The Jamis Commuter 2 is the perfect city bike for Durham. This minimalist, low maintenance commuter comes with robust tires, fenders to keep you dry, and a rack for a basket or panniers. The lightweight aluminum frame makes it nimble and fun to ride, and the upright position is comfortable for stop-and-go city traffic.
Under the radar: Great seat and grips. Lots of companies use big cushy saddles, which seem appealing on the sales floor, but become uncomfortable on anything but the shortest of rides. The Jamis is actually made to be ridden, not just to look good on the sales floor (though it does that too!)
Bottom line: A practical and fun commuter bike with thoughtful specifications.