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Cycling is a popular sport in Thailand. There are some great routes just outside Bangkok, and even professional tour companies that specialise in bike tours.

In Bangkok you can buy bikes from the main shopping malls like Siam Paragon and Central World (see: Shopping in Bangkok) but they only stock basic quality mountain bikes, and a very limited selection of again basic quality accessories.

If you are looking for a more specialist bike shop in Bangkok that can give you professional advice and a good selection of quality bikes and accessories such as spare parts, apparel, helmets and everything else you may possibly need, then there are two main specialist bike shops in Bangkok you should know about - Probike and Cannondale.

Probike is located on Sarasin Road adjacent to Lumpini Park, just a few minutes walk (or very brief taxi ride) from the Rajdamri Skytrain station. It is an outstanding shop that specialises in Trek bikes - both mountain and road. Their range of bikes is impressive with bikes that start below 20,000 and rise all the way up to professional models that cost hundreds of thousands of Baht.

Probike also has an excellent selection of accessories, spare parts, apparel (short and jerseys of all sizes) and they can even service your bike at a very reasonable price. They accept, cash, Visa and MasterCard. Do not be afraid to ask for a discount, the worse they can say is no, but you may be presently surprised to learn that they will offer you a little off the published prices.

Probike is open from 10am to 7pm Monday - Friday but at the weekend it opens at 8:30am and closes at 7pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sundays. Definitely not a shop to miss if you are just new to cycling or a seasoned pro.

The other major bike shop in Bangkok is Cannondale (Thaicannasia) which (surprise, surprise) is the official distributor of Cannondale bikes, clothing and accessories in Thailand. Although this shop has a lot more of a homely, or family-run business feel than Probike, it has an outstanding selection of bikes - road and mountain - as well the most impressive selection of clothing we have seen in Bangkok, as well as all the needed accessories and spare parts etc. The large shop, which does stock other products than just Cannondale, is located between Sukhumvit and Rama IV roads on Sukhumvit 26 Road.

There are a few other bikes shops in Bangkok but the two outlined above should have everything most riders will need. Both have extremely knowledgeable staff who are more than willing to help, give tips and guide you to making the right purchase. Excellent English is spoken at both shops.

We will soon be expanding this section of ASIA Travel Tips.com with information and tips on riding bikes in Thailand so do bookmark this page and check back. Happy riding!

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