Yes, that is a hybrid/comfort bike. (Hybrids have the geometry / more upright seating of an MTB, but the tires and some of the components of a road bike.)
Its geometry is fairly normal, so you should be able to do hills easily (some of the "semi-recumbent" styles are trickier).
You've got 8 speeds, so that should cover a fair range. You can get a bike with more gears, but whether you're going to feel like you're having a stroke or not has a lot more to do with your fitness level than with the gearing.
If you're looking to get back into biking on something comfortable and adjustable for casual riding, this will be fine.
If you want to go fast, and you want more gears, you might want something more like this - http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...litesport.html
(steel), or this http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...turasport.html
(aluminum), from the same manufacturer.
Ride more bikes. Try out some road / touring bikes as well. Buy what feels best.
Originally Posted by atlcharm
I'm new to this. Haven't rode a bike in years. Just started back an I loved it. I tried a few bikes in my recent ride and the one I can't forget is the Jamis Commuter 2. It was so comfortable and pretty fast. I loved it, but mind you I stayed on the same general terrain and path without much variety. So I don't want to make a hasty purchase. I'm told the commuter 2 is sort of a hybrid. Not sure if that is correct or not. I definitely will not be doing any commuting. The bike will primarily be used on smooth terrain...ie parks or trails that have smooth pavement for bikes or smooth dirt paths for bike. Nothing rough or gravly. However, I would like to be able to do hills on the bike as this will be a major form of exercise. Will a commuter bike be able to handle it? I'm not saying it has to be a pro at hills because if it is too easy to go uphill I probably won't get a workout but if I feel like I am going to have a stroke just to get it to go uphill then I will need a different bike. My only other criteria is that it is relatively fast. I like speed. Doesn't have to be a racing bike but I like the bike to maintain a nice speed. So again my criteria is smooth pavement or smooth dirt biking paths, able to handle hills and speed.
I was on the Jamis website and the I have no idea what type of bike is ideal they have 5 main categories and then categories within the five categories and no real explanation of what the bike is best for. I'm confused.