The best places to buy that vintage style bike you've always wanted.
It was only a matter of time before Bangkok’s bike obsession met with the craze for personalization. Tint Bike offers classic road bikes that customers can specify in a whole range of color combos for frame, tires and rims. The standard Tint Bicycle Signature features a lightweight Hi-Ten steel (11kg) frame and starts from a really reasonable (the bikes are made right here) B7,500, or B8,500 if you want drop handlebars. On top of that, you’ll be paying B890 for stainless-steel fenders or B790 to choose from 21 single or dual powder coat colors. There’s also a bunch of accessories to personalize your ride even further. If you’re lucky and only have basic requirements, expect your bike to be ready within an hour, but they’ll need a day or two for fancier orders. Online purchases can be done through Facebook or website with products delivered within a week.
After the closure of Café Bicycle at Mahatun Plaza, it didn’t take too long for Bangkok cyclists to get a ready-made replacement. The cement and light wood-dominated Sora City looks like something straight out of Japan. Besides selling vintage-style bicycles (with the eponymous brand starting from B13,900), the cafe also does latte tiramisu and bitter chocolate (both from B95). On a hot day, order the refreshing "heavenly blue" soda (B100).
After opening stores in the UK, Australia, Germany and Singapore, Tokyobike, an independent bicycle company started in the Tokyo suburb of Yakana, has now arrived in Bangkok. The lightweight bikes put a precedence on comfort over speed. Head on down to test ride the different models, starting from the Bisou (B23,800) up to the Single Speed (B31,900). After perusing the bikes, you can kick back at the cozy cafe inside, Laliart Coffee, which serves up espresso coffee (from B60) made with beans from Thailand’s North, as well as "Marshydough" (a cookie dough based chewy brownie topped with marshmallows) and apple crumble with vanilla sauce (B80). They also stock a range of coffee-making products.