Well, I finally made my decision. I found a place that had both bikes. Once I was able to ride both of them, one right after the other, it was probably the easiest decision I've ever made. The Raleigh weighed in at just over 30 pounds and the tires were a little wider, so the bike was much heavier and slower. Even though the Jamis is steel, it was only 26 pounds and the tires were narrower. The Jamis was much more quick and responsive and a much smoother ride (I'm told that's because it's steel). I don't get the disc breaks, but I have never had them before so it isn't something I will miss. So, I picked it up yesterday and I can't wait to get out and ride it some more tonight.
I'd like to chime in to say that disc brakes can be a positive feature for some kinds of riding. Disc brakes are much less affected by water coming up off the pavement, since they are positioned at the wheel hub, instead of at the rims. This can give you better braking, and piece of mind, when riding in the rain, for example!
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Since you plan to do long rides with this bike, I would lean towards the aluminum frame, as it's lighter than steel (I'm assuming the Jamis is steel). The lighter the bike, the easier it will be to pedal. If you're riding mostly on pavement, you won't need the extra sturdiness of the steel. However, the nice thing about a carbon fork is that that carbon will absorb some of the vibration you get while riding, which helps combat fatigue over long distances. Is it possible get the aluminum frame with a carbon fork? It doesn't hurt to talk to a bike shop to see if that's possible.
You also might want to Google reviews for each of the bikes you're considering to find out what people are saying about them.
Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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I would go with the Raliegh. I know a couple of people who own tone and they swear by them. They are a lot lighter than the Jamis. Disc brakes do not mater, they are nice but not all better than regular brakes. If you decide to go with the Jamis do not worrry about the carbon fork failing. Myself I am over 240 pds and my bike holds up great. I don't know any bike shops out your way, but go to Performance Bicycles.com They may have what you want and they can tell you what bike shops carry those bike. I hope that helps, good luck, I hope you get a great bike. And as my bike instructor would say " NEVER STOP PEDALING !!". Here's to your success!!!
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I need some advice. My husband has finally convinced me to at least entertain the idea of getting a new bike (I currently ride a pink Giant Cabriolet that I got used. I love(d) it. Don't laugh.). He thinks it's too small for me. So, after doing some shopping, I have realized that he is probably right.
I have tried a bunch of bikes and have basically narrowed it down to the Raleigh Misceo (the black one with no number and no shocks) or the Jamis Coda Comp. I love the steel frame on the Jamis. It seems like it rides so smooth. But, I love the disc breaks on the Raleigh. The Jamis seems faster, though, which I like. Of course, I can't find a store that carries them both, so I can't try them out side by side (if anyone knows of a store in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, or Iowa that carries both, let me know. I'm willing to travel). Does anyone have any opinon on either? I have never owned an aluminum bike (the Raleigh is aluminum). Is it as strong? Do disc breaks make a lot of difference? The Jamis Coda Comp has upgraded parts and a carbon fork (as compared to the Coda Sport, which is basically the same bike with a steel fork). The carbon fork isn't going to randomly fail on me, is it? I weigh about 200 pounds right now....
Mostly I ride on pavement, but I may ride on some gravel occasionally. Most of my rides are 20-30 miles, occasionally we will do a group ride that's longer (I did a metric century 2 years ago). Hubby and I are talking about taking a bicycle vacation in Canada, which is what most recently sparked the conversation of new bicycles, etc.
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