So, I'm cruisin around Craigslist looking for bike parts and other deals like I normally do. I found a post warning other CListers of a guy who they say they bought two bikes from which, after a serial number check, they discovered were stolen.
At the time I bought a Schwinn from him abouth three months ago, the guy was working out of his basement and because I like the way he does business (helpful, informative, patient, knowledgeable, and charismatic) I refer many of my friends to him. Now he's opened a shop, which I've visited and hope to volunteer at because I believe in his work and want to support his business. At the same time, I was looking forward to furthering my own knowledge of bicycle repair and maintenance.
I am shocked at the what's been posted and don't really wanna believe it.
What are other peoples experiences with CL, stolen bikes, and their LBS? Could it be a fluke? What is the responsibility of the LBS guy to make sure his goods are legitimate? How does one run a serial number check?