Recovery Stories

A stranger found it abandoned downtown and saw your ad/alert on Twitter. He reached out to me via the phone number I had listed on Bike Index and I was able to safely get my bike back for free. Yay for kind humans! translated from English

AnnaJoy Bike recovered 2019.12.21

Registering my bike on Bike Index over a year ago was my proof of ownership. Enough people around town knew my bike. Two fellow bike enthusiasts came to my aid by identifying and locating the bike, and staying with it until I got there. translated from English

Samantha Bike recovered 2019.12.18

I purchased the bike from a local shop that had recorded the sale, my name, and the serial number. They told me to list it on Bike Index. A month after the theft I got a call out of the blue from someone saying they had my bike. They knew about Bike Index and acted with integrity. So grateful. translated from English

Lex Bike recovered 2019.12.17

I have had several people looking out for this bike and contacting me over the past few months but finally, somebody messaged me on Stolen Bikes NOLA and said they had my bike. Bike Index worked even though I didnt have the serial number to provide. What a wonderful early Christmas gift. translated from English

Michael Bike recovered 2019.12.17

I received an email from Bike Index Calgary advising me of a suspicious ad on Kijiji. Police arrested the seller. If it wasn’t for Bike Index I might not have recovered my bike. They notified me within hours of it being posted for sale. I recommend that everyone who values their bike register it. translated from English

Matt Bike recovered 2019.12.15

Thank you officer Walter at Portland Police department for finding it and returning it home :) And thank you Bike Index peeps for your help and support in spreading the word. It worked! translated from English

Jill Bike recovered 2019.12.12

A post on Nextdoor.com gave me hope and then someone else saw it on a police car. Then a text came in from Bike Index stating the officer contacted them and had my bike. From the moment I discovered it was missing to recovery was about 5 hours. translated from English

Brian Bike recovered 2019.12.11

A caring Ballard resident found the bike thrown in his bushes. He made the effort to contact police who directed him to Bike Index! He was able to contact me and return the bike unharmed. This would never have happened without Bike Index. Thanks!!! translated from English

JS Bike recovered 2019.12.11

A gentleman from Bike Index called me and said it was posted on OfferUp! We met the guy with the police and got our bike back! translated from English

Avery Bike recovered 2019.12.10

I was alerted via Bike Index about the sale of my bicycle on OfferUp. My friend took possession of the bike and informed the seller with proof that the bike had been stolen. None of this would've happened without his diligent checking against Bike Index and alerting me to the sale. translated from English

Andrew Bike recovered 2019.12.8

Bike Index partner Portland Police Bureau Bike Theft Task Force searched high and low and found my beauty this week! The bike was in great shape, even though it had been in a pretty rough place for nearly 2.5 months. Thanks guys! translated from English

Mike Bike recovered 2019.12.8

The police recovered the bike from a pawn shop. Many thanks to Bike Index partner, UWPD! translated from English

Joseph Bike recovered 2019.12.5

Stolen Bikes Edmonton and EPS texted me last weekend with a photo of the bike recovered by police. Confirmation received, and bike recovered! Thanks Bike Index, Stolen Bikes Edmonton, and Edmonton Police Services! translated from English

Aaron Bike recovered 2019.12.4

It was brought to a bike shop by the person who stole it for a tune-up and the shop ran the serial on Bike Index and contacted me. translated from English

Laura Bike recovered 2019.12.2

Someone from Bike Index found my bike on Kijiji and contacted me. Police and I recovered it with an under cover cop! translated from English

kirsti Bike recovered 2019.11.30

Through Bike Index someone contacted me that they found my bike locked up at an encampment and we got her free! translated from English

Thenisia Bike recovered 2019.11.25

Bike Index partner, Stolen Bikes NOLA found it! translated from English

Nancy Bike recovered 2019.11.23

A wonderful human found in through Bike Index! translated from English

Lynn Bike recovered 2019.11.23

Local Bike Index partner shop, Splendid Cycles, in Portland, took possession when a so-called customer brought my bike into the shop wondering if it was an E-bike. translated from English

Tom Bike recovered 2019.11.22

I registered my bike stolen this morning. Then someone posted a picture on Reddit of my bike off a hiking path. I immediately got an email from Bike Index asking if it was my bike and coordinated between me and the Redditor. I can't thank Bike Index or the kind folks who saw it enough. translated from English

Bryan Bike recovered 2019.11.22

Got a message on Bike Index from a follower who bought my bike off a guy trying to sell it in Capitol Hill the day after it was stolen. He thought it might be stolen and checked Bike Index! Got it back and we made a new biking friend in Cap Hill. Thanks Abi and Bike Index. translated from English

Brooke Bike recovered 2019.11.22

A local bike shop/good Samaritan saw it, knew it was stolen thanks to the tweet or magical way in which y'all shared this information, and about a day later I was contacted by the police saying they found my bike!! THANK YOU! Such a miracle, especially in the city of Portland. wow. truly amazed. translated from English

Amanda Bike recovered 2019.11.21

The San Francisco Police Department called me to tell me that they recovered my bike, and found me from Bike Index. translated from English

Yanny Bike recovered 2019.11.17

Recovered by the Edmonton City Police as part of a larger bust. They used the Bike Index to identify and return it to me. Huge thanks to you all! translated from English

Steve Bike recovered 2019.11.17

The thief posted an ad for my bike via OfferUp. The ad was discovered and forwarded to me by the Bike Index team. I met the thief and bought my bike back without conflict. translated from English

