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proof of ownership(6 posts)

proof of ownershipTrux
Dec 19, 2001 6:55 AM
Do any of you "spoke jockeys" out there mark your bikes for proof of ownership? If so, where and how?
re: proof of ownershippeloton
Dec 19, 2001 7:02 AM
Lamenated card with your name, address, and phone number hidden in the bottom bracket or by the steerer. That way, if it's stolen and a shop works on it they may find the card and realize that it's not the same person who brought in the bike.
re: proof of ownershipmorey
Dec 19, 2001 7:17 AM
Bottom bracket - scribe my SS#
Trademarks,TJeanloz
Dec 19, 2001 8:29 AM
A lot of mechanics will somehow leave their "mark" on bikes that they work on, so next time they see it, they know if they worked on it previously. This keeps them from saying embarrassing things like: "the last guy who worked on this was smoking crack- why did he route the cable like that?"

Oftentimes, the mark consists of a distinctive crimping pattern on the endcaps, or a somehow otherwise distinctive mechanical choice.

Wheelbuilders also oftentimes sign the rims under the tape, or otherwise add a signature- like coloring the top of a particular nipple.
re: proof of ownershipmerckx56
Dec 19, 2001 2:18 PM
a 3 x 5 card, cut in half (that would make it a 1-1/2 x 2-1/2) with all of your ownership and contact info on it. put it just inside of the seatpost.
label for honest peopleLuis
Dec 19, 2001 11:39 PM
I have a stck-on label on the bottom of the downtube with my name and home phone number on it. It would peal off in a second for a thief (if he noticed it; if someone rode away on it and got nabbed they'd have a harder time claiming it was theirs if someone saw the label), but if I crashed or got separated from the bike someone who wanted to help would have a way to get in touch with my wife, or at least the answering machine.