Recovery Stories

Our bike was fenced on OfferUp and several people in the Bike Index community notified us. Amazing! With the help of a local bike shop owner who got involved, we recovered it. translated from English

Shawn Bike recovered 2020.12.1

A man showed up saying he had bought the bike then checked it on “Bike Instinct(?)” which I assume means Bike Index! translated from English

Jason Bike recovered 2020.12.1

The Reddit community suggested I register on Bike Index. I shared my listing and got tips from fellow Redditors who saw my bike on OfferUp. I posed as a buyer and had police officers accompany me in a civil standby. They confirmed my serial from Bike Index and returned my bike. translated from English

Rian Bike recovered 2020.12.1

Thanks to Bike Index, a local Facebook page, and a good Samaritan who was suspicious about a sale, my bike is back!!! translated from English

Bailey Bike recovered 2020.11.29

I received a text from someone on Bike Index saying they bought a bike and thought it was ours. He sent me pictures and the serial. It was our bike. We drove up and picked it up and paid him what he paid for it - he said he wouldn't feel right taking my money but I insisted. translated from English

Kari Bike recovered 2020.11.26

Recovered via Bike Index and Edmonton Police Service. translated from English

Shellie Bike recovered 2020.11.25

A neighbor found in bushes and found the Bike Index listing by the serial number. translated from English

Jesse Bike recovered 2020.11.25

The Daily Rider bike shop recovered the bike. The alleged thief brought the bike into their store for a flat fix but was oddly unfamiliar with his "own" bike. They checked the serial on Bike Index and discovered it was stolen! They used Bike Index to get in touch with me. translated from English

Christopher Bike recovered 2020.11.25

Bike Index alerted me. translated from English

Kelly Bike recovered 2020.11.25

A good Samaritan bought this bike and took the time to look up the serial number on Bike Index. translated from English

Liem Bike recovered 2020.11.24

Someone attempted to sell the bike to The Pro’s Closet. They ran it on Bike Index, noticed it was stolen, and called me. I put them in touch with the police and the bike was recovered the next day! So many people came together to make this happen. Ready to get back on the trails. translated from English

Devin Bike recovered 2020.11.23

An amazing human saw it advertised on Craigslist and realized it was stolen, so bought it and returned it to me after contacting me through Bike Index. translated from English

Kate Bike recovered 2020.11.22

Someone purchased it on FB Marketplace and checked Bike Index. I had written off the bike, so was shocked to receive an email and appreciated his honesty. The new owner contributed to the deductible and I officially transferred rights. Thank you, Bike Index, for the closure! translated from English

Nick Bike recovered 2020.11.21

EPS found the bike through Bike Index. translated from English

Andrew Bike recovered 2020.11.21

Bike Index users contacted me initially about the posting online of my bikes for sale. They worked with Denver PD to set up a meeting for purchase. translated from English

Marc Bike recovered 2020.11.19

Someone saw the bike on Bike Index and also saw it for sale. The seller offered it to them and then put us in touch for an easy pickup. translated from English

Michael Bike recovered 2020.11.19

Someone purchased the bike through Kijiji and then looked up the serial number later on Bike Index. They then called me and the thief has charges pending. Go Bike Index! translated from English

Josh Bike recovered 2020.11.18

PPB recovered the bike utilizing Bike Index for reference. translated from English

Bryan Bike recovered 2020.11.17

Someone saw the Bike Index post, saw the exact match listed for sale on OfferUp and let me know! I called the cops and they helped me communicate with the seller and set up a pickup time/location to get it back!! Totally intact and everything still functional and there. HOORAY!! translated from English

Jay Bike recovered 2020.11.16

Local police found it and returned it to me the same day. Having the serial number, pictures of the bike, and info registered with Bike Index and on my person was the key to helping them make the match! translated from English

Brian Bike recovered 2020.11.15

I marked my bike stolen on Bike Index and saw that it was posted to the social media feeds. I included a number for direct contact and I received a text from a stranger that they believed they spotted my bike about a mile away! I felt very lucky that he was willing to help. translated from English

Michelle Bike recovered 2020.11.14

It was bought by a person who then looked it up on Bike Index and turned it in to the police. translated from English

Stephanie Bike recovered 2020.11.11

Bike Index community notified me the bike appeared for sale on Facebook marketplace within half an hour of the ad going up. I arranged for the police to meet the seller. Thanks so much to the Bike Index community - it means a lot to have this back. translated from English

Michael Bike recovered 2020.11.9

Thanks to Bike Index and Denver Stolen Bikes on FB. A meeting time was set up with the seller. Denver PD was notified. Picked my bike up today (11/3) from police impound. Few new scratches but overall just how she was. So happy and lucky to have recovered it! translated from English

John Bike recovered 2020.11.3

The bike was taken to BC by the thieves, and sold to a buyer in Port Moody. The buyer looked the serial number up online & saw that it was registered as stolen. They then surrendered it to the local police, and I was able to get my bike back! translated from English

