Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: niagara region
Bikes: 1987 bianchi campione d'italia, 1970's eatons glider, 1990's hybrid, 1992 trek antelope
I've read on this forum a while ago that someone asked security on a campus how bikes get stolen. The reply was bikes locked with U-Lock type locks almost never get stolen. Only bikes locked with cable type locks got stolen.
As for a bike to look for, it should be a good one if it is made in Taiwan. Also, the more you spend, the less it weighs. Go to a Local Bike Shop to see what they have on the floor. Good brands are Trek, Giant, Jamis, Rocky Mountain, etc. You will have to decide on what kind of bike you want. Road bike, Mountain bike, Hybrid bike, Cruiser style bike, etc.
Try to stay away from department stores for your purchase. After sales service is often not available.