Recovery Stories

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