Recovery Stories

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!

Mark Bike recovered 2015.2.11

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

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.

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!

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

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!

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!!!

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.

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!

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.

Khoa Bike recovered 2014.12.29