Some hints, if unfortunately your bicycle is stolen.

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Following a spate of stolen bikes, AC member Mike B had idea of helping other cyclists by looking for stolen bikes at their local second-hand shops. A list of shops below. Please let me know if any other businesses to be added to this list, and if you will volunteer to regularly check a shop.

A list of second-hand shops and pawnbrokers where you might find bikes:
1.Adelaide, 110 Gouger St, Cash Converters
2.Adelaide, 304a King William Street, King Pawn
3.Clovelly Park, 1116 South Road, Cash Converters
4.Elizabeth, 13 Elizabeth Way, Cash Converters
5.Glenelg, 113 Jetty Road, Cash Converters
6.Glynde, 452 Payneham Road, Cash Converters (Mike B will check)
7.Golden Grove, Golden Grove Village, Cash Converters
8.Ingle Farm, Montague and Walkleys Road, Cash Converters
9.Kilkenny, 442 Torrens Road, Cash Converters
10.Mile End South, 321 South Road, Laguna Loans
11.Modbury, 2/964 Lower North East Road, Cash Converters (Clive P will check)
12.Mt Barker, 26 Morphett Street, Cash Converters
13.Norwood, 88 The Parade, Pawnbrokers World
14.Norwood, 112a The Parade, Cash'n'trade
15.Old Reynella, 194 Old South Road, Big Buy Pawnbrokers
16.Port Adelaide, 84 Commercial Road, Cash Converters
17.Prospect, 278 Main North Road, Cash Converters
18.Salisbury, 85 John Street, Cash Converters
19.Torrensville, 164 Henley Beach Road, Cash Converters
20.Unley, 149 Unley Road, Unley Road Pawnbrokers
21.Windsor Gardens, 5/432 North East Road, Cash Converters
22.Woodville South, 838 Port Road, Cash Busters

Check second-hand shops for several months. The thief or shop might wait for the 'hot' bike to get 'cold'. Check discretely and if you see your bike, do not alert the staff but instead contact the police. If the staff are alerted, a risk that the bike might disappear. Expect that the shop will not want to be implicated or lose money.

Posted on AC hub by a member who had his new bike stolen and recovered.

Looks like he scratched and chipped my brand new bike in a few places to make it look more second-hand and less obviously stolen when he pawned it, so I'm kind of annoyed about that, but at least I got it back. I was amazed to discover that in SA if the stolen item has been pawned and the pawn shop sells it on, you have no legal right to get it back from the person that bought it from the pawn shop, apparently receiving stolen goods doesn't extend that far, but you can't tell me that people buy stuff from chain pawn shops not realising that half the stuff in the shop has been flogged...
I was really lucky that no-one had bought it yet, especially since it does not seem to have been found by the shop reporting the serial number and that getting matched against the stolen items database, but because they caught the guy, found out what aliases he had been using to sell stuff, then contacted all the pawn shops to see what they had listed under those names. If he hadn't been caught via the footage of thefts in the building basements then my bike would have been gone. Some of the other people whose bikes were stolen weren't so lucky, their bikes had been on-sold before the police caught the guy and they can't get them back from the new owners.
Now I have to go over everything on the bike, I want to make sure its clean because its probably been in a hovel at some point and there is weird stuff like the chain is really loose now so I have to work out how to tension the eccentric bottom bracket.

I have a vague recollection that new state laws were coming re pawn shops?

Definitely need new regulations. If the pawn shops who sold stolen gear had to reimburse the original owner, then the pawn shops would soon lift their game. Why don't the rules re receiving stolen property apply to the people who bought the goods?

I have made a spreadsheet of the above, and other places to check. There is a group of AC community people who are "Dropping in" and checking physical sites and internet sites. The spreadsheet is a list of bikes reported on AC and WHERE people have checked. If a person is going into a shop to check for one, they may be able to check for others too. 

Here is the link... Anyone can edit it... if it gets corrupted I will make it password protected or "join". The information is no more that on the AC site.. DO NOT put any personal information on this spreadsheet. NOR put any comments about places.

Here is the link. I will try to add this information to other threads in AC


Join AC BUG groups for the suburb where the bike was stolen and send a group message, asking cyclists to look out for your bike. For example, Adelaide BUG if bike stolen in the city.

If your MTB is stolen, post on the AMBC forum (Australian Mountain Bike Club) at There are a few keen eyes there, including bike-shop employees. (Advice from AC member.)

Let local bike shops know if your valuable bike is stolen. An AC member posted: My stolen Focus is now waiting for me in the cop shop. Big thanks to Noel from the Bike Station who caught wind of it.

When I had mine stolen at Victor Harbour after the Coast to Coast, my ex partner found the guy riding it in a triathlon the next week. (Comment from an AC member.) So if your quality bike is stolen, might be an idea to attend some cycling events.

Check online adverts for S/H bikes, e.g. Gumtree at BikeExchange ( and ebay( . One person even advertised that his bike had been stolen.

Place For Sale adverts on ebay ( and BikeExchange ( for their stolen bikes with an explanation that the bicycle has been stolen and the advert is just to get the word out with your contact details. Put on a crazy price to stop bidders and attract attention. Lots of people search for price comparisons and may stumble on your advert. (Advice from an AC member.)

