Recovery Stories

The bike was found outside of a local grocery store unlocked and taken to a bike shop. They looked up the bike on this website and contacted us via the number posted here. translated from English

Timothee Bike recovered 2020.7.15

I paid $20 for the starter kit for Bike Index to promote my bike as stolen. A Bike Index member sends me an OfferUp listing via Bike Index. The bike is identical to mine. I arrange a meeting with the seller and they let me check the serial number. We part ways with me on my bike. translated from English

Ricky Bike recovered 2020.7.14

The Edmonton Police Service recovered my bike through. Having my serial number made the difference in finding my bike! translated from English

Tristan Bike recovered 2020.7.13

"Hey, I think I just found your bike. I ran the serial number through Bike Index and found a match." I happily paid for a donation to the shop that called me. I'm so grateful to both the shop and to Bike Index for reuniting me with my bike! translated from English

Brent Bike recovered 2020.7.12

Someone bought it and checked the serial number on Bike Index. We picked it up from the police. translated from English

Leanne Bike recovered 2020.7.10

I was contacted by numerous people who found the bike on Craigslist. They looked the bike up on Bike Index and realized it was stolen. The seller gave the bike back. Thank you everyone who contacted me about the posting and thank you to Bike Index for the amazing platform and community. translated from English

Nick Bike recovered 2020.7.7

Shoutout to Tasha who found the bike via Bike Index! translated from English

Neil Bike recovered 2020.7.6

The guy who stole my bike apparently threw it into Boulder Creek. Some nice humans then posted a picture on the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance Facebook page and Bike Index made the connection and emailed me about it! Thank you so much!! translated from English

Becca Bike recovered 2020.7.5

I got a call from a high schooler who bought the bike on Offerup last week. When cleaning it up he saw the serial number was scratched off so he did some digging to see if it was stolen. He came across my Bike Index post - all the components matched so he called me to return it! translated from English

Tyler Bike recovered 2020.7.5

Police saw the bike locked up, ran the serial number on Bike Index, discovered it was stolen, cut the lock, and contacted me!! translated from English

Veronica Bike recovered 2020.7.4

Bike Index emailed me when they found an ad posting my bike on Kijiji. I contacted Edmonton Police Service and they were able to get my bike back the following day! translated from English

Shannon Bike recovered 2020.6.30

The good people at Bike Index and the community did their thing and found my bike - I am so appreciative. Thanks to all involved. translated from English

Johnathan Bike recovered 2020.6.30

Thanks to a Bike Index tip I found the bike on OfferUp and enlisted the San Leandro Police Department in its recovery. translated from English

Tom Bike recovered 2020.6.30

A person bought the bike and located it on Bike Index and called me to confirm it was mine. I then met and recovered it from him. translated from English

Chad Bike recovered 2020.6.30

Miracles come true! I was called by a fellow Seattleite who spotted this bike and asked to buy it from the rider. He checked out the serial number and ran it on Bike Index and found that it was my bike, which was stolen three years ago! Crazy, unexpected turn of events. Thank you Bike Index! translated from English

Sarah Bike recovered 2020.6.30

The stolen bike was recovered by the Calgary Police Dept and Bike Index and returned to me. Many thanks for the help. Great work!!! translated from English

Sam Bike recovered 2020.6.28

A teenager found the bike in the bushes of his condo complex. He ran serial and brand online and Bike Index was the first page with the info. translated from English

Verny Bike recovered 2020.6.27

A good samaritan bought my stolen bike but then checked Bike Index and decided to return it to me. translated from English

Tom Bike recovered 2020.6.27

A nice man emailed me via Bike Index saying he had seen the bike on Offerup and thought it was mine. I contacted the seller, met up, and got the bike back. translated from English

Jesse Bike recovered 2020.6.26

Bike index ambassador recovered the bike! translated from English

Russ Bike recovered 2020.6.24

A neighbour found the bike in an alley and checked Bike Index. translated from English

Nick Bike recovered 2020.6.23

A gentleman called me and said he had found it and looked online for the owner. He called me. I had listed it on Bike Index and on a more local Facebook registry. It made me feel good to have it listed with you. translated from English

Michelle Bike recovered 2020.6.18

Found it on the sidewalk with help from someone who saw my Bike Index stolen post. translated from English

Juan Bike recovered 2020.6.18

A Bike Index member found someone selling it online and notified me. He arranged a meet with the seller and with the help of PD, recovered the bike. Thank you so much! translated from English

Michael Bike recovered 2020.6.16

I found it on I contacted the seller directly and set up a meeting. He was a high school student. The serial number matched and my Pinhead key to the wheels and seat were still on the bike. Success! translated from English

Mary Bike recovered 2020.6.15

A citizen noticed it and thought that was shady, so they checked the serial number on Bike Index and called the police. translated from English

