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What's Your Worst "Loss" While Riding?

Old 09-24-19, 04:05 AM
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The integrity of my facial bones.
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Old 09-24-19, 05:30 AM
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First, I lost a camera with picture of me on a 3 day bike packing trip in Colorado.
Wow! Another memory jog. I dropped my first ever digital camera off a bridge into the bottom of the Delaware River. I loved that camera, and it was a Christmas present.
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Old 09-24-19, 07:12 AM
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I lost two Cygolite Hotshot tail lights in less than a year: one when I landed my bike in a ditch, and the second on a bumpy minimum maintenance road. I was with the same guys both times, so I blame them

I also dropped a water bottle somewhere out in rural Iowa.
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Only thing I ever lost on a ride was the battery cover to one of my lights on a rest stop, when I replaced the batteries. Looked all over for it, just a flat piece of plastic. Finally found it down in the grass. Usually I put it in a pocket or somewhere secure if I'm replacing batteries, but I think that time I had a brain fart and just placed it on the seat. I was pretty lucky to find it again.
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After reading this thread, I've been lucky. I lost a spare tube a few years back when I forgot to zip my saddle bag. I did leave a nice floor pump at a cabin I was staying at near a rail trail. That was worse than losing the tube.
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Old 09-24-19, 07:57 AM
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ROM after I crashed, broke my neck and had C1 & C2 fused. Does that count?
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Old 09-24-19, 08:05 AM
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The worse loss I ever saw was the expensive set of sports glasses sitting at the bottom of a port-a-potty. If the owner wasn't going diving for them, I sure wasn't going to!
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Old 09-24-19, 08:06 AM
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Was out with my husband over the weekend on rented bikes. We have saddle bags on our own bikes, but there were no bags of any kind on the rented ones. I reluctantly let him put his wallet and phone in my jersey pocket since he had no pockets. We took a ferry out to an island where there was a bike trail. At the halfway point, we stop to buy more water and I realize I don't have his wallet. We set back to retrace our steps, stopping at all the same places we stopped on the way out. No wallet. Get back to the ferry and ask and they said they thought someone did find a wallet. When we check at the office on the other side, the girl knew nothing about it, but fortunately, the other person did. It was his. Later that night, he noticed he actually had a Facebook message from the ferry employee who found it. If we had seen that, the return trip would have been a lot less stressful!

He wasn't even mad at me. He knew it was unfair to make me carry all his stuff because he refuses to wear the bike jersey with pockets that I bought him because it "makes him look fat". This was the 4th time he has lost that wallet on a bike ride and he has had it returned intact every time. Twice he left it on the roof of my car when filling up with gas on the way to the trail. Once it was still there when we stopped again and the other time it was turned in to the local police. Another time he left it in a coffee shop. That is why I wanted him to have pockets.
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Old 09-24-19, 08:31 AM
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Once started a double-century ride before sunup with my sunglasses stashed in an overstuffed jersey pocket. An hour or two later, when the sun got higher, I reached back and discovered that the sunglasses had fallen out somewhere.

I didn't mind losing an expensive pair of shades...But after riding 200 miles on a warm sunny day without 'em, my eyes were pretty dry and bleary. It didn't help that the avg speed was 20 mph, so wind was an issue, too.
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Old 09-24-19, 08:34 AM
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Totally forgot about the time I left my CamelBak hanging on a fence post after I got off a ferry in WA. Rode about 3 miles before realizing it. Fortunately, it was still there when I went back for it.
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Old 09-24-19, 09:33 AM
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Last year on the Dorian Smith trail south of Banff. I helped my son make an adjustment and also adjusted my seat tension with my Fix-It Stix. I put them back in my baggie shorts and we went on our way. A hour or so later, I discovered that I had not zipped up the pocket and they had fallen out.

