Jack Taylor Cycles

Another vintage bike catalogue from another famous English framebuilder.

Jack Taylor produced his first frame in 1936, and the family continued to build frames until the 1990’s. They were well regarded for their quality, enough for my dad to spend £430 in 1977 money (£2,700 in today’s quids, or $4,900 in Aussie dollars) on a Jack Taylor tourer with a custom built frame.

My dad was a pretty frugal sort of bloke, so for him to spend that much money on a bike he must’ve been pretty impressed.

He never rode the Jack Taylor much, I think he preferred his Bob Jackson, or maybe he was just saving the Jack Taylor for best. It’s still sitting in my mum’s garage, waiting for me to restore it.

Anyway, here are the models and specifications, and price list from March 1977. There’s some good information about the company and the Taylor brothers here and here.

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The receipt from my dad's Jack Taylor purchase. The frame was custom built for him.
The receipt from my dad’s Jack Taylor purchase. The frame was custom built for him.
The prices.
The prices.
Some hand-written notes from my dad.
Some hand-written notes from my dad.
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  1. Thanks for sharing your Jack Taylor story. I lived in Stockton-on-Tees in the Uk (home of Jack Taylor Cycles) before I moved to Western Australia over 10 years ago. I have and still ride my JT Sports model which I have owned since new in 1986. I also have a 1989 Tour of Britain model and a Super Clubman frame which was an ex display frame in the Jack Taylor factory which has never been built up. It would be great to hear from you and would love to know if you’ve made a start on the restoration yet.

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