Here's my new favourite ride!
I acquired this Shields Nishiki from a bike guy I know and I'm really loving the ride! It's much faster than my 3-speeds and makes for a great practical bike, hence the addition of the wire basket on the front. Not pretty, but very functional. I did actually try out a wicker one, but it just wasn't practical as it wouldn't take any reasonable load.
I especially love the gold lug lining:
I've been riding her to work for the past couple of months and it's been a real pleasure, except for one time in the rain. Because of the steel rims, the braking power is terrible in the rain and suffice it to say that this blog almost became a 1- blogger blog.