New project in my life! Mrs. Road Fan wants to change to a utility bike (her old Breezer Liberty with a pair of Breezer grocery panniers) and a drop-bar bike with indexing. She doesn't care how many clicks, it just has to have clicks. I've also convinced her that steel is realer than her previous aluminum, and will give a better, more bump-tolerant ride.
We'll be selling her pretty nice Cannondale Road Warrior 800, with Shimano compact 10 speed and pretty nice Shimano clincher wheels.
Obviously, more tire room is better, better tubing is better, and nicer paint is nicer. She also likes still to be of a girly style, but we don't want to spring for a Terry Isis quite yet. We'll see how she feels after I get a job.
So mixte design, good tubing, non-French (needs to be rebuilt with a modern Frankengruppo), and ... sport-tour cool.
Let the suggestions now begin ...