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Old 03-05-14, 02:03 PM
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Hello all,

I've made a vow that I'll learn to ride a bike by the time I turn 30 and I have about 2 months left so it's time for me to get a bike. It's been pretty snowy here in DC but hopefully it'll thaw out soon.

I've done a bit of research and I'm looking at a 2006 Jamis Coda hybrid that I found on craigslist. It's being sold for $340. My budget is up to $350. It looks like a pretty nice bike new tires, new seat, new seat post and has been tuned. I'm wondering if this is a fair price.

I'm also looking at the Raleigh Misceo 1.0 I've found one online for $399.99 with a $50 rebate which would put it in my price range.

I'm a 5'5" female, but I'm not tied to getting a female specific bike. I'm planning on using it to ride around the city, but mainly on bike paths on the weekends.

I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 03-05-14, 02:34 PM
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It helps whenever seeking input on valuations to include pic(s), so I went and found the CL ad that matches your description of it (though this is a '02 model...) https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...318751993.html
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Old 03-05-14, 02:38 PM
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That's it, but I looked it up and bikepedia has that color format listed as a 2006 https://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...mis&model=Coda.
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Nice another person from the DMV! It's craigslist so offer up $300 if it feels comfortable. I would go look at it and asked what "tuned" means. Does that include new cables and housings, lube and grease on ALL the bearings? If not add about $125-$175 to have that done at the LBS. But there are coops in DC that you can learn to do it all yourself. 16" frame on a hybrid is about right for your height. Test ride it and make sure it's comfortable for you!

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Old 03-05-14, 03:12 PM
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Thanks for your advice! I did offer up $300 but he wouldn't go below $340. Which is right at my upper limit. I'll take one of my bike friends along to look at it to make sure it's in good shape. I've been keeping an eye on craigslist but it's not easy to find a 16" frame for some reason, everything is either too small or too big. The Ace in my neighborhood has bike clinics where I could learn to do it myself so that's a plus.
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Another couple questions are when were the chain and cassette replaced and approximately how much has the bike been ridden since then? That looks like the base model of the Coda which list for $540 new.
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I'll ask. Do you think it's a bad deal? Thanks for replying! I'm also looking at this one https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...359332407.html. The frame is 15.5". Does this look like a better choice?
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Originally Posted by riderat30 View Post
I'll ask. Do you think it's a bad deal? Thanks for replying! I'm also looking at this one https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...359332407.html. The frame is 15.5". Does this look like a better choice?
Personally I like steel, so would prefer the Coda, but this one is $90 less and looks pretty decent. $340 for a 7 or 8 year old bike you can get new for $540 seems a bit steep. It has a nice rack, and that cost you about $50 if you bought it new, if that helps.

I know you are on a budget, but in my view, the $340 price point is neither here nor there. For that money I would want something that was a little higher end, or something only a year or 2 old. Because though it looks clean, it could still need work, and then you might as well just get a new one.

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Both the Trek FX2 and the Jamis Coda Sport currently list new at the same price. The Trek is an aluminum frame while the James is chromoly (steel). I think you should try and ride both and see which one you like better. My uninformed opinion is that the Jamis is slightly overpriced, but if the Trek is still all the original components, you might have to replace some sooner than with the Jamis and it might be a wash.
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The best choice will be whichever bike fits you best and rides the best to you. Just going from the pics they both look fine,but you can only really know if you see the bike in person and test ride it. Whichever one you choose,replace the seatpost quick release for a bolt-on,and get a proper lock and cable.

Here's a listing of the local free clinics and co-ops:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=U...597e40ac7&z=12
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Go to a bike shop first and sit on some bikes to get your sizing correct. Find out which models fit you best then limit your search of used bikes to those models. DO NOT buy a bike off of craigslist just because it is a bargain. If it is sized wrong or the geometry doesn't fit your body you won't like it and you wont ride it. Your first bike is better off being new so you have the LBS support to keep it tuned and fit for you.
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Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
Go to a bike shop first and sit on some bikes to get your sizing correct. Find out which models fit you best then limit your search of used bikes to those models. DO NOT buy a bike off of craigslist just because it is a bargain. If it is sized wrong or the geometry doesn't fit your body you won't like it and you wont ride it. Your first bike is better off being new so you have the LBS support to keep it tuned and fit for you.
Thanks for your advice, I'll definitely go to a bike shop and sit on a bunch, and I'd love to be able to buy one from my LBS, but with my budget I can't afford to spend more than $350 on a bike, and seem to be priced out of most(all) bikes at my local shop.
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1st pick the bike shop you like doing business with .
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Buy what you can afford, and ride the wheels off it. You already know you can get a better deal from the used market.
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1st pick the bike shop you like doing business with .
In DC,it's who's working and what kind of day they're having.

edit: except Big Wheels. Avoid.
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Thanks for all your advice everyone. After looking at a few bikes I went with a Bianchi Milano Cafe Racer that I found on craigslist. It's a super pretty bike, felt good, and was well in my budget. https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/d...345192916.html She had recently gotten it tuned up and it has new tires.
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Originally Posted by riderat30 View Post
Thanks for all your advice everyone. After looking at a few bikes I went with a Bianchi Milano Cafe Racer that I found on craigslist. It's a super pretty bike, felt good, and was well in my budget. https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/d...345192916.html She had recently gotten it tuned up and it has new tires.
Nice, and I love that Bianchi Celeste. I had one of those for a couple of years. I rode it, then gifted it to my wife who rode it for awhile before we traded it in for a road bike.
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Originally Posted by riderat30 View Post
Thanks for all your advice everyone. After looking at a few bikes I went with a Bianchi Milano Cafe Racer that I found on craigslist. It's a super pretty bike, felt good, and was well in my budget. https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/d...345192916.html She had recently gotten it tuned up and it has new tires.
Congrats!

Looks like you've scored yourself a great deal!
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