I am moving to Davis next month and am really concerned about bike theft. I plan to use my bike to commute to campus, to run errands, and to enjoy the town. I will be living off campus with my bike inside my apartment.
I have 2 options. A friend of mine is willing to sell me his 06 Trek 4300 that he put probably 10 miles on for about $200. The thing is bright yellow. I was thinking about uglifying it and getting a top of the line U-lock and cable. My 2nd option is to get a crappy Clist bike and just bear it...Obviously I want to go with option 1.
With a city that has THAT many bikes and is relatively safe, how prominent is it? Any other tips/advice?