First post here. I am trying to buy a Jamis Coda Sport. Any of you who are currently trying to buy this bike know how hard it is to find the size, style and (gasp) color you want when the bikes are sold out at the manufacturer.
The only Coda I've ridden is a ladies' style in a color I truly dislike and will dislike into the forseeable future. This bike is at an absolutely wonderful bike store I would love to support.
I am 5'6", female, bike inseam of 31.75, reach 2 inches longer than I am tall. Basically long limbed. The good LBS fitted me with a 16 inch frame and it seemed like a good fit. I ride my husband's 17" mountain bike, no problem.
I would love to find a color that I liked in this bike and I also originally was shooting for the men's bike which comes in a slick black color. The good LBS said that the men's and women's geometry is essentially the same. I have been phoning around to other cities in my state trying to see whether I can locate what I want.
The weird thing is that 2 of the dealers seemed pretty sure I would want a 15" frame, which seems awfully small. I also intend to convert to upright, probably north road style handlebars. I think I get numbness in my fingers with a more agressive position. I'm afraid that upright handlebars might make a 15" frame size seem extra cramped.
I guess my questions are: What frame size do you think I need? Should I continue on my hunt for the style and color I want or give in to the nearby bike that rides well, but is a little ugly. Or should I wait until the 2013 model comes and try to figure out a temporary bike until then? Do I risk them changing the bike in 2013 to the point where it unrecognizable?
I love this forum! I've learned so much here.