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Old 06-23-09, 01:30 AM
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bicycle registration

where do you guys register your bikes? I heard it's like 3 dollars to register...

and what's the benefit of registering?
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Originally Posted by kris cho
where do you guys register your bikes? I heard it's like 3 dollars to register...

and what's the benefit of registering?
Never occured to me.
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i asked about registering my jewel with the police scheme. i was told they would have to stamp the frame with an id number which is fine for steel and aluminium but for carbon it sounds dodgy. silly since expensive bikes tend to be carbon
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I am the Grand Bike Registrar. Registering your bike gets you access to our monthly newsletter, a five dollar coupon for any casserole dish of your choice at Steinmart, and the security of knowing that your bike is securely registered in our database.

Please PM me for the address to send your $3.


*The Grand Bike Registrar reserves the right to sell your information to anyone that has the money. Also, registering your bike means that all sorts of people will be up in your biz that have no business being there.
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^ He is fake. I am the real registrar. Send your money to me.
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Both those guys are a scam. I'll register your bike for only $2. Please send money ASAP.
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Frauds !! All of you !! Registration is FREE !! .... Just send me your bike so I can verify the information first hand.
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The advantage of registration is that many years from now we can identify the last possible year of manufacture of your bike based on an ugly sticker. Surely you've seen some of those that were common in the 60's.
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this thread is becoming a very bad imitation of the scam emails i get from nigeria.
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Bike registration? I've never had to register mine.
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Serious answer: The advantage is that if a stolen bike is picked up, the police can simply run the tag number or serial number (depending on which city it's in) through a database and call you when they find that it's yours. If it's not registered, they call nobody and you don't know your bike was recovered. One big problem with this is that every city has its own system and may or may not check databases from other cities.
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My bikes are registered with the LBS, they say it'll help if it gets stolen. $0.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01
Frauds !! All of you !! Registration is FREE !! .... Just send me your bike so I can verify the information first hand.
even though this sounds entirely too good to be true, it must be true. otherwise it wouldn't be on the internet! i'm sending my bike in several small boxes to keep cost of shipping down. the frame will be in 3 different boxes. thank you!
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
Serious answer: The advantage is that if a stolen bike is picked up, the police can simply run the tag number or serial number (depending on which city it's in) through a database and call you when they find that it's yours. If it's not registered, they call nobody and you don't know your bike was recovered. One big problem with this is that every city has its own system and may or may not check databases from other cities.
To go along with this, your local police department will probably give you a carbon copy form when you register with them. For me I registered my bike in the event it was ever stolen or involved in an accident. Your bike serial number is linked to the bike registration and when filling out a police report this makes things go much smoother. Sure, people may find the tag uncool but if you can't put up with that kind of jeering maybe you need to not take things too seriously.

Whether you choose to register your bike or not, file your bike serial number somewhere and do not loose it.
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Originally Posted by mvMcfly
To go along with this, your local police department will probably give you a carbon copy form when you register with them. For me I registered my bike in the event it was ever stolen or involved in an accident. Your bike serial number is linked to the bike registration and when filling out a police report this makes things go much smoother. Sure, people may find the tag uncool but if you can't put up with that kind of jeering maybe you need to not take things too seriously.

Whether you choose to register your bike or not, file your bike serial number somewhere and do not loose it.
There is a Notional Bike Registry website, where you can register your bike. You do get an ugly sticker to post under the bottom bracket or some place inconspicuous. You also get a metal tag to hang on your key chain with the registrtion number. There is a nominal fee. If you bike is lost or stolen, then recovered and reported, you get it back. It it is stolen and not reported, you are in the same condition as having never registered it. Its a good stopgap if you don't mind the fee on the eventuality that it is stolen and recoverd by a reporting party.

Local police stations will register your bike, but they want to take an etching tool to your precious finish. They will "brand" your bike with a permanent tracking number. Okay for a beater bike that you don't mind scarring - why would you register a beater bike? As for my nice bike, I would never let an etching tool anywhere near my newer bike.
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Hmm, all the bikes I've registered have only used a blue sticker, no etching tool. I guess it varies by area.
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what sense does a sticker make? if a thief can break a lock, he surely can peel off a sticker, right?
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I enter my bikes as contacts in my blackberry:
First Name: Make
Last Name: Model
Phone: Serial Number
I can even add a photo as caller id.

***contact info in the bars or seatpost doesn't hurt when it's time to identify the bike if located.

This info is on my phone (so it's usually with me) and backed up on my desktop.
How many of you are prepared to give this type of info to a police officer should your bike get jacked?
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Originally Posted by JoesInBoston
what sense does a sticker make? if a thief can break a lock, he surely can peel off a sticker, right?
That also depends on the area. I believe most cities link that number with the serial number and I think I've seen some cities that make it a crime to remove the sticker (like someone willing to commit theft would care about the petty rule).

