I am a law student in the Washington DC area, and 75% of my commutes to and from school and work are done on my bike. I ride a 2006 Raleigh Cadent 2 and have few complaints. Poor as dirt, so I am stuck with it for at least another year or two. I guess I had better speak kindly of the bike or something else might break.
I've been snooping around on the forum the last few days. Having participated on other hobby/lifestyle forums in the past, I am looking forward to being a member here.
If anyone feels like pitching in their two cents, I have made a post about my hunt for a good, inexpensive set of panniers here.