How do you deal with going into stores? I wouldn't think anyone would leave their bag locked to their bike, while someone could unzip / unclasp / open it and steal contents.
Whenever I enter an establishment, they usually ask that I leave my bag up front at the counter. (Though they don't ask females to leave their purses) I've had experiences where the counter person went to lunch and no one knew where my bag was. Also, since there's no standards for this, another bystander could technically claim my bag as they exit, and the clerk might just hand it over to the wrong person. (I know I'm paranoid)
At any rate, leaving my bag at the front counter makes me nervous. I don't like my (nice) bag strewn on their floor, and being kicked by their feet. (Am I just being too anal?)
Well, I, personally, don't like it. Is my only option buying a steel fishnet "Pacsafe" deal to lock up my bag with my bike? This issue has swayed me to drive my automobile when I should be riding my bike to the store. Just to not deal with the hassle.
My bike does not have provisions to mount a rack, nor do I want to invest in panniers and a rack, while I have a perfectly good bag.
I just don't want my bag to leave my sight. Whether it's loaded with camera equipment, or sentimental valuables, I don't want to risk it.
Should I just get a smaller bag, and play it off, like it's my "man-purse"? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.