Bike Registration that Works


This story is definitely worth sharing. So I parked my bike outside Helium comedy club on a Sunday night around 6:15pm and found it stolen around 9pm. I was very surprised as it was still broad daylight and I used a good u-lock. Per the police officer who informed me it was found, around 3-3:30am some sketchy people were seen with my bike around SE 16th and Oak. Two good Samaritans were just getting off work and saw that this was a strange scene: sketchy people with a really nice bike. Somehow they were able to get the bike back from them! Ironically, it was the sketchy people actually called the police saying they stole it from them. The officers interviewed the people, found my bike registered with Bike Index and subsequently found the police report about it being stolen. The sketchy person was apparently a heavy set woman in her 60's who said someone sold it to her as her daughter's graduation gift but when pressed for details by the officers she couldn't keep her story very straight. Once the police officers figured out the whole situation the sketchy people down the street had already ran away. Can you believe this? This is the 2nd bike that was stolen from me in the past 6 months. This story is a hard to believe but I'm so very grateful for these two Samaritans and, of course, the Bike Index! Wow!

Vivian Bike recovered 07.10.2017

A good Samaritan found it under their porch and it had been there for 2 weeks, along with some clothes and other various personal belongings. They brought it in to Bike Gallery on Milwaukee and Bike Gallery found it on the Bike Index and contacted me! Thanks everyone!

Greg Bike recovered 07.08.2017

Portland Police on patrol found bike leaning on a tent near the PSU campus. Fender Kit removed, Lime Green U Lock was painted black and bell was smashed. Great work by Debra, Portland Police and Bryan at the Bike Index to contact me and my very new Kona bike is in great shape considering I missed it for 3 weeks. Thank you Bike Index!

JC Bike recovered 07.06.2017

Recovered by Portland Police & ID'd in the Bike Index.

Michele Bike recovered 07.03.2017

Stolen in 2010, this bike was recovered in 2017 by Portland Police Bureau's Property and Evidence Division via the Bike Index

Seth Bike recovered 07.03.2017

Friendly stranger saw it abandoned in the weeds. Found me on the Bike Index. Hooray

John Bike recovered 07.01.2017

One week after reporting the bike as stolen on Bike Index I received an email from the Bike Index stating that the bike has been recovered and was turned at the Police property warehouse where I was able to pick it up. Thanks a lot!

Rikm Bike recovered 06.30.2017

Portland Police matched the serial from the Bike Index and gave me a call. Bike is completely intact (down to the functioning speedometer). Really stoked!

John Bike recovered 06.29.2017

Someone messaged me off the Bike Index and pointed me in the right direction! Thanks y'all!

Kiara Bike recovered 06.27.2017

Brought in to our neighborhood LBS, who checked the Bike Index and repossessed the bike!

Greg Bike recovered 06.26.2017
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Help us fight bicycle theft—register your bike.

The Bike Index makes stolen bikes harder to sell and easier to recover by making sure important information about your bike is there when you need it the most.

The process is simple, secure, and free. Learn more or register your bike now.

So far we've registered 123,625 bikes and recovered 3,925 stolen bikes.



We keep all the important information about your bike in one place so it's there when you need it the most.



We help used bike sellers and buyers by providing an easy way to verify that a bicycle isn’t stolen.



Bike Index is a free service for bike shops and individuals.

How it works

It's simple: we offer an easy and efficient way to store and update important identifying information about your bike.

In the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen, you can harness the power of our network to help get it back. Registering with Bike Index ensures that law enforcement, bike shops, individuals, and everyone in between has the information they need to help reunite you with your bike.

Bike Index is the most widely used bicycle registration service in the world. We strive to be the best resource in the fight against bicycle theft.

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