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    Jamis Coda

    Well, I havn't done as much cycling as I did last year, and I think it is because I sold my 2006 Specialized Allez Triple (hated the drops, always on the hoods). I miss riding skinny tires and my mtb is so SLOW on the road. Im looking at the Jamis Coda or Coda sport (depends how much I feel like spending/if i can find either). The bike shop that I just LOVE for everything besides repair (do 99% of that myself, otherwise they are great) now carries Jamis, and the Coda catches my eye.

    Does anyone think there are any reasons to choose the sport over the plain Coda? I have 9 speed on my mtb (full LX) and my allez had 8spd on it. The only thing I liked more about 9spd was that i had better gear ratio to climb hills, both models meet those needs. I have 34tooth on my mtb, the codas both have 32, which is fine since my road bike had a 26 i think.

    I need to get to the bike shop soon, see if they even carry a coda or could get one and how much. Mostly plan on using it purely road use, on nice days. Also I miss going for 20+ mile bike rides on the roads around here, something the mtb tires me out too fast for.

    I dont want other bikes thrown into the mix, I really like the coda. Just wanna make sure it is what I am looking for. Thanks guys n gals!

    Almost forgot. I really only can bike 3-4 days out of the week. I also enjoy kayaking and fishing (most of the time together) so that is another thing to consider. If we have a rainy week, its less. Rain ruins cycling for me, makes it not enjoyable at all, so I avoid it
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    You might look at the Rans Citi, the Electra Townie Sport and Trek Pure Sport as alternatives to the road bike. There are hybrids that combine speed and comfort with an upright position and a crank forward geometry. You no longer need to choose between one and the other to go out riding. The reason to throw other bikes into the mix is well even though you have you heart set on the Jamis Coda, you'll want to do a lot of test riding to be sure its what you're looking to buy. Good luck!

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    my vision for the coda would be multi-path type tires and fenders. But yes, you are right I may want a more relaxed bike too. I do plan on checking out the Specialized Crosstrail, almost positive my fav bike shop has those in stock. Jamis sure gives a lot more for the money it seems.

    discount all pedal forward bikes from further discussion, please. Those are city bikes. Great for riding stop light to stop light or for people who just wanna relax. I have my old schwinn for that...er kinda, more so than any other mtb ive ridden. No offense they have their place, just not in my possession.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    You might look at the Rans Citi, the Electra Townie Sport and Trek Pure Sport as alternatives to the road bike. There are hybrids that combine speed and comfort with an upright position and a crank forward geometry. You no longer need to choose between one and the other to go out riding. The reason to throw other bikes into the mix is well even though you have you heart set on the Jamis Coda, you'll want to do a lot of test riding to be sure its what you're looking to buy. Good luck!
    WTF..... What do those 3 bikes have to with his question about the Jamis Coda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetjock View Post
    WTF..... What do those 3 bikes have to with his question about the Jamis Coda.
    yea, that was basically my first thought, but I figured I should be nice since I'm asking a question of you folk here...

    C'mon people I know some of ya own this bike! Commenting on the Coda and the Crosstrail (specialized) are both welcome, and similar bikes, but without seeing either in person I really like the Coda...that could change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
    yea, that was basically my first thought, but I figured I should be nice since I'm asking a question of you folk here...

    C'mon people I know some of ya own this bike! Commenting on the Coda and the Crosstrail (specialized) are both welcome, and similar bikes, but without seeing either in person I really like the Coda...that could change.
    I am also interested in the coda, so would also love to hear what people thing good or bad.

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    I really like my Coda. I put a Nashbar trekking bar on it and it gets me around town just fine.

    The chain stays are kind of short, so fitting the rear fender on was a bit of a bear, but I got it done.

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    They have to do with making sure he wants the Jamis Coda. I didn't say anything negative about it. I said test riding can help determine the bike you want is the right one!

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    We sell Jamis, and I don't own one, yet, but if I was wanting another hybrid it would be the coda comp
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik..._codacompe.jpg.

    The comp is the same frame with an lx rear, 24/28 wheelset, 50/39/30 crankset, and my favorite upgrade is the fork. Carbon fiber with lowrider rack mounts.

    But there is nothing wrong at all with the coda sport. And then there is the elite with disc brakes, but then again no lowrider mounts.

    Anyway you go, the coda is a good bike at a really good price.
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    When I need a new bike, I go around to the local shops. I'll buy something from a shop that does me right. I don' buy from the shops that jerk me around. Jamis Coda? Hella yeah. They are nice bikes!

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    I ride a Coda. 2008, standard model. I started at ~280lbs and had problems with the rear wheel...spokes a poppin', so I had a better wheel fitted...but other than that, no real issues. I did ditch the suspension seatpost, and changed grips and pedals to ones I prefer, added lights, fenders, and luggage.

