[CR]FS: early 1960s Jack Taylor tandem 55/50 $600


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To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 09:34:28 -0400
From: Mario Girasa <oldbike8538@juno.com>
Subject: [CR]FS: early 1960s Jack Taylor tandem 55/50 $600

This Taylor Tandem is a bit dusty. There are lots of nicks and scratches to the finish, but no dents or dings. The scratches go to primer, not to tube. I think the finish on this is fine as-is, but if you want to spiff it up, then have it professionally "touched-up", because the patina on the decals is much too nice. The bike appears to be from the early 1960s ! Serial number 4595 ! It is made of special Reynolds 531 tubing, and the craftsmanship is exquisite. There are 2 tubing decals, one says "Sports Model 531 butted tubing" and the other in the rear says "Ladies Model 531 butted tubing. I have another Jack Taylor tandem from the early 1980s, and the craftsmanship on my 1980s one is nowhere near as clean as the 1960s one ! The color is plum, with white box striping. The decals are classic Taylor. There are lots of braze-ons. The rear is mixte or step-thru style. I weighed the frame and fork ( by getting on a scale with and without bike), and the approximate weight is 13 pounds !!! I think that's light.

I have 17 jpgs, so make sure your email service won't blow up when I send them. The photos show it completely torn apart, so it's difficult to appreciate what it will look like when fully built up. However, the details speak for themselves. Sizing is difficult to get precisely because of the way this tandem is built, especially with the mixte rear. However, I measured from the center of the BB to the TOP of the seattube (the captains seattube extends a good inch beyond the toptube), and I've got 55/50cm ! A PHIL WOOD 27" wheelset is included. The wheels are 48/48. The Phil hubs are the older 3-piece variety, with steel center. There is some rust on the steel center, but the hubs spin smoothly as you would expect ! Only the frame/fork/headset and wheels are included for $600 plus shipping. First firm commit gets the bike. Thanks again. Mario Girasa, Cambridge, MA