Now that I've given away the floral chainguard, I've decided I'm going to add a chainring and front derailleur to Helene. She'll end up with more gearing than we'll probably need, but I always like to know that my bikes have a couple of gears that I "don't really need."
If that sounds strange...well, I guess it is. But a lower-than-I'll-need-99 % -of -the-time gear is a bit like having a life jacket on a boat: You hope not to use it, but it's better there than not. It also gives me a sense of pride over having made it up a hill or through a headwind without having to resort to my "bail out" gear.
But I'm only going to add one chainring. I don't anticipate that Helene will be my long-distance bike, so I don't think a triple is warranted.
I'm glad now that I ordered the frame with both down-tube braze-ons, especially as I plan to use down tube shifters. I'm going to use a pair of Dia Compe silver shifters: the same ones that shift Arielle's gears.