I've been lurking for a while now, but I think it's finally time for a first post. Naturally, it's about a bike I'm looking to buy. Until now, I've been riding an '03 Allez 24, but it's a bit too small for me. It's an entry level model, but it does the job quite well for my needs other than the size. I was thinking about going vintage for my next bike as I don't have a ton of money to spend, and I liked the idea of going back to steel, but I know I'd start to miss the brifters after a while and would end up upgrading to a set anyways. I mainly use my bike for commuting, leisure and a few longer rides (40-50 miles) every now and then.
Back to the point: There's a local 2000 Jamis Nova on craigslist for $320 that I find very interesting, both because it looks like a better fit, the versatility of the cyclocross and that it meets the rest of my criteria. From my searching, it appears everyone's very happy with their newer Jamis' but haven't been able to find any info or opinions of the 2000 model year, past what's on bikepedia. I obviously have to go check out the quality of the bike and test ride it, but if it's in good working order and condition, does the price point seem fair? Thanks for any help!