All advice welcome, though sensible ideas appreciated(!) I had my beloved road bike (cycle) stolen around Christmas and thought I'd never see it again until this weekend when it popped up on ebay! The seller showed enough photos for me to recognise it was mine and it is a fairly rare brand in the UK. I was 100% sure it was mine and the seller is pretty local, so I contacted ebay and the police and they're not doing a great deal to be honest. Local police said they will contact ebay and see what they can do but sounded doubtful and said it was unfortunate the bike had no security marking or post code stamps (I know, I know...my fault! I haven't even got photos of it). So it could be my word against his, although he seems dodgy and has sold about 6 bikes in the last 5 months. But not sure the police will take this much further. Here's where I need the advice - I got my brother in law to bid on the bike and win it. He emailed the bloke and said he'll pick up in person and pay in cash in the next few days. All agreed. We're thinking of chosing a neutral place and just confronting him. I'll say "give me the bike and walk away and that's that" and maybe he'll think he's got off lightly OR I'll be more than happy to call the old bill, get them over and sort it out - at least they'll get his name, details and maybe they'll take the bike away while investigating it?? Obviously we'll resist the urge to lamp him one and take the bike in the real possibility he didn't know it was nicked and I end up in a cell. Anyone got another strategy? Open to suggestions. I just want my property back. Cheers in advance.