Buying a used Gunnar

by admin on December 4, 2011

We get lots of calls and emails about buying a used Gunnar bicycle or frame. Of course, we’d be happier if you were buying a new one, but we know that a sold Gunnar as often as not makes room for a new one in the stable.

Here are some important tips:

1. Know your best framesize before you shop: Money spent on a Gunnar that doesn’t fit is money wasted. You can use “My Gunnar” to figure out what size works for you. Though geometries have evolved through the years, you won’t be more than a centimeter off on fit, even if you are buying an older bike. Do be careful about standover heights, as the Roadie and Sport are two centimeters shorter than they were in 2004. If you’re not sure about your fit, invest in a fitting at your local bike shop. If you’re not buying a bike from them, you should pay for the fitting. Be up front and you’ll keep harmony with the relationship. This could come in handy when you need service or when you upgrade to a new Gunnar.

2. Get a serial number: This is important. Just about every Gunnar is traceable – at least to the initial owner – by the serial number. You should be suspicious if they are unwilling to give it to you. The serial number takes the form of “M YYSSS” where M is a month code from A to M, YY is the last two digits of the year and SSS is a serial number for the month. Our FAQ section has information on the serial number format and location.

3. Warranty: The Gunnar Loyal Friend warranty extends to the original owner only. This means you’ll want to know that the bike or frame was well cared for. Ask about how the bike was used and maintained. We recommend a 1-2 week inspection period, though you should be prepared to pay for return shipping, if needed.

A used Gunnar is a great way to join our family of Gunnar owners. It may be just the right stepping-stone for a new one.

Thanks,

Richard

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