The days are long and warm. For our youngsters they get
the chance to explore, bond and have fun with their first set of wheels. What
about the rest of us? Remember your first bicycle? Paint or chrome gleaming in
the sun. Remember the feeling it gave you? The need to ride free and travel
further from home and the protective grasp of our parents. Whether it was the
pleasure of hanging with your friends spending days building dirt jumps,
endless cruising with no particular place to go, or long rides on the road;
riding your bike brought joy, freedom and health. Seems so simple, but unlike
the kids many of us don’t typically get our summers off.
As we toil with daily duties in careers, as parents, and
other adult responsibilities, remember the simplicity of the ride. Take the
time, get on your bike, either alone, with your favorite group, or with your
kids and really enjoy the feeling of riding your bicycle. The
days are long and warm. Reflect on your first set of wheels. Ride plenty and
have a great summer!
The New Ruffian!
offers the ultimate system for disk brake mounting on an off-road single speed
design, thanks to the Paragon dropout system. The stainless steel dropout bases
provide a precision track for inserts that support the disc brake caliper
system. Though the wheel slides back and forth in the track, the calipers are
always in the right position. Built-in dropout adjusters insure adequate chain
tension and wheel positioning. This system increases tire clearance over other
systems while provide a reliable mounting system for disc brakes.
nonsense Ruffian shares the Rockit TM geometry of the Rockhound
using 135mm rear spacing for single speed hubs. The front end geometry is set
to accommodate 80mm travel forks. Just like the Rockhound,TM the
rider is placed in an aggressive cross country position, ideal for climbing,
nimble technical work and descents. Fixed gear or freewheel, with or without
brakes, any combination, this warrior is at home in the crush of the city,
early season training rides or roller riding.
Waterford exclusive OS2 butted tube sets,
featuring True Temper OX Platinum air-hardening steel alloys, custom drawn to
our rigorous specs. Toptube and downtube are flared at the head tube for
greater surface contact and rigidity. Tubeset specifications vary by frame size
to offer riders of all sizes the strength and stiffness they need.
for 2.3 inchers. There is 70mm of clearance with the wheel and dropout slid
all the way forward.
only: Lower left side brake cable routing (7:00) using ‘zip-tie’ guides for
hydraulic or cable disc brakes.
2 sets of
water bottle bosses.
Cantilever Brakes: $75
Additional Cable Routing for Derailluers: $75
August 1st begins the sweet deal
to refresh the paint on your favorite steed! Off-season repaint pricing is
$275 until December 31st and includes:
- Frame inspection.
- Refinish in any stock Gunnar color or current color of the
- Stock Gunnar finishes includes clearcoat over decal.
Pricing does not include filling dents and pits and
assumes that we receive your bike stripped of all parts including head cups and
races. Steel forks are included.
Gunnar Team Profile!
Paint master Brian Blank has plied his craft in our
machine and paint shop for over five and a half years and adds his skilled
touch to nearly every single frame we paint. His responsibilities include
prepping, painting and finishing Heron, Waterford, Gunnar, Standard BMX frames,
and Volae recumbents. Brian also does the intricate mask work required of the Waterford carved and polished lugs.
Brian Blank sanding and
preparing a Street Dog for its color.
Why does he like working here? “I enjoy painting and
love to see the final product and the sense of accomplishment it brings knowing
that someone will soon be enjoying my work.” “ Color ignites emotion and brings
our frames to life. That’s exciting!”
Brian’s personal ride is a Rockhound and he enjoys the
sense of adventure it brings each chance he gets. When not working in color
here, Brian rides his Harley and loves golfing and boating with his son: “My
motivation is my son, he makes me tick.”
Thank you Brian for sharing your passion & talent with
the Gunnar team!
Gunnar Dealer Feature!
River City Bicycles – Portland, Oregon
hard workin’ & hard playin’ River City crew!
River City Bicycles has been
consistently one of our top Waterford and Gunnar dealers in the nation. They
were also one of our first Gunnar dealers, having come aboard even before the
official launch of the line in 1998. They really like the CrossHairs and the
Sport, because both these bikes work well in Portland’s rainy climate and hilly
also been the impetus for our chainstay disc mount designs for the CrossHairs
(available as a special custom model). It gives you the wet-weather braking of
disc brakes with the ability to mount fenders and racks for commuting.
Guettler, the founder of River City Bicycles, moved to Portland in 1994 with a
vision: build the best bike store that could be built. His vision included a
welcoming atmosphere where people of any stripe could peruse a great selection
and enjoy a truly unique cycling experience.
labored very hard to bring you the cycling nirvana that is River City today. His vision led him to build all the store fixtures by hand, personally select
the best brands the industry had to offer, and develop the indoor test track.
