My girlfriend has taken up cycling in a big way since I restored an old 1976 Schwinn road bike for her to ride around town on. We're looking at doing some trail riding, and so I've started looking at buying/building another bike for her. However, she has certain requirements of her bike: 1. It must have a step-through frame so she can mount and dismount like a true lady and 2. It must be elegant enough for a true lady (she thinks the standard ladies mountain bikes are ugly). She likes the way the road bike feels, and so I was hoping that maybe I could find a touring or cyclocross bike with a step-through frame, but no luck. Basically what I'm looking for is a step-through that has clearance for knobby-ish tires (and preferably accepts cantilever brakes). Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.