Reviewers say the Jamis Commuter 1 is a great commuter bike for beginners. The comfy saddle and swept-back handlebars get high marks for being beginner-friendly, and the suspension seatpost provides a comfortable ride. The aluminum-framed Jamis Commuter 1 comes in multiple sizes for men and women. Although the Jamis Commuter 1 gets good reviews for new commuters, it doesn't have many accessories. The 2011 model includes polycarbonate fenders and a bell, but you'll have to add your own rack, headlights or chain guard. If you have more money to spend, Jamis offers higher-end commuter models with better components and more accessories -- reviewers particularly like the Jamis Commuter 4 (MSRP: $800).
Few reviewers have tested the 2011 Jamis Commuter 1, but we did find a brief review in Philadelphia Magazine. The review is brief and doesn't reflect hands-on testing, but the author interviews local bike experts for their opinions. Bicycling magazine and CBS' "The Early Show" have older reviews, but keep in mind that some components may have changed.
1. Philadelphia Magazine
The Jamis Commuter 1 is named one of the best commuter bikes for Philadelphia commuters. Although the bike is not personally tested, the author interviews local bike experts for their opinions.
Review: Philly's Best Commuter Bikes, Kelly O'Shea, June 9, 2011
2. Bicycling Magazine
Christine Mattheis at Bicycling magazine says the 2009 Jamis Commuter 1 is "great for beginners." The upright positioning and comfy saddle ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for new cyclists.
Review: Jamis Commuter 1, Christine Mattheis, March 2009
3. The Early Show
Bicycling editor Loren Mooney recommends the 2009 Jamis Commuter 1 for city riding in an episode of CBS' "The Early Show." Mooney says the Jamis Commuter 1 is a good choice for beginners, thanks to a suspension seatpost and adjustable handlebars.
Review: Finding Your Best Bike, May 27, 2009
This review focuses mainly on features, but the Jamis Commuter 1 is chosen as one of the most affordable commuter bikes for 2009.
Review: Guide to Affordable Commuter Bikes, Albert Chang, Jan. 22, 2009