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Jack Taylor Curved Tube Cyclocross Built as Light Touring

[up to date picture here]


Built as a light touring / city bike. Currently running as a 5-speed. My first Jack Taylor (see also my Curved Tube Path Racer built by Taylor apprentice Colin Laing). Norman Taylor of Jack Taylor Cycles passed away at 85 this summer [08] - have a nice ride, Norman.


Built in 1984, I'm guessing this was a custom-order curved tube cyclocross bike. It has cantis and fender mounts but the lack of rack mounts and bottle braze-ons and the use of a butted tubing and a curved tube make me think this wasn't built as a "touring" bike. It could also have been a randonneur bike too but no bottle braze ons still doesn't make much sense (maybe the orderer liked old clamp on cages?).


Update: Erik Zo writes, "[Adding Canti bosses] is something that was done on most all of the curved tubes that came through Fulton St. Cyclery as the team was into cross and [Holland Jones] was a fan of the canti."



Jack Taylor canti-mount handlebar bag rack

Ideale 90 saddle

Thomson seat post

Campy Super Record Cranks

Single Simplex Retrofriction lever with Simplex clamp on mount

Shimano Crane (pre Dura-Ace) GS long cage rear derailer / derailleur

Specialized (MKS) track pedals, MKS clips (ones that I hand leathered), nylon straps [replaced with MKS GR-9 pedals with leather straps]

Salsa SUL stem [not recalled]

On-One Midge handlebars with Cane Creek levers

MAFAC cantis, salmon pads

Wheels: Campy Record high flange road hubs to Super Champion rims, 30mm Grand Bois


Thanks to Nathan, Sean, The Freewheel, Box Dog Bikes, Jonathan and Montano Velo. Inspiration for using Midges from Nate's Resurrectio.


Jack Taylor Cycles was the framebuilding collaboration between the 3 Taylor brothers, Jack, Norman and Ken of Stockton-On-Tees, England. A range of frames for touring and racing was produced under the marque from 1936-2001, and they are considered by many to be the closest thing Britain has to a French-style "constructeur" a la Herse and Singer etc. Well-known for beautifully clean lugless ("welded", or fillet brazed) construction (a method which rose out of neccessity during the war years - lugs simply weren't available) as well as for lugged frames, and impeccable box and lug lining.


Reynolds and the Taylors had a close relationship, and Reynolds actually produced custom... double-butted curved tubes, for the marque... initially exclusive to the Taylors


Italic copy from Joel Metz's excellent Jack Taylor page

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Uploaded on December 5, 2008