So on Friday night I stupidly left a door unlocked with my bike sitting right inside and someone stole it. I’m in Shadyside. I found my helmet a block away, on the ground next to a really old bike that looked like it had just been abandoned.
I don’t have any photos, and I neglected to record my serial number…although Trek can probably get me this by Tuesday. They do know the serial number starts with “WTU”
It’s a large frame 2010 Gary Fisher “wahoo” mountain bike. It’s LIME GREEN, haha, so it should be easy to spot.
I filed a police report. I’m watching craigslist.
What other actions can i take? Where do stolen bikes end up?
Also if I can get that serial number how do I add it to the bikepgh registry?
Sorry to hear about your bike. A few bikes have been recovered in the past by cruising the alleyways near where they were stolen. If it was teens that stole it they might have just taken it for a joy-ride and then dumped it as Drewbacca said, or they will leave it outside so their parents don’t see it. Good luck, I hope you get it back.
I had one of my bikes stolen last summer and was able to recover it by biking near the area from where it was stolen. After 3 days of searching I found it semi-abandoned along the 3 Rivers Trail (I say semi-abandoned because there was a man standing next to it, but when I said it was my bike he walked away). Needless to say, recovering a lost/stolen bike is extremely rare and I consider myself lucky to have found mine. Here are some ideas to help you:
1) If you can, spend an hour or two each day biking/walking/driving around the area from where your bike was stolen. Be sure to also check bike trails in your area.
2) Make posters using a picture from Trek of the same model, year, color, etc. Post them in your neighborhood and hand them out to as many local bike shops and thrift stores as you can. Include your phone number and the police report number on little tags that people can rip off the poster and take with them. There’s a good chance the thief will see one of your posters in the area and ditch the bike.
3) Check Craigslist as often as you can.
4) Once you get the serial number from Trek, add the bike to as many online registries as you can find. There are several out there. Contact Bike PGH using their contact us email (firstname.lastname@example.org) – I’m sure they can add your bike to their I <3 My Bike registry.
5) Don’t give up. It’s very upsetting to have anything stolen, but there’s something about a bike that makes it seem more personal – especially if you’ve spent a lot of time/money working on the bike yourself.