I've been researching all over the forum for advice on a city commuter/hybrid bike, have tried out numerous bikes at various LBS's. I think I've tentatively decided on the Jamis Commuter 3.0. However I need some experienced advice on this choice:
I'm using the bike to commute to work (< 3miles), running errands around town, and weekend recreation. Budget ~$500.
Initially I've tried the Trek 7300, Trek FX 7.3, and the Gary Fisher Zebrano. Then heard rave reviews about the Jamis brand, and tracked down a LBS that carried it. I thought the Jamis Coda Sport was a nice bike but didn't particularly love it as it was too much near the road/touring bike spectrum for my taste (mind you my city commute is <3 miles). This particular store even carried the well-reviewed Fuji Crosstown's, but I thought it was too heavy/slow for me (much like the Trek 7300).
Finally I tried the Jamis Commuter 3.0, and much to my surprise I really liked the ride! Not too heavy, no front suspension to weigh me down, and very comfortable overall. I initially thought the "mustache" or "North Road Bend" handlebars would be too weird looking, but they were surprisely very comfortable (I guess if I can install flat handlebars if it really bothered me in the future). I haven't heard much discussion about this bike on the forums and wanted advice from experienced riders and perhaps current/former owners.
Mind you I'm pretty much a newbie (haven't owned a bike in 17+ years). I've read that internal hub is great for city riding. Is it really worth it (I can get the Commuter 2.0 without the hub for $120 less)? Is having only 8 speeds enough gearing for me? Am I going to hate this bike 2 months from now and wished I'd gotten the Jamis Coda?