from the ebay listing for this bike:
Here is a one 1971 Jack Taylor tourist in restorable condition. The frame is lugged Reynolds 531(serial #6215), has campy dropouts and is complete with racks and fenders. There are numerous braze ons for all the touring stuff as well as inlets to run wiring for lights within the frame. This bike was built up way back when with high quality parts listed as follows: The cranks are stronglight 99's with triple rings and are mounted on a Phil Wood sealed bottom bracket. Pedals are campy superleggaria with Christophe Special toe clips. Front derailler is campy (record, I think), rear is Shimano Titilist GS Shifting is controlled by Sun Tour bar-cons running through a braze on demultiplicator. Regina drilled 5 speed freewheel and Regina chain. Wheels are Mavic red diamond 27 x 7/8ths laced to Phil Wood sealed hubs. Brakes are Mafac Criterium cantilever with non-aero, barrel adjuster Mafac levers. Stem is a Cinelli center pull model. Stronglight competition headset. The 3ttt fluted alloy seatpost holds a 3ttt SL suede seat in very excellent condition (lived under a sheepskin seatcover). Finally the HORN is just too cool and IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION. Instead, it will live life on the rear bars of my Schwinn Twinn Deluxe for my wife to play with, sorry.
As you can see from the photos, this bike is nowhere near new. It was ridden extensively and then sat in attic above a garage for 30 years. I washed most of the dust off but that is about it. The bike shows very little rust but the paint is old and faded. Perhaps a good polish and wax would bring back much of it's original lustre. There was some kind of fitting mounted on the downtube at one point that required two rivets through the frame. The holes are visible in the photo of the Tourist/Reynolds Decal. I do not believe these affect the integrity of the frame. The textured braking surface on the wheels show wear. No tires or tubes. I have no idea what if any of the electrical equipment works. The original owner had a thing for reflective tape. Cranks, pedals, and fenders all have it. I would imagine it could be removed pretty easily with a heatgun and thinner.
All in all this bike is rideable as is with a new set of tires but should be transformed with a bunch of elbow grease and a minimal amount of repair into a wonderful rider or display piece. The reserve is set below current value for the individual parts as I would rather see the bike remain complete as a testament to the grand touring era. This bike will ship to the continental US only unless I agree otherwise. Contact me about any international shipping before you bid.
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