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BikeTown 2010: The Jamis Commuter 1 and Citizen
About the Bikes
This year BikeTown participants will receive the Jamis Commuter 1 and Citizen bikes.
ByBicycling staff
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JAMIS COMMUTER 1 (men's version)


You can reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the pump with a Jamis Commuter, the purpose-built bike that’s the most efficient way to get from here to there. Bicycling has long admired this ride, naming the Jamis Commuter 3 the Best Commuting Bike in 2007. The ’09 version is even better.


The Commuter Series has something for everyone with a mission. It features the same lightweight aluminum frame, plush saddle, suspension seatpost and easily adjusted handlebar for perfect fit. And one of them will fit into your commute whether it’s across campus, to the store or across town.


Other key features include the Jamis Urban saddle with memory-foam padding, which, combined with a suspension seatpost and fat tires, provides a smooth ride. An upright riding position is enhanced by a swept-back handlebar and adjustable stem. The seven-speed twist shifters are easy to operate, and the chainguard helps prevent chainring-induced wardrobe malfunction.

JAMIS CITIZEN (women's version)                                                                


The Citizen is the sport-luxury bike in the Jamis street stable, with everything skewed just ever so slightly toward the comfy end of the scale. It's no performance sell-out, by any stretch--it's just a matter of details.


It's details that add comfort without sapping too much from the speedy side of things. Details like the slightly wider 38 mm tires that have just a little extra squish room. Or elastomer-sprung memory foam saddles with suspension seatposts.


But this doesn't mean the Citizen is all soft, either. The lightweight alloy wheels and new-for-2009 hydro-formed aluminum frame keep it light and nimble, and the angle-adjustable stem helps fine-tune your position to perfectly split the difference between an aero tuck and an upright posture.



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The Jamis are okay, but I would argue that the best commuter bike would be one that propelled me at the fastest speeds through the traffic, and to reach that goal I would have to have a lightweight frame, gears, wheels, and proper drop handlebars. The Sip Welder.