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Old 12-11-16, 04:50 PM
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Shakin' down the new Bob Jackson

It's here in the states, built and rolling.



I took it for a 20 mile, slow motion shake down ride today.



It fits, it's comfortable, and all the parts are playing nice with each other.



^Mandatory rolling cockpit shot.



My idea was a fancy pants rando rig. I just went for any parts I liked that seemed good looking, rugged and suited to the 'sportive' theme.



The Brooks saddle and the tires were the only components I had ever seen in person prior to this build (including the fact this is the only Bob Jackson I've ever seen in the flesh). A bit more to come...
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Pretty! Those lipstick tail lights are something
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That is quite the looker.
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I did not capture it, but I was very impressed with the Tange roller bearing headset. I doubt you could make it shimmy if you tried. It handles fine, but inspires confidence, and seems ideal for that second day of a long rando, when you are too tired for twitch.



I'm just happy about the fit and the handling, and if I've made any style errors I may be able to correct them in the future (bad fit, harder to correct).



I used some Sun XCD rather liberally; crank, rear hub and both derailleurs, and the OCD matching front skewer.



SP dyno hub and lights, Acorn bags, TA rings, Dura Ace bar ends, Nitto Noodle bars and Craft stem, Brooks Team Pro, Paul canti brakes.



I guess that pretty well covers the highlights. It was fun gathering parts and making so many choices, mostly swimming over my head all the way. I got help from Starmichael at Norther Cycles in Oregon, and Pete at Pete's bike shop here on the Space Coast, and some inspiration and insight from several C+V'ers.

Again, at this point, I am still figuring things out a bit, but my initial impression is that this rig is ready for the job. The engine may need a tune up...

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Love the build! I so wish those noodle bars came in 25.4 !

That is one tall frame.
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That is one beautiful looking bike. Great job!
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Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post



^Mandatory rolling cockpit shot.




The Brooks saddle and the tires were the only components I had ever seen in person prior to this build (including the fact this is the only Bob Jackson I've ever seen in the flesh). A bit more to come...
Beautiful!!! An exceptionally well done BJ!!!

I wish I had seen the way you routed the front brake cable before I built my BJ. I love how you brought the cable over the bar and back before dropping it into the brake hanger.

Where did you find a Brooks Professional with saddle bag tabs??? I thought the Pro saddle didn't have them. At least mine and every other Pro I've seen doesn't. Was it NOS??
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Beautiful!!! An exceptionally well done BJ!!!

I wish I had seen the way you routed the front brake cable before I built my BJ. I love how you brought the cable over the bar and back before dropping it into the brake hanger.

Where did you find a Brooks Professional with saddle bag tabs??? I thought the Pro saddle didn't have them. At least mine and every other Pro I've seen doesn't. Was it NOS??
Only the titanium version has loops, which seems like it's made for the racer boys who would not want the 'excess weight', so it makes no sense. They are pricey, but I got a good deal on clearance from a shop in England.
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That's a beautiful bike and a great job of selecting parts and nice build all together!

I had issues with the Selle Italia mirror fitting on "vintage" brake levers. But since trying the mirrors on the Tektro RRL levers and it's almost as fine as the old Mirrycle mirrors!

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That is very nice. Enjoy!
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Beautiful build!

What bar tape is that? Looks like a really good match to the saddle.
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Amazing bike, what a beautiful, well thought out build. Congratulations and enjoy it.

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That's a nice touring ride. Bob Jackson has been building super comfortable frame since 1935. Although mine is not a touring frame it's limited edition Diamond Jubilee #44 of 60 built by master frame builder Danny Fraser in 1995. It is slightly too tall for me and so rare that it has seen very few lifetime miles.
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Very nice, very classy.
Many happy miles to you!
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you did well and you know, that would fit me, too...
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Total win. Nice job!

Someone mentioned them above, and I too am enamored with those taillights. What are they?
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Nice bike and I like the cockpit and saddle setups you have. I recently built my Centurion Pro Tour with very similar setups. @chewybrian Where did you get those taillights and what brand are they?
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That is magnificent. I've had two Bob Jackson's, and have very much enjoyed them. Even the one that was too small took me over a year of hard riding to finally accept the fact that it wasn't the right size for me.
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Fork's bent. But OMG, not nearly as bad as the stays!!!


Joking aside, that whole thing is beautiful, and just about my size too. I'm especially enjoying that artisanal stem. Very bespoke

Yours would be a good answer to the question: "If you could ride only one bike for the rest of your life.."
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Super cool.
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Classy!
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That's a nice touring ride. Bob Jackson has been building super comfortable frame since 1935. Although mine is not a touring frame it's limited edition Diamond Jubilee #44 of 60 built by master frame builder Danny Fraser in 1995. It is slightly too tall for me and so rare that it has seen very few lifetime miles.
That is very sharp. I love those lugs; arrowhead, I think they call them?

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Fork's bent. But OMG, not nearly as bad as the stays!!!


Joking aside, that whole thing is beautiful, and just about my size too. I'm especially enjoying that artisanal stem. Very bespoke

Yours would be a good answer to the question: "If you could ride only one bike for the rest of your life.."
25.5 ctt, perfect fit for me; they don't call me Chewy just 'cause I'm hairy. The stays, yeah, I could give some b.s. about lateral compliance or whatever, but they just look cool. I think the real reason was for Hetchins frames to be recognizable from a distance in a race, and difficult to counterfeit. Since Jackson made Hetchins in the past, I guess they are about the only other ones doing that.



A few people asked about the tail lights. They are Soma Silver Bullets, available direct from Soma, and from several other places on line.

Silver Bullet Rear Safety Flasher | SOMA Fabrications

p,s, Thanks, everyone, for the compliments on the look. I did not start out with the intention of keeping everything 'classic'. But, IMO, style peaked in the 60's, so it's not a surprise that what I liked looks like it came from around that time.
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Steel Your Pace!
I don't need a lock; nobody wants to steal my pace! If you go far enough, though, you can impress people with the distance, and they forget how slow you are. "Yeah, baby, I'm a Super Randonneur."



^Not me, but the spirit is close. (I think that is Sheldon B. in the back-green shirt with white stripe; the tag said '04, so it could be).

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Beautiful build!

What bar tape is that? Looks like a really good match to the saddle.
It is Brooks leather tape in honey. It's a bit dark because I hit it with Proofide before wrapping.
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