Recovery Stories

I was told by a used bike shop when calling around after my bike was stolen to register with you. Local police checked the Index and I recovered my bike within 13 hours. Thank you guys so so much I love you!!! I'll be telling all my friends to register with Bike Index!

Medium recovery 89 Schuyler Bike recovered 2015.8.30

The thief was belligerently drunk and threw it into a garden. The person who found it knew to look here and saw it listed! Thanks Bike Index--You guys rock!

Medium recovery 81 Alexa Bike recovered 2015.7.27

Portland Police recovered my bike and contacted me because my bike was registered on bike index.

Medium recovery 80 Russell Bike recovered 2015.7.22

Pawn shop identified the bike and notified me through Bike Index. I got my Bike back!

Medium recovery 79 Jennifer Bike recovered 2015.7.15

Two people thought it looked out of place with the guy who had it, they confronted him, called the police, checked the serial number, matched it to my post on Bike Index and called me on my cell. I showed up a few minutes later and the cops matched it with my police report.

Medium recovery 77 Ira Bike recovered 2015.7.2

Some awesome guy named Matt found it abandoned near his apartment. He looked on the bike index and called me, and now I have it back!

Medium recovery 75 Nathan Bike recovered 2015.6.21

My son's stolen bike is now recovered, through Bike Index. A good citizen saw it abandoned, checked the listings and got in touch.

Medium recovery 74 Neil Bike recovered 2015.6.14

Someone bought it at a flea market, checked the serial, tracked me down through Bike Index and got it back to me - nearly three years after the theft!

Medium recovery 73 Tommaso Bike recovered 2015.6.11

Someone bought it at a flea market, looked up the serial number, called me and returned the bike! Bike Index was familiar to the person as they had just had their bike stolen so thanks Bike Index, you worked!!!

Medium recovery 72 Andy Bike recovered 2015.6.9

My bike was retrieved from a local flea market and reunited with me this past weekend through the Bike Index registration. Such joy to have this bike returned! It's got very high sentimental value, being a gift from and formerly ridden by my step father.

Medium recovery 71 Mario Bike recovered 2015.6.8

A wonderful good samaritan bought my bike for $80 from a homeless person, checked Bike Index, found that it was stolen and contacted me! I'm so relieved, and so grateful to my neighbor and to Bike Index!

Medium recovery 70 Kate Bike recovered 2015.5.30

King County Sheriff Sergeant Cindi West spotted the bike after looking at Bike Index, a dude on 3rd and Pike had it. When asked, he said it was his bike, and he'd had it for several months. Cindi knew this was incorrect and took the bike.

Medium recovery 69 Bunny Bike recovered 2015.5.27

A man found my bike in an alleyway, looked up the serial number, found my stolen bike listing on Bike and called me to tell me he would like to return my bike. 24 hours later I had my bike back with only some minor damage!

Medium recovery 68 Adam Bike recovered 2015.5.16

Someone found a craigslist ad featuring my bike. They contacted me through Bike Index to let me know, I contacted the craigslist poster and recovered my bike!

Medium recovery 66 Amy Bike recovered 2015.5.7

My Langster was stolen in Washington and sold on Offerup in Portland, but an eagle eyed Bike Index user ID'd it and got my stolen bike back to me!

Medium recovery 67 Nicole Bike recovered 2015.5.6

Because I registered it on Bike Index, I was tipped off by a Bike Index user and I got my bike back. I will recommend registration to all of my friends going forward!

Medium recovery 65 Sterling Bike recovered 2015.5.5

Portland police had this bike in their recovered evidence room, ran it through Bike Index, found the owner and returned it!

Medium recovery 63 Christopher Bike recovered 2015.4.25

The Bike Index integration with SeattleBikeBlog helped spread the word, leading to it being found, reclaimed and recovered.

Medium recovery 62 Kelly Bike recovered 2015.4.13

A very kind person contacted me through Bike Index. Someone listed a bike on craigslist matching my bike's description with the same stock photo. I met with the person and had the police nearby— when I identified the bike as mine (with the serial number), they helped me claim it. It had been gone for almost 2 months, I'd accepted it as gone, HUGE thanks!

Medium recovery 61 emily Bike recovered 2015.3.31

Atim, the Saint of Oakland, bought it from guy fencing it on San Pablo for $40, hunted me down online, found me on Bike Index, returned the bike, and refused a reward until I forced him to accept one. This all happened about one week after the theft.

Medium recovery 60 Bryce Bike recovered 2015.3.27

Police Officer found it dumped in a ditch, I got it back thanks to Bike Index!

Medium recovery 59 Hayden Bike recovered 2015.3.24

A super awesome person noticed someone with a poorly fitting bike left unlocked. She confirmed it matched the description and serial on Bike Index, the police took my bike for safekeeping. I wouldn't have gotten my bike back without you! You guys rock!

