Whether you’re a bike enthusiast or not, these fixie-focused cafes are well worth a pit-stop.
This one-stop rustic establishment sells bikes and accessories, and also offers a bike repair service. Smile Riders, the cyclist group behind Bico, aims for the shop to become a community space, hosting activities and exhibitions while serving good coffee. They offer various brewing methods, from French press and pour-over to drip and vacuum, with either single-origin or blended roasts. The espresso starts at B100 and in-house baked items like the upside-down pineapple cake (B150) rotate daily. To help lessen the amount of garbage, Bico doesn’t offer to-go packages. 1/5 Town in Town, Sri Wara Rd. Lad Phrao., 091-746-0444. Open daily 10-10pm
Forget pretty little places to show off your fixed gear: this one’s for the serious cyclists. The distributor of Bkool bike shoes has set up this facility where people can try out its products as well as compete against thousands of other bikers virtually. To keep you from starving yourself, the groundfloor cafe serves burgers and fries courtesy of the guys from Fries Me to the Moon. Try the Armageddon burger (beef or pork patty, grilled bacon, avocado, onion, salad and chocolate mayo, B169) and their Bkool signature tea (B69). 121/78 Phayathai Rd., 081-801-9179. Open Tue-Sun 11am-11pm. BTS Ratchathewi
After opening stores in the UK, Australia, Germany and Singapore, Tokyobike, an independent bicycle company started in the Tokyo suburb of Yakana, now calls Bangkok home. The lightweight bikes put a precedence on comfort over speed. Head on down to the new store to test ride four models, starting from the Bisou (B23,800) up to the Single Speed (SS, B31,900), all previously unavailable in Thailand. 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 homemade ice cream and patisseries like frangipani berry tart (B70) and apple pie with vanilla sauce (B80). They also stock a range of coffee-making products. 20 Aree Soi 2, Aree., 02-117-1016. Open daily 11-8pm. BTS Aree
Bangkok’s cyclists have peddled far beyond the center of town. Located on Srinakarin Road, almost directly opposite Paradise Park, The Wheels Bike & Bistro focuses more on bike sales, maintenance and parts than food and coffee, but you can discuss your biking needs over sodas (B30) and beers (starting at B100) thanks to the on-site bar. 228 Sri Nakarin Rd, Bang Na., 094-465-2695. Open Wed-Mon 10-8pm
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