Vitaliy Bike recovered 2019.11.17

Someone saw my red bianchi on the corner. It was scratched up but he knew it was a nice bike and had seen it posted! He bought the bike from the guy who said it was his then connected me. I gave him his money back and a big THANK YOU! This was truly amazing! I cannot thank Bike Index enough!!! translated from English

Julie Bike recovered 2019.11.13

Got a tip from an SPD officer through Bike Index that the bike was on OfferUp. Contacted the seller and gave them the Bike Index link. They were sympathetic and offered to meet up and hand over the bike. It's a bit scuffed up and missing accessories, but I'm so excited to have it back!! translated from English

Eva Bike recovered 2019.11.13

A high school in Portland has a bike repair "shop" class. They receive bikes to work on. How they got my bike is a mystery. Whoever stole it maybe abandoned it. The teachers and students scour Bike Index when they receive the bikes. They saw that one of the bikes matched mine and they contacted me! translated from English

Julie Bike recovered 2019.11.11

Bike Index watchers informed me that bike was listed on Letgo and Craigslist. Informed police and they got me back my bike. Other bike still not recovered, but there is hope. Many thanks! translated from English

Bryan Bike recovered 2019.11.10

Bike Index watchers informed me that bike was listed on Letgo and Craigslist. Informed police and they got me back my bike. Other bike still not recovered, but there is hope. Many thanks! translated from English

Bryan Bike recovered 2019.11.10

Three people reported leads due to my posting on Bike Index. Someone bought the bike before the police investigated, but the buyer searched the serial and discovered he had purchased stolen property and reported it to me and the police. I can't believe how helpful the posting on Bike Index was. translated from English

Keith Bike recovered 2019.11.9

A couple was searching Bike Index to find their stolen bike and they saw my post. Coincidentally, they were eating at a food cart where the owner had noticed my abandoned bike at a homeless camp. THANK YOU to the good-hearted people of Portland who helped each step of the way. translated from English

Lisa Bike recovered 2019.11.8

We sent the bike to @stolenbikesbayarea, Bike Index, and a large biking Facebook group. Yesterday a friend spotted it. Cops were super helpful and took pride in helping. I backed up my claim by knowing every part of the bike. translated from English

Kelly Bike recovered 2019.11.7

Police contacted me by email, through this website, saying they recovered my bike. translated from English

Kyle Bike recovered 2019.11.5

Bike Index partner, Stolen Bikes NOLA, found my bike and returned it to me. translated from English

Catherine Bike recovered 2019.11.5

An anonymous caller found my contact info on Bike Index and told me where my bike was seen. translated from English

Daniel Bike recovered 2019.11.4

Omaha Police Dept’s Pawn Unit recovered it a week ago after the bike was stolen two months ago. Having filed a police report filed and sharing the serial number on Bike Index helped track the bike down. translated from English

Jeff Bike recovered 2019.11.2

Someone saw it on LetGo, checked Bike Index and reached out to me when they found it. Bike Index provided tips to recover it. The San Mateo Sheriff's Office helped me meet with the seller. Thanks everyone for helping me get this special bike back translated from English

Walstad Bike recovered 2019.10.31

Nice man who had seen it left on the back of someone's car saw my number on Bike Index and called me! translated from English

Ian Bike recovered 2019.10.30

A local nonprofit bike group found it and called in local Bike Index ambassador Mike who arranged a meeting and we took it home. translated from English

vladimir Bike recovered 2019.10.28

Found near my house. They found my serial number on Bike Index and contacted me. translated from English

Chris Bike recovered 2019.10.27

I received a message through Bike Index from someone who had my bike. Turns out his mother-in-law saw it sitting unlocked in downtown Seattle and offered it up to him. He recognized that it was a fairly nice bike and looked up the serial number on Bike Index to see if it was registered as stolen. translated from English

Allie Bike recovered 2019.10.22

EPS recovered it during an arrest. They checked the serial # on Bike Index and identified it. They returned it to me that same night. For the most part, I was able to fix it back up and am just grateful to have the bike back. translated from English

Kathryn Bike recovered 2019.10.18

SFPD saw the tweet on Bike Index. Thank you Officer Roan for getting my bike back. translated from English

Alexander Bike recovered 2019.10.15

Some kind stranger noticed it being sold nearly a year and a half after being stolen and notified me via Bike Index. I confronted the person selling it, who was not the thief, and they returned the bike without hassle. translated from English

Scott Bike recovered 2019.10.14

The Seattle Police Department saw it on Bike Index the same day as it was stolen and recovered it! translated from English

Adam Bike recovered 2019.10.14

I got a phone call from a guy who saw my bike on Bike Index and then recognized it on a local website for sale. I called the police, and they got it back for me the next day! translated from English

Peter Recumbent recovered 2019.10.12

EPS found the thief with two bikes and no explanation, recovered it and sent me a notice to pick it up since I had registered it on Bike Index. translated from English

Shantel Bike recovered 2019.10.10

Ride This Bike bike shop and Stolen Bikes NOLA id'd my bike on Bike Index and got it back on my behalf. translated from English

Eden Bike recovered 2019.10.10

Quick action by SF Police recognized my stolen bike. The dispatcher checked the serial number of the bike on Bike Index. This happened within an hour or two of the theft and my bike returned the same day! translated from English

Gary Bike recovered 2019.10.10