Hi guys I finished my first bike build about a month ago or so and have been riding to a from work and taking some longer rides just for fun and exercise since I am a Clydesdale and I want to be a better rider and loose some weight.. anyways I have been suffering from a car payment and insurance payment for about two years I don't make a ton of money and feel that $550 a month could go to something more us full but I am having some doubts about just giving up my car since its so convenient for drive through and the like I spent quit a bit of money on building my bike and want to keep it and I am worried about it getting stolen.. eventually I will get another frame to build for a utility bike but for now my only bike has a multi purpose and will be getting a bike rack that will suit panniers but for now I will have to use my trusty backpack. after all that I have some questions, what are procedures about going to a restaurant that doesn't have a spot to lock your bike up or no pole in sight, for instance there is a local Mexican fast food joint I like to get a burrito from but they don't have a spot to lock up a bike can I just take it in the diner with me? most secure way to lock, I have an industrial lock and a 4500lb shear strength chain that is DOT approved for tying off a load on a big rig trailer (I almost broke the hydraulic chain cutter that we have at work for chain we sell and that thing is rated at 2 tons) so what method of locking my bike is the best? through the frame and rear wheel and take off the front? I will also be equipping my bike with a brooks swallow saddle so I would hate for that to get stolen...
Well for right now those are all the questions I have if you guys could help out I would really appreciated the advice from a veteran. any thing to make the transition from car to bike easier.