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Old 07-21-14, 01:02 PM   #1
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Another Jack Taylor Coming to America

Ever since I first learned about Jack Taylors a while ago I've been enamored with them. I love the idea of three brothers who live and breath riding. I love the idiosyncratic approach to building they took. In some ways they were the British Rene Herse. They made cool touring trailers, tandems, triples and some trikes too!

If there is one for sale anywhere on eBay in the world you can be sure I've at least laid my eyes on it once.

A few years ago thanks to my friend and forummite ColonelJLoyd I was able to purchase what we believe to be the largest tandem they ever made:



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i'll admit due to a lot of things we havent ridden it as much as I'd hopped, but actually my recent relocation back to the east coast should make that easier. In fact it's coming with us to our family vacation in OBX next week. My wife and I are excited.

Anyhow, to get to the point, I bought another JT. Super Tourist #8744 which very likely makes it the last ST made, brazed by Norman in the shed after the company had basically already stopped production. When you look at this bike it's hard to believe that it was made in 1999...











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It's not the most beautiful JT i've ever seen, though they are all beautiful to me. The point here is that these bikes are built with decades of experience with utility and function in mind, which is what I love about them.

the pics are taken from the auction, which took place on eBay UK. I bought the frame/fork/racks. It should be here by the end of the week.

It's 62ctt st 59cm ctc tt (i normally ride 25" frames) so it might be slightly small, but should still be well within my range.

I'll use this thread for updates as I build it up, which probably wont be until mid August at the earliest.

Just thought I'd share.
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It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black. Nice!
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yeah, my build will look a little different than that one.
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Clearly you need this one to complete your collection.

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I still think that one is cool
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I've never seen that one Neal. That's never been on eBay has it? Anyway, it's too large for me.
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Where are you moving back east to, the Philly area again? Nice looking bike can't wait to the finished product.


I don't need a tandem but I would love one of those racing trikes.
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Holiday, been shopping at Hilary's again? Seriously a very nice buy.
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Love it! A JT is on my list, however Im in sell mode now, to payoff my cross build. Once of these day.
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Where are you moving back east to, the Philly area again? Nice looking bike can't wait to the finished product.


I don't need a tandem but I would love one of those racing trikes.
We're already back, currently in West Chester until our house work is finished in Phoenixville. Be there for the school year then sell and move to Bucks County most likely (Yardley? New Hope?) as I technically work out of Manhattan (and every 6 or 8 weeks, San Jose). Does my location name make sense now?

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This was actually an eBay UK buy although I likely paid Hilary Stone prices...
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I'd been watching that one, He had a trailer and a ladies bike that matches. I think it is for sale on "a great Vintage" site. Too big for me or I wouldn't have resisted. I have a 98 marathon built by Norman. It's also a filet brazed frame. I don't know who did the paint on these. Not as nice as they earlier paint jobs but the build quality is excellent.
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We're already back, currently in West Chester until our house work is finished in Phoenixville. Be there for the school year....
Phoenixville is about 20 minutes southeast of me. Drop a line when you get there. Good riding around here.
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Oh I know, I grew up in West Chester and have owned a house in Phoenixville since 2007 I will miss my MTB rides in California but I am looking forward to having such easy access to the Valley Forge trail and so forth.
Anyhow sure, maybe we can have another Philly area BF ride at some point.
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I'd been watching that one, He had a trailer and a ladies bike that matches. I think it is for sale on "a great Vintage" site. Too big for me or I wouldn't have resisted. I have a 98 marathon built by Norman. It's also a filet brazed frame. I don't know who did the paint on these. Not as nice as they earlier paint jobs but the build quality is excellent.
a trailer? Damn it, I'd of definitely felt the urge to buy that as well. I missed that.
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I think the trailer was sold privately before the bikes were offered to the public, but there are pics of them together. Anyway, we all want a trailer!
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I'm developing a real appreciation for these Jack Taylors. That logo used to seem haphazzard to me, now I see that very 50s/60's "modern" theme to it- the box lining is so classically beautiful...

Holiday- your new bike looks so burly- is that fillet brazed as well? The seat stay join at the seat tube looks so pronounced and does it have a "epaulet" or something going down to the pump peg?
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I'm developing a real appreciation for these Jack Taylors. That logo used to seem haphazzard to me, now I see that very 50s/60's "modern" theme to it- the box lining is so classically beautiful...

Holiday- your new bike looks so burly- is that fillet brazed as well? The seat stay join at the seat tube looks so pronounced and does it have a "epaulet" or something going down to the pump peg?
the logo was designed by a customer who stopped in and stayed with the Taylors for a bit, I think in the 70's. I agree its cool. I like the older logo's as well.

I actually didn't notice that piece above the pump pet on the seat stay until you pointed it out. I've only seen the pics i posted so we'll see. And yes, the frame is filet brazed. I'd say most of their frames were, and all the tandems I think, though there are definitely lugged models as well, and I think I've even seen a few with a mix of lugged and filet. Some models might have actually come in lugged and some filet, I believe. I'll have to take a look at the old catalogues.
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I'd still like to do a Philly tandem ride since so many of us have them. I love the JT - they really are beautiful bikes. I didn't know you were back.
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Very nice. Are you going to add box lining? Black fenders?
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