KWC's new Rip Curl cruiser
|The new 2015 Magna Rip Curl cruiser.|
But, as you may have noted when I introduced it, I wrote that we would be eventually replacing it with a cruiser.
Replacement time came in June, when it was discovered that the PK7 had a small but noticeable crack in the frame, rendering it unsafe to use.
Given the opportunity to select its replacement myself, I went to Target.com and ordered a Magna Rip Curl cruiser - the same basic model as the blue one I've been riding for over 2,600 miles and over three years. It does have a slightly modified frame but appears to be at least as durable, if not more so, and weighs about the same - 38 to 40 pounds.
Unlike my original model, this bicycle comes in not blue but in a metallic gunmetal gray with somewhat shocking neon green wheels, with slightly more toned-down neon cup holder and grips. If nothing else, it stands out.
I will say this for Target's shipping - turnaround time was phenomenal. The bike was ordered on July 1 and, had the campus mailroom not been closed on the 3rd, would have arrived that day. As it was, delivery on July 7 - less than a full week after ordering - is outstanding.
Less outstanding - and making the treatment I received when I ordered my Electra earlier this year that much more appreciated - was the sorry condition the bike was in when it arrived. Examples include:
- The fork (!) and front fender attachment points were bent and required substantial work to align.
- Both fenders were scuffed, scratched and, in the case of the rear, dented.
- The headset bearings were far too tight.
- The bottom bracket had only minimal grease.
Much of this was easy to deal with; the rest took some time, and I am sure it will take time for other minor issues to show up so I can remedy those.
Since this bike will be used in all weather conditions, we have at our disposal the factory steel wheels and street-tread tires, as well as the original knobby tires from the PK7 and a set of black aluminum wheels, which can be installed for winter use.