Jennifer Bike recovered 2020.11.2

A member of the Bike Index community noticed it was posted on Facebook by the thief, and reported it to police. Police arrested the suspect and recovered my bike. Big thank you to Bryan and the community! translated from English

Edmond Bike recovered 2020.11.2

Edmonton Police Service found the bike and searched the serial number through Bike Index. translated from English

Andrew Bike recovered 2020.11.1

Bellevue Police officer saw a woman riding it, looked up the bike, and then arrested her for possession of stolen property. They called me at 3am & left a message, and then I picked up from BPD Evidence later in the day. translated from English

Brock Bike recovered 2020.10.30

A concerned citizen whose bike was stolen saw my bike posted online. She searched Bike Index and alerted me. Thanks to Bike Index I had entered the serial number into my original crime report, so the police were able to contact me and return my bike the same day as the operation. translated from English

Cambria Bike recovered 2020.10.29

Someone found the bike on the side of the road and decided to search for the bike online at the suggestion of one of his friends. He found my contact info through Bike Index and reached out to get the bike back to me! translated from English

Joel Bike recovered 2020.10.26

A buyer realized the bike was stolen and reached out to me through Bike Index and returned it! translated from English

Kevin Bike recovered 2020.10.25

A very kind stranger saw it in an alley, posted on their Facebook, and then their friend on Facebook saw it on Bike Index! I am thrilled to have it back!! translated from English

Allison Bike recovered 2020.10.25

A person purchased it from someone and called me once they tried to register the bike and found out it was stolen. They offered to return the bike. translated from English

John Bike recovered 2020.10.23

Someone found it for sale on offer up and referenced Bike Index to get my contact information. Was able to get police involved for recovery! translated from English

Shawn Bike recovered 2020.10.22

Yesterday, I spotted my stolen Giant Trance Advanced mountain bike for sale on Facebook Marketplace. With the help of our local Bike Index champion, EPS took a special interest due to the amount of matching details. They set up a sting operation - I had my bike back within seven hours. translated from English

Michael Bike recovered 2020.10.22

A pawn shop looked it up on Bike Index and called me. translated from English

Benjamin Bike recovered 2020.10.20

A kind person in our neighborhood found this bike in the alley behind his house and referenced Bike Index, contacted us and returned the bike. Thank you! translated from English

Katrina Bike recovered 2020.10.19

Police found it while on a call. They found my listing on Bike Index, contacted me, and brought it to my house. translated from English

Whitney Bike recovered 2020.10.19

We found a post on OfferUp selling the bike and went and retrieved it using the original receipt and serial number. Individuals using Bike Index alerted me that it was for sale. translated from English

Katherine Bike recovered 2020.10.17

Thanks to Bryan, Nicolas, and a few other Bike Index users I was able to locate my bike on OfferUp and coordinate its recovery with the University of Washington Police Department. translated from English

Jacob Bike recovered 2020.10.17

The Seattle Police stopped a person driving a stolen car. My bike was in the trunk. This was a special bike because the frame was built by a cancer survivor who passed away. I'm a cancer survivor and I used my first bike 30 years ago to recover from cancer. This bike was irreplaceable. translated from English

Shaun Bike recovered 2020.10.14

Someone found it, checked the serial against Bike Index, and called me. translated from English

Miranda Bike recovered 2020.10.14

Someone texted me after looking up my stolen Marin on Bike Index. I immediately got in my car and drove to the spot and sure enough - IT WAS ON FULL DISPLAY ON THE SIDEWALK. The police successfully retrieved the bike and gave it back to me!!! Thank you Bike Index!! translated from English

Kathryn Bike recovered 2020.10.14

A police officer looked the bike up on Bike Index and it was a match. The bike was scuffed up a bit, but still in good condition. Thank you, police and thank you Bike Index! translated from English

Burr Bike recovered 2020.10.14

Got an email lead from a potential buyer who saw it advertised on Kijiji. He looked up the serial and got the link to my Bike Index listing. Two others also emailed me about it. The police recovered the bike a few hours later - the seller had over 30 bikes on the property. THANK YOU Bike Index! translated from English

Olivier Bike recovered 2020.10.13

Someone confronted a person riding the bike and they left the bike. The Bike Index tweet and picture made a huge difference. Thank you Bike Index and the person who recovered the bike. translated from English

Mike Bike recovered 2020.10.12

An EPS police officer found it. They found a matching bike, searched it on Bike Index, and found out that it was my bike. translated from English

Carlos Bike recovered 2020.10.12

Amazing people found our bike sitting unlocked at the base of a trail and realized it looked stolen. They brought it home and looked up the bike on Bike Index and they called us immediately! translated from English

Lindsay Bike recovered 2020.10.11

Thanks to CPS & Bike Index I have my Rock Hopper back. Be sure to register your bike at bikeindex.org. translated from English

Howard Bike recovered 2020.10.8

Someone messaged me on Bike Index that someone tried to sell it to them! translated from English

George Bike recovered 2020.10.7