Do you think it really is one? It's very light, even with that cottered spindle in there which it came with. seat post was listed as being 27.2 but its more like 26.2. it's been repainted and redecaled, but probably not recently.
serial was listed at 7462 but i suppose it COULD be 1462?
seller claimed the bike to be a '79. I fact here's his description:
" Here's another frame in my collection that is just too big for me to ride , so I reckon that someone else should get the benefit from it, rather than it hang there for another ten years or so in my store.
The frame is a 1970s JACK TAYLOR ROAD -TRACK model designed to be short enough, upright enough, and stiff enough for track racing and yet be serviceable as a road machine with mudguards. This particular fraem has all the hallmarks of having been a custom build specifically to a customer's requirements as it has braze-on stops along the top-tube and R/H seat stay that were probably to carry the cable for a Sturmey Archer hub gear . Curiously the front and rear fork ends are not matching sets, the rears being, possibly Chater Lea, and the fronts being Campagnolo with mudguard eyes which raises the possibility that the original drop-outs have been replaced. The round track blades are curved in the 1950s hockey-stick style and brazed into quite a substantial twin-plate fork crown. The frame is fitted with a Tange steel headset and bottom bracket
In true Jack Taylor fashion, the frame is idiosyncratic with its very 1950s 'Look' eg the mudguard stay eyes on the fork blades and stays rather than on the drop-outs, the lamp-bracket boss on the R/H front fork blade, the squared off seat cluster, the ill-matching ends of the fork blades and the stays...but those are the characteristics of a Taylor..they reflect the character of the three-man team that was Jack Taylor Cycles all those years.
This very functional and utilitarian frame has been both resprayed - it has a set of Taylors' own 531DB Tourist transfers - and also touched up in its lifetime, but by and large it looks quite well, particularly with the three Post Office red panels to liven up the gloss black . The Mondrian transfers are in good condition too.
Having met the Taylor brothers several times and discussed frame-building with them, I have to admit that I admire their no-nonesense pragmatic approach to the trade. - this frame epitomising the values that the firm stood for.
Dimensions Seat-tube 24" 61cms
Rear end 16.1/4 41cms
W/Base 39.3/4" 101cms
Stack hgt 8.1/4"
Seat-tube dia 27.2mm
Threads British Standard"
As I've already mentioned, his seat tube diameter if off. Who knows what else is off.
there seems to be greenish paint under the black maybe?
the spiderman scooter is definitely authentic btw.
roundish fork blades. it's not bent, but pretty steep. I mean it is listed as a possible track bike.
no markings on the rear drops. 120 spacing seems right.
pretty sure the front drops are campy but its really hard to read.
i'm no expert but the filet brazing seems maybe a little sloppy dare i say? Only in some spots.
harder to see it here but there is a hint of sloppyness here too.
here's all the pics, you can zoom in if you wish.
Any opinions on this weird bike? Whatever it is, I love it. It's light, should fit me ok, and it's not like most bikes I've seen. I'm going to throw a SA aw 700c wheel in there and see how it rides.
Come to think of it, I guess I should see what size wheels line up.
Do you guys really think this thing is a 79? Sure seems earlier, if it's a JT at all..