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Bike ID?(6 posts)

Bike ID?blakester
Apr 17, 2003 9:14 PM
Does anyone scratch or mark their bke somehow with a SS# or some other personally identifying feature? If so, what do you do, and if not... why not? Thanks!
re: Bike ID?Akirasho
Apr 17, 2003 9:34 PM
... I got into the habit of adding a "brand" back in my stereo days (along with copying down serial numbers, I also added a ssn (which I wouldn't do today) and the name of my neice (an unusual name) to the chassis).

Currently, I write down serial numbers... and a couple bikes have police decals (registered with the locals) but I've recently taken to placing "identifiers" inside frame tubing (chances are... they'd not be discovered by the "average" theif... and note, not all frame materials take kindly to scribing).

There's no guarentee that anything will assure you of recovery (some companies offer electronic tags... but without a universal system, this seems dubious to me)... but without some definitive proof of ownership... you're SOL under most jurisdictions...

... so, no use in hanging round my house... all the bikes have been "marked".

Be the bike.
a Phone Number is the only useful thingteamsloppy
Apr 17, 2003 11:13 PM
An engraved SSN number and drivers license number on the bike frame was popular in the 70's as part of requried licensing of the bikes (back then). Both are useless identifications for a bike. It's either impossible or too difficult for most cops to identify you from an SSN or DL number. My bike had both, it was solen from a college campus (stanford) by local high schoolers and dumped in a ravine with hundreds of other bikes. The cops discovered the bike dump. The cops never contacted me. The cops made no attempt to contact me, according to their press officiers and the local paper. I went to the ravine, weeks later, after reading of its location in the campus daily, saw my bike and had to argue and prove to the cops it was my bike (my old drivers license, my SSN card, my draft card).

In contrast, I recovered skis and laptops because my phone number was engraved. The cops called me to say they found my skis and laptop from a bust. It's far easier for a cop to dial a phone number than look up a SSN (probably impossible) or Drivers license number (some sort of bureacraticv hassle).

If you have to scratch your bike, intentionally, use a phone number.
Phone Number and...seyboro
Apr 18, 2003 4:36 AM
...current address in a letter addressed to the mechanic to work on your bike ('Dear Mr. Wrench, this bike is stolen...')You can put it on a small laminated piece of paper in the seat post or handle bar, the steerer tube or under the bar tape. Or, if you're tuly paranoid, all of the above (...which would give you a convenient excuse to buy some carbon components to bring the weight back down).
where did you live in the 70's?Steve_0
Apr 18, 2003 5:12 AM
Bike licensing? sheeze. Driver's license on a bicycle? even more ridiculous. Many cyclists are cyclists because they dont HAVE (or want) a driver's license)

Anyway, I'd suggest AGAINST your phone number. Phone numbers change....Even if you dont move; SUV-driving, insurance-increasing soccermoms will be buying more cell-phones to distract them from those pesky traffic regulations, resulting Ma Bell changing your phone number.

I've had both my exchange and area code changed (in different resectorizations) in the last 2 years. Unless you have some white-out, I wouldnt use the phone num.
re: Bike ID?Trux
Apr 18, 2003 10:45 AM
I have my signature sample, phone number and address laminated under the bottom bracket of my bike. I also have a paper copy of same rolled up and inserted inside my handle bars.