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    Beginner commuter, good deal for first bike?

    Hello all,

    I've been looking around and asking on the forums every once in a while about commuter bikes. I have a 14 mile ride to work that I'd really like to commute if I can. After some extra work with the Army, I have about $300 to spend on an entry/first commuter bike. While searching the forums I saw suggestions about the Jamis coda. So, I searched craigslist and came upon this

    Jamis Coda Sport - Barely Used

    I'm 5'11" 175 lbs and was wondering if this is a really good deal for a guy my size?

    Any tips and suggestions would be appreciated.

    Regards,
    Mark

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    Looks about the right size for you. Price is okay, go check it out.
    65% of all statistics are made up on the spot. - DD

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    One quick way to determine if you should eliminate it without even test riding it would be if the stand over clearance is too high for you. This bike has a 32 inch stand over clearance. That's basically how much space you have between the ground and the top tube. I like to be able to put my feet down on both sides of the bike with about an inch between the top tube and my crotch. What is your inseam?

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    You're 5' 11" . That's borderline for a size 21" bike...

    I say, test ride the bike, first. If you suspect that it may be too large__, then it IS too large...

    Never buy a bike that's too large!

    OTOH, if the bike fits, then ride into the sunset with my blessings. Just remember, this guy says that the bike is in excellent condition. Yet, he states that the bike needs a mechanical tune up. It would be nice to take a bike savvy person along with you. Otherwise, a bike shop meet-up should be in order.

    Jamis Codas are really nice bikes!
    Last edited by WestPablo; 06-05-14 at 04:48 PM.

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    Standover height matters but it is somewhat overrated. Top tube length matters even more: Revisionist Theory of Bicycle Sizing

    This bike is going to be close in terms of the right size assuming you are normally proportioned. Looking at the specs, it might be a bit on the large size but I don't think that is going to matter much. The price is so reasonable that you won't have any problem selling it for what you paid for it if you decide to get a different bike later.

    There are a lot of things to like about this bike as a commuter. It is low mileage so you have will have fewer consumables to replace. It is made of good quality chrome moly steel (reynolds 520 frame, chrome moly fork). The parts aren't bad and are readily (and fairly inexpensively replaced). The gearing is plenty wide enough for pretty much any type of terrain you'll be riding on (not that Chicago is too hilly but you may want to do a ride in WI one day with that bike).

    I'd probably change out the rear tire for a 700 x 32x for commuting and save that old tire as a replacement for the front when it goes bad. I'd add fenders, a rack, and a lighting system and call it good.

    Here is the bikepedia entry for the bike (assuming that the Seller is right and this is a 2007; the entry seems to match this bike):

    2007 Jamis Coda Sport - BikePedia

    I'd buy it and I'd do so sooner rather than later given that bikes move fast in a city like Chicago.

    50% of the new price is very reasonable for a low-mileage newish bike; 25% of the new price is a pretty good deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
    Standover height matters but it is somewhat overrated. Top tube length matters even more: Revisionist Theory of Bicycle Sizing
    True, but that site also notes this:

    It is obvious why you shouldn't have a bike that is too tall to stand over with a reasonable safety margin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Doofus View Post
    True, but that site also notes this:
    An inch or better clearance is not a bad rule of thumb but SO height doesn't matter as much as top tube length and a bike that gives the OP little standover height is not that big a deal.

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    This bike has sloping top tube so SO clearance is not much of a problem.
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    Poster responded back stating he's 6'1" and it was perfect fit him. Not sure of my inseam, but I'll measure when I get home.
    It seems like this may be a 2008 based on the picture I saw on bikepedia. Also, not sure if I should try to save a little more and maybe get a new bike, but I don't know what would be good in the $500 range if I can save another $200. Any suggestions?

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    That's a great first commuter bike. Based on the geometry chart, I'd say if you can stand over it the fit will be OK.

    Go test ride it. If you like it, bring it home.

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    If you can throw your leg over that Coda and not have it touch anything hanging, test ride it, and buy it!

    Otherwise, just save your cash and get something new, if you can swing it!
    Last edited by WestPablo; 06-05-14 at 05:07 PM.

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    Since Chicago is mostly flat, why not an inexpensive single speed, instead?

    That'll be less maintenance for sure!

    Find Bikes, Cycling Clothing, Bike Parts & Bike Shoes Or Your Local Bike Store at Performance.

    Checkout the Schwinn and SE single speed bikes listed as "Fitness" bikes...

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    The area I live is fairly hilly (Crystal Lake area) so I don't think a single speed would work out to well. I measured my inseam as best I could yesterday, in my running shoes it seems to be 33/34. From the picture and color scheme, I think that may be a 2008 jamis coda sport. Just for giggles, I'm going to see if I can talk the guy down on price, since it'll need a tune up and all that.

    Thanks all for your suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malaska View Post
    Poster responded back stating he's 6'1" and it was perfect fit him. Not sure of my inseam, but I'll measure when I get home.
    It seems like this may be a 2008 based on the picture I saw on bikepedia. Also, not sure if I should try to save a little more and maybe get a new bike, but I don't know what would be good in the $500 range if I can save another $200. Any suggestions?
    For $480 you can get the Schwinn Slicker "Road Bike" at www.nashbar.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by malaska View Post
    The area I live is fairly hilly (Crystal Lake area) so I don't think a single speed would work out to well. I measured my inseam as best I could yesterday, in my running shoes it seems to be 33/34. From the picture and color scheme, I think that may be a 2008 jamis coda sport. Just for giggles, I'm going to see if I can talk the guy down on price, since it'll need a tune up and all that.

    Thanks all for your suggestions.
    25% of new is a pretty good price. If you make the seller mad, he might not want to sell it to you; just sayin.

    I know I would not knock one penny off that price.

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