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Old 03-14-08, 10:09 PM
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Have you registered your bike?

My dad talked to me about registering our bikes. I vaguely recalled hearing about that years ago. I came across this link today and promptly bookmarked it.

Have you registered your bike?

http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/
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Old 03-15-08, 03:33 AM
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None of my bikes are registered with anybody but, years ago, I had a bike stolen from me and actually returned.

The bike was stolen from out of my garage. At the time I was devistated because bicycling was my only real recreational outlet and I didn't have the financial resources to replace it. About a month later I saw a fellow polking around my neighbor's house so I asked him what he was up to. It turned out he was a detective investigating a bicycle that had been stolen by some juveniles. Since I had recorded the serial number and was able to tell him where to find it on the bike's left dropout, I got my bike back.

I consider that to be one of those "Hand of God" incidents - really. It's how I know for sure that God exists. There was no way at that point in my life that I would have been able to replace that bike so it would have been a life changing incident. There was another clear "Hand of god" incident during that period in which I acquired my first tandem but that might be a longer story than you want to read.
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Old 03-15-08, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
None of my bikes are registered with anybody but, years ago, I had a bike stolen from me and actually returned.

The bike was stolen from out of my garage. At the time I was devistated because bicycling was my only real recreational outlet and I didn't have the financial resources to replace it. About a month later I saw a fellow polking around my neighbor's house so I asked him what he was up to. It turned out he was a detective investigating a bicycle that had been stolen by some juveniles. Since I had recorded the serial number and was able to tell him where to find it on the bike's left dropout, I got my bike back.

I consider that to be one of those "Hand of God" incidents - really. It's how I know for sure that God exists. There was no way at that point in my life that I would have been able to replace that bike so it would have been a life changing incident. There was another clear "Hand of god" incident during that period in which I acquired my first tandem but that might be a longer story than you want to read.
Cool story!
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Old 03-15-08, 12:23 PM
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When I bought my Giant OCR, it came with a card to register it. I did. Our local police department just finished campaign to register bikes with them, which I did (all 3 plus Mrs. Slim's). They actually had a guy show up at where all our bike club rides start for three Mondays in a row. Nice service.
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Old 03-15-08, 12:37 PM
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The last time I registered a bike was when I bought Los Angeles bicycle license stickers for my 1971 Nishiki and my wife's 1970 UO-8. The UO-8 has morphed into my commuter, but it still sports an expired LABL decal.

My bikes are pretty unusual, and I do keep track of their serial numbers (see signature), so I do not really see the point of registering them.
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I had not thought about this at all. I am going to write down the serial numbers on all of our bikes today. We live in a pretty low crime area, but you should be prepared. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 03-15-08, 01:54 PM
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Bike registration is just the first step to denying us our Constitutional and God-given right to keep and ride bikes.

Remember: when bikes are outlawed, only outlaws will have bikes!
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My bike is a registered Democrat.
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My bike is a registered Democrat.
Both of mine are registered independents...they don't veer to the right or the left!
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Old 03-15-08, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
My bikes are pretty unusual, and I do keep track of their serial numbers (see signature), so I do not really see the point of registering them.
Never thought about ID'ing the bikes! These numbers must be small, because I never noticed them. Where is the serial number located, and how do you get the bike frame under a microfische viewer to read the serial number?
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Nothing registered, but each bike has a photo and serial number in my computer's data base. In addition my bikes have been captured in the walk through video tape of our home with all of our possessions (at the suggestion of our insurance agent). There are two copies of this tape. One is in a fire proof safe, the other kept in an undisclosed location outside of the home.
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Originally Posted by bcoppola View Post
Bike registration is just the first step to denying us our Constitutional and God-given right to keep and ride bikes.

Remember: when bikes are outlawed, only outlaws will have bikes!
Huh?

Definitely record the serial number and take photos if nothing else, and keep your receipt. When my digital camera was stolen a few years ago, I didn't have the receipt (big mistake -- must be the ONLY receipt we've never kept). I managed to find an old photo of me holding the camera and provided that to the insurance co.
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Old 03-15-08, 05:29 PM
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Just kidding, Yen!
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I seem to remember doing some kind of online registration when I bought my Giant Cypress W, and within about 10 days had also been to the local fire station to pay the whopping 3 bucks for the 2-year license.
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The local bike registration here in Salt Lake County is a joke. Used to be done at the fire stations, now at the sheriffs substation. Information goes into a filing cabinet, never to see the light of day. It is my understanding that there is no way to check to see if the serial numbers on a recovered bike match any registration. Salt Lake City has an ordinance requiring bicycle registration, but hardly anybody does it, and I've never heard of it being enforced.
I registered five of my most valuable bikes with the National Bike Registry. Many of the local law enforcement agencies actually check recovered bikes against it. Twenty five bucks for five bikes, ten years.
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Originally Posted by RoMad View Post
I had not thought about this at all. I am going to write down the serial numbers on all of our bikes today. We live in a pretty low crime area, but you should be prepared. Thanks for the idea.
What I have done is to take pictures of the bike, and go into photoshop, gang them together and then overlay the important information, make model serial number etc on top and save a digital copy and make a printed copy. If the bike is stolen, then the information can be spread easily.
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Many, if not most, bikes today do not have a serial number on the frame. So how do you register them?

Although this my come in handy when you see your stolen bike on scambay.
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