General Cycling Discussion - ? about buying a used bike. How can you tell if it's stolen?
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I was just wondering if there is some sort of registry where a log of bikes is kept. If I was to buy a used bike, how could I determine if it is a stolen bike or even stolen merchandise from a store?
I'm guessing the only way would be through the serial numbers on the frame.
08-19-03, 10:29 AM
Yes, the serial numbers on the frame, call your local police precinct and see if they have more info on how to check? Or ask the seller for a reciept or something. And ask right out "Is this bike stolen".
08-19-03, 10:59 AM
How about the bill for the bike.Got mine for the cd i'm selling.
08-19-03, 12:45 PM
08-19-03, 01:26 PM
if there is still a lock on the bike that the "onwer just can not seem to remember the combination to anymore"
08-19-03, 05:37 PM
if the owner knows nothing aobut the bike.........
08-19-03, 06:50 PM
Use common sense. If the person is selling the bike from their home or office and it is a fair price, it is likely not stolen. If they insist on meeting you at the far baseball diamond of the city park at 10PM and they're asking 25% of the normal price, it is likely stolen.
I suspect that in the vast majority of times, it is pretty obvious when a bike is stolen.
ask lots of questions about the bike.. When it was purchased, what model it is, what year.. What LBS was it bought from..
Specific questions: are all the components still stock or was upgraded... repainted.. frame material.. even stupid questions count..
are there serial numbers on anything besides the frame? anything else I can check up on?
08-20-03, 12:47 AM
Is the man trying to sell it to you wearing a long sleeved top with horizontal black and white stripes? Is he wearing a small black mask across his eyes? Does he have a black cloth bag draped over his shoulder?
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