Part of my commute to work each day includes a 50 minute train ride from a small city in southwestern Connecticut, called Danbury, down to another smaller city called Norwalk. Both Danbury and Norwalk have seen better days especially when manufacturing was still done locally. The train stations for both cities are not in the best of areas, either, so it's no wonder the bikes used to get people to and from the train station are either going to be crappy or cheap, or both.
Take for example the Trek 820 below. I first saw this bike Tuesday afternoon when I didn't have my camera - Monday I brought the camera with me to take movies of the trains for my boys. I did have it with me today (Wednesday) and I was fortunate to get a shot of this bike before someone snags it - that is if someone is really that desperate. It looks like someone just dumped it there to catch a train because all the other bikes at the station are locked up.
I am still trying to figure out the purpose of the duct tape on the bars. Did that make the bike cooler? The right brake lever doesn't seem to be really useful, either. I wonder how much else on this bike actually worked.
Over at the bike rack there were a few bikes properly locked up. Another Trek, a Nishiki, and a brand new mountain bike whose manufacturer I have never heard of.
The last two bikes were brand new, in fact so new that their tires were barely dirty. The one on the far right is a bike that you can get at Costco rather inexpensively. I like the fact that it has bar ends for those difficult and steep climbs on zero resistance asphalt. The blue bike must be a new brand you can get a Toys-R-Us which is relatively close to this train station. It appears to have been purchased the other day to bring it's rider to the station.
As for the rest of the stations, there seems to be a few bikes at the Bethel stop that I can get a glimpse of from the train that seem to be of higher quality and appears to be the only other stop on the line, other than the South Norwalk station to have a bike rack, from what I can tell. I wish I lived close enough to the line so that I could ride my bike to the station and save some gas as well. I would probably gin up some old beater into a station bike so that if it were to get stolen it wouldn't be much of a loss.