Gunnar Touring Bike Re-build

by michelle bontrager


newly overhauled Gunnar Touring bicycle

newly overhauled Gunnar Touring bicycle

We just finished rebuilding a very heavily used touring bicycle.

This Gunnar goes on rides in and around the Boulder Colorado area and on European tours once or twice a year (lucky bike). After this summer’s jaunt to Switzerland and France the components were finally showing their wear, time for an overhaul.  Ethan provided some great recommendations for the re-build. 

The Gunnar was initially built for asphalt riding in mountainous settings. But the owner has expressed interest in trying out rougher terrain, mixed use trails, even incorporating a little self supported camping into his Summer holidays.

The result is a new solid component package that will withstand dirt roads in remote areas…

New IRD freewheel, Chainrings, Surly Mr. Whirly Crank arms, MKS pedals, KMC chain, new F&R derailleurs

Schmidt's SON generator hub, Velocity's NoBS rim.

To be truly self supported in the wilds, a SON generated bicycle light system is the most efficient answer to the darkest of trails. The SON hubs are small and offer very little drag. We paired the SON rear light with B&M's Luxos U head light. The Luxos U comes with a cache battery and an USB port for charging devices so this system will utilize the SON hub's capacity. Additionally the Luxos features B&M's very best optics, the light beam will even change with the rider's speed in order to produce the optimal beam pattern for the speed accomplished. This light system will really be appreciated on those dark country trails and remote campsites to be discovered in 2016.

hand built front wheel, new front rack, new Grand Compe brake levers by Dia Compe, new cx brake levers from Paul's Components, Newbaum's cotton bar tape, B&M Luxos U head light  

hand built front wheel, new front rack, new Grand Compe brake levers by Dia Compe, new cx brake levers from Paul's Components, Newbaum's cotton bar tape, B&M Luxos U head light

 

Schmidt's new rear light, the smallest yet brightest rear light ever.

NITTO rear rack, Clement tires

NITTO rear rack, Clement tires

This CroMo NITTO rack is another upgrade. The NITTO racks won't bend and this model is well balanced on the frame so when it's loaded down with panniers and gear the rider will still find a stable ride.

Happy Trails in 2016.