Trinity Bike recovered 2020.6.15

The thief left my bike behind a garage and stole another bike. The new victim reported it and returned my bike to the police, who tracked it to me via Bike Index. translated from English

Michel Bike recovered 2020.6.12

A person bought the bike from thief and looked up the serial number on Bike Index. Upon seeing the bike was stolen, they turned the bike in to the authorities. translated from English

Kody Bike recovered 2020.6.9

A fellow cyclist found the frame abandoned and checked Bike Index. translated from English

Stephen Bike recovered 2020.6.8

A wonderful man purchased my bike but realized it was stolen. He looked up the serial on Bike Index and emailed, called, and texted. He had paid $100 but we agreed that I would donate it to Bike Index to help others recover their bikes. I got my bike back on my birthday. Best birthday present ever! translated from English

Steve Bike recovered 2020.6.8

A citizen recognized my bike on a Craigslist ad and he called my number from my Bike Index page. translated from English

Ryan Bike recovered 2020.6.8

Fellow Bike Index user recognized it and contacted the Calgary Police service! It was returned to me a few days later!!! translated from English

Alison Bike recovered 2020.6.8

Someone looked up the bike on Bike Index because the thief left my bike when they stole another person's. Only because of this site did they find my contact info and know it was stolen. Thank you so much!!! translated from English

Dan Bike recovered 2020.6.8

The Edmonton Police were simply AMAZING, recovered my bike just 5 weeks after it had been stolen. Also, big thanks to the Bike Index for establishing such an important platform. translated from English

Howie Bike recovered 2020.6.4

I received an email via Bike Index letting me know someone had found it! I truly have no idea how he was able to spot it since the picture I posted was not great quality and it had been stolen a while ago, so to be honest I thought it was gone for good but they did some digging and found it! translated from English

Julie Bike recovered 2020.6.4

The Edmonton Police saw someone with the bike and suspected it was stolen. They ran the serial number on Bike Index and saw that it was stolen. translated from English

Tina Bike recovered 2020.6.2

Edmonton Police Services found my bike and tracked it to me through the Bike Index! translated from English

Mathieu Bike recovered 2020.6.1

Someone saw the Bike Index alert! They'd posted about it on Next Door and when nobody responded, they did some research and found Bike Index. I am so glad we went to the trouble of registering our child's bike as well as the adult bikes in the household. Our son is thrilled. Thank you!! translated from English

Christine Bike recovered 2020.6.1

A wonderful man saw the bike with a neighbor and knew it wasn't hers. He checked on Bike Index, saw it was stolen, and called me. He even delivered the bike to me in Queen Anne. Amazing. I am so happy. translated from English

Jonathan Bike recovered 2020.5.30

I received a tip from a Bike Index user who spotted it with some people working on a bunch of bikes along the street. I contacted the police who assisted in recovering it. I was not expecting to see this bike again, which I'd owned and loved for 10 years. Registry and community sometimes work out! translated from English

Brian Bike recovered 2020.5.27

Transit police in Calgary saw it after seeing it on Bike Index. Pulled the guy over and ran it through Bike Index, identified it, and confiscated it. translated from English

Emma Bike recovered 2020.5.25

Police found several bikes. Because my bike was registered as stolen, they were able to seize it on the spot. They phoned me and I went right down and picked it up. Wow! What a great feeling. I wish all my fellow cyclists could get their bikes back and feel this good about it. translated from English

John Bike recovered 2020.5.24

Edmonton Police found it for me through Bike Index. Super thankful! translated from English

Justin Bike recovered 2020.5.22

The police found someone riding my bike, saw it matched the description on Bike Index, and contacted me to return the bike! translated from English

Hamed Bike recovered 2020.5.22

Notified through Bike Index that bike was listed on OfferUp. Met up with the seller and got the bike back by telling the thief cops were on the way. He gave it back and took off. Thanks so much - the Bike Index community is awesome! translated from English

Kelsey Bike recovered 2020.5.21

Recovered on May 18, 202 by the Calgary Police Service. Police officers said that Bike Index was a solid tool in supporting the recovery. translated from English

David Bike recovered 2020.5.18

Officers conducted follow up on a report of possession of stolen property. This bike (along with many others) was located in the residence of a person of interest. Super helpful to pull up Bike Index on scene and verify the bike was stolen. translated from English

Timothy Bike recovered 2020.5.18

Edmonton Police Services arrested someone for theft and matched the bike he was riding with my posting on Bike Index. Thank you to Bike Index, EPS and Cst. Clarke for finding my stolen bike! translated from English

Mathieu Bike recovered 2020.5.13

One of our neighbors found it in their front yard and looked up the bike here and found our details. Bike Index is a wonderful resource. translated from English

Pablo Bike recovered 2020.5.12

Edmonton Police Service recovered it and notified me - they had my details thanks to Bike Index :-) translated from English

Kim Bike recovered 2020.5.11