Cooper Bikes has launched the new Cooper Oporto ladies bicycle.
The bicycle division of the Cooper Car Company said the Oporto is elegant, simple and high quality, featuring a sophisticated riding position for comfort and a smooth ride.
The frame is built from Reynolds lugged double butted tubing, with a Brooks leather saddle and handle bar grips, and Sturmey Archer five-speed internal hub gears. The bike will retail in the UK at £949 inc VAT and is finished in spring white with Oporto decals.
“We are very proud of our new Oporto bike,” enthused Cooper Bikes MD Mike Cooper. “We wanted the perfect ladies bicycles and we think we have done it.”
Since the brand launched in 2009, Cooper Bikes has clocked up over 3,000 bicycles, with distribution into the UK, USA, Germany, China, Australia, Japan and South Korea.
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 Rachael (who currently has another flat tyre)