Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-17-17, 10:58 AM   #1
jaidog
Member
Thread Starter
 
jaidog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Replacement for Jamis Coda Comp

I bought a Jamis Coda Comp in 2008 and used it to commute to/from work for the past 8 years. My commute is 10 miles each way and I ride on roads, paved bike paths, and crushed limestone bike paths. Alas, due to a major lapse in judgement on my part, my bike was stolen last week. So, I'm on the search for a replacement.

My requirements are a steel frame, straight handlebars, and components on par with what my Jamis had.

I really enjoyed my Jamis so one of my options is a 2016 Jamis Coda Comp which I can purchase from an LBS for $530. Another option is a modified Surly LHT with straight bar, Alfine 8-speed internal hub, and front hub generator. This is about the same price as a new Jamis. A third option is a Torker InterUrban Flatbar also in the same price range.

Please provide thoughts on the options above or if there are other bikes I should consider.

Here is a link to the customized Surly LTH I'm thinking about purchasing:

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/bik/6086841121.html

Last edited by jaidog; 04-17-17 at 02:16 PM. Reason: Adding link to Surly LTH
jaidog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-17, 11:21 AM   #2
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Moto Fantom29 ProSL hardtail
Posts: 6,942
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
I think that LHT would be a steal. Hub generator + light + igh + fenders + $700 = buy! (If it fits you) The only downside to that bike is I'm personally not too crazy about 26" wheels, but if my commuter was stolen and I was looking around, I might just make an exception...
RubeRad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-17, 01:27 PM   #3
jaidog
Member
Thread Starter
 
jaidog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
RubeRad,

Thanks for chiming in. Looks like you have a CrossCheck which I looked into, as well. Although a used CrossCheck is not for sale at the moment, it seems like a CrossCheck would fit my needs better than an LTH. Any thoughts on that? Also, what is it about 26" wheels that you don't like?
jaidog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-17, 01:52 PM   #4
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Moto Fantom29 ProSL hardtail
Posts: 6,942
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
eh, it's probably just a vanity thing, I feel like 26" wheels are for kids, and I'm a Big Boy now. I'm not all that big (6'), but I get the impression that I look like a circus bear.

You might enjoy a CrossCheck more, it is basically supposed to be a bit sportier than a LHT. Many people on BF say LHT handles its best when fully-loaded (like for unsupported touring). But if you're buying used, you can only buy what is for sale. If I had built my CC a year or two later than I did, I would have gone with a Straggler instead, for the disc brakes.

Generally speaking, I think you get more value from CL than buying a bike new from LBS -- it's the same as buying a new vs used car, 30% of the purchase price vanishes as soon as you drive it off the lot. CL has good-as-new bikes (like seriously ridden less than 50mi) going for half their original purchase price all day long.
RubeRad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-17, 02:07 PM   #5
jaidog
Member
Thread Starter
 
jaidog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
My Jamis was from an LBS, but now that I know what I like and my size, I think I can go directly to CL. I'm torn between getting the LTH which has some goodies that sound interesting (internal hub, hub generator w/ light) vs getting a bike that is "more sporty" which is probably how I'd classify my old Jamis Coda Comp.
jaidog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-17, 02:24 PM   #6
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Moto Fantom29 ProSL hardtail
Posts: 6,942
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
I would go test-drive the LHT. If you like it, get it. If the ride is radically un-pleasing, don't. Be up front with the seller that you like the customizations, but coming from a sportier bike you're not sure you'll like the ride. Anybody that puts that much bling onto a bike has to be cool, and I'm sure would love to show off the bike and talk about it.

Also, if you buy it and decide only later you don't like it that much, you should easily be able to sell it again for no loss.
RubeRad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-17, 11:28 PM   #7
Mihail C.
Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Bikes: '15 Specialized Sirrus Elite, '10 Jamis Coda Sport, '04 Jamis Coda Sport, 09' Jamis Coda Sport, '12 Jamis Dragon 650B, '12 Jamis Sattelite Sport.
Posts: 34
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Where do you live, abouts, and what frame size are you looking for ?
I have a 21" Coda Comp, from '12 that I'm looking to sell. It's not posted yet on CL.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jaidog View Post
My Jamis was from an LBS, but now that I know what I like and my size, I think I can go directly to CL.
Mihail C. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-17, 06:50 AM   #8
jaidog
Member
Thread Starter
 
jaidog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mihail C. View Post
Where do you live, abouts, and what frame size are you looking for ?
I have a 21" Coda Comp, from '12 that I'm looking to sell. It's not posted yet on CL.
I'm in the Chicago area. My previous Coda Comp was 19", but I think 21" may work. Are you in CA? Not sure how much shipping would be.
jaidog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-17, 10:20 AM   #9
Mihail C.
Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Bikes: '15 Specialized Sirrus Elite, '10 Jamis Coda Sport, '04 Jamis Coda Sport, 09' Jamis Coda Sport, '12 Jamis Dragon 650B, '12 Jamis Sattelite Sport.
Posts: 34
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaidog View Post
Not sure how much shipping would be.
Shipping can be in between $60 (best case) and $90, with Fedex Ground.
Also, I just checked, Amtrak has a service called Express, and it's $65. With Amtrak, though, you have to pick up the box at the train station, closest to you; Fedex would deliver at your front door.
Mihail C. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-17, 10:39 AM   #10
jaidog
Member
Thread Starter
 
jaidog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mihail C. View Post
Shipping can be in between $60 (best case) and $90, with Fedex Ground.
Also, I just checked, Amtrak has a service called Express, and it's $65. With Amtrak, though, you have to pick up the box at the train station, closest to you; Fedex would deliver at your front door.
Mihail,

I've sent you a PM. Probably better to discuss this off-line to avoid cluttering the forum.
jaidog is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:58 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.
I HAVE A QUESTION