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Great bike at a great price!

Received mine today and very impressed with how sturdy and lovely it is

Really strong roomy basket on the front and a charming bell! Ding ding!

Also available in rose gold!
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The Tucana is Barracuda's fashionable and functional city and leisure bicycle. Commute around your local village, town or city, or enjoy leisurely rides at the weekend. This bicycle is designed to be comfortable while looking great. Features include low step-through frame, extra-comfort saddle and grips, high-rise sweep-back handle bars, full mudguards and full chain guard.

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If the basket holds 24 cans of Kronenbourg 1664, I'll get the missus one.
It may be a steel frame and heavier than aluminium but do not underestimate how much more comfortable it will be to ride than a ultra stiff aluminium frame.
Edited by: "Danny_247" 10th Apr
jasee10/04/2020 08:16

It's design of the frame that makes it 'comfortable' not the metal it's …It's design of the frame that makes it 'comfortable' not the metal it's made of, an that particular structure has to be made of thick steel as it's not well triangulated.Your riding position will be more upright which you may regard as more comfortable, but if there's any rain or wind, you'll wish you could get your head down!


I don't think that is true, aluminium doesn't have an endurance limit so they limit the flexing of the metal especially 7000 series aluminium like 7005 because it will fatigue quickly if constantly flexed. Yes 6000 series aluminium like 6061 or 6011 allows more flexing so you get dropped seat stays etc but even that doesn't allow as much flexing as pretty much any steel. When it comes to cheap steel frames compared to cheap aluminium frames definitely in my experience steel is better and more comfortable. However people seem to rarely factor in rider weight, a very low weight rider may get minimal or no flexing and a very heavy rider a lot or alternatively a light rider gets the right amount of flexing and a heavy rider gets a horrible too flexy frame. I'm a heavy rider and remember in the past riding a Kona Lanai bike which was a 7005 frame with basic suntour forks and that bike had horrible harsh ride quality but a cheap high tensile steel mountain bike with no suspension actually had lovely ride quality because it flexed slightly with my weight consequently despite everyone stating in the forums the Kona would ride better the reverse was true and I hardly rode the Kona at all. Most of the suspension of a bike is in the tyres (unless it has suspension of course) and its only really in my experience where you ride low profile tyres like 700x23 that frame comfort becomes a huge issue. Most tyres just need inflating to the level required for the riders weight so they provide a suspension effect. If you don't get that right then bikes will be uncomfortable.

I'd be very surprised if this bike is an uncomfortable bike. It's got a large saddle, easy riding position, steel frame and thick tyres on 26" wheels. It should be a very comfortable bike. Basic maintenance should prevent it from rusting and there is little to maintain on it. The main negative is you'll have to walk the steeper hills. People adjust though and no doubt as you ride it you'll build up bigger leg muscles compared to a geared bike.
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Incredible price
What height would this be suitable for?
If it’s steel frame not a great deal
Rather off topic but somewhat amusing. The buying a bike guide describes leisure bikes as microwaves.
c_1st10/04/2020 00:42

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Some positives with a single gear though, no derailleur to adjust, you can concentrate on the road more and when you come to a hill which you can't ride up just get off and push it up the hill especially if you have a load of shopping in the basket.

There's a road bike here which assuming the 25% off works too is only £145 delivered and you could also try for quidco or topcashback too. It's nothing amazing but fine as a basic commuting bike. It does have Tourney brifters which are good for the price however the brakes are simple calipers not even cheap dual pivot brakes so will need careful setting up and decent pads to work well.
jdwilliams.co.uk/sho…106


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When you see news like this;
cyclingweekly.com/new…906
There is a lot to be said for an old school steel road bike. It's extremely unlikely those steel forks will fail like many carbon fibre forks do especially those which are CF blades bonded to a aluminium steerer. A good option as a cheap bike that you can use anywhere and not get too upset if stolen plus being a cheap bike it probably won't get stolen in the first place. Also some of these cheap steel bikes have very big tyre clearance so you can get some huge tyres on them for comfort and that's likely true here due to the use of basic brake calipers.
Edited by: "bonzobanana" 10th Apr
Like the price range but I really want a hybrid. Need a light frame.
Sammy_8610/04/2020 00:26

What height would this be suitable for?


