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Old 04-03-10, 10:08 PM
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My New Ride

I have been riding a road bike for the past 2 1/2 years and logged over 8700 miles; finally decided to get a new ride.
The Jamis described below is a Sweeetttt!!! ride.
The combination of a 520 Chromoly frame with a carbon fork is great for long rides. Also the gear range is perferct for the hilly rides here in North Georgia.

2010 Jamis Coda Elite
700c Hybrid bike
Description: Frame: 520 double butted chromoly
Fork: Carbon fiber
Wheels: Mavic A119
Tires: Vittoria Zaffiro; 700 x 28C
RD: Shimano Deore XT FD: Shimano Deore
Chain: KMC Z9000
Casette: SRAM powerglide 9 spd. 11-32
Ceankset: FSA Power Drive 48/36/26
Brakes: Avid BB7



2010 Odometer: 336.3 miles
Lifetime Odometer: 383.1 miles
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Old 04-04-10, 02:40 AM
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Congratulations on your new ride! I bought a 2009 Jamis Coda Sport in October and have been quite happy with my choice. It shifts smoothly, handles well and has just the gearing I was looking for in a hybrid. Best wishes for many happy miles.
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Nice bike! Congrats! And be sure to tell us about your adventures on it!
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I just picked up a 2009 Coda Sport today. I'm flying out in a couple hours so I only got to ride it 20 minutes. The steel is definitely smoother than the aluminum bikes I tried. I think I need to rotate the bars so they are flat instead of drooping down.
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Thanks for the kind words.
I have put 357 miles on this baby since I got the bike on March 13th.
The longest ride to date was 82 miles on the Silver Comet Trail here in Dallas, Ga.
This is the longest rail to trail in the USA (50 miles from Smyrna, Ga. west to the Alabama state line)

Below is the link to the trails website. If you are ever down this way with your bike I reccomend you make this a must ride,

https://www.silvercometga.com/

Over the last 2 1/2 years I have ridden every section of this trail. This trail continues on into Alabama and turns into the Cheif Ladiga trail at the state line and goes to Anniston, Ala.

This total length is 100 miles. A lot of riders will start at the beginning of the Silver Comet Trail in Smyrna, Ga. and ride to the end in Anniston, Ala. Spend the night in a hotel and return the next day.
A good friend and I are going to do this this summer.

Dunbar, congrats on your new ride. I first test rode a Coda Sport and liked it. The reason I ended up with the Elite is I really wanted the carbon fork and the disc brakes.

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Brian
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Wow Brian that's a lot for only a couple of weeks owning it! I must say, it must be right for you, huh? Glad to see you are enjoying it!
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Nice bikes, youse guys!

Now, get some fenders on 'em, so you can ride in less than perfect conditions; and, a rack, so you can carry the necessaries with you.

A set of panniers (some are available really cheap, on sale right now, at places like Nashbar) will really make your bike more flexible. It will enable you to carry rain gear, warm stuff, clean underwear, dry nitetime clothes, and even fresh bikewear for the ride home the next day. (You can even drop a couple six packs in there if need be). Sometimes, you can snag 'em for 74% off, if you watch their website close. Right now, they are about half off. I have several sets - Daytrekker for small loads, Mountain ATB for medium loads, and Grocery Panniers for big loads. the Mountain ATB are probably the most usefull, even though the small ones are quite handy. A tail trunk, on top of the rack really makes 'em handy for everyday use.

Enjoy your rides...

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Phil,
I have a seat post rack and Louis Garneau rack bag that will expand to handle a change of clothes and a few toiletries for an overnighter.
I do want to get some fenders; just haven't decided which ones just yet.

I have 700 x 28C wheels. Do you have any suggestions on a good set of fenders?

Later,
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Just curious...why did decide on hybrid vs. getting another road bike ? BTW - that's a really nice trail.
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I ride on the Comet every other week or so. I recommend NOT beginning your ride at the start unless you enjoy playing Roller Derby. Start at, at least, the 4mi marker. I recommend the 8mi marker or further out. It's reasonably sparse at that point. I've never ridden the Ladiga hook-up in AL. I'd like to do that this year.

The Silver Comet is a very nice path and I do feel lucky to live a few miles away from it.

I've been riding my hybrid a bit more lately and am admittedly enjoying the 'plush' ride it offers over my road mount. That said, I'm jonesing for more off-road mileage at the moment.
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Adding Jamis into my "like bike mfg list"!
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MorganRaider,
The reason I chose a hybrid over another road bike is that I wanted the benifits of the lower gearing a hybrid offers with the mountain bike components. I live in Northwest Georgia and we have a lot of hills around here.
I also guess I am compensating for some for my fitness level right now; especially on the hill climbs.

Another main reason is I want to do some touring in the future. I am really enjoying the steel frame/carbon fork combo on my long rides now. I rode my aluminum road bike on a 30 mile ride the other night and felt like I got beat to death. The steel/carbon is such a smoother and comfortable ride.

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Originally Posted by BikingBrian25 View Post
I am really enjoying the steel frame/carbon fork combo on my long rides now. I rode my aluminum road bike on a 30 mile ride the other night and felt like I got beat to death. The steel/carbon is such a smoother and comfortable ride.
I agree 100% about steel vs. aluminum. I like my Coda Sport so much that I just ordered an Aurora for my longer rides. I do like my aluminum/carbon Specialized Dolce, but it doesn't handle the rough spots as well as the Coda.
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Just thought I would update. 7 miles short of 1000 miles since March 13. The more I ride this bike the more I love it. I rode my old road bike a couple weeks ago and felt wierd on it. The geometry on the Coda is so much more relaxed. Also the aluminum frame on my road bike beat me to death.

Finished my first century on this bike Saturday before last May 8th. Also had my first spill that day. Got into some gravel and went down. Please don't worry the bike is fine; I took all the damage. Road rash on lower left leg.

Like I always say ride it like you stole it!

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Sorry for the delay - I must have missed a lot of replies on this thread. Mark it up as computer illiteracy.

Fenders - I really like my Planet Bike Hardcore Hybrid Fenders. They mounted cleanly and securely - no rattles. They would give great coverage on 28 or 35 tires, and are "adequate" for 40s. They look great, and are holding up well.

I have since mounted a set of Serfas, and SKS for a couple friends, and find the PB Hardcores the cleanest, best, most rattle free of them all.

On top of that, the black ones go perfectly with my black bike - look like OEM.
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