    Personally, I think the "upgrade" to a road triple and 9sp parts isn't that wonderful. The 9sp parts will wear a bit faster (chain and cogs) and the road gears are really just too high. The wheel upgrade seems nice though.

    I've done rides into the 80+ mile range, with a few centuries on my calendar (fast approaching!). All rides have been really comfortable, and reliable, and pretty speedy too, much to the surprise of many of the roadies I ride with.
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    So far it sounds like the Coda is what im looking for, If I like the ride (I wouldnt buy one without a test ride or two) I really cant spend more than the Coda Sport, and would likely just get the Coda as 8spd is plenty for me. Buying the standard model would leave me money for extras... seat bag, frame pump...etc.

    So I gotta get out this week see what is out there. Gonna be a cooler week which is good for me and test rides. I sweat so much it sucks!

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    I ride a 2009 Coda Comp. It's an OK bike but before I bought a Coda I'd definitely ride a Trek FX 7.5 or 7.6. My wife's bike is a 2009 7.5 and it's every bit as nice as my Coda Comp for less money. The 2010s are even cheaper yet so maybe a FX 7.6 might be just the ticket.

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    Go for it!

    I bought my wife the Coda Femme 3 weeks ago while I was looking for a vintage french road bike for myself......after looking at many vintage bikes and watching her ride the Coda, I just went and bought one for myself. I have already put about 200 miles on it and I love it! Very comfortable and reasonably light. The components are better than other bikes I looked at in this price range too. I put fenders, lights and a rack on it all for under $600.00 and under 28 pounds. I am about to do a 200 mile trip on it in two days time and I will update you on how it went.

    I think how the bike works out for you will depend a lot on how it is set up by the dealer too. Although I love my bike guys, the spokes needed tightening, the headset was on a little crooked and loose, and the handlebars were not tightened down sufficiently....this caused me some problems on a big climb. I understand because they gave me such a great deal on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robcor2 View Post
    I bought my wife the Coda Femme 3 weeks ago while I was looking for a vintage french road bike for myself......after looking at many vintage bikes and watching her ride the Coda, I just went and bought one for myself. I have already put about 200 miles on it and I love it! Very comfortable and reasonably light. The components are better than other bikes I looked at in this price range too. I put fenders, lights and a rack on it all for under $600.00 and under 28 pounds. I am about to do a 200 mile trip on it in two days time and I will update you on how it went.

    I think how the bike works out for you will depend a lot on how it is set up by the dealer too. Although I love my bike guys, the spokes needed tightening, the headset was on a little crooked and loose, and the handlebars were not tightened down sufficiently....this caused me some problems on a big climb. I understand because they gave me such a great deal on the bike.

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    I trust my dealer that I generally use, But I do my own repairs once I leave their shop (unless I feel it is something they caused/factory defect). I have truing stand, Park tension meter, Park pcs-9 workstand and I get more tools as I need them, but have most all I need, even a inexpensive torque wrench to at least get bolts where they should be! So, that part is no big deal as I will retension and true my wheels before any big rides. As much as I trust them, my girlfriends bike needed brake work, front brakes were NOT toed in properly and squeeled like a stuck pig! but her bike has not needed a single bit of tuning otherwise.

    No matter the deal they gave you, loose spokes, loose headset and loose handlebars could have injured you. I would have brought it back to them, and demanded proper set up. I wasn't too mad about my girlfriends bike, I have a certain way I set up v-brakes and have proven myself that it works the best. and it still stopped just fine when we bough it, just squealed.

    Only one question, for CODA owners ONLY: How is the riding position? Looks to be fairly upright compared to say...a mountain bike or road bike. I dont want too bent over, or too upright. I imagine riser bars could be added if i needed a little more upright...might look goofy tho
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    I went out and looked today before work. One dealer only had two jamis bikes in stock, one road and one mtb (dakar-sweet bikes) and that is my preferred dealer. The other only had a Coda Elite in stock, would order but they charge FULL RETAIL!!! nope.

    Thinking about going back to dealer #1 (my fave place) and taking a Specialized Globe Vienna 2 for a spin if they have my size (gonna call first, its a bit out of my way). The more I look at them, the more I like them. Trying to stick to a strictly street bike here, I have my mtb for offroading/canal path usage. I like the coda, but I will not pay full retail when shop #1 has their bikes all $50-100+ below retail. The vienna 2 looks just enough upright to keep me wanting to ride more.

    I guess sometimes ya go looking for one thing, and end up liking something different. Definitely wanna take a vienna 2 for a ride if the LBS has my size in stock. They had a few I believe.

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    I suppose this comment is a bit late, but I ride a 2008 Coda Sport, and it's a great bike for the rides I do (which sound similar to the rides you want to do). It's not a super aero position, nor is it super upright, but I suppose that will depend on the size you get versus the size you are...

    The only negatives are the suspension seatpost, which you'll probably replace (or tighten so much that there's no suspense) and the handlebars were a bit wide for what I see as a city bike (nothing a minute with a hacksaw won't fix).