I’m 5ft 7 and my daughter is 5ft 4 and we both have it at the lowest seat height
If the basket holds 24 cans of Kronenbourg 1664, I'll get the missus one.
There's no detailed specification at all!
It looks as though it is steel, so must be very heavy. With a single gear, it's either going to be very slow on the flat or impossible to ride up any sort of hill. The quality of the fittings, brakes, cables and seats is not likely to be high. They are probably chrome plated steel which is likely to rust quite quickly in the British climate.
It may be a steel frame and heavier than aluminium but do not underestimate how much more comfortable it will be to ride than a ultra stiff aluminium frame.
Edited by: "Danny_247" 10th Apr
Great deal @christina_B
Danny_24710/04/2020 06:57

It may be a steel frame and heavier than aluminium but do not …It may be a steel frame and heavier than aluminium but do not underestimate how much more comfortable it will be to ride than a ultra stiff aluminium frame.



It's design of the frame that makes it 'comfortable' not the metal it's made of, an that particular structure has to be made of thick steel as it's not well triangulated.
Your riding position will be more upright which you may regard as more comfortable, but if there's any rain or wind, you'll wish you could get your head down!
Retailtherapy10/04/2020 01:47

Like the price range but I really want a hybrid. Need a light frame.


You don't really get "light" at in this price range. You'd be better off buying second hand, you'll get a lot more for your money.
Would be lovely if you live somewhere flat. Single gear with a steel frame, you're going to be getting off at the first sign of elevation increase.
jasee10/04/2020 08:16

It's design of the frame that makes it 'comfortable' not the metal it's …It's design of the frame that makes it 'comfortable' not the metal it's made of, an that particular structure has to be made of thick steel as it's not well triangulated.Your riding position will be more upright which you may regard as more comfortable, but if there's any rain or wind, you'll wish you could get your head down!


So 2 frames of the same design made out of different metals wouldnt ride differently? Yeah ok
Danny_24710/04/2020 08:30

So 2 frames of the same design made out of different metals wouldnt ride …So 2 frames of the same design made out of different metals wouldnt ride differently? Yeah ok



Yeah ok
Well they would, the steel frame would be significantly heavier.
jdwilliams.co.uk/sho…187
might be ok to make both electric, 48v1000w for about £700 - fair enough
Looks great. Do you know if it would be suitable for someone who is 5’3” in height?
Also can see a Black or cream option But no rose gold?
buddn0710/04/2020 08:27

Would be lovely if you live somewhere flat. Single gear with a steel …Would be lovely if you live somewhere flat. Single gear with a steel frame, you're going to be getting off at the first sign of elevation increase.



In the US, they sell a lot of 'cruiser' bikes, which are great and very popular in cities and in coastal areas. A couple of years ago we went on holiday (remember them?) in Florida and the villa we stayed in had bikes, but the woman's bike was a cruiser one. No gears, just one speed and, bizarrely although very common in the US, no brakes so to stop you have to peddle backwards! Not sure if we sell those bikes here, but in the US they're everywhere. Just a handlebar with nothing on it other than hand grips.

It is not impossible to ride up hill with one speed bikes (we cycled up and down the many bridges in the area), but you have to be prepared and get out of your seat to let gravity help. Any long, steep hills are a no-no, but short inclines or long but gradual ones are quite doable (depending to a degree on fitness).

They have some benefits - fewer moving parts and avoidance of the biggest problem areas on bikes - brakes, pads, cables, gears and derailleurs. Very simple and basic design. My wife actually got to enjoy the one from the villa. The 'braking' took a little getting used to, but it soon became second nature and you only have to back peddle around one full turn of the pedals (maybe nearer half a turn) to stop, though you have to learn to time between braking and putting your feet on the ground to avoid toppling over! I did try it as we swapped bikes for a while and it was odd at first, but you do get quite used to it and I too developed a little fondness for it.

