I am back again! Relentlessly searching for a used bike on my low budget. I have been unsure what kind of bike I'm looking for and wanted an opinion on this bike - 2006 Jamis Coda Sport - to see if it's suitable for my riding purposes.
I am a college student who is a newcomer to riding. My university offers bike rental scholarships which has recently gotten me hooked on biking. I'm looking into purchasing my very own but I am completely lost and I do not have an adequate knowledge of bikes to be quite honest. My uses would be mainly as a commuter bike to/from school and work. I also enjoy going on longer rides on the weekends (nothing extensive - about 20 miles or so). Sometimes this is entirely on the road, but I also often take it on a flat dirt trail along the ocean every now and again. My campus is in the middle of a forest with large 300ft redwood trees and excessive dirt trails. Although I don't mountain bike and 90% of the time I am on the road, I will need a bike that can handle the terrain on campus. Additionally, I live in a town with quite a few hills.
I am looking to purchase a bike that I can get a good amount of use out of for many years to come. If I become even more serious about biking in the future I may consider an upgrade, but that is not a current concern nor am I on a budget that allots for such thinking. I just want a good bike for the here and now that is a good investment for my poor soul which is already drowning in college loans. $300 is my absolute max, but I'm looking for something more around $200. Though I am becoming more aware of the fact that's probably wishful thinking.
This is the link to the craigslist ad:
Please tell me what you think or offer any much needed advice.