I just wanted to show-off my new ride. I normally do mountain biking on my Spec. Stumpy 29er, but decided to get some road miles in for additional weight loss. I tested some nice road bikes but just could not get comfortable with the drop bars and brifters. I read a lot of good things about the Coda model from Jamis and took a chance and ordered one for $700. I am extremely pleased with my choice. I'm doing 20 & 30 miles jaunts with it and I am very comfortable on it. The steel frame gives a nice ride and at 26lbs it's more than adequate for my needs.
With the bar-ends, I get a little variety on the hand position, though not as much if I had drop bars. I pulled the heavy suspension seatpost and cheap saddle and installed a Sette APX carbon post I had laying around and a Charge Spoon saddle. Even better, I've dropped 20 lbs in 2 months (6'3 248lbs right now and otw to 230) and feel great.