For Sale: Jack Taylor Superlight Tourist
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Old 10th June 2009   #1
For Sale: Jack Taylor Superlight Tourist

Now sold - thank you for looking

My Mather is now fully repaired after a stupid incident, and I've got too many bikes, so this is up for sale.

Jack Taylor Superlight Tourist, finished in white with gold box lining and 'Mondrian' JT decals - all original paintwork, showing some patina but still presentable (and Argos are asking 350 to reproduce it with the decals). Made from Reynolds 531 with lovely fillet brazing on all the joints. 24" C-T seat tube, 23.5" C-C top tube.

The frame comes with a pair of custom-made Jack Taylor racks painted in matching white, with serial numbers that correspond to the frame. The frame also has a number of special details - a light mount on the forks and internal routing for the dynamo cable through the downtube.

The Taylor brothers were the closest the UK ever had to a 'constructeur' bicycle builder, and this is a good example of their craft with the matching racks and the facility for lighting.

Spec is also original -
  • TA Pro Vis 5 'Cyclotouriste' triple chainset (About 250 all-in if you can still find one)
  • Mafac 2000 centre-pull brakes and matching levers with gum hoods (a NOS set went for $300 last month)
  • Campagnolo downtube shifters
  • Suntour VX rear mech
  • Shimano LX front mech (but I also have a period-correct Mavic unfitted)
  • GB Hiduminium alloy quill stem, and Maes-bend alloy bars
  • Period two-piece alloy seatpost with Brooks B17 Narrow
  • Red Bluemels Popular mudguards and red gear/ brake cables
  • 27" wheels - Weinmann 36h alloy rims (with the 'dimpled' spoke eyes - these sell for about 60/pair) on low-flange screw-on alloy hubs (I've forgotten what, nothing special)

Overall this is a very rare bicycle with a pretty collectible set of parts on it. It's old, and has been well used but treated well. I'd rather it go to a good home where it will be ridden and appreciated, than to someone who will part it out, or convert it into a singlespeed (!). It rides very nicely, and is usable on a daily basis, or for Sunday afternoon cake rides.

I'll take some photos and upload them at the weekend, when I have time and it's not raining heavily.

I'm asking 400 collected from me in London - I'd rather not post, but we can sort something out (potentially delivery for petrol money within a reasonable radius).

Last edited by SimonC; 13th June 2009 at 17:26. Reason: Sold!
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Old 10th June 2009   #2
conservative_values's Avatar
I have seen this bike and it is beautiful
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Old 10th June 2009   #3
Skully's Avatar
I'm more like a 23" but very interested.

Where are you in London?
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Old 10th June 2009   #4
TS's Avatar
I'd love to own a Jack Taylor someday... Gorgeous beasts... Maybe we can go twos on a tandem, Mr Skully? ;]
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Old 10th June 2009   #5
Re-cycled's Avatar
Could you please post some pictures? thanks

edit: just realised you said you will post pictures this weekend.
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Old 10th June 2009   #6
ktz's Avatar
excited to see these pics :)
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Old 10th June 2009   #7

I've now got home and shot a few photos in the garden - these are a bit rough and ready (and full of fuschia!) so I'll still take some better ones at the weekend if it's not sold.

Quick additional notes - I thought the box lining was gold but it's actually a coppery pinky colour. The rear mech is actually a Suntour V GT-Luxe. The front rack seems never to have been mounted. And I forgot that it also has a pump included with a Campagnolo head - another 30 or so worth.

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Old 10th June 2009   #8
TS's Avatar
Classic Taylor box-lining... Lish... *sighs*
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Old 10th June 2009   #9
ktz's Avatar
beauuuuutiful. Shame it's too big for me :/
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Old 11th June 2009   #10
Skully's Avatar
OK. with aheavy heart, I'm out. :(

I saw it this morning. Whoever gets this should be VEEEERY happy.

BTW Simon, did you know that the little tubes for wires/cable guides are actually made of Reynolds 531 too? Amazing factoid that Mark The Bonk (the proud owner of another Jack Taylor touring bike) was telling me recently.

Best of luck to whoever gets this. I am gutted that its a bit big (long) for me and I really shouldn't have it anyway.
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Old 11th June 2009   #11
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hello simon... you have a PM
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