so there have been a recent string of bike thefts, and i don't want to ride my expensive road bike to commute and possibly have it stolen. i have a u-lock and all, but thieves can still cut through it and i kind of want a cool commuter bike
so im between just getting a random old road frame off of CL and repainting, buying parts, building etc. probably go with the vintage look, leather brooks saddle, leather grips, rear rack, fenders, etc.
or should i get a folding bike? only thing is folding bikes are hard to come by in my price range, besides the random stuff on ebay. but im not too sure of the quality. especially with the multi speed folding bikes.
want something that can take me to school and back, take me to places to eat, hang out with some buddies of mine, etc. just the regular commute. but i just dont want to constantly worry about my bike checking back every 30 minutes to make sure it's still there.
im also a pretty big guy about 220 lbs and 5' 4'' so would it be weird for me to be riding a little folding bike?
max price im willing to is 250. that way if i does get stolen, its not too harsh on the wallet. thanks in advance for any replies