Re: [CR] Jack Taylor 5 Speed - please help to identify brakes

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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 19:14:26 -0500
From: Harvey Sachs <>
To: <>, Classic Rendezvous <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Jack Taylor 5 Speed - please help to identify brakes

What an elegant design (not really)! We replace a cheap cable with some sort of pressed ends with a simpler solution: two pieces of stamped, coined, plated and drilled sheet metal, and what looks like 4 separate pivoting attachments. If I might be a bit over the top, isn't this the kind of engineering innovation for which the Olde Rolls Royce were known? :-) Turning from the bad joke, I can understand why others did not emulate the design: I'd bet it added more cost than profit, because the complexity gave a marginal benefit in responsiveness. But, I speculate.

(and I did enjoy the pix of the Taylor, though not my cup of tea). thanks, Mark!

harvey sachs mcLean va

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Mark Lawrence wrote:

Michael mentioning the Jack Taylor on UK ebay (320487377012) has reminded me of the fact that I have the same brakeset that this bicycle features, but have never got around to properly identifying them.

All that I know is that they are Weinmanns, and that they have a solid steel straddle arm instead of a straddle cable. What I'm really curious about is whether this design works - possibly not since it was never copied.

If you look at the ebay listing you will see what I'm talking about - I suppose I should make pictures of these brakes and upload them to wooljersey, I haven't seen them there or anywhere else.

Thanks in advance for any insight,
Mark Lawrence
Oxford, United Kingdom