Medium recovery 58 Joming Bike recovered 2015.3.20

A Bike Index user contacted me and delivered it to me safe and (mostly) sound - he wouldn't accept a reward, he was just happy to be able to reunite me with my bike :')

Medium recovery 55 Tori Bike recovered 2015.3.17

Portland Police Officer Ross Scott saw the listing in Bike Index, saw thief with bike, recovered the bike and returned the bike to me!

Medium recovery 57 Deborah Bike recovered 2015.3.17

Portland Police officer saw the note about the bike being a tri-training bike on the Bike Index, pulled the thief and bike a couple hours later.

Medium recovery 56 Katie Bike recovered 2015.3.16

My bike was abandoned in an alley. The people who found it looked it up on Bike Index - I got my bike back less than two weeks after it was stolen!

Medium recovery 54 Joseph Bike recovered 2015.3.13

A little more than three months after it was stolen I received an email from an eagle-eyed Bike Index user with a link to a craigslist ad. Police set up a sting and recovered my bike, another stolen bike, and the guy selling them is a suspect in a local goat theft.

Medium recovery 21 Nick Bike recovered 2015.3.4

Someone found this listing and found the bike through Craigslist and contacted me! Yippee!

Medium recovery 64 Carrie Bike recovered 2015.3.3

The odds of recovering my bike 8 months later, in town, and in one piece had to be really slight. I wouldn't have it without the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 20 Jordan Bike recovered 2015.2.25

A homeless man found it abandoned, brought it to The Bicycle Repair Shop and asked if they could find out if it was a stolen bike. They found it on Bike Index and called me up. That evening I got the bike back mostly intact -- thanks!

Medium recovery 19 Mark Bike recovered 2015.2.11

Seattle Police recovered the bike and then found my listing here on Bike Index.

Medium recovery 16 Jason Bike recovered 2015.1.29

The owner of Use It Again Thrift Store found my bike at the back of his store. He looked it up in Bike Index, found my number and called me.

Medium recovery 15 Chung-yan hung Bike recovered 2015.1.26

A Portland police officer spotted my bike downtown. He ran it through the system and didn't find a matching serial number (because I had failed to record it), but he then found my report. The fenders and rack were taken, and it's got a few minor dings, but it's intact and running smoothly. WAHOO!

Medium recovery 14 Rebecca Bike recovered 2015.1.22

Portland Police officer Susan Abrahamson recovered it from Fat Tire Farm because it was marked stolen on Bike Index

Medium recovery 12 Justin Bike recovered 2015.1.21

A police officer encountered a suspicious bike and ran the number on Bike Index - my bike!! All accessories were gone, and the finish had been decimated with steel wool, but I have already powder coated it and am putting it back together. Bicyclists win!

Medium recovery 17 Johnathan Bike recovered 2015.1.19

A good citizen found it stashed in some bushes behind a Fred Meyer with a flat and the stickers partially scratched off. They matched it with the picture on Bike Index. Thanks a zillion!!!

Medium recovery 10 Peter Bike recovered 2015.1.10

Someone looking to buy a bike noticed it on Craigslist and checked the serial number. The bike has been painted, tires changed, handlebars switched, etc. but I feel happy to have it returned after almost 4 years! Portland Police picked it up and returned it to me!! Thanks SO MUCH Bryan Hance and Bike Index.

Medium recovery 9 Julia Bike recovered 2015.1.4

Seattle Police recovered the bike, identified it with the Bike Index and returned it! Thanks to @Bike Index/@stolenbikessea & @SPD, I've been reunited with my stolen bike!

Medium recovery 4 Laurel Pederson Bike recovered 2014.12.30

A buyer purchased on and noticed the serial number registered as stolen on the Bike Index. They contacted me and returned it.

Medium recovery 1 Khoa Bike recovered 2014.12.29

Someone handed in stripped frame at Manchester police station, the police used the Bike Index to find me and return the bike.

Medium recovery 2 Bike recovered 2014.12.21

Police department found the bike and contacted me with the Bike Index to return it.

Medium recovery 3 Jeremy Bike recovered 2014.12.13

After the Bike Index twitter tweeted a stolen bike alert, someone recognized my bike, tweeted a picture back, and we recovered the bike!

Medium recovery 6 Jessica Bike recovered 2014.11.26

Good Samaritan saw it being ridden, got a weird feeling, and offered to buy it. He checked Bike Index and confirmed that it was stolen, got in touch with me and returned it to me.

Medium recovery 8 dindurthy Bike recovered 2014.11.3

Dave at BackPedal CycleWorks saw my bike on Bike Index when an unsuspecting buyer brought it in for a check over. I'm amazed I've gotten my beloved wheels back, and incredibly grateful to Dave and Bike Index.

Medium recovery 7 John Bike recovered 2014.10.8