Recovery Stories

Bike Index sleuth found the bike, negotiated with the seller and showed proof that the bike was stolen. Seller complied and left the bike with her. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Seonju Bike recovered 2021.7.17

Found in front of someone's house, they used Bike Index to contact me and return it! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Cyrus Bike recovered 2021.7.17

Bike appeared at B&P Cycle, the manager though it was suspicious, found out the bike was stolen through Bike Index, called me, I called the Police, bike was recovered in no time! Thank you ❤️ translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Rodrigo Bike recovered 2021.7.16

Someone messaged me the posting on offerup. They found it on bikeindex! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Andrew Bike recovered 2021.7.16

A fantastic neighbour saw it in the field and took it home to keep it safe. Found us on Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Catherine Bike recovered 2021.7.15

Spotted for sale on Craigslist and recovered with Bike Index, BRAT, and Vancouver PD assistance - Chase, recovery, and victory documented in linked thread. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike jason Bike recovered 2021.7.15

A wonderful member of the Arvada biking community saw my bike at Walmart on the back of a car and called the police. They also reached out to myself. The biking community is truly amazing. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Hal Bike recovered 2021.7.12

Received a call from a man who found the bike abandoned next to where his car was stolen. He saw the bike listed on Bike Index, called me and returned the bike. Also, he said he recovered his stolen car as well. A heartening reminder that sometimes good things happen!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Roger Bike recovered 2021.7.6

Neighbors found dumped in a nearby alley less then 12 hours after it was stolen and looked up the owner in Bike Index :) translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Greg Bike recovered 2021.7.6

Saw it listed for sale on OfferUp and the Seattle Bicycle Recovery Action Team got it back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ellen Bike recovered 2021.7.6

An honest buyer looked up my bike on Bike Index and got a match even though I didn't have my serial number recorded. All the other details matched. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Darryl Bike recovered 2021.7.4

4 days after listing it on Bike Index someone called and said he thought he had my bike. He confirmed the serial and I met him and collected my bike. He paid $100 for it but I lost his number - I was going to reimburse him. I hope to share this so I can find this awesome guy. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Theresa Bike recovered 2021.6.30

BRAT Seattle found my bike being sold on OfferUp, engaged with the seller, and set up the "sale" in a Safe Zone (blocks away from SPD) within 24 hours. Thank you BRAT and, thank you Bike Index!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Katya Bike recovered 2021.6.29

BRAT Seattle got a tip and found my contact details on Bike Index. I went with the Seattle Police to get it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Keiran Bike recovered 2021.6.29

Thank you Boulder Bike Index! Boulder PD gave me a call saying someone had found it and turned it in. Happy to be reunited! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Sarah Bike recovered 2021.6.26

The police recovered it, looked it up on Bike Index, and contacted me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Raymond Bike recovered 2021.6.23

Someone on Bike Index messaged me and said they found it. It wasn’t complete but I did get the bike back which is completely because of Bike Index. I made a donation so they can keep this going! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jennifer Bike recovered 2021.6.23

Thanks to Bike Index and the Calgary Police I have my bike back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Scott Bike recovered 2021.6.21

Amazingly, this was the second time this bike was recovered. The first time it was stolen out of my house. This time out of my car. Somehow the Portland Police found it, checked Bike Index, and called me. I couldn't believe I got it back, both times thanks to Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Steve Bike recovered 2021.6.20

Cory from Center for Bicycle Repair called about a bike that came into his shop. He ran it through Bike Index and reached out immediately. I picked it up on the same day. Never thought I'd see it again and relatively unscathed! This registry is amazing. Can't thank y'all enough! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Benjamin Bike recovered 2021.6.18

Someone bought my bike and then checked Bike Index. He found out it was stolen so called me to return it. Thanks to the honest buyer and Bike Index I have my bike back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Maritta Bike recovered 2021.6.17

The bike was stolen then put for sale on Kijiji. The purchaser went to list its serial on Bike index and saw the it was a stolen bike and turned it in to the police. My thanks to him, the police and Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Chris Bike recovered 2021.6.17

The amazing Boulder Police department recovered my bike and leveraged Bike Index to track it, confirm its status and ownership! Thank you to everyone involved! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Juan Bike recovered 2021.6.16

Bryan at Bike Index notified me that my bike was for sale on Offerup! I contacted the seller and informed him that the bike had been stolen and provided pictures/info, including my Bike Index registration. From video, I knew he was not the person that stole the bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Mile Bike recovered 2021.6.12

A guy found it for sale on OfferUp and saw it listed on Bike Index as stolen. Huge thank you! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Dov Bike recovered 2021.6.10

