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Cooper Bikes Oporto

Cooper Bikes was founded by the son of the namesake of the Mini Cooper cars many are familiar with. Their latest bike is the $1700 Oporto, a lugged step through frame built with Reynolds steel tubing and a Sturmey-Archer 5-speed internal drivetrain. The racks and fenders make it ready for the commute right out of the shop, and the Brooks leather saddle and grips give ti the touch of class that so many are looking for. It is certainly not an entry level bike, more for the city rider that has already realized the benefits of pedaling for transport and sees value in quality parts and construction, both in ride quality and day-in, day-out longevity. See www.cooperbikesusa.com for more info.

One Comment

  1. RumMarch 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I bought a Cooper Oporto bike from Evans and it looks great and rides nice. But if you get a puncture in the back tyre, you need a degree in engineering to get the back wheel off. I went on a long cycle with a group of experienced riders got a puncture and out of 15 people not one had a clue at how to take the back wheel off. It should not be that hard – after about an hour of wiggling it about, managed to get it off and fix the puncture but then spent another hour trying to get it back on. Once on, I just settled for having the back wheel – the gears no longer worked.

    I’ve had many bikes all of which I’ve been able to change my own tyres etc. I wish someone at Evans had told me this before I bought the bike. I’ve also asked Evans to show me how to do it. But its obviously a closely guarded secret as they they just tell me I need to pay for a £40 service of the whole bike just to fix the tyre… I don’t want to do this every time I get a puncture.

    Many thanks Rum (who currently has another flat tyre)

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