Ryan: Don't disprage the bike. Jack Taylor bikes have a following that borders on the obsessive. I bid on the same bike but lost to you because I had too many other irons in the fire. Do not make a "fixie" out of this one. You are fortunate enough to live in Seattle and one of the most, if not the most knowledgeble persons in the States on Jack Taylors happens to be a Seattle native. That person is Bob Freeman who posts on this site regularly. He works and resides as co-owner of Elliot Bay Cycles. Just drop by with the bike and he will wax eloquent about it. He also has replacement decals and if you feel up to it he can do a full paint restoration. Furthermore, there is a website that dedicates a portion of its pages to the Jack Taylor brand. That is the Joe Mertz's (sp?) website Blackbird. Just look it up on a common search engine with the topic of Jack Taylor bikes. Joe is in Seattle too. Bruce
Bruce Thomson Spokane WA 99204 (509) 747 4314 Masi3v4me@yahoo.com firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Ryan Nute <email@example.com> Subject: [CR] Jack Taylor question To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Friday, July 9, 2010, 8:11 PM
I just acquired a Jack Taylor on ebay and would like to know more about it. I assume it's nothing terribly special since it was comparatively inexpensive, but if anyone has any information to share (tubing? aspects of frames made that year? restoration suggestions?) I'd appreciate it. I will have to drop by Elliott Bay Bicycles and pester Bob with questions. The link to the ebay auction and the description is below.
Thanks a lot!
Ryan Nute Seattle, WA USA
You are looking at a rare classic Jack Taylor handmade road bike serial #3242. The seat tube and top tube both measure 56cm. Only 154 were made in 1958 and although it has some wear, not too many are in as good shape as this one is. It has Campagnolo hubs, headset, front derailleur, seatpost, shift levers, brakes and brake levers. The rear derailleur and pedals are Suntour Superbee and the saddle is a well broken in Brooks. It has obviously been ridden and then stored for several years now but the bearings are still smooth and tight and the wheels are still true. With new tires, tubes, cables and housings, this bike would be ready to start its next 50 years. And for those looking to build an awesome fixie, this would be a sweet frameset and the parts that come off would fetch enough to make it worth while. Happy bidding!