I received a call from the local police. They seized the bike and upon searching Bike Index they discovered it was stolen and promptly returned it to me. Thank you so much EPS and Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nils Bike recovered 2021.6.10

Someone found it in their condo building, found my listing on Bike Index, and reached out to me to return the bike! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Robyn Bike recovered 2021.6.10

Wentworth Institute of Technology campus police found it. They found my info through Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jake Bike recovered 2021.6.8

Some very nice people found my bike abandoned. They looked up the serial number through Bike Index and were able to get in touch with me! Bike Index even sent me a reminder email as I had missed the first one. I got my bike back less than 3 days after it was stolen! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Morgan Bike recovered 2021.6.6

A user on Bike Index reached out to me directly. We went down to the last known location and recovered with the help of Seattle PD. Thank you so much!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Zach Bike recovered 2021.6.5

It was posted on Marketplace about an hour away. Someone found it on Bike Index and called me. I tried to arrange "buying" it from seller but it was sold. The Sheriff got the buyer's number, let them know it was stolen, and the seller had to refund him and I picked it up. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Trent Bike recovered 2021.6.5

I received a text tip from a Bike Index user who found it on OfferUp. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Joe Bike recovered 2021.6.4

Calgary Transit found the guy with my bike and turned it into Calgary Police. They contacted me after finding my post on Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nick Bike recovered 2021.6.2

It was found left out and unlocked. Someone collected it and turned it in. Eventually they looked up the serial number and found it marked missing through Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Christopher Bike recovered 2021.5.31

Wonderland Gear Exchange contacted me after someone - who'd been sold the bike by someone else a year earlier - wanted to consign the bike with them. Huge thanks to Wonderland Gear Exchange and Bike Index! Reunited - and it feels so good! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kate Bike recovered 2021.5.31

A kind person noticed the bike in their neighbourhood and sent me a message through Bike Index. I contacted the local police who confirmed it was mine, then my brother-in-law went and liberated it for me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kate Bike recovered 2021.5.30

Thanks to Bike Index!! and the Colorado Springs Police Department! The bike was recovered after being posted and sold on Craigslist. We texted with the seller, passed all information to the PD and the bike was recovered. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Trae Bike recovered 2021.5.25

A neighbour spotted it in their alley near where it was taken and called it in to Calgary Police Service. CPS matched it to the serial from the report and Bike Index, called me, and returned it right away. Forever grateful to CPS, Bike Index, and the Bike Index community. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tamara Bike recovered 2021.5.25

The transit police recognized it by this great site! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jessica Bike recovered 2021.5.25

A good samaritan reported it directly to me and helped recover it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Spencer Bike recovered 2021.5.22

Edmonton Police saw someone riding it and searched Bike Index. They repossessed it from the new owner who bought it out of somebody's trunk at a gas station for $80. This site really does work! I wouldn't have got the bike back without it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Stephen Bike recovered 2021.5.20

I was contacted via Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Matthew Bike recovered 2021.5.20

Santa Monica Police did a fantastic job by being quick, effective, and on point. Registering with Bike Index and keeping the serial number were instrumental in retrieving the bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Greg Bike recovered 2021.5.17

Thanks to Bike Index. A woman saw the ad on FB marketplace - I was also notified by Bike Index. She purchased the bike then looked it up online and saw it listed as stolen and contacted me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jason Bike recovered 2021.5.17

EPS caught the bike thief and returned my bike. This was due to this great Bike Index site. EPS highly recommend this site and so do I. Spending the time to record my bike serial was the key according to the police. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Russ Bike recovered 2021.5.15

I got my bike on May 14 after my bike was stolen on May 11. Bike Index really helps to increase exposure and awareness among civilians and law enforcement for bike recovery. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Hadi Bike recovered 2021.5.14

An honest pawn broker checked Bike Index, then reported the attempted sale to the Edmonton Police Service's Pawn Detail. There was extra help from our local 'stolen bikes' citizen's group, and from the Twitterverse. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Hyl Bike recovered 2021.5.12

Security at a mall found it and used Bike Index to match the description to my bike. They contacted me through the website. I went in the next day and sure enough it was mine. Thank you for this amazing program! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Amina Bike recovered 2021.5.12

Someone bought our stolen bike and saw it on Bike Index after buying it. They were nice enough to give it back to us. Thank you Bike Index!! We never thought we'd see it again. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Regis Bike recovered 2021.5.11

People found this on Kijiji and also marked stolen on Bike Index and messaged me. It was stolen two days ago and I already got it back. Thank you so so much. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Anna Bike recovered 2021.5.9