1970′s Jack Taylor Tandem
This is a Jack Taylor custom tandem built in the 1970′s.
Buy it and ride it as it sits (maybe on the California Eroica retro ride?) or update some of the components and enjoy the retro English styling with modern components.
The tandem is a large/medium size. The seat tube for the captain is 23 1/2″ (60cm) c-to-center of the top tube and the top tube is 22 3/4″ (58cm). The stoker seat tube is 21 1/4″ (54cm) center to center. I would imagine that the ideal rider heights for this bike are 5’10″-6’2″ for the captain and 5’5″ – 5’9″ for the stoker. The wheels are 27″.
The frame is made of fillet-brazed Reynolds 531 Tandem steel tubing. The paint, box striping and decals are all in excellent shape, but the seat tube decal has partially flaked off.
Component highlights include the beautiful TA triple drive crankset and timing cranks. The derailleurs are Campagnolo Rally and Nuovo Record models. The wheels feature early Phil Wood (steel shell) hubs and have 48 spokes laced to Araya rims. The saddles are both from Brooks (B5N model in front, women’s team pro in back). The stopping power comes courtesy of Mafac cantilevers (with Campagnolo levers) and an Arai drum brake with a separate thumb lever on the stem.
The captain’s handlebars are Cinelli Criteriums (model 65 in 44cm width) and the cotton handlebar tape has been varnished to give a neat texture and great vintage look. The Honjo stainless steel fenders have a few scratches on them down at the ends, but they still look great.