We always get really excited when we talk to good people doing great work that benefits all bicyclists. Bike Index is the perfect example of a simple and all-inclusive program that everyone can use. All you have to do is register, enter your bike's serial number and upload a few pictures. Then if your bike ever gets stolen, you login and flag it so others in your area know to be on the lookout. Bike Index is directly responsible for 4,600 recovered bicycles over the years, which is an incredible accomplishment by any measure.
Lily Williams and Bryan Hance checked in with us to share the Bike Index story, all the way back from when co-founders; Bryan (then running the Stolen Bike Registry) connected with Seth Herr who had a vision and kickstarter support to launch a bicycle registry through the success that they're experiencing today. Bike Index now has over 160,000 registered bikes, they recently launched an Ambassador Program, and they also offer integration services to dovetail bike registration with the software you're using at your bike shop, workplace, campus or town. They also have innumerable crazy tales of bikes recovered, such as one that was found after 10 years, a bike recovered in the back of a stolen Porsche, and even an individual in Seattle that has a knack for recovering stolen bikes.
We encourage everyone to go to Bike Index.org and register their bikes today. Then, once you get done telling your friends and LBS to do the same, show a little love and appreciation for their mission by hitting the donate button.