bugging me.
They look like those extra pieces of things from injection molded stuff that you break the desirable thing off of.

They also look like they might be useful as spacers to gap and toe rim brake shoes.
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They look like those extra pieces of things from injection molded stuff that you break the desirable thing off of.
Those are called runners.
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