Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ogopogo's shoreline
Bikes: LHT, Kona Smoke
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When you say "10 speed" I'm assuming you're thinking of the drop style handlebars:
Not necessarily the best for every commuter.
What you want is a frame that is relatively light (but sturdy - so aluminum or steel).
It should be able to mount a rear rack, and have a longish chainstay (the distance between the bottom bracket [where the pedal cranks attach] and the rear dropouts [where the rear wheel attaches to the bike]).
And also slick tires (they don't have to be really skinny, but rather very little tread, and higher pressure.
There a lot of bikes that will fit that bill. Even your old Raleigh could have some slicks put on, and be a serviceable commuter.