[CR]Bent tube frame and Jack Taylors in general

(Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme:2004)

Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 14:40:25 -0400
From: "Daniel Artley" <dartley@co.ba.md.us>
To: <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]Bent tube frame and Jack Taylors in general

I just picked up the latest Cycling Plus because of an article about Jack Taylors by Hilary with a few photos of a curved tube with Sturmey Archer hub. Of course I had to get it because I've got virtually the same bike. Hilary's article is a brief history of the brothers and their framebuilding expertise.

The bike on e-bay had an eclectic mix with the Cinelli style sloping fork crown. I was surprised that Campy sidepulls fit so well since mine, a newer model, has clearance for big 27" tires and mudguards and requires a pretty long reach brake hearkening back to an older time. Another issue I've heard about with the road bike version is the problem with using a front derailleur. The Super LJ? thats mounted on it, I guess because of its long cage still barely reaches below the chain and the photo shows that the chain is on one of the larger cogs in back. I'm not sure if the angle of the derailleur because of the curved tube compromises shifting as well. I've heard that most owners keep it a single chainring in front.

What I will say is that the bike has a wonderfull ride, comfortable, but a bit noodley the way older lighter frames tend to be, but with a surprisingly long front center, no toeclip overlap w/ extra long clips and with all that fork rake, a really nice balance for no hands at only a few miles per hour. You get rocked on lumpy roads but thats with all short wheelbase bikes. That and the bike is so far out there that its just a hoot to own. I'll have it at the Cirque' again this year.

Happy trials,

Dan Artley in Parkton, Maryland