Cofounded by Seth Herr and Bryan Hance in 2013, Bike Index is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
It is the most widely used and successful bicycle registration service in the world with over 117,000 cataloged bikes, 390 community partners and tens of thousands of daily searches.
Seth built Bike Index when he was a bike mechanic because he wanted to be able to register bikes for his customers. Bryan developed and ran a community driven bicycle recovery service (StolenBikeRegistry.com) that recovered bikes from the first week it was created in 2004.
Merging the two services Seth and Bryan created the universal bike registration service they both dreamed of—a database used and searched by individuals, bike shops, police departments and other apps. A bike registry that gives everyone the ability to register and recover bicycles.
Simple. Efficient. Effective.
Bike registration that works.
Seth Herr learned to program so that he could build Bike Index, because he was a bike mechanic and was frustrated that something like it didn't exist.
Bryan Hance created StolenBicycleRegistry.com in 2005 because 5 of his bikes were stolen in 9 years—and realized recovering bikes was really fun. He lives in Portland and recovers lots of bikes.
Michael Catano is in charge of making sure the words read gooder. In his spare time he builds fancy bicycle frames under the name Humble Frameworks and hangs out with his cats.
Mike Oleon does the graphic design and illustration for the Index. If anything looks good, it's probably his fault.