Bike Boutique getting to be popular

THE Bike Boutique in the Metropolitan Square in Damansara Perdana, Selangor, may be a new concept but the bike lodger’ place is fast attracting adherents after the June 5 petrol hike.

The boutique allows cyclists to lodge their bicycles at the premises before they walk over to their offices in the vicinity.

The lodgers are also provided with the use of a swimming pool, locker, bathroom and towel services for a monthly fee of RM60 or a daily rate of RM10 to RM15.

The boutique is also planning to operate a laundry service in the near future.

Convenient: Nik Arif Sidek lodging his bicycle at the Bike Boutique before heading off to work.

Currently, the boutique has about 15 lodgers from Subang, Kelana Jaya and Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) who work in Damansara Perdana. It can accommodate up to 30 lodgers.

According to Bike Boutique manager Simon Tan, some lodgers may not cycle to work everyday as they have meetings to rush to.

Tan said that most lodgers ranged from mid-20s to mid-30s in age.

“We started off in February in this location but at that time there were not many lodgers. After the petrol price hike, we had an increase in the numbers and there are also more people interested in the concept,” Tan told StarMetro.

Alex Bart Bok started the first Bike Boutique in Singapore in 2005. There are plans to operate the franchise in Australia, Thailand, the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Tan said there were plans to open four more boutiques in Malaysia, Penang being the next location.

“The company is also in the process of creating cycling routes for the cyclists when travelling and these information can be found in our website,” he said.

The boutique is also the authorised dealer for top range Cervelo road and tri bikes and offers bike-fitting services too.

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