I'd like to know what policies shops have in regards to bicycles of
suspicious origin (possibly stolen).
Here at the bike dump we have a strict policy to not trade or buy bikes.
But, we also don't ask or check about nice bikes found in alleys, garbage,
donated, or pulled out of the river. We don't usually say anything when
someone comes in with a nice bike to fix missing the back wheel and
seatpost, or tries to sell a Trek 8000 for $20.
I know there are lots of stolen bike registries out there, but do any of the
co-ops take the time to check? What do you say when someone brings a bike
to fix that was likely stolen at some point? Do you ask for or record
Obviously, asking where they got the bike from based on profile alone is a
really shitty thing to do. Stopping scruffy looking native guys for
questioning because they are riding a nice bike is the sort of thing the
asshole cops do.
Graham at the bike dump in Winnipeg