RE: [CR]Bob Jackson Misc

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Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 09:00:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: "David Patrick" <>
Subject: RE: [CR]Bob Jackson Misc
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This doesn't surprise me, as the Bob Jackson shop went thru some mgmt changes during the early '90s and it's my understanding that things were a quite unsettled and quality suffered for a period. Donald Thomas is the current owner of the firm and I've found him very attentive. Plating work is, of course, outsourced to a specialized firm and not performed in the Jackson shop. It does seem difficult to locate a good plater, as many frames have problems related to chrome flaking off. Perhaps you might try to have the frame refurbished at some point and if you're hesitant to use the Jackson shop for this, then try Argos over in the U.K.

Dave Patrick Chelsea, Michigan

Edward Brooks <> wrote: Not to place a damper on the fervor expressed about Bob Jackson but I have a KOF 1995 Bob Jackson that was custom built for me using Hetchins lugs. The frame is very well built/brazed and the paint work is stunning however the chrome is badly flawed and despite my taking very good care of the bike the chrome began flaking off the stays in several places within a few months. Disappointing to say the least. Based on this experience I would never purchase another Jackson. There are too many other excellent builders to choose from...

Edward Robert Brooks Managing Director Edward Roberts International Auctioneers of the Fine and Rare 1262 West Winwood Drive Lake Forest, Illinois 60045 Phone- 847.295.8696 Facsimile- 847.295.8697 Email- Website-

-----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of David Patrick Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2006 9:33 AM To: Subject: Re: [CR]Bob Jackson Misc


Bob Jackson will build custom steel to suit your exact specifications and the current quality of their framebuilding and paint is excellent, so I could certainly consider them to be a full-blown custom builder. Yes, they do have std models, but they also build custom track, road & even trikes. I've had custom work done by them over the past 5-6 years and I've been very pleased.

Like a lot of builders/brands during the bike boom, I think Bob Jackson was guilty of cranking out frames and slipping a bit on quality during that period. Colnago certainly ramped up production after approximately 1976, turning out some frames that were certainly lacking in both quality of build and paint. Both Colnago and Bob Jackson were picked up by a couple of mail-order/catalog bike operations in the U.S. during the late '70s/early '80s, so I suspect both builders were under pressure to provide an adequate supply of frames, which in turn led to some of the quality problems seen during that time period. Mercian and Condor were also carried by a few U.S. catalog operations during that same time period and their shops were going full-blast in an effort to keep up with demand.

I have an early '70s Bob Jackson track bike that is great and I also own a rare '85 Bob Jackson Golden Jubilee model that is stunning w/lots of chrome, flamboyant blue paint and red lug lining around the chrome Nervex lugs. I've also owned several other Bob Jackson framesets and I've always been pleased. Like most items, it helps to be knowledgeable about what you're buying.

Dave Patrick Chelsea, Michigan wrote: Does anyone know where to find Bob Jackson serial numbers other than contacting them directly (very informative web site BTW). I did websearch to no avail.

Also, Jacksons don't seem to elicit much enthusiasm...kinda like italian Bertoni's...nice but eh. Sheldon B seems to damn them with faint praise. I suspect they may have been overproduced during the bike-boom but are currently regarded as a genuine custom english bike?

Jack Romans
Sacramento, CA