Beater bike I agree with solocanoe: get a beater bike and fix it up just enough so it'll get you to school and back. Use a U-lock on it: if someone steals it, no big deal. Attempting to use the above method I found that our local college has a slew of bikes left behind in lost and found at the end of the school year. The school sells them for $10 each. So, end of school last year I went over and spent about five minutes looking for one that worked for me. Paid my ten bucks and took it home. A couple of days later one of my buds comes over, looks at the bike and tells me it some fancy-smancy Japanese thang worth about $400 ... so now I really need a beater bike.