Sooo.... I'm Ben. Last Spring, I rode my 1994 Trek 5200 from San Diego to Washington DC. Although I'm not bike expert. I fell in love with this Bike. I've put lots of work into and have brand new Mavic Aksium wheels on it. This is us:
This is another image of a bike similar to mine.
About 3 months ago, someone broke into our garage and stole my fiancee's bike. By the grace of god my bike wasn't there at the time. After this incident, I installed a locking mechanism in the garage and at work would use a ulock and a chain lock. So about a week ago I wake up and lo and behold, the garage has been broken into again and the lock to my bike has been cut. Bike is gone.
Afterwards, I was enraged, filed a police report, etc.
While checking craigslist the other day, I stumbled upon this guy from about half-hour away from where I live:
Is this my bike frame?
After e-mailing back and forth with this guy, I'm set to meet with him tomorrow. The guy doesn't know the size/year of the bike. He says the bike is black and it looks somewhat black in the image, but I think you could make the argument that it's actually the dark green of my bike. What do you guys think? Are there any marks or identifying info where you could say that this is or is not definitely my bike? I've done some investigating and this lettering on the 5200 only was in 1994 and there is no black version that year that I can find.
Furthermore, I've done some investigation and this guy is selling lots of wheels and pieces and parts on craigslist.
Unfortunately, with the bike stripped like this, I don't have any way to prove this is my bike. Where is the serial number on this frame?
So, if you guys think this could be my bike, I'm going to go ahead and meet with him tomorrow. I do have the serial number for the Mavic wheels, but so far they haven't popped up on CL yet. I'm going to say something along the lines of, "Do you have any other stuff to show me?" and hope that he produces the wheels. Where would I find the serial number on the wheels? If anyone has Mavic aksiums, what form does your serial number on them take? Any other thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.