...but damn did I think it was when I got outside.
I never leave my bike outside. Never. Except that last night my son and I made plans to drive down the hill by work so we could get to our after work group ride without first climbing "the big hill" and I was going to put it in my garage space (apartment building) but then a neighbor was parked in the wrong spot so they blocked my access and it was late (after 11pm) and I don't even know if that neighbor was home and on and on, so I just backed up so that the bikes were pressed into the hedge along the side of the fence at the edge of the shared driveway. And it was only going to be a couple of hours before we had to get up and leave and they were locked to the rack and blah blah blah. Never again.
I got out to leave and saw my car and all of the blood drained from my face. I dropped the bags i was carrying and ran over.
Some absolute low-life cut the straps. My bike. My baby. Gone. Oh, and my son's cheap 10-speed too. But I've been putting money into gear for my bike while I shop for a decent replacement for him... more than $100 in just the last few days even. My baby.
I called the police and they said they'd send someone, and I started looking around to see if I could figure out what happened. On the other side of my building, which nobody has any business being in at all (I know the guy whose apartment faces it even), there's a fire escape and down in the basement access for that was a huge pile of trash that I didn't remember seeing... and... something shiny?
My bike and my son's bike, still cable locked to the car carrier, were in the fire escape covered for the jerk to come back and finish the job. So we rode into work today, taking our sweet time and appreciating our bikes that much more for the close call we had.
I had no idea how much I loved my bike until I thought it was gone forever.
So how do I attach my bikes to my car so that I won't be afraid to leave it parked to run in to grab dinner somewhere? I've been thinking that the nylon webbing straps looked weak, but it was just nothing to cut. Is there anything I can do that's harder? I can't really put a roof rack on my convertible and I want something I can transfer from car to car (thinking of getting rid of mine and often transfer the rack to my gf's car or a co-worker's to go for rides).
Help me protect my baby (who apparently needs a name now)?