Riding a bicycle is a rewarding experience on many different levels. Arguably, one of the best rewards is the caloric refill ritual that traditionally occurs at the end of a ride. Enjoying a hot coffee, cold smoothie, or a small snack while talking with like-minded enthusiasts can be a relaxing way to cool your engine, top up your tank, and share cycling lore. A few bicycle shops in Bangkok have taken this concept to heart and created havens where cycling and café culture fuse.
Located in the Ekkamai area of Bangkok, Pedalicious Bike & Bistro has a new but soulful feel, clean and chic with a white ambience. Bistro menu offerings include Thai dishes and great snack foods. The focus and products of the shop are vintage and fixed gear bikes but its patrons ride in on all styles of bikes. Ample bike parking in front of the shop is achieved by an ingenious rack system. There are regular late evening rides that depart from the shop. Everyone is welcome to join.
38 Ekkamai 12, Soi Charoen Chai (off of Sukhumvit 63 Soi Ekkamai)**
Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana
Sealee Fixed, in the Lat Phrao district of Bangkok, is open daily until midnight, and has become a regular destination for urban riders. Cyclists regularly meet up for coffee and smoothies at night before their evening ride or after their day’s commute. The shop is a fixed gear boutique as well as a coffee and yoghurt bar. Delectable chocolate lava cakes are available on occasion. The name Sealee is a combination of Sea and Lee, the owners. The business started as a simple café, and is now a thriving hub of the fixed gear scene in Bangkok.
33/306 Chok Chai 4 (Opposite Chok Chai 4, Soi 53)**
Khwaeng Lat Phrao, Khet Lat Phrao
Tel. 089-893-6072, 083-808-9061
In the Sukhumvit area at the end of your commute? Stop in at Velayenn. Located off of Sukhumvit 26 at Sugarlust Café & Bistro this fixed gear enthusiasts bike shop serves up coffee, cake, pasta, and Thai dishes. Besides providing perfect food for weary cycling legs the shop displays an ever-growing supply of fixed gear schwag that attracts plenty of go-fast hipsters and fixie tricksters. Night rides through the city start and end here so you can grab that post ride late night meal with friends, old and new.
59/27 Soi Thanying Phuangrat-Praphai, Sukhumvit 26 (at Sugar Lust Cafe & Bistro)**
Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei
**The locations of the bike shops featured in this article have changed – Please visit our BIKE SHOPS INDEX page for the current and most up to date information concerning bicycle shops throughout Thailand.