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    2006 Jamis Coda Sport - good investment?

    Hi all-

    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:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/bik/3908981956.html

    Please tell me what you think or offer any much needed advice.

    Many thanks!!

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    P.S. I have been considering/ comparing this bike to the Kona Dew. Opinions?

    These are the two bikes I keep getting recommended for my specific needs.

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    If I were anywhere near you I would buy that bike immediately. $240 for a legendary steel frame with carbon fork? No brainer. Don't even think of comparing that bike to the Kona alumi-thing.

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    Buy the Jamis. There's a lot of good in that bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravin Neff View Post
    legendary steel frame with carbon fork? No brainer. Don't even think of comparing that bike to the Kona alumi-thing.
    LOL

    I've owned two Dews with steel forks,one with alloy fork,and one with CF fork. I've also owned two Codas;a Comp and an Elite. With 37mm stock tires the Dews rode just as well as the Codas. P2 forks are pretty sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    LOL

    I've owned two Dews with steel forks,one with alloy fork,and one with CF fork. I've also owned two Codas;a Comp and an Elite. With 37mm stock tires the Dews rode just as well as the Codas. P2 forks are pretty sweet.
    Put the price part back in the quote. Sounds like what you're saying is that the Kona Dew is just as good a deal at $240 as the Coda is. Is that it?
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    Or, did you buy it????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravin Neff View Post
    Put the price part back in the quote. Sounds like what you're saying is that the Kona Dew is just as good a deal at $240 as the Coda is. Is that it?
    No,I was commenting on your Thulsa Doom-esque worshiping of steel. I've owned Codas and Dews,and have mild CT,so I'm very well aware of the ride characteristics of those bikes. You pretty much dissed the Dew outright just based on the frame material alone. Ever own one?

    As for the price/value,we'd have to look at the two specific bikes. What kind of shape/year/model is the Dew he was looking at? If one needs tires/brake pads/chain/cassette and the other is ready to roll,that's also a factor in value.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bravin Neff View Post
    $240 for a legendary steel frame with carbon fork?
    Also note,Coda Sports have steel forks. Have to go up to the Comp for carbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    No,I was commenting on your Thulsa Doom-esque worshiping of steel. I've owned Codas and Dews,and have mild CT,so I'm very well aware of the ride characteristics of those bikes. You pretty much dissed the Dew outright just based on the frame material alone. Ever own one?
    No, I haven't. But I wasn't dissing the Dew based just on the frame material, I was adding the consideration of cost. At the price that Coda was going for, I would have passed many other bikes too. To repeat, at that price, to say the Koda Dew should be considered equivalent is to say it is some super value.

    Also note,Coda Sports have steel forks. Have to go up to the Comp for carbon.
    What you're saying is true for current/recent model years, but I am fairly sure the naming scheme was different back then (2006) where the Sport was higher in lineup value. The ad the OP linked showed (and said) it had a carbon fork, not a steel one. Whatever the truth is regarding 2006 Coda Sports, it is hard to see how the bike in that ad, at $240, was no better value than a Koda Dew. But I haven't owned a Koda Dew, so maybe it is some super value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravin Neff View Post
    But I wasn't dissing the Dew based just on the frame material, I was adding the consideration of cost.
    Using phrases like 'legendary steel' and 'alumi-thing' made it sound like you were. Too many folks on this board worship at the steel alter and outright dismiss everything else as 'lesser',when it's the application of the material that's important. There are good steel bikes and good alloy bikes. Steel is good for cargo bikes and tourers,but otherwise there are far too many other factors to consider than just the frame material when choosing a commuter bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bravin Neff View Post
    To repeat, at that price, to say the Koda Dew should be considered equivalent is to say it is some super value.
    And to repeat what I said,"As for the price/value,we'd have to look at the two specific bikes." The OP didn't give any details about the Dew. If it was much newer,and in perfect condition,and the Coda had rust/scratches and needed parts,then the Dew would be a super value. I've owned both bikes and would choose a Dew in good shape over a Coda in meh shape. If they were the same year/condition,then we could split hairs about which was better for a specific purpose. If you're looking for speed,a Coda would be better. If you're looking to do trail work,a Dew would be better.

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