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And this may also apply for other people buying bicycles online, make sure you get enough information from the buyer.
People should really ask for a receipt or original receipt/proof of purchase for high-value items. Anything that's stolen and is in your possession, you'll be done for receiving stolen goods unless you have proof you bought it and who you bought it from.

When I was a kid, we bought a car for a great price from an old friend that lived quite far away. We drove it back home, to a small country town. A few months later the police told us to drop the car back to them, or we would be involved. The car had been reported at the scene of a crime and there turned out to be evidence in the boot that we didn't have a key for Needless to say, car had been stolen and the car was seized.

I've had someone ask for a receipt from me (with my name, address and amount) when they bought an item from me on Ricardo. He said it was to show that it wasn't stolen if he was ever asked. He was a dealer in USM pieces, buying, renovating and re-selling.
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Hello everyone,

A couple of weeks ago I had my bike stolen at stauffacher in Zürich, to my surprise a very similar bike with the very same problems was sold on English Forum a few days ago.
see: Nice Mens Bike

I tried to "buy" this bike or meet this ukal123 guy to verify if the mountain bike was really the one stolen from me but I didn't manage it.

So if you are the person who bought it, please contact me.

If you are ukal123 and know that the mountain bike is not stolen, please also contact me. If you have information on how I can contact ukal123 please let me know. I have seen that he traded Euros with some people on the forum. If you have his number, address or anything I would be grateful.

Thanks!!
I checked the link. The bike seems very nice. 150 CHF is a quite low price I guess for a bike with disk brakes. If it looks similiar to yours, have the same problems, somebody told someboldy to sell it...etc, going for a low price. I think you are right to be suspicious.
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Whenever I buy a stolen bike I normally try to cover all of the visible areas with loads of UV pen, just to hide any trace of who it might belong to.

Then I solder my postcode into the frame.
In Switzerland I can pretty much nick any bike in the whole of Wollishofen and Enge.... UV pen and CH postcodes? Really? Dude? Really? FAIL

In the UK I only tend to steal my neighbour's bike, that way I share the same postcode. He hates that.
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In Switzerland I can pretty much nick any bike in the whole of Wollishofen and Enge.... UV pen and CH postcodes? Really? Dude? Really? FAIL

In the UK I only tend to steal my neighbour's bike, that way I share the same postcode. He hates that.

Sometimes, if I'm bored I do a photoshop mock-up of me in on the bike in the lake district outside a newspaper shop. I always try and make sure that the date 2008 is clearly visible on the newspapers.

I am always taking pictures of newspaper shops so that I can photoshop me in with my stolen TVs, Lawnmowers and Snowboards.
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Sometimes, if I'm bored I do a photoshop mock-up of me in on the bike in the lake district outside a newspaper shop. I always try and make sure that the date 2008 is clearly visible on the newspapers.

I am always taking pictures of newspaper shops so that I can photoshop me in with my stolen TVs, Lawnmowers and Snowboards.
Man, you need to get out more!
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In Switzerland I can pretty much nick any bike in the whole of Wollishofen and Enge.... UV pen and CH postcodes? Really? Dude? Really? FAIL

In the UK I only tend to steal my neighbour's bike, that way I share the same postcode. He hates that.

So, is there anything you can do to make your bike less-nickable? Please share.

My colleagues like to keep their bikes inside the office.
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So, is there anything you can do to make your bike less-nickable? Please share.

My colleagues like to keep their bikes inside the office.
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Sometimes, if I'm bored I do a photoshop mock-up of me in on the bike in the lake district outside a newspaper shop. I always try and make sure that the date 2008 is clearly visible on the newspapers.

I am always taking pictures of newspaper shops so that I can photoshop me in with my stolen TVs, Lawnmowers and Snowboards.

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Man, you need to get out more!
I am outside newspaper shops... are you mental?
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Re: Mountain bike sold on English Forum - please help me to find the buyer and seller

It looks like the person whom was selling this bike(ukal123) was online(On EF) yesterday. If they are ignoring the pms sent by the O.P. then it stands to reason that there may have been something fishy about the sale of the bike in question. This might be a case where the Mods should intervene and try to make contact with ukal123 to get their side of the story. And, to find out whom the person was, if they are a forum member, that purchased the bike.

I think, as a close community, that we should look out for one another and not turn a blind eye when someone is asking for our assistance. This could very well be a case of mistaken identity, or it could be a case of selling stolen goods on EF, which should not be tolerated...

Really, what harm would it do to let the OP take a look at this bike to make sure that it is not his bike that was stolen. I have had 2 cars stolen within a 2 months span, so I can understand the OP's frustration...
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So, is there anything you can do to make your bike less-nickable? Please share.

My colleagues like to keep their bikes inside the office.
That definitely works, but it gets really boring always passing the same desks after a while.
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I am outside newspaper shops... are you mental?
Nuff said.
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That definitely works, but it gets really boring always passing the same desks after a while.
I find this thread very interesting and I really hope to see an happy ending about the whole thing. I don't see much what you are doing here.... Do you want to say something? Do you want to give tips to what to look for when a bike is stolen? Or do you just want to troll the thread?
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So, is there anything you can do to make your bike less-nickable? Please share.

My colleagues like to keep their bikes inside the office.
Put one of these on the seat whenever you leave the bike. I don't even think you would need a lock or insurance...
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Re: Mountain bike sold on English Forum - please help me to find the buyer and seller

By the way, if anyone has anything they wanna get off the street, I know this fella that sells things on the English Forum.
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I find this thread very interesting and I really hope to see an happy ending about the whole thing. I don't see much what you are doing here.... Do you want to say something? Do you want to give tips to what to look for when a bike is stolen? Or do you just want to troll the thread?
In the right order:

Me too
Yes
No
Yes
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Do you want to give tips to what to look for when a bike is stolen?
The bike... am I missing something here?
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ho, ho..the resident comedy act is back in town!
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The bike... am I missing something here?
A Brain apparently....
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I find this thread very interesting and I really hope to see an happy ending about the whole thing.

I don't see much what you are doing here....

Do you want to say something? Yes
Do you want to give tips to what to look for when a bike is stolen? No
Or do you just want to troll the thread? Yes
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In the right order:

Me too
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Yes
Mods? Could we keep it clean? Please, for the OP?
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Ah but you see, removing the junk would let this slip off the 'New Posts' page. There is method in my madness.
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