My 2011 Magna Rip Curl

A little snow won't stop the Rip Curl ... pictured after a couple of snows in late January 2016
Otherwise known around my household as "The Blue Cruiser," because it's blue and ... a cruiser, my 2011 Magna Rip Curl was (and still is) the first bike I had owned since the late 1990s.  I bought it at Target in Owensboro, Ky. on June 11, 2012.

Since that time, I've added and removed things, changed its appearance a bit, and so forth, but the bike has proven to be durable and amenable to whatever I have done to it or put it through.  At the present time, it is my bad weather/winter bike.

DETAILS:
  • Metallic electric blue with black fork and chain guard
  • WINTER TIRES: 26x2.125" Kenda K837 Dart blackwalls on Avenir Wheelwerks silver steel wheels
  • SUMMER TIRES: 26x2.125" Kenda K80 redlines on Electra-specification black aluminum wheels
  • Single speed
  • Coaster brake
  • Steel cruiser-style frame
  • Chromed Summit ducktail fenders
  • Purchased at Target in Owensboro, Ky. on June 11, 2012
      REPAIRS, UPGRADES & MAINTENANCE:

      2012
      • Recalibrated speedometer, 10.1 mi., 6/11/12
      • Adjusted chain, 42.2 mi., 6/18/12
      • Multiple minor adjustments, 101.2 mi., 6/25/12
      • Installed rear rack, 268.9 mi., 7/22/12
      • Installed front brake, 286.9 mi., 7/25/12
      • Adjusted chain, 349.3 mi., 8/1/12
      • Installed additional rear brake, 359.6 mi., 8/3/12
      • Adjusted bottom bracket bearings, 375.8 mi., 8/5/12
      • Lubricated left pedal bearings, 376.6 mi., 8/5/12
      • Installed repaired rear brake lever, 384.1 mi., 8/6/12
      • Installed refurbished pedals, 393.2 mi., 8/7/12
      • Removed old & install replacement rear brake lever, 430.8 mi., 8/11/12
      • Installed vertical supports for rear rack, 465.2 mi., 8/15/12
      • Adjusted seat angle, 485.0 mi., 8/18/12
      • Installed new headlight, 555.7 mi., 8/29/12
      2013
      • Annual tune-up, 645.6 mi., 3/28/13
      • Rewired taillight, mileage not recorded, 4/21/13
      • Rear caliper brake removed, 716.7 mi., 4/27/13
      • Installed new bell & adjust front brake, 723.8 mi., 4/29/13
      • Cleaned, inspected and repacked bottom bracket bearings, replaced adjuster cone, 725.9 mi., 4/30/13
      • Installed new tires (Bell Streamliner 26x2.25) and tubes (Hutchinson 5613), 727.2 mi., 4/30/13
      • Replaced taillight batteries and adjust bottom bracket, 778.1 mi., 5/8/13
      • Cleaned, inspected & repacked rear wheel bearings, 784.5 mi., 5/10/13
      • Installed new grips (forgot to write down the date)
      • Replaced pedals (DK Bicycle Co. PE2000), 888.5 mi., 6/4/13
      • Adjusted chain, 903.7 mi., 6/6/13
      • Adjusted bottom bracket bearings, 908.7 mi., 6/7/13
      • Repacked bottom bracket bearings and adjust rear wheel bearings, 1032.0 mi., 7/15/13
      • Installed new headlight, 1046.9 mi., 7/18/13
      2014
      • Installed replacement saddle, mileage not recorded, 3/18/14
      • Adjusted front brakes, 1324.5 mi., 4/12/14
      • Installed new headlight, 1342.0 mi., 4/17/14
      • Installed new Bikemate computer and BikePro taillight, 1362.5 mi., 4/25/14
      • Removed taillight (defective), 1400.1 mi., 5/6/14
