So I read the other "found bicycle ethics" questions posted here, but I'm still not sure what to do in my situation. Here it goes...
I found a pretty nice commuter bike in my alley. This bike is probably a couple years old, has fenders and a rack added to it, and a lock locked to the rack. (I think this is an important wrinkle. The lock is locked to the rack but not to a wheel - like that's how the previous owner stored their lock when not in use.) The bike was sitting out in plain sight, leaned against a lamp post. No one was around. So I wheeled the bike inside and posted a note on the lamp post asking the owner to call me. No one called me. I also posted a found bike post on Craigslist with no response. I searched the stolen bike registries with no results.
I'm sure that bike is stolen. The scenario I envision is that someone had it stored in their garage or on their porch and didn't bother to lock it to anything. A thief took it as a temporary means of transportation and then left it sitting in the alley when they were done with it.
Now then... It's a nice bike. Fully operational, good parts, ready to ride. I don't have use for it and I want to sell it. I don't feel I've done my due diligence in getting it back to it's owner yet, though. I figure I'll post another note about it on CL, but beyond that, I don't know what else to do. What do you think? Can I sell it? Should I sell it? I think selling it will necessitate cutting the lock off of the rack. Does that complicate things?
Thanks in advance for your responses.