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Buying spare parts, tools and bicycles

Finding the Right Parts and Tools for Your Bicycle

Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or just starting out, the world of bicycle parts and accessories can be both vast and intricate. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of opting for second-hand parts, delve into the realm of new parts, and discuss essential tools every cyclist should have. Let's embark on a journey to make informed decisions and enhance your biking experience.

Second Hand Parts

It is not always necessary to buy new parts and buying second-hand parts can be a win-win situation. Not only is it often more affordable, but it's also a sustainable choice, contributing to the reduce-reuse-recycle ethos. For older bicycles, some parts may even only be available second hand, adding to the allure of this eco-conscious option.

There are several possibilities to get second hand parts. Some small bicycle repair shops, such as the Biker's Oasis in Wageningen, have second hand parts. At the moment, I can offer some spare parts and even bicycles as well (sold privately). Another option is checking second hand websites, such as Marktplaats for parts and donor bicycles. You can find some great deals and bargains there.

New Parts:

If you prefer or have to buy new parts for your bike like a chain, you have many options to choose from. There are online and offline stores that sell bicycle parts, but not all of them have the same selection, price, and service.

One of my favourite online stores is Rose. Rose has a huge collection of quality products, for often the lowest price in the Netherlands as they cut out the middle man. A price exception could be products from Dutch brands. However, there are a few brands, such as CYCL and Sunrace, which they do not carry. Due to the shipping cost - like by any online store - I recommend to order several parts and tools together.

When needing small amounts or single parts, a local store could be cheaper due to the missing shipping costs. Buying at a local store is also the fastest and most convenient option. By good local stores, you can also get some advice and assistance from the staff. In Wageningen, the Biker's Oasis offers parts and tools for the lowest price, but he has only a limited selection on new parts and limited opening hours. Another good alternative with great service and a bigger assortment but a higher price point is Peerenboom Fietsen.


Having the right tools is essential for maintaining and repairing your bike.

For purchasing special bicycle tools, my first recommendation is Rose. They also have a great hex key set. In most cases, they have the lowest price and they have a great customer service as well. In case of small and relative cheap tools, the cost advantage may diminish due to additional shipping expenses when not ordered together with other tools and parts. In that case a local store might be cheaper. However, local stores often seem to have lower quality products which is not to say that they are not great for the hobbyist, still.

When it comes to general tools such as screwdrivers and double-ended wrenches, I recommend construction brands rather than bicycle tool brands. Often they offer better value for money.

A very renowned brand for professional bicycle tools is Park Tool. Unfortunately, Rose only offers a very limited selection of their products. I found that Wiggle offers a wider range of tools and often at a lower price, too. However, it is worth checking if Wiggle is still the cheapest post-Brexit. For those not in a rush, keep an eye on second-hand websites for used tools at an even lower price and where you can find discontinued tools that may be unavailable elsewhere.

Wing Lights:

A very valuable safety accessory are the Wing Light Turn Signals. If you're in the Netherlands, Wing Lights can be ordered from platforms like However, ordering directly from CYCL allow you to purchase one set of lights with multiple mounts, catering to those with various bikes for different activities.

I hope this blog post has been helpful and informative for you. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me a message. I would love to hear your feedback and suggestions. Happy cycling! 🚲