So I think this bike will be fine, but consider the area you will use it and if very hilly, probably best to look elsewhere for one with gears.
Says code is only aloud if you open a credit account?
jasee10/04/2020 08:16

It's design of the frame that makes it 'comfortable' not the metal it's …It's design of the frame that makes it 'comfortable' not the metal it's made of, an that particular structure has to be made of thick steel as it's not well triangulated.Your riding position will be more upright which you may regard as more comfortable, but if there's any rain or wind, you'll wish you could get your head down!


I don't think that is true, aluminium doesn't have an endurance limit so they limit the flexing of the metal especially 7000 series aluminium like 7005 because it will fatigue quickly if constantly flexed. Yes 6000 series aluminium like 6061 or 6011 allows more flexing so you get dropped seat stays etc but even that doesn't allow as much flexing as pretty much any steel. When it comes to cheap steel frames compared to cheap aluminium frames definitely in my experience steel is better and more comfortable. However people seem to rarely factor in rider weight, a very low weight rider may get minimal or no flexing and a very heavy rider a lot or alternatively a light rider gets the right amount of flexing and a heavy rider gets a horrible too flexy frame. I'm a heavy rider and remember in the past riding a Kona Lanai bike which was a 7005 frame with basic suntour forks and that bike had horrible harsh ride quality but a cheap high tensile steel mountain bike with no suspension actually had lovely ride quality because it flexed slightly with my weight consequently despite everyone stating in the forums the Kona would ride better the reverse was true and I hardly rode the Kona at all. Most of the suspension of a bike is in the tyres (unless it has suspension of course) and its only really in my experience where you ride low profile tyres like 700x23 that frame comfort becomes a huge issue. Most tyres just need inflating to the level required for the riders weight so they provide a suspension effect. If you don't get that right then bikes will be uncomfortable.

I'd be very surprised if this bike is an uncomfortable bike. It's got a large saddle, easy riding position, steel frame and thick tyres on 26" wheels. It should be a very comfortable bike. Basic maintenance should prevent it from rusting and there is little to maintain on it. The main negative is you'll have to walk the steeper hills. People adjust though and no doubt as you ride it you'll build up bigger leg muscles compared to a geared bike.
Promo code only works when you open credit account. Totally rubbish. Cold for me
ProperBrew10/04/2020 00:36

Rather off topic but somewhat amusing. The buying a bike guide describes …Rather off topic but somewhat amusing. The buying a bike guide describes leisure bikes as microwaves.


Oh that's silly, full text quoted here:

"Bikes come in all shapes and sizes, and finding the right one for you depends on how you’re going to use it. Here’s a quick look at some of the different types available:

Leisure / Commuting Bikes
This is the most popular and least expensive of all Microwaves. The standard Microwave features touch button or manual controls. Touch button controls give you a more precise control on timings to that of a manual. The standard Microwave is ideal for reheating, defrosting and cooking ready meals."
klymo110/04/2020 16:01

Promo code only works when you open credit account. Totally rubbish. Cold …Promo code only works when you open credit account. Totally rubbish. Cold for me


Can't you just open a credit account, buy the product, pay it off before any interest and then request the account is closed. Wouldn't this typically improve your credit rating too. It's a faff but a penny saved is a penny earnt and normally its very easy to open a credit account (too easy possibly).
Phila410/04/2020 11:27

In the US, they sell a lot of 'cruiser' bikes, which are great and very …In the US, they sell a lot of 'cruiser' bikes, which are great and very popular in cities and in coastal areas. A couple of years ago we went on holiday (remember them?) in Florida and the villa we stayed in had bikes, but the woman's bike was a cruiser one. No gears, just one speed and, bizarrely although very common in the US, no brakes so to stop you have to peddle backwards! Not sure if we sell those bikes here, but in the US they're everywhere. Just a handlebar with nothing on it other than hand grips.It is not impossible to ride up hill with one speed bikes (we cycled up and down the many bridges in the area), but you have to be prepared and get out of your seat to let gravity help. Any long, steep hills are a no-no, but short inclines or long but gradual ones are quite doable (depending to a degree on fitness).They have some benefits - fewer moving parts and avoidance of the biggest problem areas on bikes - brakes, pads, cables, gears and derailleurs. Very simple and basic design. My wife actually got to enjoy the one from the villa. The 'braking' took a little getting used to, but it soon became second nature and you only have to back peddle around one full turn of the pedals (maybe nearer half a turn) to stop, though you have to learn to time between braking and putting your feet on the ground to avoid toppling over! I did try it as we swapped bikes for a while and it was odd at first, but you do get quite used to it and I too developed a little fondness for it. So I think this bike will be fine, but consider the area you will use it and if very hilly, probably best to look elsewhere for one with gears.


