Recovery Stories

A very nice woman ran the serial number on this site and contacted me! Thank You so much, this is my favorite bike and I have it back! You people are awesome! translated from English

Steven Bike recovered 2016.7.8

The person who had the bike discovered it on the Bike Index contacted me, and returned it. translated from English

Paul Bike recovered 2016.6.22

Person who had bike discovered it on the Bike Index, contacted me, and returned it. translated from English

Paul Bike recovered 2016.6.22

According to the person who returned it, he was approached by someone in a parking lot who offered to sell him the bike for $300. He ended up buying it from the guy for $100, then searched it on the Bike Index and found that it was stolen. He then contacted me to pick it up. I paid him the $100 that he spent getting it back. Big thank you to bike index. As I see it, one of two things happenned here. Either the thief was unable to sell it because of it's presence on Bike Index, or the honest person discovered its status as tolen on Bike Index. Either way, I haver no doubt that I would not have ever seen my bike again without Bike Index. Thank you very much. translated from English

Louis Bike recovered 2016.6.18

Someone tried to sell it at Capital Loans. The pawn shop ran the serial through Bike Index and it matched mine. They held on to it while the person that brought it in dashed out the store. Ian at Capital Loans called my number and let me know they have my bicycle. translated from English

John Bike recovered 2016.6.17

Pawn shop looked up serial number on Bike Index and contacted me. So awesome! translated from English

Michael Bike recovered 2016.6.15

Received text from person with picture of bike and location thanks to the Bike Index. Went to location and bike was there. Called police and they came and got some other bikes too. translated from English

Ben Bike recovered 2016.6.13

The San Francisco Police Department contacted me through the Bike Index to tell me that they recovered it. translated from English

Pat Bike recovered 2016.6.12

Milwaukee Police Dept Officer called me about his investigation of car theft. This thief was arrested while a car. Then officers found my bike in the car. They linked the bike to me by using the Bike Index. translated from English

Nobu Bike recovered 2016.6.10

Found at Laney (Oakland) by 3rd party who connected it to serial on the Bike Index. translated from English

Jeremy Bike recovered 2016.6.7

Metro Sheriffs recovered the bike in downtown Seattle and returned it to me on 6/2! I think they saw it on the Bike Index before the police report, at least one of the cops mentioned the Bike Index in passing. A local pawn shop employee also said he saw my bike on the Bike Index (I went in to ask around and give him a photo of my bike). translated from English

Bry Bike recovered 2016.6.3

I was contacted by a friend of a friend that found it via the Bike Index. translated from English

Rich Bike recovered 2016.5.22

I received my bike from the local police department after they contacted me on the Bike Index. translated from English

Ivan Bike recovered 2016.5.20

Someone bought it at the San Jose flea market and checked the Bike Index! translated from English

Louisa Bike recovered 2016.5.16

Thank you, Bike Index. Because one of your followers the police were able to ID one of the crooks in the photo supplied by your followers. They tracked him down and made the arrest. Thanks again Bike Index. translated from English

Tim Bike recovered 2016.5.5

Calgary Police Serviced contacted me through the Bike Index that they had my bike. translated from English

Carlos Bike recovered 2016.5.5

Recovered thanks to Bike Index. translated from English

Keegan Bike recovered 2016.5.3

A guy bought it at the San Jose flea market for a great deal. He looked it up on Bike Index and found me, although the serial number had been covered up, and some parts replaced. I paid him back for it, and it's nice to have my bike home. translated from English

Anna Bike recovered 2016.5.1

Gresham Bicycle Center had it brought in for repairs, thanks Bike Index. translated from English

Samantha Bike recovered 2016.4.30

My bike was discovered by Trader Joe's employee nearby the location it was stolen. It was stashed outside the store with the front tire removed and locked to the back (with my same U-Lock!). The employee thought it looked suspicious because it was not locked to a bike rack, so he checked the Bike Index for a match, gave me a call, and the rest is history. translated from English

Kevin Bike recovered 2016.4.27

Person that took it responded and delivered. Thought bike was trash since I hid it in the dumpster bay while at work. I forgot my keys. Thanks, Bike Index, for helping the finder get in touch with me. translated from English

Marcus Bike recovered 2016.4.24

A man purchased my bike from the San Jose flea market for his girlfriend. He believed the deal he got was too good to be true, so he looked up Stolen Giant Invite and my Bike Index post came up. He called me up to tell me the good news! Thanks, Bike Index!!! translated from English

Renee Bike recovered 2016.4.24

Bike located by honest citizen and returned to me. Thanks, Bike Index! translated from English

Baboone Bike recovered 2016.4.24

A good samaritan, just moved to New Orleans and purchased bike but was not comfortable with the seller or sale so she searched for the bike on Bike Index and contacted Stolen Bikes Nola to find the owner. translated from English

Stolen Bikes NOLA Bike recovered 2016.4.22

Someone on Bike Index emailed me via my contact info listed here. Success! translated from English

Jeremy Bike recovered 2016.4.22

Fire fighters are the greatest! Someone had crashed my bike and the local fire fighters were called to the scene. They found the situation questionable, so they checked out the serial number on The Bike Index, contacted me, and now I have my bike! translated from English

Dan Bike recovered 2016.4.20

Portland Police North Precint found bike inside stolen vehicle. When detective initially ran a check in their system for bike's serial number, nothing came up but when he checked Bike Index, he found my info. Thank you, Bike Index for being crucial in recovering my stolen bicycle! I'm forever grateful! translated from English

