Recovery Stories

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

Thief abandoned the bike on a Seattle Metro Bus, and King County Metro brought the bike to their surplus store, found my stolen bike report on Bike Index and contacted me. translated from English

Luke Bike recovered 2016.3.21

A good samaritan checked a suspicious ad on eBay against Bike Index and contacted me regarding the bike. Bryan at Bike Index investigated and checked the serial number and contacted the seller who turned the bike over. Forever gracious for such a great website!!! translated from English

Steve Bike recovered 2016.3.18

Another bike guy saw a sketchy wrong size dude riding my bike in a shady area. He offered to buy it, bought it, contacted me through bike index and returned it to me! translated from English

Jordan Bike recovered 2016.3.18

This website, the theft tried to sell it on offer up, the purchaser contacted me after he looked it up on this index. translated from English

Joe Bike recovered 2016.3.16

After 6 months of looking for, and almost giving up on my bike, I received an email from a Bike Index user thinking they saw it listed on Craigslist. This person was hoping to purchase my bike, but saw that it was registered as stolen on Bike Index, emailed me about it, and I set up a sale with the supposed thieves who were listing my bike. 30 minutes before the 'sale' was to take place, I called the police and they assisted in retrieving my bike from the 'sellers.' My bike had a few broken parts, but otherwise in fairly good condition. I am so grateful to the Bike Index community! translated from English

Stuart Bike recovered 2016.3.13

Found by seattle fellow rider, ID'd via Bike Index translated from English

Dan Bike recovered 2016.3.11

A drunk old fella bought it for $78, after realizing someone would be missing it, he found it on Bike Index and gave me a call. I paid him $120 for his troubles and we sat down and chatted for a bit over a cold one. translated from English

Brett Bike recovered 2016.3.9

Someone traded for the bike without realizing it was stolen. She has offered to pay for the bike as it is her only means of transportation. translated from English

Pedal Bike Tours Bike recovered 2016.3.6

I received a tip from a Bike Index user that my bike was listed for sale on an app called 5miles. APD was able to track the seller to his address and locate my bike. translated from English

Margaret Bike recovered 2016.3.3

A guy bought it off of craigslist, found my listing on Bike Index, and returned the bike to me, reward given to good-guy, cops are on the trail of the suspects. translated from English

Jim Bike recovered 2016.3.3

An awesome and helpful tipster saw the bike on craigslist and then sent us a message through bike index. After arranging a meeting with the seller, Beaverton PD happened to have time to meet us and help get the bike back. Thanks so much to the tipster, Bryan at Bike Index, and the Beaverton PD! translated from English

Joel Bike recovered 2016.2.29

It was bought from a flea market in Napa, and when the purchaser googled the model when he got home up popped this Bike Index entry. Thanks Marcos for being an honest man; thanks Bike Index for putting us together! translated from English

John Bike recovered 2016.2.27

Bought from panhandler, returned via the Bike Index. translated from English

Bike Index Bike recovered 2016.2.21

A helpful citizen contacted me through bike index and told me where to find it for sale online. I arranged a meeting with the person where the police helped me retrieve the bicycle. translated from English

Greg Bike recovered 2016.2.20

Gresham cycles ID'd this stolen bike via the Bike Index and it has been returned. translated from English

Bike Index Bike recovered 2016.2.20

Found for sale on Craigslist in Missoula Montana. A friend of a friend recognized my bike from a posting on the Bike Index. translated from English

Amy Bike recovered 2016.2.20

A babysitter saw my bike off the side of the road looking suspicious: no lock, helmet and lights in tact, and sitting on a main thoroughfare with no one in sight. I'd already reported it stolen to the authorities; she found my bike listed as stolen on Bike Index, took down the case number, and called it in to the police. My bike was returned to me the same day she found it. Thanks! translated from English

Emily Bike recovered 2016.2.18

A very nice man bought my bike for $140 dollars on Market and 7th from a man who matches the description of the thief. He then looked up the serial number and found out it was reported stolen by this website, called me and hand delivered my bike in perfect condition. Can't thank this website enough!!!! My bike was missing for less than 48 hours. translated from English

Hunter Bike recovered 2016.2.18

Law enforcement!! Portland transit police walked up to a known bike thief 4months after it was stolen and asked him about the bike he was working on. Ended up that it was mine so they took it from him, tracked me down using the index and we were reunited happily ever after!! translated from English

Vanessa Bike recovered 2016.2.16

Someone alerted me to an ad on after they saw my bike here. translated from English