These are called coaster brakes. Any cruiser bike sold here would have to be fitted with a front brake.
packard10/04/2020 00:29

If it’s steel frame not a great deal


Why not? In the days of mass cycling before people could afford cars all bike frames were made of steel. The last steel framed bike to be ridden to Tour de France victory was as recent as 1992, and even today many experienced riders prefer steel frames and many specialist builders cater for them.
I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too
Fantastic value for a person who wants a bike to ride to the local shops or a local place of employment. It'll be OK for the odd sedate ride around any nearby country lanes if you have any, or around a country park.
buddn0710/04/2020 08:27

Would be lovely if you live somewhere flat. Single gear with a steel …Would be lovely if you live somewhere flat. Single gear with a steel frame, you're going to be getting off at the first sign of elevation increase.


It'll be OK for London, Manchester and Liverpool, and most parts of Birmingham. People in Leeds and Sheffield might want to consider how hilly their rides are likely to be.
zx636r10/04/2020 05:45

If the basket holds 24 cans of Kronenbourg 1664, I'll get the missus one.


Funny
Oooh. I've fancied getting one of these for a while. I like the idea of sitting up with my back straight, instead of bending over as you do on the newer type bikes. Good price too. Nice find OP
40393996-WRxsr.jpgWas just looking at the buying guide. Not sure why they're talking about microwaves lool.

Anyway, I wonder if anyone could help.

Me and my wife live in North London (very hilly) but would love to start cycling. We are looking for a good budget one preferably less than £150. Its mainly for leisure purposes.

Any advice or any links to decent deals to consider?
Would you be able to attach a child seat to this type of bike?
They have these in Costco for about 50quid less
Can we easily self assemble this?
Obscure but i can't say Bacaruda.
Retailtherapy10/04/2020 01:47

Like the price range but I really want a hybrid. Need a light frame.


Maybe look at a second hand Boardman bike ? I have the Boardman comp , so light , fast and nimble.
Phila410/04/2020 11:27

In the US, they sell a lot of 'cruiser' bikes, which are great and very …In the US, they sell a lot of 'cruiser' bikes, which are great and very popular in cities and in coastal areas. A couple of years ago we went on holiday (remember them?) in Florida and the villa we stayed in had bikes, but the woman's bike was a cruiser one. No gears, just one speed and, bizarrely although very common in the US, no brakes so to stop you have to peddle backwards! Not sure if we sell those bikes here, but in the US they're everywhere. Just a handlebar with nothing on it other than hand grips.It is not impossible to ride up hill with one speed bikes (we cycled up and down the many bridges in the area), but you have to be prepared and get out of your seat to let gravity help. Any long, steep hills are a no-no, but short inclines or long but gradual ones are quite doable (depending to a degree on fitness).They have some benefits - fewer moving parts and avoidance of the biggest problem areas on bikes - brakes, pads, cables, gears and derailleurs. Very simple and basic design. My wife actually got to enjoy the one from the villa. The 'braking' took a little getting used to, but it soon became second nature and you only have to back peddle around one full turn of the pedals (maybe nearer half a turn) to stop, though you have to learn to time between braking and putting your feet on the ground to avoid toppling over! I did try it as we swapped bikes for a while and it was odd at first, but you do get quite used to it and I too developed a little fondness for it. So I think this bike will be fine, but consider the area you will use it and if very hilly, probably best to look elsewhere for one with gears.


I think I'd prefer a "proper" bike with gears and brakes - cycling should be a pleasurable experience not a hardship.
MrChaunceyGardiner12/04/2020 20:04

These are called coaster brakes. Any cruiser bike sold here would have to …These are called coaster brakes. Any cruiser bike sold here would have to be fitted with a front brake.


.. and a bell ! Current UK legislation states bicycles sold in the UK must be fitted with a bell - although the law allows this to be removed once the bicycle is sold.
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