2 years ago when I was getting ready to ride the Tour Divide as an ITT, I had my piles of "Take" and "No Take" out on the kitchen table. My wife spotted the Fix-It Stix and asked why they were in the "Take" pile. She had bought me many different things over the years that she thought I could use. I told her that they were a "Must Have" tool. She was so thrilled that she had gotten me something useful. Then I went and lost them. I was heart broken due to the sentimental value.
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Old 09-24-19, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by DomaneS5 View Post
After reading this thread, I've been lucky. I lost a spare tube a few years back when I forgot to zip my saddle bag. I did leave a nice floor pump at a cabin I was staying at near a rail trail. That was worse than losing the tube.
Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Wow! Another memory jog...
I left a nice floor pump in a hotel in Philadephia.
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Old 09-24-19, 12:16 PM
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Not a loss, but a near loss.

One time while riding with the sunset behind me, I noticed my own shadow. I bunny hopped over a speed bump and saw a strange shape separate from my shadow for a brief second. I rode about 50 more yards and since I couldn't figure out what it could be, decided to stop, turn around, and check it out. I'm glad I did! On the ground was my wallet, house keys, and access badge at work. I had somehow left my trunk bag side pocket unzipped and the contents came flying out when I hopped the speed bump. Fortunately, I was able to recover everything.
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Old 09-24-19, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I left a nice floor pump in a hotel in Philadephia.
A route support driver for a LiveStrong ride stole my floor pump. .I was driving SAG for our club's century. LS decided to have its local ride on the same day. The routes crossed at a dangerous, uncontrolled intersection. I was there trying to help with traffic control. The LS lady who had pulled up to the intersection did not have a pump, so I ended up helping one of their riders. Accidentally drove away and left the pump in the grass. Realized my mistake and was back in under 10 min. The LS lady was gone and so was my pump. Woman sitting on her porch told me the LS lady had taken it.
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Old 09-24-19, 01:09 PM
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I had a nice rain jacket that I put in my ortlieb saddle bag. If you don't close that right, it just opens right back up. Silly fastening system. Unfortunately, someone in the crowd lining the street thought they needed my jacket more than me. Fortunately, the weather was fine for the rest of the day and a half of the ride, so it wasn't an immediate problem. I only buy cheap rain jackets nowadays

I also lost a 10mm wrench because of that bag. Of course, 10mm wrenches are all temporary, it's the wrench that is the most difficult to find, so they must walk off on their own
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Old 09-24-19, 02:30 PM
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Been riding for many years, so may be forgetting something. Do recall this, tho'.

Planet Bike Superflash tail light. Realized it was gone when I got to work. No time to go back looking for it. On the way home, didn't see it. Some days later, found its remains in the flange trough at a road/railroad crossing. Some recognizable parts were left, but not much.
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Old 09-25-19, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by duffer1960 View Post
Been riding for many years, so may be forgetting something. Do recall this, tho'.

Planet Bike Superflash tail light. Realized it was gone when I got to work. No time to go back looking for it. On the way home, didn't see it. Some days later, found its remains in the flange trough at a road/railroad crossing. Some recognizable parts were left, but not much.
This is why I have my model of Niterider Tail light on my Amazon wish list ready to go. I had a tail light dislodge from the mount while riding a few years ago. I heard it tumbling on the pavement, so I went back to get it. After that, it worked for the rest of the ride, but it was scarred up pretty bad and wouldn't charge. Lucky for me it was only $35.
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Old 09-25-19, 07:22 AM
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Keys, twice. Once I retraced later and found them, this last time there was no trace of them. I broke my own rule and it cost me about $80 loss between the gate fob, mailbox and apartment key. The rule is, I hear the slightest rustle that isn't from something I saw coming, stop and check.
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Old 09-25-19, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
The worse loss I ever saw was the expensive set of sports glasses sitting at the bottom of a port-a-potty. If the owner wasn't going diving for them, I sure wasn't going to!
Reminds me of the joke about two guys at the urinal. One guy accidentally dropped a couple of quarters in the urinal. So he then pulled out a $20 bill, a credit card, his driver's license, and his phone, then threw them into the urinal as well. The other guy asked, "Why did you do that?" To which the first guy replied, "You think I'm just going to go in there for 50 cents?"
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Old 09-25-19, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl View Post
Was out with my husband over the weekend on rented bikes. We have saddle bags on our own bikes, but there were no bags of any kind on the rented ones. I reluctantly let him put his wallet and phone in my jersey pocket since he had no pockets. We took a ferry out to an island where there was a bike trail. At the halfway point, we stop to buy more water and I realize I don't have his wallet. We set back to retrace our steps, stopping at all the same places we stopped on the way out. No wallet. Get back to the ferry and ask and they said they thought someone did find a wallet. When we check at the office on the other side, the girl knew nothing about it, but fortunately, the other person did. It was his. Later that night, he noticed he actually had a Facebook message from the ferry employee who found it. If we had seen that, the return trip would have been a lot less stressful!

