Are you looking for a second hand bicycle – find out where to buy them
New fashionable brands can be extremely expensive, from DKK 3,000 and upwards, the same goes for children’s bicycles. Some of the larger supermarket chains and DIY stores sell cheaper ones of fairly good quality. Depending on how often you use them, and what you use them for, look at Harald Nyborg, Bilka and Kvickly among others.
By Bente D. Knudsen Pictures:Danish Cycling Federation
Police Auctions of hittegods (lost and found)
Police auctions are also another good spot. They do bike sales of so called hittegods (lost and found bikes that no one ever picked up and have been standing around for a long time in the streets) and stolen bikes they recovered and the owner cannot be found. The police only keep bikes delivered to the lost and found for one month.
The bikes sold at these auctions used to be in really bad condition, but according to the owner of OJ auctions, covering the East Jutland and Aarhus area, the bikes put up for auction today are usually either in need of light maintenance or can be used immediately. The ones in really bad condition are thrown out.
The price of course varies – from DKK 600 and upwards depending on the bike and the bidders. The police themselves don’t do the auctions; they have deals with auctioneers all over the country, you have to look for hittegods or cykler, as the auction houses have also many other items on sale.
Find the Danish auction houses used by the police here:
For North Jutland: www.aah-auktioner.dk
For East Jutland and Aarhus: www.oj-auktion.dk
For West Jutland: www.ho-auk.dk
For South Jutland: www.haderslevauktion.dk
North, Middle and West Zealand: www.York-auktion.dk
DBA (formerly called Den Blå Avis – the blue newspaper)
Many Danish families actually buy expensive bicycles, and resell them through DBA when they buy a new one. DBA is the main site for second-hand bikes, and if you are looking for a good quality used one, you usually have to be ready to act, as they are sold very quickly and bargaining can be difficult.
Your local newspaper may also advertise used bikes – brugte cykler– but only in Danish.