All About Buying a Used Bicycle in Amsterdam
If you just moved to Amsterdam, then buying a bicycle is a must! With so many used bikes around, buying a brand new bike is not necessary. Let’s talk about:
- Buying a used bicycle online
- How to avoid buying a stolen bicycle when buying one online
- Buying a used bicycle at a store
- Buying a used bicycle at a market
- What locks to buy for your bike after you get it
Buy a Used Bicycle Online in Amsterdam
Buying a used bike in the 1000+ stores that sell bicycles in Amsterdam can be more expensive than you’d like. If you want to be extra budget savvy, head online.
There are several places online that you can get a used bike in Amsterdam.
There are various Facebook groups where people sell used bikes.
Bike Marketplace – a large group for the sale of used bikes
Expats in Amsterdam – a group for expats where people sell bikes in addition to posting rental requests, furniture sales, jobs, and more
People tend to jump on great deals so keep your notifications on for every post!
People also sell used bikes on online marketplaces.
Marktplaats – the Dutch version of Craigslist
Craigslist – an online marketplace commonly used in the United States
How to Avoid Buying a Stolen Bike
When you buy a bike online, there is a risk that it was stolen. Since bike theft is a common issue in Amsterdam, it’s always a good idea to be aware of what you’re buying.
If you are caught riding a stolen bike, you can be arrested for possession of stolen goods even though you didn’t steal it yourself! There is a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment or at the least a €400 fine.
One way to check if your bike has been stolen is to check the bike frame number. The number can be found under the bike, or around the seat, or around the front handle bars or by the peddle. Input this number into the national stolen bike registry before you pay for the bike.
If if your bike is stolen, you can also register it stolen in the registry!
Buy a Used Bicycle at a Store in Amsterdam
If you’re buying a used bicycle in Amsterdam at a store, don’t just pop into the first shop you see to buy a bike. Go online, look up bike shops, and check to see if they have any reviews.
This is important because buying a used bike from a store vs. online means that you’ll be paying a premium. This premium includes 1) the maintenance work done on the bike and 2) any warranties included with the bike.
You’ll want to find a bike shop that has good reviews stating that they fixed the bike up nicely and that they included a standard three month warranty for the bike that they actually honor.
So you’re aware, bike rental shops such as Rent a Bike in Dam Square also sell used bikes so don’t exclude bike rental shops from your search! Bikes from rental shops like Rent a Bike are great because if it’s a good rental shops, you know the bike has been continually maintained throughout its life.
Buy a Used Bicycle at a Market in Amsterdam
You can also buy a used bicycle at a market in Amsterdam. They won’t always have better choices or prices than used bicycle stores, but still worth checking out. Here are a couple:
Albert Cuypmarkt, Albert Cuypstraat/Ferdinand Bolstraat
Amsterdam’s largest market also has food, produce, herbs and spices, used and new furniture, clothing, and general goods.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Waterlooplein Flea Market, Waterlooplein, 1011 PG
There are 4 used bike shops spread around the market.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 5.30 pm; Saturday: 8.30 am –5.30 pm.
Buy Locks for Your Used Bicycle
Once you buy your “new” bike, make sure to get two heavy-duty chain locks for it or a chain lock and a back lock. You can get locks at markets or bike shops.
As a tip from Karen, a local Amsterdammer, buy a lock worth about 30-50% of your bike. If you have a cheap bike, then buy an expensive one.
A back lock goes on your back tire (see the black circle on the back tire underneath the seat). This is very convenient to have when you are running into a store to buy something, but don’t need to lock your bike up fully. It is also nice to not have to deal with two chain locks.
For way more information than you’ll ever need about biking in Amsterdam, check out /R/Amsterdam’s wiki on biking.
Thanks for stopping by! xo.