Ok, project wife bike was a success! I built up a Mondia Discovery for my wife and she is now in love with cycling. After a few rides, we got the saddle height straightened out, switched from 37 Pasellas to 32 Pasellas (rolls a bit quicker for her) and friction shifting is not too terrible for her (although I'm installing a HG fw when I'm done here). The issue she is having is that her hands get numb and tingly after a few miles. The bars she is using are old Raleigh Sports bars that are flipped and she is using Specialized Body Geometry grips http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...b1JI8lbirrmmR3
I think she doesn't have enough room on the bars to allow for hand position changes. What other bars would be a good replacement for the current bars? Also, what type of gloves dampen vibrations well etc? We did rotate the bars up and also rotated the grips (and rode with each different setting) to try to alleviate pinched nerves.