As some of you know, I am trying to sell my car, or trade it, to get a road bike. I have encountered a few problems.
1) My car isn't selling. This is probably my own fault, as my schedule just sucks (partially because I spend a significant chunk of my evening time on the road getting home)
2) My company will under no circumstances let me bring my bike into the building ANYWHERE. Not the card-access-controlled elevator lobby in the parking garage, not the stairwells, not a storage closet, and definitely not in my cubicle.
My parking space is a rack hidden in a parking garage, but I'm still concerned, as no security guards or cameras are in constant line-of-sight to the rack. I rarely see security "on patrol" making rounds in the parking garage, but even if they were making rounds, I know I could personally damage or remove stuff off of a bike in the rack if I wanted to, without being caught.
Now I found a cheap beater used bike (Schwinn World Sport, probably mid 80's, 12 speed) that's my size but it needs a whole lot of love.
I have a hybrid that works for my commute. Should I get a nice road bike and use it only on occasion, or get a beater, fix it up, and proudly ride it, knowing that no one in their right mind will mess with it?