We source the majority, if not all of our bikes from thrift stores. We typically donā€™t buy bikes from the general public. If we purchase bikes private party, we typically seek out the bikes on our own.

We run all serial #ā€™s through a city/police database known as RAPID (Northwest Regional Automated Property Information Database).

This is because we have a Secondhand Dealers permit. From the City of Portland website: "Shops that buy and sell used or new property that is frequently the subject of theft ("regulated property") must have a permit. Acquisitions of regulated property must be reported to the Police Bureau and the items must be held for a set period of time before it is made available for sale."

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