Originally posted by CranialCrusader
Tell me how I did with the price! Be honest!
You did fine. But what's important is that you chose one of the better buys in a flat-bar road bike, and if it fits you well you should be very happy with it.
Why do you want to replace the 30t chainring?
As for the rest,
1. Yes, you'll think that until you get back in shape. Then you'll want a faster bike. That's OK, it's natural.
2. Comps are fun. Use the Forum Search function; there was a long thread about computers not long ago.
3. That's why God made drop handlebars. Oh, well, too late now. Down the line you could consider bar ends or even clip-on aerobars.
4. Getting a road bike's saddle perfectly positioned is an art. There have been several recent and current saddle threads.
5. But it "hurts so good," doesn't it?
6. Jamis makes good bikes at very competetive prices. Yours is no exception. The Coda is also nearly ideal for commuting and even touring; it has braze-ons and tire clearance for fenders and both rear and front low-rider racks.
7. If you feel you need it, you need it.
8. Get two nice lightweight cages and some good bottles. The Specialized wide-mouth bottles are well-made. Don't neglect hydration, and while the need for it is obvious in summer it doesn't go away in cooler weather.
Congratulations on your new bike!
Training: 2002 Fuji Roubaix Pro (105 triple)
Commuting/Daytripping: 2001 Airborne Carpe Diem (Ultegra/XTR, touring wheels)
Commuting/Touring: 2000 Novara Randonee (Sora/Tiagra/LX, fenders, lights)