Because yeah, that happens. And it can happen pretty easily. (witness, exhibit a) (and you probably won't have some SuperAwesome co-worker who runs out and tackles the bastard who just sliced through your bike lock so quick he looked legit) So. Thanks to you, Phoenix bike blogger, I have changed my ways.
|witness, exhibit b|
No longer do I rely on a wimpy little cable lock. Now I fight with POWER, and a U Lock, hooked through the wheel and the frame and then secured to the best excuse for a bike rack I was able to track down at my supremely bike un-friendly company. Ain't nobody taking my baby from me. Granted, there are so few bikes in Dallas that bike theft isn't a huge problem. There aren't enough bikes for anyone to get any real practice at it. I guess nobody quite knows how to do it right, so (so far, totally jinxing myself) I haven't had any real problems.
I have the advantage of some pretty stellar places to lock up. At my apartment, the base of the staircase acts as bike rack, so all bikes are locked up within a locked building. I have a parking garage to hide the bike in at work, so no one but my co-workers sees her. When I go downtown, I take her down to a garage instead of locking up on the street. (surface racks in downtown are the only place I've seen bike carcases) I try to be smart about it.
So people, don't be stupid. Lock your shit up legit.