Howdy from far Eastern Washington
I'm in Pullman, Washington. This is my commuter: The $130 parts upgrade that turned into a $500+ new bike...ouch, but it fits my every need. Single Speed 46x16 cyclocross setup. ~23 pounds. It hurts going up hills but it's worth it on the flats, and it can handle any bumps I take it over. I'm Pondering eggbeaters.
Sweat bike. I've only been down to Pullman once, and it was to ride bikes. There's definitely some good road riding down there in the palouse.