Buying a bicycle in Denmark can be easy or quite frustrating, depending on your needs. You are now wondering do you need a bicycle and how do you go about buying one. I have several good shopping options for you. I suggest you read this whole page, since there are some things you will not think about when buying a bicycle, which could really affect you positively or negatively!
Transportation costs in Denmark are quite high, so purchasing a bicycle is a great investment. You can usually earn your investment back in a few months, where a car can take years to earn back. Prices are high for a good bicycle, but you will soon learn to love your bicycle. Your feet will definitely thank you!
If you plan to be bicycling while living in Denmark, you will have to consider the cost of a bicycle. The normal cost of a good commuter bicycle is 4000 - 5000 kroner. You can find them cheaper, but expect to pay that for a new quality city bicycle.
You may wish to bring your own bike from home. I recently brought a new Trek back from America, which cost me about 1/4 the price of the same model here in Denmark. Even with the cost of taking it with me on the plane was nominal.
That said, that may NOT be the best option if you are looking for a good bike for commuting, taking your children back and forth from daycare. Denmark has a FANTASTIC selection of commuter bikes that you wont see elsewhere. There are also lots of good used bikes for sale in local papers and auction sites.
The problem with bringing your own bicycle from home, is that it may not be suitable for the weather in Denmark. Most of the bicycles from the US do not have enclosed housing for the gears, more durable paint, stocky frames, etc. The Danish weather, cobblestone streeets, commuter bicycle parking and daily use can easily ruin your bicycle in a few months of riding around Denmark. You are better off with a Danish bike, if you are planning to use everyday.
If you are buying a bicycle in Denmark, than shopping around can really pay off. First decide what you require in your bicycle. Is it just for weekend rides? Do you want a racing bike? Do you need to take your children with you? Are you going to be shopping on your bike? Is it going to be parked outside of your apartment or can it be stored inside?
I always recommend that you visit several bicycle shops and view what is on offer. There are bicycle shops all over Denmark. You will find many of them in the city center, so just keep an eye out. If you can not found one, look under "cycler" + your city in google and there will be lots to choose from. Now a reputable dealer will give you lots of advice and choices. If you can not find anything within your budget, you can check out shops like Bilka, Kvickly, Fotex, Harold Nyborg, Jem og Fixx, etc. They also carry bikes, but their quality is not quite as high, but the prices are much less. For example, I have bought several bikes at Harold Nyborg and they have been perfect for my commuting needs.
These are several types of Danish bicycles you can choose between: Herrecykler, Damecykler, MTB / mountainbikes, Racercykler, Elcykler, Christinia, Børnecykler, Ladcykel, Liggecykel, Foldecykel, Bycykler, Longjohn. You can search for their images on google images and get an idea of some of various types of bicycles available for purchase.
There is a very good market for used bicycles and you can find lots of bicycles for sale that have been preowned. Many bicycle shops sell both new and used bicycles. There are some things you should look into before buying ANY used bicycle.
As I mentioned above, there are plenty of bicycle shops in any town in Denmark. Even small towns have bicycle shops. That should be your first stop, if for no other reason to familiarize yourself with the various types of bicycles and find what will suit your needs.
Than you can pursue other shops like Harold Nyborg, Bilka, etc. as also mentioned above. Now, if you are buying a bicycle used, than you can check out these places.
When buying a bicycle in Denmark, it is not much different than buying anything else. Do your due diligence, check out the market, know your budget and do not jump on the first good offer. There are LOTS of bicycle for sale and they are not hard to find. If you do not know how to check out if a bicycle is in good condition, invite a friend along who knows something about them. Buying a used bicycle that needs repairs can quickly add up to the cost of getting a brand new bicycle.
When you do get a bicycle, you want to make sure you have a good lock or even two locks. I have the traditional Danish lock on my bike, but also carry a chain to secure it to posts or fences if possible. Next get insurance on your bicycle. Many home insurance policies will cover bicycle theft. Especially if you get a new bicycle - make sure it is covered by your insurance company. If possible store your bicycle in the cellar of your apartment building or inside. Storing your bike out in front of your building is a common practice, but it is quite common for those bicycles to be stolen too!
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You may also include http://www.jydemarked.dk to your list of where to buy second hand bikes and cheap stuff in Denmark. Best regards, Simon
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