I am about to buy a bike very soon (most likely a Trek 7200, although not sold on that yet). I definitely want to ride it around the neighborhood and trails. I was also looking forward to riding it around to do some errands. However, as I starting talking with other people, they don't think that is such a good idea. They say it's not worth it to leave your bike unattended at any time, no matter how good the lock.
So, should I forgo the idea of taking my bike on errands that involve parking it? I was going to spend some money and get a decent lock, but I do know no lock is perfect. As I was reading through their "theft guarantees", it sounds like it's really hit or miss.
Another option is to get a crappier bike for errands that I could afford to have stolen. But I don't know how much I'll really be doing errands. I don't think it will be THAT much.
For better context, I don't live in an extremely urban are. It's more suburban. About 30 miles outside of Orlando, FL. I don't see too many people riding bikes around here, so if I parked my bike, it would most likely be the only one.