Fixed gears are out. Foldable bikes suitable for the BTS and car trunks are the ride to get on.

Brompton M2L

UK bike manufacturer Brompton was recognized with a Queen’s Award in 2010 for its continued innovation in the design and manufacture of foldable bikes. Now it rolls out a new model for 2012: the M2L comes with a chromoly frame (which is stronger than aluminium), two-speed gear and 16-inch wheels, and is available in light blue and orange. Best of all, it weighs in at only 10.5kg, making it an easy lift up the BTS stairs. Available for B57,800.

Alton Classic 20FD

If you’re after a foldable bike that’s practical yet fashionable, look no further than the Classic 20FD, one of the latest models from Korean manufacturer Alton. Although it’s slightly heavier than others of its size (13kg), it’s got a seven-speed gear and mud guards on its 20-inch wheels—what’s more, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. The design is clean and sleek, in white finish or beige with fenders and front basket. Available for B7,900.

Dahon Archer P8

With over 25 years in the game, the Dahon name is synonymous with foldable bikes. Its latest model, the Archer P8, weighs in at 11.5kg with a chromoly frame, eight-speed gear and 20-inch wheels—and it looks rather dashing in red. Available for B16,500, despite specs that rival the much pricier Brompton, this is our top pick.

Chevrolet FK207

Yep, Chevrolet does bikes too, and its new FK207 model sports more than just a flash look. Available in white and yellow, it’s equipped with a seven-speed gear and 20-inch wheels. Weighing in at 12kg, it’s suited for the more athletic commuter, but it carries a fairly light price tag at B8,900.

Java Fit

Designed in Italy and manufactured in Taiwan, Java’s foldable bikes are slowly forging a strong reputation among pedalers. The latest Fit model comes in two colors: midnight blue and white—with eight-speed gear, 20-inch wheels and disc brakes, weighing in at a solid 12.5kg. Available for B12,900.


Bangkok Bicycle Shops

Alton Classic 20FD & Chevrolet FK207. Rotchakon Bike, 73 Moo 17, M6 Building, Phaholyothin Rd., Bangkok. 089-633-9995
Brompton M2L. One Fine Day, 27/2, Sukhumvit Soi 105, Bangna Trad Rd., Bangkok. 02-744-4077. 087-595-7417
Dahon Archer P8 & Java Fit. Aim Bike, Soi Chaengwattana Pakret 33, Chaengwattana Rd., Bangkok. 02-984-0427