      • Installed modified Bargman taillight, 1406.0 mi., 5/7/14
      • Adjusted and lubricated chain, retightened coaster brake arm, 1474.0 mi., 5/22/14
      • Adjusted saddle angle, 1503.3 mi., 5/28/14
      • Adjusted bottom bracket bearings, 1505.9 mi., 5/28/14
      • Adjusted handlebars, chain and bottom bracket bearings, 1513.1 mi., 5/28/14
      • Installed new taillight (Bell Pharos 100), 1559.0 mi., 6/9/14
      • Cleaned, inspected and repacked bottom bracket, 1752.1 mi., 7/10/14
      • Adjusted chain, 1798.1 mi., 7/23/14
      • Retightened bottom bracket locknut, 1873.9 mi., 8/19/14
      • Removed Bikemate computer, 2060.9 mi., 10/14/14
      • Installed Kylin 26x1.95 mountain tires, 2061.5 mi., 10/23/14
      • Replaced rear tube (Bell), 2061.5 mi., 10/23/14
      • Installed new rear wheel (Avenir), 2061.5 mi., 10/27/14
      • Reinstalled Bikemate computer, 2063.0 mi., 10/30/14
      • Installed new front wheel (Avenir), 2063.4 mi., 10/31/14
      • Replaced front tube (Hutchinson), 2063.5 mi., 11/1/14
      • Replaced computer with Bell Dashboard 300, 12/17/14
      • Reinstalled Streamliner tires, 2178.6 mi., 12/26/14
      2015
      • Installed Summit fenders, 2249.0 mi., 1/9/15
      • Installed Kenda K80 tires, 2249.0 mi., 1/10/15
      • Replaced rear tube, 2349.3 mi., 2/9/15
      • Oiled the headset as a temporary measure, 2390.6 mi., 2/22/15
      • Cleaned, inspected and repacked upper headset bearings; replaced and packed lower bearings, 2403.0 mi., 2/25/15
      • Changed wheels from chrome set to the black takeoffs from the Electra, 2452.7 mi., 3/11/15
      • Replaced taillight (Bell Lumina 100) and kickstand (Bell Bracer 100), 2491.0 mi., 3/27/15
      • Lubricated chain, 2503.2 mi., 3/30/15
      • Installed new light set (Zefal 5654), 2503.2 mi., 3/31/15
      • Cleaned, inspected and repacked bottom bracket bearings; removed old pedals and grip tape, 2530.1 mi., 4/12/15 (prep work for new pedals and grips)
      • Removed fenders for rust repair and cleaning, swapped chrome wheels back, 2530.1 mi., 4/12/15
      • Installed new pedals (takeoffs from the Electra) and grips (Hunt Wilde), 2530.1 mi., 4/13/15
      • Adjusted bottom bracket bearings, 2545.0 mi., 4/20/15
      • Reinstalled K80 tires and installed new Bikemate cyclocomputer, 2568.5 mi., 6/22/15
      • Reinstalled black wheels, 2728.6 mi., 8/26/15
      • Installed Schwinn air cushion saddle, 2746.3 mi., 9/7/15
      • Waxed bicycle before winter, 2850.8 mi., 10/11/2015
      • Adjusted bottom bracket bearings, 2926.5 mi., 11/14/15
      • Adjusted chain, 2964.9 mi., 11/20/15
      • Installed winter wheels and tires (Kenda Dart 26x2.1" tires on steel wheels), rebuilt the bottom bracket (Wald #1990 bottom bracket cup set) and recalibrated the electronic speedometer, 2978.6 mi., 11/23/15
      • Adjusted bottom bracket bearings, 3046.0 mi., 12/11/15
      2016
      • Adjusted headset bearings, 3261.2 mi., 2/14/16
      • Installed Michelin Protek 26x1.85 tires on summer wheels for later use, 2/15/16
      • Switched wheels/tires, 3278.4 mi., 2/24/16
      • Adjusted chain, 3340.3 mi., 5/9/16

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