His criteria was that it would be a step through (women's bike), which the Nishiki was not, and that it had to be blue. He also wanted to keep the budget in the $250 range. I told him I thought I could help him out and envisioned a split top tube classic European Mixte, perhaps a Peugeot or Motobecane, to fit the bill. Today I decided to visit my favorite haunt for bike projects, Bike Works, to search out a donor for this project and I found not exactly what I had in my own mind but a bike that fit the bill none the less. It's a nice late 70s or early 80s Schwinn Le Tour III Mixte frame in need of some TLC. No split top tube but a very nice Japanese built lugged frame with Le Tour branded SunTour parts, and the blue paint seems to be in good shape for its age. It's certainly NOT a 40 pound, hernia inducing, Chicago built Varsity.
I have some nice swept back city bars and brake levers to match from Velo Orange put aside for just such a project and I think the SunTour components will clean up nicely.
Since I only had to shell out $40 for this little gem I might also be able to upgrade the Steel wheels to some new Alloy 27 inchers and maybe add a faux leather sprung saddle. And for sure it needs a nice basket up front.