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Looking for my first do-everything bike from Jamis, Cannondale, or Giant

Old 07-10-13, 09:44 PM
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Looking for my first do-everything bike from Jamis, Cannondale, or Giant

Hi everybody! I'm a guy in my early 20s looking for my first adult bike. I'm about 5'9", 140lbs and I'm looking for a real all-around bike. I want to be able to commute in the city, get groceries, go on long recreational rides, and even some light touring. I do not have a car, so the bike will be used often. I live in western PA, so there will be snow during the winter and I plan to ride the bike on paved roads as well as trails like the Greater Allegheny Passage.

I'm in a unique position to get a nice discount on the brands listed in the title and therefore would like to pick something from their lineups. Right now I am mostly torn between the Jamis Aurora and Jamis Coda Comp which I have taken on a test ride and enjoyed both. My budget would be bikes that retail no higher than the ~$950 price point. I really want a bike that can do everything fairly well and will be reliable and cheap to repair if/when things do break.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 07-10-13, 10:05 PM
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Touring bike with a trailer when needed?
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If I was you, I'd get the Jamis Satellite Comp. Very similar to my Soma ES which I love. Great versitility and not that heavy for a steel do-it-all type of bike.
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I'm in your situation as well and for me the answer is the Giant Escape City. At just under $600 it's cheaper than a Jamis, and the steel fork makes for a smooth ride. The bike comes with a rack and fenders. It's also built heavy enough to pull a utility trailer with no problem, lifetime warranty on the frame.

As usual, ride all of them and see which one rides and feels best for you.
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