Bikes. Acquiring necessities… A little guide about buying a bike in the Netherlands and actually embracing using it.
Index Technical: • Brands • Brake types • Gearing • Size • Locks • Accessories Daily Life: • Where to buy • Price range • Circulation
Top Brands • Giant • Batavus • Gazelle • Raleigh • Ideal
Brakes • Rim Brakes • Very powerful, easy to maintain, simple and easy to control • Not good behavior when wet and dirty, easy cut • Disc Brakes • Good behavior in all conditions • Coaster Brakes • Softer braking power for less effort, work well in wet conditions
Single-Speed Bicycle - Cheaper - More versatile - Lighter - Less maintenance required Multi-Speed Bicycle Vs
Multi-Speed Bicycle External Gearing Internal Gearing - Lighter - Less maintenance - Higher reliability - Less expensive to fix - More comfortable uphill - Shifting without pedaling
Secure Locks Portable Cheap • What do we want? • to prevent the wheels and the frame to be detached from each other. • to prevent the whole bike to be removed. • What should we look for?
Secure Secure Locks Portable Portable Cheap Cheap • Chain • U-lock • Almost as secure as the U-lock • Heavy • Flexible • Very secure • Heavy • Not flexible
Secure Secure Locks Portable Portable Cheap Cheap • Wheel lock • Cable lock • Secures the frame to the wheel • Difficult to break in the spot • Good in combination with U-lock / chain • Very basic lock • Weak • Cheap And always use two different locks! Thieves don’t usually carry multiple tools around!
Pimp my ride! • You may want to look for a basket if you carry so much stuff in your bike. • Front (smaller) • Rear (bigger) • Also rear bags are good (+waterproof) • Nothing is dutchierthan carrying flowers (tulips) in your basket! • Use lights– a cheap LED will do (2€) • Seat covers are interesting in such a rainy country!
Where to buy? Three ways to buy/rent : • From bicycle repair shops or first hand selling bicycle shop • From facebook group selling delft (*Student* sale in Delft !) • Renting of bicycle
Price Range of Bicycles Second Hand Bikes 40€ - 150€
New Bikes Starts from 130€
Stolen bike? • Being (involuntarily) in possession of a stolen bike is illegal, if caught one can get into trouble • Get your bike from reasonably safe places, never buy from strangers on the street • Always ask for receipt • When caught one loses the bike, pays around 250€ fine and might get a criminal record
Check status at: https://fdr.rdw.nl Chip number: • 15-digit number • Introduced in 2000 • Can be checked by police and at the bikeshops Frame number: • Usually 2 letters and 7 digits • Othe ring lock or the frame • Can be difficult to read in older bikes
So what is the perfect bike for you? No one knows better than you. So choose wisely…