Bangkok’s logjam of cars, buses, and motorcycles needs no introduction. The city has faced a traffic problem for decades. Recently, however, Bangkokians have become increasingly aware of the issue’s gravity. Through special events like Car Free Day, government agencies and local groups have encouraged residents to use alternative modes of transportation — foremost among them, bicycles. With their portability, light weight, and low cost, bicycles have become a popular choice for those who value keeping their environment and bodies in good shape.
Avid biker Tew Rawipas Wetchapinan had noticed the growth of the cycling community in Bangkok. Bikes were his passion, and a culture was finally forming around them. The change inspired him and his friends to start a shop of their own, and TINT Bicycle was born. They believed in minimalism, in terms of both mechanical efficiency and style. — fewer trappings, one- or two-tone colour schemes, practical options for handlebars. The bicycles were simple, yet trendy and tailored to every owner.
At TINT, customers can design their own ride. First, they choose from 22 different colours for the body, most of which are either pastel, although fancier options, including polka dots, are available, too. Then, they pick a colour for the tires, spokes, handlebars, and seat. There are over 7000 possibilities in total, enough to cater to any personality under the sun, from sport fans to vintage lovers. “TINT is an art shop for bicycles. You can choose something that suits your identity,” says Tew. “It’s great for teenagers and young adults who like to express themselves through the products they use.”
The gregarious co-owner sends riders out of his shop with more than high-quality bicycles: he also offers tips and advice. “Everyone should take a ride to Sanam Keaw [near Suvarnabhumi] and Suan Rot Fai,” he says. “And don’t forget to wear a helmet. Accidents happen.”
Customers get six-month warranties on their bicycles. If there is a problem with it, they can return it to the shop and pick out another within seven days of purchase. TINT also provides bike repair services, and gurus are always nearby to answer bike-related questions.
Bikes start at B6900 for flat handlebars and B7900 for drop bars. TINT also deals affordable accessories, such as helmets, flashlights, t-shirts, and fenders, which come in at under B1000 per item.
Lad Prao Rd, between Soi 8 and Soi 10 | 09 8556 5388 | tintbicycle.com