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    I really don't care what bike you get from whom, but I would like for you to consider the markup on bikes and the special ordering process.

    If a shop has gone through their quota (for lack of a better word for it) and has to special order you the bike you want, then the shop has to pay shipping on one bike and a single wholesale price which is higher than the multiple purchase price. This is true no matter who you shop with.

    The way I see it, your choses are as such, buy another brand/model bike, ask the lbs to check for clearance bikes (older models might still be around), suck it up and special order the coda that you want at retail (and know that you are getting a quality bike while being treated fairly), or you can wait for a 2010 model and then try to haggle.

    Whatever you do remember that the majority of lbs are independantly owned and do have a certain amount of overhead and not a lot of profit margin. So, its not like buying a car where the margin equals thousands of dollars, but more likely less than $100 in most cases.

    Sorry if that seems like a rant, you have no idea how many people I talk to daily that can't fathum a $500+ bicycle. And when you say "that one that you're looking at costs $1k," the reaction is often, "that's as much as a car," "you can get a car for that." etc.

    On a side note, guy walks into the shop and wants a 7sp cruiser, I show him Boss cruisers for $425 and he rudly says "Thats too much" and walks away, then turns around and I show him some Sun Drifters at $400, he'll have to think about it and come back he says. But there is only $25 difference in the price and the $399.99 price is ok?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nymtber View Post

    Only one question, for CODA owners ONLY: How is the riding position? Looks to be fairly upright compared to say...a mountain bike or road bike. I dont want too bent over, or too upright. I imagine riser bars could be added if i needed a little more upright...might look goofy tho
    I think the riding position, for me, strikes a perfect balance of upright to leaned forward. My MTB actually stretches me out more. The 2008 models came with an adjustable stem that I don't recall seeing on the pics of the 2009 model.
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    Well, I made a trip to a "different" bike shop today. It is actually just a second store of my favorite shop, in a town a bit more out of my way. They had one coda, but it was a 19.5" much too big. I ended up taking a Specialized Sirrus (2009) out for a spin, and LOVED it. The position was perfect, and honestly the bike rode just like what I was looking for. It also feels quite a few pounds lighter than the Coda, which may have been frame size difference, too. I paid $479 + tax, $40 less than retail i believe.

    The sirrus look very similar to the Allez (that I used to own) except shorter top tube and flat bars for a ride that is about 300% more comfortable. I got just the base model sirrus, so its got a very low end rear derailleur, but some day down the road if it ever causes problems, that is an easy and low cost swap for me to do.

    Oh, I got the Gloss Blue frame! I get to take it back after a few hundred miles for a free tuneup, but most likely wont, as they are 30 minutes out of my way, and I have all the equipment I need to do it here.

    Gonna get up in the morning and go out for 15-20 miles. Get used to her.

    Thanks for all the suggestions, I appologize if I ever seemed deaf to suggestions. The guy at the bike shop (who also works at the main store) even said the sirrus was the first bike he thought of when I told him what I was looking for. Next time I will just take everyones suggestions more openly maybe some of my grandpa's stubbornness was passed down to me!

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    Congrats on the new bike!

    Similar story. A shop here in Maryland didn't have the Cannondale I wanted in my size. They had the bike at their Virginia location in my size built up and ready to go. I ended up with a Marin that I caught my eye when I went to get the Cannondale.

    Maybe you should have considered Cannondale or Marin. Haha, just kidding. Enjoy the ride! Post pics of your new horse.

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    The one shop that Does carry cannondale is the shop that sells EVERYTHING at full retail, not just special order. I only stopped in there just to check.

    I actually really like specialized. Sure their component specs are sometimes a bit low end for the money, but their bikes seem to always fit me and ride awesome.

    I used to spend most of my time in the Clydesdale section of the forum, but a lot of those guys are so stuck on drop handle road bikes these days. Let me tell ya I wont ever own a drop handle again unles its as upright as the sirrus. Not to mention v-brakes, this thing will stop on a dime! I was never comfortable with the caliper road brakes. They just didn't have the stopping power I wanted.

    I'm about to go out and get the bike ready for a ride through the backroads, gotta switch my computer over off my mountain bike, make sure tires are pumped up, maybe put my clipless pedals on. Ill take my DSLR and snap a few pics while I am at it. I will start a new thread for that

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    For the record, in case anyone else is still wondering...

    I have a 2009 Coda which I just converted to drop bars. I loved it before, and even more now. Key selling points: smooth steel frame, stylish looks, but most importantly it just felt best to me. Trek 7.5 and other aluminum bikes were lighter, but didn't quite have that feel. I ended up resisting the Sport and Comp versions - no need for disc brakes, and flashier paint and carbon forks = theft attractant to me. I really, really like how the Coda feels with drop bars. Ride position is not overly aggressive, but it's still a fast bike.

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