As mentioned above, keeping your receipt and the serial number is almost as effective. You just have to fill out a few more things in your police report.
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The benefit of registering your bike is that if you get if ripped off, you will have a fighting chance of it boomeranging back to you. Also:
1_ Facilitates filing an accurate police report and insurance claim.
2_ Provides public notice of your stolen bike (w/ photo) that can be traced state-to-state and country-to-country.
3_Even if your bike is NOT stolen, it offers peace of mind in the event of disastor.
4_Drop down menus for EVERY bike manufacturer in the world, multi-parameter search capability (inclusive of zip code) available to law enforcement and the public. (NOT the old-style simpleton scheme used by some universities and metros)
The cost is FREE (like the Internet, yes it is free). For now the Decal Kit (the little tattoo kit that ID's your bike) is also free in recognition of TdF and Bastille Day (that's the French equivalent to our Independence Day). Limited to the 1st 500 new BikeRegistry Members, this week only. www.bikeregistry.com FYI – The Decal Kit contains private HTML links to the balance of the strategy on how to ID your bike and really stick it to the bad guys….

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Take an engraving tool and engrave your driver's license number under the bottom bracket, your DL number is something the cops can easily recognize and look up, unlike a social security number. However, the likelihood that your stolen bike is gonna spontaneously materialize at the police station is pretty remote, probably easier to win the lottery.
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Somewhere in the world somebody is riding my Schwinn Scrambler 36/36 stolen in 1981 with the numbers engraved on the bottom of the BB area, and I still haven't got it back yet. :/
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Originally Posted by djetelina
The benefit of registering your bike is that if you get if ripped off, you will have a fighting chance of it boomeranging back to you. Also:
1_ Facilitates filing an accurate police report and insurance claim.
2_ Provides public notice of your stolen bike (w/ photo) that can be traced state-to-state and country-to-country.
3_Even if your bike is NOT stolen, it offers peace of mind in the event of disastor.
4_Drop down menus for EVERY bike manufacturer in the world, multi-parameter search capability (inclusive of zip code) available to law enforcement and the public. (NOT the old-style simpleton scheme used by some universities and metros)
The cost is FREE (like the Internet, yes it is free). For now the Decal Kit (the little tattoo kit that ID's your bike) is also free in recognition of TdF and Bastille Day (that's the French equivalent to our Independence Day). Limited to the 1st 500 new BikeRegistry Members, this week only. www.bikeregistry.com FYI – The Decal Kit contains private HTML links to the balance of the strategy on how to ID your bike and really stick it to the bad guys….
Is your service linked to all US law enforcement agencies, or how does it work? Many cities have their own registry systems, but I'm pretty sure they don't talk to each other, so if your bike registered in one city is recovered 5 cities over, you'll never hear about it. Does yours eliminate that problem?
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
1_Is your service linked to all US law enforcement agencies, or how does it work? Many cities have their own registry systems, but I'm pretty sure they don't talk to each other, 2_so if your bike registered in one city is recovered 5 cities over, you'll never hear about it. 3_Does yours eliminate that problem?
Some good questions! In a nutshell the answer is YES. More precise detailed answers can be found at: https://www.bikeregistry.com/faq.php .

To answer your specific questions:
1_ The stolen bikes on the site are accessible by US law enforcement AND the general public (ie pawn shop managers, apartment managers, school principals, and most importantly our fellow cyclists).
2_ In regard to being 5 cities over, this problem has been totally addressed by being able to search within a stated number of miles from a zip code. (We also have drop-down menus of every state/province/parish of every country on the planet; working on a 2nd version that will allow one to search stolen bikes by state/province/etc.)
3_What ties EVERYTHING together is: a)Your Bike’s Serial Number b) DECAL KIT to "tattoo" and identify the bike as being registered on the BikeReg website and c) a secondary method of identifying/searching for a stolen bike by utilizing its DNA (ie frame material, frame size and wheel size). These are unchangeable even if the idiot stealing the bike finds/removes all the Decals, grinds off the SN and repaints the bike.

The DECAL KIT appears as follows: https://www.bikeregistry.com/install.php

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Originally Posted by urbanknight
Serious answer: The advantage is that if a stolen bike is picked up, the police can simply run the tag number or serial number (depending on which city it's in) through a database and call you when they find that it's yours. If it's not registered, they call nobody and you don't know your bike was recovered. One big problem with this is that every city has its own system and may or may not check databases from other cities.

There's no guarantee that the police will check their own database. After all,they can sell it at auction and keep the money. Yes, this is actually what the local dept did here; making absolutely no attempt to track down owners of stickered bikes.
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