Long time lurker, occasional poster here.
Just wanted to get your thoughts and insights.
On our local Chicago Craigslist, there are a number of 'resellers,' repeat posters that usually have a number of bikes for sale. You answer an ad, you end up in some dude's basement, lots of bikes, parts everywhere, etc. 'I'd love to keep it but it's too big for me!'
After buying bike for my wife from one of these well known resellers, and later responding to other ads, I start getting that pesky feeling: 'where do these bikes come from?' 'Would a rational bike owner actually sell a bike as nice as this <blank> right here?'
So to you C&Vers, I pose the question, do you suppose all of these bikes are stolen?
Pardon me for being such an idiot, but i really don't feel like the majority of the people selling bikes on CL are the actual owners. (OTOH, if I answer an ad for a guitar, it's not a dude with a basement full of guitars).
Any tips for buying a used bike without automatically supporting the theft and resale of stolen property?