Biking is the most accessible and affordable mode of transportation in The Netherlands. Even if you don't feel comfortable in your skills, there are well signposted cycling routes and traffic organisation which prioritises cyclists. A 'must' when moving here is to sort out your cycling situation.
Where can you get a bike?
Local Bike Shops
There are many bike shops which sell second hand bikes that they have repaired. This tends to be a pricier option, however, the bikes you get are likely to last you a long time.
Swapfiets is a bike renting subscription service. You pay monthly to rent a bike, and in the case you need repairs, Swapfiets will provide you with a new bike at no extra cost. A lot of students use this option. It is great especially if you would like to try out biking before you commit and buy a bike.
Markplaats & Facebook Marketplace
This is the most affordable option for most people, if you're lucky to find a good bike. Do be cautious with scams and always see and try out the bike before you pay.
Where you can buy a brand new bike. Prices vary, and it is not seen as a top option by many.
An OV fiets is a bike ('fiets' = bike) which you can rent by using your OV card from a train station. You pay a one time fee and can use the bike for up to 72 hours before having to return it at the same station. This is a great option if you need a bike for a limited amount of time like when you're in another city.
Unwritten Bike Rules
Cycling is life in The Netherlands, which is not surprising since there are more bikes than people in this country. Try to stay alert when you first start cycling, and adapt to the road rules. The most important: DON'T FORGET TO LOCK YOUR BIKE!
Bike lanes exist for a reason!
Bike lanes, the red lanes which are marked on the exterior parts of the road, are meant for bikes, and you're better off using them for both your sake and cars'.