@suoman kept moaning about her 100 quid department store bike so I decided to chip in and get her something better especially after hearing how nice it would be to own a racing-style-not-so-heavy-bike.
I had a think and came up with a budget (< 120 GBP total) for her new ride. In addition to being as cheap as possible while being a decent bike, this new bike need to:
have better brakes than current bike
be more easily maintainable than current bike
be more lightweight than current bike
mount a rack for carrying panniers
be more fun to ride
Found a Jamis Beatnik 2014, frame size 47 cm
Bought from ebay for a measly 40 GBP (9 GBP for Uber ride to go collect it)
Gearing is 46t x 16t on 700c x 25x wheels, giving it a total of 83 gear inches (a high gearing)
Frame is 1040 steel
Very good condition, only scratched paint
Came with a sad looking "Viscount Seagull" saddle which was quickly replaced
700x25c wheelset (25-622), tires are Vittoria Zaffiro, rims are ALEXRIMS IDI9
Head Tube Angle
Seat Tube (C-T)
Seat Tube Angle
Top Tube (Effective)
Customizing it for the rider
I had to make a few additions and replacements to the base:
saddle for medium to large hiny, used is OK!
large pedals with good bearings, used is OK!
drop bars, lighter weight the better, used is great! 25.4mm diameter clamp