I'm thinking about getting a "bad weather" bike for the real nasty Vermont snowstorms and could use some help from anyone in the know about what pre-built bikes exist for me. I'd like something with a more upright posture, no derailleurs, internal shifting (prefer 8 speed), chain guard, etc. Would prefer disk brakes but that's not a dealbreaker. I will need fenders and a rack but I can add those things after if they're not included. I intend to use studded snow tires.
So far I've only found the Jamis Commuter 3 and the Trek Soho (with the belt drive) . Ideally I'd get the Trek but its pretty pricey. I'd like to keep it around $500 or $600 if I can though I'm open to any suggestions.
Any other suggestions for bikes I should look at?