I have a beautiful road bike which I currently use for recreation, exercise, and commuting to work 2-3 days a week. I'd really like to use a bike to do more of my errands -- trips to the supermarket, picking up take-out from restaurants, that kind of thing -- but my road bike is totally impractical. It's too valuable to lock up anywhere, has clipless pedals (Look) that are almost impossible to ride without cleated shoes, and is slim enough that it will necessarily end up coating pants with chain lube.
I'm considering buying a second bike specifically for errand and in-town trips. My requirements are:
1) Internal hub gearing. No derailers.
2) Chain cover so pants don't get dirty.
3) Upright positioning.
4) Not too dorky-looking.
Does anyone have any suggestions on brands or models? Thanks!