I read that posting a For Sale advert for the bike on ebay can be effective. Put a low starting price to attract attention and then explain in the description that the bike is stolen and not actually for sale. That the point of the advert is to get your bike back and include some contact details. Do a 10 day listing and cancel the auction before it finishes. Does not cost much and gets lots of eyeballs from people in bike shops and who are in the market for a bike like yours and who may stumble across your one. Can't hurt to try. (Advice from an AC member.)

Put the message out on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
This article was on Adelaide Now.
Facebook friends chase bike thief through city streets

A bike thief who failed to factor in the power of social networking abandoned his spoils after being chased through city streets by the rider's Facebook friends.
When Akira Takahashi returned from lunch to find someone had cut the lock to his $2000 bike in Gawler Place on Friday, the quick-thinking restaurant worker immediately posted news of the theft on his Facebook profile rather than going to police.
"I know about 200 Facebook friends who work in the city so I knew it would be more effective than going straight to the police - I couldn't just sit and wait, I wanted to hunt it down," Mr Takahashi, 27, of Adelaide said.
The ploy paid immediate dividends, with one friend seeing the distinctive custom-made bike being ridden down Currie St by a "scruffy-looking man with a beard".
"He saw the bike and chased him, yelling out to pedestrians that he was riding a stolen bike, but because of the traffic he lost him near the Woolshed on Hindley St," Mr Takahashi said.
"He must have been thinking, 'Oh no I've stolen the wrong bike here', I think he got scared that all these people were chasing him around the town."
His friend, bike courier Phil Portellos, saw the Facebook post and sent a text message to colleagues to keep an eye out for the bicycle.

If your new bike is stolen and you have not recorded the serial number (oops!), usually the bike shop where you purchased it will have the serial number recorded in case of warranty issues. It is important to provide the police with a serial number to enable ID that can prove theft and help the bike be returned to you. (Advice from an AC member.)

List your stolen bike on Bicycles Network Australia (BNA – Australian Cycling Forums) at

Things you can do now to try to get your bike back

1. File a police report as soon as possible
You can file a police report. If you have the serial number of the bike (found on the bottom of the bike, where the pedal stems join the bike frame), file a police report. Fill in as much info as you can (photo, proof of ownership if available (sales receipt, registration details, unique features) and as many identifying details as possible. If you don’t have the serial number, register the bike anyway, with all details and photos.

2. List your bike as stolen
on, the global bike registration and recovery. It’s free to register, list a stolen bike and Stolen Bike Alerts will be sent out to the owner, followers on Facebook and Twitter, local authorities, bike clubs, and bike shops.

3. Contact your insurance company
Check to see if your bike was insured, your insurance company needs to be informed immediately. Give them all the details as you would the police.Check to see if your bike was insured, your insurance company needs to be informed immediately. Give them all the details as you would the police.

4. Kryptonite lock users
If you were using a specialist lock, such as a Kryptonite lock and your bike was stolen, you may be eligible for the Kryptonite Anti-Theft Protection Offer. You will need to mail your notice of theft within 7 days to Kryptonite so don’t delay. For more information go to and click on Customer Service.

5. Get alerts from eBay on bikes that match your bike
If you don’t already have one, sign up for an eBay account and create a saved search on the make and model of the bike (example: Cannondale, Six) which will provide you with automatic daily emails for any new bikes posted that match your make/model (Cannondale, Six). That way you can keep an eye on eBay. If you see your bike on eBay, report this to the police.

6. Get alerts from Gumtree
Gumtree sells lots of bikes. Some are stolen. They have operations in the US, Australia, Canada and lots of other places. Wherever you are, set up an email alert for new listings of bikes being sold. Use the make and model to create a more select search. For instance, in the UK you can set up this alert: Or in Sydney it’s
If you’ve seen your bike on Gumtree report it to the police immediately so they can contact Gumtree to retrieve seller information and trace the bike. Gumtree may even use your bike listing as a trap to catch the bike thief.

7. Use Craigslist auto-search tools
For users in the US, Craiglist has a number of auto-search tools – one in particular is a mobile alerts site, Sign up for an account and create a craigslist alert, listing the make/model of the bike you had stolen to be searched. When new items are posted in the For Sale > Bikes category, any matches to your bike will be sent to your phone. At this point you should contact the police and ask for their help in getting your bike back. If you can prove ownership they will be more receptive to helping you. Don’t accuse the seller of stealing your bike. He’ll just get rid of it.
In Canada: Try the online classified site Kijiji
In Singapore: Singapore Expats or Singapore Classified Online

8. Alert your friends on Facebook and Twitter
Go to My Stolen Bike and find your stolen bike details using the search, then click on the Twitter and Facebook icons. Your friends will automatically be alerted with all details of the bike and where it was stolen. Make sure you upload a picture.

9. Spread the word
Call on local bike shops with a picture and details of your bike. They are happy to help.

When bikes went missing from us - after checking with SAPOL - I mailed photos and descriptions to second-hand stores. Cost a bit, but I would rather go after these thieves & in the end they did get caught. We got the bikes back - the suspect was in court earlier this month; hopefully the cycling community is safer.
Pursuit of thieves, and recovery of stolen property, is a job for police. But there may be things we can do to help, and even if they cost us a bit of time and money - they're well worth doing.
Above hint posted by AC member Mike Brisco at


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