He wasn't even mad at me. He knew it was unfair to make me carry all his stuff because he refuses to wear the bike jersey with pockets that I bought him because it "makes him look fat". This was the 4th time he has lost that wallet on a bike ride and he has had it returned intact every time. Twice he left it on the roof of my car when filling up with gas on the way to the trail. Once it was still there when we stopped again and the other time it was turned in to the local police. Another time he left it in a coffee shop. That is why I wanted him to have pockets.
One of these days your husband's luck is going to run out. But he sounds like my wife and her keys. I'm just thankful her head is attached.
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Originally Posted by duffer1960 View Post
Been riding for many years, so may be forgetting something. Do recall this, tho'.

Planet Bike Superflash tail light. Realized it was gone when I got to work. No time to go back looking for it. On the way home, didn't see it.

Some days later, found its remains in the flange trough at a road/railroad crossing. Some recognizable parts were left, but not much.
I too have lost those rear blinkies.
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I have a seatpost flasher... so I actually have a trunk bag that has a little strap in the back to hold a flasher.

what I did was to take the flasher off of the seatpost holder, stick the seatpost holder through the tab so that the part that holds the flasher was above the strap and the seatpost attachment was below the tab... attach the flasher. it works fine.
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This is what I do. I did not notice that strap for a few years, until I noted the strap promoted as a feature of a different trunk bag.

I wrap a rubber band around the end of the clip below the strap to keep the light form bouncing off the strap. I also do wear a blinkie on my helmet.
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Old 09-25-19, 07:33 AM
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I lost a race of sorts during my group cross country trip. Our original leader was a buffoon and not the strongest riders. One day in Montana we had about 20 miles left to the campground. Leader took off from a town after we had had a second breakfast. He said something like "See you there." Three of us were determined to beat him the campground, but one guy needed to use the rest room before we started riding. We finally took off maybe 10 min. behind him. There was an incredibly strong tailwind. So strong that I managed to sustain 32.5 mph for several miles on a fully loaded bike. Finally had to drop back to 28 mph. Another chaser who had larger gears flew past me like I was standing still. In the end though, we never caught him. The guy with the bigger gears came within about 30 seconds. I was about 1 minute behind. Our leader was smug about the whole thing so we had to remind him that he got about a 10 min. head start. The icing on the cake was that he was clearly hurting from his effort to beat us.
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Bianchi Grizzly. Live on dead end street with lots of neighbors. Man came on porch, cut light duty locking cable and rode off. Neighbor saw him, older grey headed guy obviously with an appreciation for nice old Bianchi's.
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On a bike tour, I changed plans and headed for the mountains. I found a wool hat beside the road, just as I needed it for camp comfort.
Leaving a meeting in the city, I found myself at a stop light beside a friend in a car. I challenged him to a race, expecting to beat him across the intersection. I timed the light carefully and jumped on the pedal. I then found myself standing on the pavement with a pedal clipped to my shoe. The TA crank had a fatigue crack.
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So far only a couple week old Flare R rear light. Lost it somewhere on a rail trail near me. I hope that someone found it and is getting some use out of it. Luckily I won a set Cycliq lights shortly after that so I wasn't without for very long at all. Lesson learned. Always leash stuff that can fall off!
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