Recovery Stories

Bike was turned in to a security guard at a safeway. The guard brought it home, found it on the Bike Index, and contacted me. So, the moral of the story is if you don't have your bike registered with the Bike Index, DO IT NOW. It doesn't have to be stolen to register.

Medium recovery 116 Jen Bike recovered 2015.10.20

Someone brought my bike into the shop to get if fixed it. The shop suspected that it was stolen, found it on the Bike Index, and contacted me! They even had it delivered back to Portland.

Medium recovery 112 Jeremy Bike recovered 2015.10.16

An awesome dude bought it on 3rd ave in Seattle for 1/3 of its value. He looked it up in the bike index and gave me a call.

Medium recovery 114 Falcon Bike recovered 2015.10.16

Officer Scott of the Portland police recovered it, but Bike Index was instrumental!

Medium recovery 109 Kringen Bike recovered 2015.10.15

A man in Seatac wanted to sell his Specialized bike. A potential buyer rode to his house on my Scorpion and left it as collateral while he “test rode” the Specialized. He never returned. The Specialized owner went to report his stolen bike online and saw the picture of my stolen Scorpion. He emailed me and I picked up my ride. Thank you Bike Index!

Medium recovery 111 Low Rider Bike recovered 2015.10.13

Seattle PD recovered bike and used info I provided on the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 110 Chris Bike recovered 2015.10.9

Someone was approached by the thief, who was selling the bike, and thought it was suspicious. They purchased the bike, and checked the Bike Index for it, and found my contact info. They tuned my bike up and returned it!

Medium recovery 107 Alaia Bike recovered 2015.10.7

The police contacted me after they found the bike thief with my bike. They used the Bike Index to figure out whose bike it was.

Medium recovery 108 Patrick Bike recovered 2015.10.7

The Portland PD found it abandoned somewhere, and then identified it on the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 106 Mark Bike recovered 2015.10.7

Portland Police Bureau recovered it from the thief and saw it here on the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 103 Brett Bike recovered 2015.10.4

Someone saw my bike here on the Bike Index, saw it locked up somewhere, and notified the local police department for recovery.

Medium recovery 104 Daniel Bike recovered 2015.10.4

Someone contacted me through the Bike Index. I went by and picked it up. A bit worse for wear, but cheaper than buying a new bike. Reunited, and it feels so good.

Medium recovery 105 Matt Bike recovered 2015.10.1

Someone from the Bike Index found the bike on OfferUp.com. Portland police were able to find the burglar.

Medium recovery 102 Gunsul Bike recovered 2015.9.29

Someone recognized it on the bike index and contacted me! They recognized it by the distinguishing photos. I am so happy, and can't thank everyone enough. Such an amazing support system for those with stolen bikes! Sending good vibes to those still searching.

Medium recovery 101 Lindsay Bike recovered 2015.9.27

Someone saw the bike on the Bike Index, and then saw someone with it on the street. They gave me a call, and we reported it to the police. Bike was recovered along with a lot of other stolen bikes.

Medium recovery 100 Ben Bike recovered 2015.9.26

Someone bought it and saw it on the Bike Index, they contacted me to get me my bike back.

Medium recovery 98 Derek Bike recovered 2015.9.25

A king County Officer spotted some people walking with my bike in Downtown Seattle. She recognized it from my listing on the Bike Index and confronted the couple, and confiscated the bike.

Medium recovery 99 Daniel Bike recovered 2015.9.23

A Bike Index user found it and emailed me.

Medium recovery 97 Greg Bike recovered 2015.9.18

local resident found bike, looked up in Bike Index, contacted owner

Medium recovery 95 Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.9.17

I was emailed by a Bike Index administrator about a craigslist sale ad matching the description of my stolen bike. I met the seller, who had bought the bike from a pawn shop, and verified the serial number off the bike. I explained to him about my stolen bike, and showed him the police report. The seller was satisfied and returned the bike.

Medium recovery 94 Louis Bike recovered 2015.9.13

A random stranger named Tom found the bike abandoned in a park a few miles away from where it had been stolen. He was able to identify it as mine from the picture I posted on Bike Index.org. Thank you Tom and thank you Bike Index.org!

Medium recovery 92 Alex Bike recovered 2015.9.12

Post in Portland Riders Facebook group led to multiple sightings. Recovered by a Bike Index user.

Medium recovery 91 Tom Bike recovered 2015.9.9

Gentleman purchased the bike from the street and brought it into Huckleberry Bicycles. They recognized it from Bike Index.org and called me in. I was able to recover this bicycle that was gifted to me from my wife as a wedding present.

Medium recovery 90 Liberty Bike recovered 2015.9.1

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 Index.org 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

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

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 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