I'm looking at living about 1.5mi north of the large regional train station in Darlington and I'm looking for a bike that I could chain up outside of my flat in the evenings and at the cyclerack at the station (with CCTV and plain clothes personnel monitoring).
I'm looking in the £50-100 range as nice bikes with dynamos/racks/fenders/lights can be had £350 or so new. In addition, in a month or so, I'll bring over all of my stuff from Germany, including regular commuter. So, I am really just looking for a 1-2 mile commuter (rusty old city bikes would be fine) that would live outside when I didn't want to chain the nicer bike up in the city.
Example of a new £350 bike that would meet my needs in case people demand too much for a secondhand bike:
Everywhere I've lived, there have been useful webpages for second-hand bikes:
Germany: http://www.ebay.de/sch/Fahrraeder-/177831/i.html and the weekly fleamarket in Frankfurt.
So, what about northeast England? Should I start at the local bike shop or eBay or what?
Thanks in advance!