31 August 2010

Vuelta a Espana for the rest of us

Ok guys I picked up on this blog.  This is better than watching those lousy announcers on NBC/universal doing the Vuelta.  Any Votes?!


25 August 2010

YIKES too many BIKES!

Yikes! I saw this on http://prollyisnotprobably.com/ and it made me think of all the stuff in our various Garages.  Maybe it is time to clean house and start over.  What the  hell happened to a great economy when we could buy anything we wanted.

20 August 2010

Jack's specs and Joel Metz's comments

Just after purchase I sent Joel the pics he had a chat with the seller and here was his commentary.

"Here we have beautiful specimen indeed. it is a 1963 jack taylor frame set. it has no name, making me beleive it is a true custom build. the reason I think this is custom is due to the tubing. It uses reynolds 531 but is plain gauge as apposed to butted. It seems this tubing was only used on there tandems. So maybe the original owner speced her a bit heavy because he was heavy? also it has a really unique mount on the fork that seems to be for a dynamo. The sizing is a bit odd too. seat tube is 54cm c-c, the top tube is 58cm c-c. the chainstays are 45cm c-c. comes with a pair of huret shifters they are in excellnt shape. sorry the headset and bb are not included. the frame is in excellent shape for her age. paint is nice and glossy, no dents or dings, no cracks. a few minor scratches is all, and a few of the decals have seen better days."

Joel's site:



I contacted the seller later on and managed to get the BB and headset back.  More later.


18 August 2010

Jack's Taylor

After Barin introduced me to Steve Garo's site Coconino and seeing the incredible filet brazing work he does I thought about the Jack Taylor that is collecting dust in my Garage.  Along with Garo's site, we had dinner with my neighbor Tanja ( who is British) her father was along for the visit.  He saw the Taylor and we had a discussion that lasted late in the night about the Taylors he had owned.  Needless to say after a few ales with Jerry I have un earthed the frame and in the next months will be a little cronology of its new birth.