[CR]63' Jack Taylor / Who's the pro

(Example: Production Builders:Cinelli)

Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 20:20:30 -0400
From: "HM & SS Sachs" <sachs@erols.com>
To: jack@shermangabus.com, Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]63' Jack Taylor / Who's the pro


Jack Gabus wrote:

I'm totally out of my league here, but I temporarilly went insane and got bored with all things being Masi.... (sorry Bob Hovey). I pickup a very sleek 63' plain gage custom built Jack Taylor frame. The only part still hanging from it were the Huret shift levers. So on a go forward (Huret) basis what are the names and models of the Huret parts to put on this beast, or would do something other than Huret. In short somebody cough up a parts list that would make this beautiful piece of rolling sculpture somewhere in the realm of period correct ... pleeeasseee. and oh yeah where does one get the stuff too? As an asided I envisioned this piece as a flat bar ultra cool grocery getter or coffee fetcher (Mike S. you know what I mean). Attached are the pics.

http://www.blackbirdsf.org/taylor/4628.html

++++++++++++++++++++++++++= Nice pix, Jack, and the bike seems to be in lovely condition. WRT your questions, I'd venture to guess that this may have been a lower-priced "production" bike from the brothers Taylor. Not just the plain guage tubing, but the rear fork ends appear to be stampings, and I think the top-end were Campy forged by then. But, not certain on this.

Meanwhile, if I recall correctly, the Huret rears of the vintage were only the Allvit and the Svelto. I have little respect for either, except as being designed for inexpensive manufacture. Unfortunately, the Huret shifters don't wrap much cable, so keeping them while moving to Simplex, Cyclo, or Campy parallelograms means long throws between shifts.

If it were me, but I had your goals for a city bike, I'd rationalize that Ole Jack didn't change his designs often, so I'd use 70s Suntour RD and bar-end shifters, but Campy or Shimano front derailleur (I'm too entrenched to move back and forth between standard and hi-normal FDs). Grab a good early post-bike boom critter as a parts donor, and play Huffy Toss with the frame...

Of course, if the size is right, I can relieve you of the problem JT frameset. :-)

harvey sachs
mcLean va