Inspired by the arrest of Igor and THOUSANDS of stolen bikes that are being recovered in Toronto I was changing a flat on my bike last night and decided to look for my serial number to write it down...
I've had my bike about 3 months now, bought it from a man in a wealthy neighbourhood in a nearby city through Craigslist, as an upgrade from another old, used, but way worse condition road bike. He said the bike had been built up for his wife more than a decade ago at a local, well known store -- which generally fit the age and style of the bike, and didn't have more than 3 family-type bikes in his garage so I wasn't suspicious of anything at all.
But last night when I was changing the tire I realized that the bottom bracket where the serial number would be had a strip of black putty over it. I tried to chip it off, but no go. There isn't a number anywhere else on the frame. Looks sort of suspicious to me ---- but now I don't know what to do. I paid a decent amount for the bike (considering it's age), and LOVE it, I've put probably $200 worth of upgrades and accessories into it since I got it, and ride twice as much as I used to now. My intention was to register it, but now it looks like I can't...... and if it was stolen..... ???
Though in other news I commuted for the first time in the rain today, and LOVED it. It made me feel super hard-core.