No serial number! Can I get a new one?
So here tis: I bought a classic/vintage bike that looked like it was nearing the end of its lifetime (its at least 15 years old, was rusted through, etc) at a market... yes, I realise now that should've twigged it but I was naive and didn't even think about how it got there.
In the years following, I had the thing rebuilt - wouldn't recognise it now. After about 3 years of regularly meeting/paying my LBS owner, I asked him the age of the bike and he looked for the serial number... which we can't find. Which means maybe the bike was stolen at some point in its history - at any rate there's no number on it now. Is there any way to get it "restamped" or numbered or similar? What should people do when they find themselves with a non-serialed bike? I considered trying to trace where its from, but a bit difficult as its old; its not possible to hand the bike into the Police as I moved several times since I got it, plus any original owners wouldn't recognise it because its essentially just the original frame and decals/trims - and even they have been buffed up; the thing was junked.
Anyways - any input on how to get it renumbered, or legitimised in some way, please let me know! Would the original manufacturers be able to help?
I suppose you can stamp it in yourself with some random sequence. I had a custom track bike confiscated by the police when I was arrested for some fraternity pranks. They suspected it was stolen, so they took it in. I got it released after showing them pictures of its build process from scratch with me mitering the tubes and jigging it. They gave it back but said I had to stamp some serial numbers and report it to them... never did get around to doing that...
Have your name engraved into it
I have pictures of one of my bikes s/ns as well. I got the Gary Fisher x caliber frame from a bike shop kid who got it on an employee discount. It has a double stamped serial number. I guess that is why they sold it to the employee. As far as the OP goes, did you look on the rear dropouts for the s/n?
Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
You could figure out another way to ID the bike. Engraving under the BB seems ok. I've heard of people putting their ss number on their bike. Or perhaps the state and drivers license number.
No Rocket Surgeon
In my business, if the Serial Number is gone, it's scrap.
My company builds high reliability, mission critical parts for the military. We have to be able to trace all parts back to the mill from which they came!
Even though we are talking bicycles, I doubt if the orignal manufacturer of the bike would agree to re-serialize it.