My mate had a station bike. Occasionally it would escape of it’s own accord, or parts would go missing from it, and he would then get another. I wouldn’t spend more on a station bike than I would care to lose. I’d get a beat up secondhand bike and keep the parts on it to minimum.
My last boss did this. He had crappy bikes, literally dug out of a skip. And he still had problems with them being nicked, bits being pinched off them and vandalised by the sort of characters that lurk around train stations late at night.
Not a station bike but whilst at Uni I had a ladies fold up shopper with 3 sturmy archer gears. I welded everything on, and I mean everything! Just a small spot weld on each item but it was enough to deter any would be thief. It was left all over London, sometimes for days at a time (while I tried to remember where I’d left it!) without issue. If you do that though make sure you fit tough tyres – fortunately I didn’t have any punctures in the three years I was riding it as I’d have had to grind the wheel nuts off to fix it.
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