If you’re looking for the “900 pound gorilla” of keeping your fixed gear bike away from the hands of bike thieves then you need to keep reading. Bike security for your fixie is a major issue where you need ultimate protection in the form of bike thief Kryptonite! Are you still thinking, “which bicycle chain should I buy for my fixie?” The Kryptonite New York Legend 1590 Bike Chain and Padlock is your answer.
This chain comes with gigantic chain links (each link is close to the size of an iPhone!). This extra protection comes with a price, the chain weighs 10+ Lbs. (3 foot version), after riding with this Kryptonite Chain and Lock for a few days you’ll be a stronger rider (just think about how much faster you’ll ride on days you’re not carrying the chain/lock).
Most bicycles locked on the streets are asking to be stolen because of the wrong locking technique (not chaining your bike through the frame and wheels) and weak chains and/or locks. Having a bike stolen is not terrible financial and emotion experience and you feel like your child was taken from you. It’s worth spending a little more on a bicycle lock that’s Fort Knox strong than having to spend even more money to replace your fixed gear because you went the “cheap route”.
Now for the specs. The massive 15mm round links are made of 3t hardened steel, the padlock has a 16mm steel shackle, reinforced hardened steel sleeve over the lock body that make bike thieves think twice before trying to drill this HUGE lock. The lock comes with 3 keys, so even if you’ve got a talent for losing keys you’ll have 3 strikes before you’re totally screwed and unable to unlock your bike (but don’t worry because others won’t be able to either!). You get anti-theft protection for bicycles of up to $4500 (in the U.S. and Canada), but read the fine print for details and make sure to follow the registration instructions. This bicycle lock is the highest security you can get since the deadbolt can only fit the width of a link so bike thieves can’t get to it to cut it. Lastly, the New York Legend comes with a sleeve that covers the chain and protects your bike from scratches.
There’s a nice feeling that comes with pulling this massive chain out and feeling the weight of it in your hands and then snaking it through your frame and securing it to a nice sturdy pole that makes you grin when you know that your bike will still be there when you get back and you don’t have to think about it or check on it every now-and-then to make sure it’s there. Most bike thieves will move on to an easier bike to steal, it’s no guarantee, but short of carrying around a safe to put your bike in, this is the next best thing.
Check out the 3 foot version of Kryptonite New York Legend chain and lock. There’s a 5 foot Kryptonite New York Legend 1590 version too (heavier at 15+ Lbs., but easier to lock-up your bike and still have some extra chain links to reach poles and racks that are further away or trickier to lock your fixie too). You can save a bunch of money (about 40%) by ordering them online and have it waiting for you, but be careful when you lift the box because it’s HEAVY.