My first bicycle in Denmark I have bought from a guy who was selling and repairing bikes. Not in the shop but just on the street, in the “black market”. After a year it got stolen. Maybe it returned to the first owner? Next second-hand bike I’ve bought from dba.dk and I’ve checked the serial numbers on the police mobile app.
I’ve heard that police can stop you and check your bike’s numbers but I’ve never seen it. Anyway, buying a stolen bike is not that different from stealing it by yourself. In both cases, it is you who make the decision. This bike belonged to somebody. That person was enjoying it and lost it in the least favorable moment. Let’s imagine for a second that person is you. Not a pleasant feeling at all. So where to get a bike from?
Sure there are plenty of shops but I prefer the cheaper option. You can find groups on Facebook with bicycles’ offers, even free ones! Another website where you can buy things is dba.dk. It is very common to write frame numbers for others to check them in police app.
If you are just visiting the country, you can rent a bike in a rental shop where you can often find very good deals or find city bikes, which I’ve never used so I can say nothing about them. All I know is that there are plenty of them in many places around the city. Another thing you can do is to ask friends or friends’ friends. Maybe someone has a spare one, like I did till it got stolen… Yes, I’m talking about another bike. The truth is it was unlocked but we just moved in and it was a good neighborhood!
Speaking of bicycle locks. In general, there are two kinds of them. One is built-in, locking the rear wheel. Another is a chain. You can buy very expensive one or very cheap. My first was pretty good and it didn’t protect the bike so next time I bought the lock in Tiger for 20 kr.
In addition, if you are new to bike’s business you can have an impression they are all standing unlocked. This is because the chains often connect just a wheel and a frame. I mean the bicycles aren’t attached to anything like a street lamp. Why? Sometimes chains are too short. Besides, there are not enough street lamps for all…