Cooper Bikes, the bicycle division of Cooper Car Company (you didn’t know there was one, did you?), is launching their new range of bikes in further celebration of their 50th anniversary!
Call them "MINI Bikes"...this is green commuting taken to a whole new level…when even your MINI Cooper is just too much. In an age when many folks are choosing to bike to work, MINI is introducing four bikes with the same design aesthetic, craftsmanship and fun factor as their auto line-up.
Mike Cooper commented: “The Cooper Car Company has always had a passion for bicycles and we have been thinking about diversifying the business for a while. We wanted to turn our engineering know how to making bicycles that offer the best possible components for the best possible price.”
With a nod to their racing heritage, the first models will be called the T100 “Monza” and “Sebring”, after the circuits MINI won its F1 Championship victory on in 1959. Then there is the stunning T200 Reims, finished in cream, with 5 gears, and T200 Championship 50, a special edition single speed, finished in classic Cooper racing green, again, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cooper Car Company Formula 1 World Championship victory in 1959.
(If you’re into bicycles, all single speed bicycles will feature a flip flop hub, which accepts both fixed cogs and freewheel. In addition, all of the bikes will feature Brooks Saddles, Sturmey Archer Cranks, Reynolds Tubing and Tektro Brakes.)
The bikes will retail from £595 and are available from January 2010, although not likely in the States.
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