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I rode a Jamis Tangier for 9 years. Now I'd like to purchase something lighter-weight for general commuting and fun rides. I like upright bars. Most road bike tires feel too thin for my tastes. I'm 5'6", 140 lbs., 45 years old.

I appreciate the conscientiousness of fellow participants in this forum! Thanks for considering what I'm asking here.

I recently test-rode several bikes. Hands-down, I liked the Specialized Sirrus (51cm - Small, $570) the best. It was most comfortable and nimble, and it seemed to be good quality. The LBS saleswoman told me I could replace the 28mm standard tires with 32mm and still add fenders. Any thoughts on that?

I'm interested in opinions about it, and alternatives to consider. I read elsewhere online a few comments saying the Sirrus' wheels are of poor quality and prone to go out of true. I'm wondering whether it's "sturdy" enough.

Impressions of the other bikes I rode:

* Fuji Absolute -- Pretty good
* Kona Dew -- Ok
* Specialized Globe -- Not as nice as Sirrus
* Gary Fisher Wingra -- Heavy, uncomfortable, lower-quality

Thoughts on the Sirrus? Alternatives? Thanks.
 

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I highly recommend a Jamis Coda Sport in the same price range. It uses a Reynolds steel frame that rides very nicely yet still offers a lighweight package.

I have recommended this bike to two relatives of mine who both purchased and absolutely love the Jamis Coda
 

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Just traded my Cannondale Synapse 6 road bike for a Cannondale Road Warrior 2 for similar reasons. A very light and nimble bike with road components. Take a look at it. I got mine at my local REI store. Good luck....keep on riding...
 

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DennisJaffe said:
I recently test-rode several bikes. Hands-down, I liked the Specialized Sirrus (51cm - Small, $570) the best. It was most comfortable and nimble, and it seemed to be good quality. The LBS saleswoman told me I could replace the 28" standard tires with 32" and still add fenders. Any thoughts on that?
I think she meant you could replace the 28mm wide tires (sometimes called 28C) with 32mm wide tires (32C).

And yeah, it's probably a very good idea to do so, if you ride on rough roads or plan to do any dirt-trail riding. Fenders are of course nice in the wet, its good that there's room for them too.

Another bike you could look at is the Surly Long Haul Trucker. Takes very wide tires, is very sturdy and stable. But it may be a bit more than you're willing to spend... something like $985 for a complete bike. And Surly color's choices are questionable at best... they've got this and a sort of 'army green' color going right now.






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No prob. :thumbsup:

Another alternative is the Surly Crosscheck... $930 for a complete bike. It probably can't take tires quite as wide as the Long Haul Trucker though (the LHT will take 26"x2.1" tires in your size, which is pretty frickin' big).

SOMA is another company you could look at that makes nice versatile bikes, some at a halfway reasonable price even.

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If you go to trekbikes.com, check out the various Urban and Bike Path models. They have a number with 32C tires. Giant has the FCR series, and the FCR-3 uses 32C tires, the others use 28C or 25C. Felt has the Fitness models, Raleigh has the Detours. Most of the big manufacturers have something like you are looking for.
 

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I just bought a Kona Dr. Dew and couldn't be happier with it. Fun, fast, and easy to get around on. I also have a Surly Cross Check, which is pretty easy to set-up as a flat bar, noodle around bike.

The Trek Sohos are worth looking at. Lots of bikes in this category.
 
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