I'm a homeworker (being a salesman), and I commute into London a couple of times a week for sales meetings. Right how, I'm commuting to my local station on an old 531 tourer, which is great, carries my pannier fine, and doesn't look very stealable. Now, I'm thinking about leaving a bike at the station in London, so that I can ride when I get there too.
Now, obviously, this not only wants to not look stealable, but be so cheap that I don't care if it gets wrecked. I'm thinking an old 10 spd, like a Dawes Lightning or the like - sub 501 level -, but fixed gear, clips and straps on touring pedals, and perhaps the bars swapped out for Nitto Moustache bars, I've got a set of fenders and a rack, which will mean I don't die in the rain, and I can carry my pannier. With one brake, one gear, etc, it would require the minimum adjustment (remember, all maintenance will need to be done out of my pannier, on the spot, with a multitool!). I could carry a can of WD40, and give the drivetrain a spray over when I left it each time, but the only place to lock it up has no cover, so it will get rained on a lot. Anyone have any experience with this? Is keeping it well lubed twice a week gonna be enough? I can probably get an appropriate bike for nothing from Freecycle, so it'll cost me only the price of the bars, and maybe the clips and straps, but am I quickly gonna regret the idea?