Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ghent - Belgium
Bikes: Eddy Merckx MX Leader "Vive le Roy", Flanders Pista, Poggio Shimano 600 10-speed
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Buying a bike trough an auction site might get you a good deal but is probably difficult from abroad. Plan to spend 1 or 2 days in Brussels (or better a smaller city with more bicycling activity like Gent/Antwerpen/Leuven) and to get a rental car (with GPS!) to visit a few places. I recently needed a new bike quick (crashed the old one) and was amazed by what people have sitting in the garage! I was able to get a very good deal after one evening of surfing Kapaza, sending emails, calling. Knowing a bit of Dutch might help.
You could try contacting the nice people at http://www.recyclo.org
if you insist on finding something in Brussels.
When you buy something, make sure you have a document proving it (a handwritten, dated document with the identity and signature of the previous owner should do). It will be much easier selling the bike when in Amsterdam that way.
You can contact me if you need more info and/or help, I'm in Ghent.