New Jamis Coda Sport - Hoping to a get some questions answered
I just bought a new Jamis Coda Sport, and I have a ton of questions (and more in the future I'm sure) concerning my first "real" bike. Hopefully enough people will read this
First off, while I absolutely loved my rides with it so far, the saddle (Selle San Marco Island) is a huge pain already (was apparent only after a few minutes after I took it home). I am going to see if I can switch it for something else when I go for my "after you ride 20 hours tune-up". However, I don't know what to look for when I go in, and I'm not really sure what the problem is with my current saddle (or ass). The pain I feel is developing sort of right "outside" the taint area, and I'm also getting a funny feeling in my pecker..I guess there is too much pressure focused on the center. Does this mean my saddle is too narrow, too wide, or is this classification oversimplified? Secondly, what should I look for when I go in? Would only a few minutes riding time be enough to make a decision? I really don't have that much time, as I am going back to my campus in a week.
Tying in with my pressing schedule, I plan to go for the tune-up before I leave for school. The person at the bike shop told me I should ride the bike about 20 hours, to break in the cables so that they can be adjusted. I definitely won't have time to ride that much, not to mention the unbearable pain that would result, so I was wondering, a) is this a big issue, and b) what would you recommend?
My third issue is about general maintenance of the bike. What are some things that I can do to keep my bike in top condition? For example, preventing steel rust, cleaning, what to do in rain, keeping derailleurs in tune, etc.
My front brake also has a very slight squeaking at low speeds. I know this is common, but can someone explain to me what exactly causes it, and what can be done?
Lastly, what are some good biking techniques? For example, what is the best way to brake going downhill? Should I emphasize the front or rear brake? When is the best time to shift gears, and when is it a bad idea? Does constant shifting naturally reduce shifting performance, or is this attributed to improper shifting?
I apologize for so many questions. Feel free to just provide a link if you feel it answers any them
If there are any other pieces of advice you'd like to offer, feel free to suggest it.
re: coda sport
Merman, I bought a new Coda Sport this year and for the first few rides the saddle was a royal pain in the you know where. The more I miles I log on the bike, though, the less I notice it. I don't know whether the saddle is getting broken in or my butt is toughening up. Id' say give it some time before you consider a different saddle.
If I ride in the early morning, or when the humidiy is high, my brakes squal like a tom cat the first few times I use them. I had another bike--Mongoose 850--that did the same thing. I don't know the reason for this. If your brakes squeel all the time, you have a toe-in problem.
Hope this helps and enjoy your new bike.
are you wearing padded shorts? that might help with the saddle problems. I have a Coda Sport too and I haven't had any problems with the stock saddle, but that might just be me.
definitely emphasize the rear brake going downhill. too much front brake will send you over the handlebars.
here's what you want to do with shifting. start in a low gear on the second ring and spin the pedals at a high cadence - 80-90rpm is best. as soon as you get up to speed, shift up one gear, then shift to the big ring. keep shifting up when you're in the big ring until you can't spin as fast anymore, and you should be going at a good clip by now. shift down a few gears and start spinning again. if you have to stop, make sure you have time to downshift back to a low gear on the second ring so you can start this process over again.
I've had my Coda Sport for a little over 2 weeks now. For the first few days, the saddle was indeed a pain in the arse, even with cycling shorts. That eventually subsided, and I'm now only sore toward the end of a 20 mile ride. I'm just coming back to biking several years after my last bike (meticulously double-locked with saddle and front wheel removed and stashed in my office) was stolen a week after I bought it - I was disgruntled for a long time over this. As for the Coda Sport, I freaking love this bike, I'm so glad I bought it.
When I bought my latest bike, my LBS had a thing that I sat on for a couple of minutes and it left an impression of my butt. Weird, I know, but they were able to get me the perfect saddle!