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buying a bicycle in bangkok

     While in Myanmar I came up with the crazy idea of buying a bicycle when I got to Thailand, and it stuck with me for a good two weeks. I'd met quite a few bikers there who inspired me that no matter how lazy you are and how little you may know about bicycles (I could hardly adjust my seat a few days ago), cycling journeys are far from impossible. Also, you really won't know until you try. I was scared shitless but beyond excited for the adventure, and as soon as I arrived in Bangkok I began my search for my new mode of transport.
In the nude
     Department stores like Tesco Lotus often have bicycles but I decided that I wanted to invest in a half decent one, as a birthday gift to myself. So I headed to Worachak Street (and kept returning there every day for the following 3 days) and found the perfect bike for 6,600 baht. It wasn't the cheapest, but I comforted myself with the fact that I could've spent more than double the price on some of the other bikes there. I had to equip my new baby with a rack, get elastics, a chain, a water bottle holder, a light (which fell off today...) and an inner tube (which, of course, I have no idea what to do with - same goes for the pump, though I'm sure pumping a tyre will come much more intuitively). All these items can be found on Worachak.
     As you have probably already guessed, I know absolutely nothing about bicycles. So I was, and am, scared shitless, and I even delayed my departure for a day. Biking around Bangkok, even, proved to be incredibly rewarding in itself. Tuktuk drivers would tease me with the standard "you need tuktuk?" and the bike shop lady, disappointed with the spray paint job I did on my bike, reassured me that at least nobody will want to steal such an ugly bike! I think she was more concerned about my skin getting tanned on such a jouney, though. Bangkok on a bike can be scary, but you find some gems in the streets the you otherwise may have missed.