Through hard work Dave was able to steer the store to its current position as
the premier cycling enthusiast's hangout in the Pacific Northwest. Besides
being a great bike rider (you can’t help it with the hills in and around the
city), Dave is an excellent musician and cabinetmaker.
Mark Ontiveros leads the sales crew and has taken commuting to a high-art,
ferrying his young son around the city whenever he can.
they like offering Gunnars to their clients? “Gunnars to me represent that
rare combination of a steel ride quality at an incredible value along with
being handmade in the U.S.A. by Waterford Precision Bicycles. They are one of
our most versatile brands covering a wide range of cycling interests”.
–Mark Ontiveros – Co-owner
to David, Mark and your crew for your professionalism, passion and long time
support of our passion! Check out their spectacular shop: http://www.rivercitybicycles.com/
Don’t forget to dress and hydrate with Gunnar clothing and
waterbottles. See your dealer or click here:
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Gunnar Window/ Fairing Decal!
$15.00 with shipping included. Give us a call to order - (262) 534-4190
Color: Red w/ Silver trim. Size: 26" long x 2
Gunnar kicking asphalt: Velo Trocadero
Casey Masterson’s race trimmed, team painted Roadie: see
him and the rest of the Trocadero gang during Superweek. Learn more about this
new team and pictures: http://www.velotrocadero.com/
Do you guys put any sort of antirust treatment inside
the tubes? I live about 100 yards from the beach, and I want my Gunnar to
We can but don't unless you or your local bike shop asks
us to. Though it's best to apply rust protectant early on, you can apply it
during your regular overhaul.
The best way to keep your bike rust free is to work from
the outside in.
1. Wax your
frame/fork with a non-breathable, carnauba-based wax like Turtle Wax or
Meguiar's Tech wax (after cleaning your bike).
Even if you live in a dry area like the desert, wax is a
good thing. It protects the paint from UV rays that will slowly eat the paint.
2. Regularly rinsing off your bike will keep the salt and
dirt off of it (yes, water can be your friend). A little light soap every so
often keeps the dirt off, as well.
By the way, Road bikes often have a harder time than
mountain bikes, since mountain bikes tend to get a more regular rinsing. This
gets ride of sweat and sports drinks that are as bad as salt air.
3. If your
local bike shop doesn’t have it. You can get spray-on rust protectant from
your better auto parts stores. They have nozzles for spraying the insides of
If you’ve owned your bike for over six months, you can get
the kind that dissolves the internal rust while it coats the internal surface
with the actual protectant (a paraffin or wax). They have special nozzles for
spraying into the tubes. The rust dissolving formulas are hard on paint, so be
sure to wipe your external surfaces clean after you apply it.
For follow up:
1. Rinse off and/or wash your frame once a month.
2. Wax your frame (after washing) twice a year (once a
year for most locations).
3. Re-coat the internal surfaces according the rust
protectant's instructions, but figure on once every 2-3 years.
If you follow this regimen, your Gunnar will last longer
What do I do if there my suspension fork crown/knobs hit my downtube?
First let’s outline the problem: 29er fork manufacturers
forgot the impact of using their old crowns on these super-tall forks. As a
result, they can strike the downtube during a crash. Privately they recognize
the problem and we may see some changes for next year. Publicly, they won’t
admit the problem because they don’t want to recall tens of thousands of
forks. We may also make some changes on the assumption that they don’t, but we
are still researching the best way to do it without compromising the ride,
lightness and durability of our Rock Hound and Ruffian 29er.
In the mean time, here’s what you can do:
1. If you are using a Reba fork, Rock Shox offers an
internal adjustment adapter that allows removal of the knob that is often what
is striking the frame.
2. Get a
spacing lower headset cup (offered by both Cane Creek and Chris King). This
cup puts an additional 5mm between the crown and the frame. On 20.5’s this is
definitely enough. The combo of conversion kit and lower couple may also work
for the 19’s and 17.5’s.
3. If it
doesn’t, get one of these handy tube protectors. This little device had been
long used by track riders to protect their top tubes from their handlebars
I have an old Rock Hound. I’d like to convert it
either to disc brakes, single speeding or both. What can I do?
Technically, anything is possible. Unfortunately, it
would be cheaper to buy a new frame. In both cases, the chainstays and
seatstays would likely need to be replaced, costing more than the bike it
replaces even before repainting it.