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Old 08-19-03, 10:11 AM   #1
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? about buying a used bike. How can you tell if it's stolen?

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.
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Old 08-19-03, 10:29 AM   #2
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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".
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How about the bill for the bike.Got mine for the cd i'm selling.
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Check here.http://www.downtube.com/index.html
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if there is still a lock on the bike that the "onwer just can not seem to remember the combination to anymore"
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if the owner knows nothing aobut the bike.........
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Old 08-19-03, 06:50 PM   #7
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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.

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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..
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are there serial numbers on anything besides the frame? anything else I can check up on?
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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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