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Where to get second hand bikes in Amsterdam but most importantly, what to watch out for when buying used bikes
There are a ton of options for buying second hand bikes in Amsterdam but there are a few things you absolutely need to know such as avoiding getting previously stolen bikes (it happens) or simply just knowing where to get them.
With so many used bikes in Amsterdam, buying a brand new one is not necessary, especially if you’re looking for cheap bikes. Follow my personal tips for buying a bike in Amsterdam!
BUYING USED BIKES ONLINE IN AMSTERDAM
Buying a used bike in the 1000+ second hand shops in Amsterdam can be more expensive than you’d like.
If you need to be extra budget savvy, you can buy cheap bikes in Amsterdam online.
There are several places online that you can get a second hand bike in Amsterdam.
If you are a tourist buying a bike in Amsterdam for the week because it’s cheaper than renting one, resell it or give it to someone (like me?). DO NOT ditch your bike around the city. We have enough bikes taking up the city’s space.
There are various Facebook groups where people sell second hand bikes in Amsterdam.
- Bike Marketplace – a large group for the sale of used bikes
- Bike – Second hand Bikes & Bike for Sale Amsterdam – other groups for used bike sales
- 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 for cheap bikes so keep your notifications on for every post!
People also sell second hand bikes on online marketplaces.
- Marktplaats – the Dutch version of Craigslist
- Craigslist – an online marketplace commonly used in the United States
HOW TO AVOID BUYING STOLEN BIKES
When you buy a second hand 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.
To be real, no one is going to pull you over and check if your bike is stolen, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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 your bike is stolen, you can also register it stolen in the registry!
GETTING A USED BICYCLE AT A SECOND HAND SHOP 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:
- The maintenance work done on the bike
- and 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.
Best Second Hand Bike Shops in Amsterdam
So you’re aware, bike rental shops such as Rent a Bike in Dam Square also sell second hand bikes so don’t exclude bike rental shops from your search!
Bikes from rental shops are great because if it’s a good rental shops such as Rent a Bike, you know the bike has been continually maintained throughout its life.
I also recommend Otto Bikes on Overtoom where Mike, my husband, got his third (one was stolen and another broke down beyond repair; third time’s a charm).
BUYING USED BIKES AT AMSTERDAM MARKETS
You can also buy second hand bikes at markets 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.
BEST LOCKS FOR YOUR USED BIKE
As a tip from Karen, an expat here, buy a lock worth about 30-50% of your bike.
If you have a cheap bike in Amsterdam, buying an expensive lock might seem counterintuitive, but locks are worth the investment here since bike theft is common.
Here are some highly recommended bike locks:
Note: Even though these are great locks, they do not guarantee your bikes from not being stolen.
Demonstration of Two Bike Locks on a Used Bike
Bikes in Amsterdam always have two locks.
There’s one that goes on the 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.
There’s also a chain lock for your frame.
I hope this helps you get familiar with the second hand bike market in Amsterdam.
Comment below where you end up getting a used bike from or if you have any tips that others can use for buying their bike!
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