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Jamis Bosa Nova Equivalents

Old 09-04-14, 04:25 PM
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Jamis Bosa Nova Equivalents


This is my first post on the forum so be kind if I'm repeating a question. I recently purchased a Jamis Bosa Nova for use as a commuter bike around Chicago and also as a light tourer for a big trip I have planned this summer. Unfortunately, the bike looks so nice it promptly got stolen from in front of the local community college (where it was locked, but apparently not to something secure enough).

Can anyone offer me any suggestions for bikes of roughly comparable value and utility as a tourer and around-town bike? Most dedicated touring bikes seem to have the lever shifters, which while great for touring kind of suck in the stop and go of traffic. At the same time most of your speedy road bikes are to fragile to handle a touring load.

Does anyone know of a good value bike in the $800-1200 range that is a multi-purpose touring / utility bike like the Bosa Nova? I strongly prefer for it to have "brifters" as I don't want to deal with lever shifters in the city.

Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Also if I find the guy who stole the bike I'm promptly going to steal it right back (which I actually got to do when I was 12 many years ago at the city pool).
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check your bike shop in town IDK what specifics appealed to you

Internal gear hub may be what you want now , since derailleur bikes have a lever of some sort.
bifters are a lever you push the brake lever sideways

Remember you can change parts on the bike you see. nothing has to stay the same.

lots of brands have a drop bar disc brake bike now .. Trek cross rip one of them

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Surly Straggler is probably the cheapest option that fits your needs.

Are you on the Chainlink? There's a good thread there with resources to try and track down and get back your stolen bike. Odds are it will end up either a) on craigslist, b) at a swap-o-rama, or c) on a facebook chicago bicycle swap page that is 90% thieves.

The shifters that you stated you don't want are called bar-end shifters.
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Internet direct is your cheapest option. Both Bikes Direct and Nashbar sell touring bikes. Personally, I'd get 2 bikes: a lock up bike and a touring bike. I'd get the lock up bike from craigslist. Your best bet is an old school mountain bike with a rigid fork. They don't get much love so they're not expensive. They're plenty tough for commuting in city streets and have clearance for nice fat cushy tires and fenders. For a touring bike, get what you need/want and can afford.
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