Bike shops are everywhere in Thailand. You’ll find high quality bicycle stores in all the major centres and simpler affairs in most towns. Service charges are tiny so take the chance to get your bike serviced and cleaned (a thorough job costs about $10) and replace any worn parts.
In Bangkok, you’ll usually find at least a little English is spoken in the bike shops. For flat tyres, you should be able to get air from electronic pumps at any service station and most motorbike shops will have pressurized air as well.
- Bike Zone in the Amarin plaza (2nd floor), near Chidlom skytrain station, is our top pick among Bangkok bike shops. Fausto, the friendly Venezulan owner, is fluent in English, sells bike parts, accessories and does servicing. He’s a great guy and we really appreciated his good service. A cleaning goes for 300 Baht here.
- Outdoor Specialist is next door to Bike Zone and sells things like Ortlieb panniers, tents and other goodies at. They have outlets in Krabi and Chiang Mai as well as other key Thai cities.
- Velo Thailand, not far from Khao San Road, are another good pick. They did an excellent job repairing and cleaning our bikes (cleaning 330 Baht) the first time we were in Bangkok. They have some accessories for sale. The only downside is that their English isn’t great.
- World Bike are on the city outskirts. It’s a hike to get here but they have a good selection of things and touring shoes, in your size if you’re lucky. Calling first is not a bad idea.
- Probike are perhaps the best known bike shop, near Lumphini Park. They do have plenty of gear and shoes but we find their prices expensive and the service varies from patchy to just plain non-existent. If you just want to fly in and buy a bike though, they have the best selection and on bikes their prices are competitive.
Chiang Mai also has a few bike shops, including Top Gear – run by a Canadian and in the central downtown area.
5th February 2010 at 11:48 am #
Hi you two…
am just sending this link to a friend who’s about to arrive in BAngkok. I just want to out in a good word for Ae who runs Velo Thailand (and owns it)….his English is very good and he never does the hard sell, he was extremely helpful to us. His 2 assistants don’t speak great English but are equally helpful. He also offers bigger discounts than the bigger shops.
If something goes wrong with our bikes perhaps we’ll change our minds..but so far so good!!
5th February 2010 at 11:57 am #
Good to know you had a positive experience at Velo Thailand. I remember they did a good job cleaning and fixing up our bikes. Happy riding!
1st May 2011 at 6:07 pm #
I have to give another thumbs up for Velo Thailand. I just completed a tour of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (using this site as a great resource, thanks!). Arriving in Bangkok, our bikes were filthy.
The bikes were sparky clean (unbelievably clean), and he took great care in boxing up our two bikes with appropriate zip ties and bubble packaging. I was nervous about trusting this job to someone other than myself, but was very impressed – all for half the cost of what we were quoted by the other shops mentioned.
5th October 2013 at 10:41 pm #
hello, i have a question. Im planning a trip…in a few days actually! And Im hoping buying my bike in Bangkok. Is there a lot of choices? is it cheaper than Canada? thanks
25th July 2014 at 10:43 am #
Thanks for the help on this site. I just went to velo thailand, they sent me to bok bok bicycle which had a wide range of touring tires, surly LHT frames plus ortileb. just a small shop but focused on touring
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