Right now I live in the coastal town of Songkhla. I used to ride my bicycle in the streets of Austin, TX and I feel confident that I can handle the roads in this town. So I'd like to finally make my first big purchase and get one! It seems that bicycles here are either ridiculously expensive Bianchi road bikes or craptastic Huffys.
What is the average cost of a decent bicycle in Thailand? I saw a single gear bike at a shop here in Songkhla for 19800 Baht, the equivalent of $680ish USD. This is an astronomical price compared to the $30 USD (900 Baht) I paid for my vintage 1970s Fuji roadbike that I found at a thrift store in the US. My roadbike was a rare find, even in the US. But can I get a similar deal in Thailand?
Pictured below is a bicycle very similar to the one I used to have. Ideally, this is what I'd like to get here in Thailand. Any advice on bicycle prices, brands, or stores is appreciated. Thanks!
You will be fortunate indeed to pick up a bicycle anywhere near the price of your US find.
The major stores like Lotus and Big C sell cheap bikes, but that's all you will get, a cheap shoddy bike.
While you are in there, check the in store notice/for sale boards. The only other place you might find one is Baht Sold.
Good luck and take care on the road.
Well I went to the only other bike shop in Songkhla that I know of. The old guy there sells hipster-style single speeds from 3000 to 7000 Baht. I'll peruse Baht Sold for a few weeks, and if nothing shows up...I just might have to give in and get one.
Pay no more than 15-20k for a road bike in Bkk, there are plenty of shops. I have never looked at bikes in Big C or superstores like that, kinda get the creeps to think about it. Bkk has so many other options. So far down south I have no idea about though.
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No, not cruisers. I don't know what they call them outside the US but we call them fixies. They a must have for any hipster.
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Yes, this is what the bike du jour is in my town. Single speeds that look like a fixed gear, or fixies. Pretty dope lookin if you ask me, but difficult to ride (notice, the small smooth tires and no brakes). Luckily the ones here are single speeds that only look like fixies, and have brakes!