Steven Bike recovered 2016.4.15

Contacted by a person who possessed it. Thanks. I don't know exactly how they found us, but I think it was Google over the web and phone contact through the Bike Index. translated from English

Charlie Bike recovered 2016.4.14

Shortly afterward my bike was stolen Wednesday morning, I posted my Bike Index link on Twitter which was retweeted by BikeIndexSF and SFPD Anti Bike Theft. Long story short, I was able to recover my bike before it was sold and it was all thanks to Twitter, Bike Index, and a couple amazing human beings. translated from English

Chloe Bike recovered 2016.4.14

Someone dumped my bike in a backyard a few blocks away from where it was stolen and the homeowner turned it in to the Police. The police searched bike index and found it! Then contacted me. Thanks, bike index! translated from English

Holly Bike recovered 2016.4.13

An amazing fellow found a sketchy post on Offer Up and crossed referenced Bike Index, suspected it was my bike, gave me a call, we called the cops to be on stand by, he met the guy to check out the bike, saw it was my serial number, and BOOM. THANK YOU BIKE INDEX! translated from English

Maggies Bike recovered 2016.4.12

Found by Portland Police Bureau with Bike Index help translated from English

Bryan Bike recovered 2016.4.12

A good Samaritan spotted my bike being sold on 16th and Harrison. He approached the person buying the bike and said he suspected it had been stolen. He took a picture of the serial number, searched bike index and got in touch with me. Bike index works! translated from English

Delia Bike recovered 2016.4.11

Thanks to Bike Index, after busting a dope house where my bicycle had been stashed, the Portland Police kindly called to tell me they had found my Bianchi. The detective also noted that he always checks Bike Index so to tell any friends who have a bike stolen to always register them. YAY! translated from English

Anna Bike recovered 2016.4.11

Chris, a user of bikeindex found it near Bryant street Safeway. A BIG BIG thanks to Chris. He even went to see the guy and take back the bike for me. translated from English

Maelle Bike recovered 2016.4.10

Police called us at 2:30AM saying that a guy bought the bike from someone else and then went on Bike index to see if the bike was stolen. Luckily, we had already created an alert on bike index. The police officer has been clear, without bike index he could not have found us! Bike Index report worked better than a police report. Thank you Bike index!!!! translated from English

Adriana Bike recovered 2016.4.6

I was busy working on my speech for the graduation ceremony when a unknown number called me. On the other side of the line a gentleman name Jason. He spotted my bike and recognized it at it's distinctive color got in touch and described the bike to me and send a picture.I called 911, got an Uber. Thank you Bike Index without you Jason would never had the informations about my stolen bike. translated from English

Ronald Bike recovered 2016.4.4

The Bike Index helped me recover my bike. translated from English

Stephanie Bike recovered 2016.3.31

SPD recovered it using the bike index. translated from English

Jennifer Bike recovered 2016.3.31

Returned by Shawn Walsh, custom bike restorer. He bought it off a kid on the street for $50, checked the Bike Index and saw it was stolen, then he called me. If your bike is stolen he may be your best friend. translated from English

Bruce Bike recovered 2016.3.30

The great people at Aarons Bicycle Repair got the bike after someone brought it in to sell it. They're amazing people. Everything was recovered less the front racks and fenders. I'm so thankful for Bike Index for helping make this happen. translated from English

Michael Bike recovered 2016.3.29

Good Samaritan saw and recovered. Looked up on your site!! translated from English

Tim Bike recovered 2016.3.29

Fellow cyclist spotted and purchased at a flea market and checked serial number against Bike Index. translated from English

Travis Bike recovered 2016.3.28

Kind soul ran into a street peddler who clearly didn't purchase this bike. After posting on Craiglist he searched bike index and let me know. Super kind chap, brilliant site. Forever greatful to you all. translated from English

Ben Bike recovered 2016.3.26

Got a text from a member on the Bike Index saying they saw my bike at a homeless camp nearby. We called the police and they met us there. Sure enough it was my bike (luckily I had the serial number to prove it)! This website is awesome. Keep up the good work! translated from English

Dawn Raspotnik Bike recovered 2016.3.26

Big thanks to the University of Washington police who recovered and delivered the bike to my house. missing lock and lights but i have my daily rider back. they searched Bike Index and were able to identify the bike and recover it. thank you bike index!!! i'm going to register all my bikes. translated from English

Kevin Bike recovered 2016.3.25

The convention center caught somebody stealing it, so they brought it inside. Since nobody contacted them looking for it, they turned it over to the police. Because the bike was registered on this site the police were able to get it back to me. translated from English

fritz Bike recovered 2016.3.25

Person found it abandoned in the bushes near their house. They found my bike's reg number on this site and contacted me. I met up with them right away and got it back. It had been just over two years since it was stolen! translated from English

Don Bike recovered 2016.3.24

Someone had the bike advertised for sale on Craigslist. Between this website and someone searching on Craigslist my bike was able to be recovered. Because a honest citizen messaged me to take a look at the for sale ad, I was able to confirm it was mine and proceed with recovery. Thanks bike index! So recommended. translated from English

Ginny Bike recovered 2016.3.24

A friend of a bike index user bought my stolen bike and luckily that user, John, did a little research. He contacted me via the Bike Index and now my bike is back home. As soon as I get a better lock, I'll be back out there riding! translated from English

Don Bike recovered 2016.3.23