Indar Bike recovered 2016.2.16

Someone saw it on craigslist and recognized it from the post on this website and notified me. Then they set up a meet and i met the person in a Cub foods parking lot and took it back. Many thanks Bike Index. translated from English

michael Bike recovered 2016.2.12

A person contacted me after he bought the bike and find out it was stolen. He checked serial number on this site. The person was extremely honest and kind and returned me the bike. translated from English

Pochekailov Bike recovered 2016.2.8

Bought it back from another person who bought it and it found it on the Bike Index. translated from English

Robert Bike recovered 2016.2.8

With the help of you and the Portland Police! It's a little worse for wear and tear but we have it back. The bike was recovered on Sunday 1/31/16. You all are awesome! translated from English

Craig Bike recovered 2016.2.1

Somebody noticed it was getting stolen piece by piece in front of there place, cut the lock and took it before it was completely stolen. They looked up the bike on bike index and got in touch with me. I got back the frame and a lot of components. translated from English

Mac Bike recovered 2016.1.31

Mechanics at Huckleberry bike shop in SF found the serial number on the bike index and got in touch. Thank you Brian & bike index! translated from English

Piper Bike recovered 2016.1.25

Englewood PD recovered it and returned it to me after finding it on Bike Index! A little scratch on the fork but that's it! translated from English

Colin Bike recovered 2016.1.23

Found by a local, ID'd in the index, awesome PPb instagram on this one. translated from English

Bike Index Bike recovered 2016.1.17

Pete called me this morning after he found my bikes photo on Bike Index. He works at a downtown Seattle hotel that ends up with quite a few stolen bikes in the lost and found. He thought mine looked likely stolen so he took the time to try to find me. The Seattle police website pointed him to this site. Thanks!! translated from English

Scott Bike recovered 2016.1.17

Big thank you to Montlake Terrace PD & who looked it up on Bike Index and called me right away. Thank you Bike Index!! translated from English

Cameron Bike recovered 2016.1.14

Bryan at Bike Index alerted me to a guy that might have my bike, and wanted to return it. I picked it up in Los Gatos three months after it was stolen in Oakland. Glad to have the bike back and very appreciative of the this man's honesty in returning a bike that he had bought in error. translated from English

Kcuth Bike recovered 2016.1.13

A kind soul bought my bikes from someone who obviously wasn't the owner, then posted an online ad for two stolen bikes. Another really nice person saw them, checked them on this index, and emailed me. The kindness of strangers! translated from English

Milo Bike recovered 2016.1.9

I got a call from revolver bike shop in portland. They had the bike in for service and checked the serial number on bike index. They gave me a call promptly to confirm. Thanks guys! translated from English

Chris Bike recovered 2016.1.6

Thank you to Officer Fowler of the Seattle Police Department East Precinct for recovering my bike days after it was stolen! Great eagle eyes! Thanks to this site he was able to confirm his suspicion that the bike was stolen and was able to reunite me with my bike! I am a fan of this site and Officer Fowler! translated from English

Jae Bike recovered 2016.1.2

Found on CL by a Bike Index user, owner got cops involved and it came back translated from English

Michael Bike recovered 2016.1.1

It was in the back of a stolen truck that was found by the police and returned to the owner. The owner looked the bike up in Bike Index and contacted me. The owner and his wife rock!!!!! Bike Index rocks!!!!!!! translated from English

Johnny Bike recovered 2015.12.31

Someone bought this bike from King County Seattle Surplus auctions, took it home, and found it listed in the Bike Index. We got them in touch with the owner, who was elated. translated from English

Lee Bike recovered 2015.12.29

Neighborhood hero bought it back from thief and posted it on Riverwest Facebook page translated from English

Andy Bike recovered 2015.12.13

Found by the Portland Police Bureau and ID'd by the Bike Index. translated from English

Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.12.13

Scottsdale, AZ police called me last week that they have caught thief and recovered bike. It was in good condition except side stand was missing. I received it on 11-Dec-2015 back. Thank you Scottsdale police for your excellent community service and Bike - you guys rock! :) translated from English

NJadav Bike recovered 2015.12.12

Recovered by seattle bike nuts with Bike Index! translated from English

Kinsey Bike recovered 2015.12.10

This bike was pawned at shop in Federal Heights, CO. The shop listed it on Local police met me at the shop and the Bike helped police confirm it was my bike. translated from English

Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.12.8

The Clackamas County Oregon Sheriff's office recovered my bike in August, 2015 after questioning a suspicious person on how they obtained the bike they were riding. The deputy searched this Bike Index to discover I was the owner. translated from English

Daniel Bike recovered 2015.12.1

Found for sale on flagged by BI user - seller gave it up without a fight. translated from English

Bryan Bike recovered 2015.11.30

Bike shop had bike in for repair and flagged it. Recovered via Bike Index translated from English

Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.11.28