Bike of the Month – January 2021
We sadly mark the end of an era with our first ‘Bike of the Month’ for 2021. After almost 85 consecutive years Bob Jackson Cycles of Leeds, England finally closed its doors for the last time. They did close briefly during WWII when the owner was called up to do military service. The Bob Jackson Cycles company initially produced mainly racing frames , this touring bike from the late 80’s. The frame was probably resprayed at some point, but the frame number has been referenced and confirmed genuine by Bob Jackson. It is built with an eclectic mix of parts selected specifically to suit its use as a touring bike.
Location: Cork, Ireland
Bicycle Make: Bob Jackson
Bicycle model: Tourer
Date of Manufacture: 1988
Touring Frame, Reynolds Tubing, Campagnolo Ends, Ft & Rr Mudguard eyes and Carrier bosses.
Handlebars: Cinelli Campione de Monde
Brakes: Levers Shimano 600 EX & Cantilever Brakes
Chainset: Shimano 600 Arabesque(52/38 Stronglight Ring)
Gear levers: Shimano Bar-end Levers
Derailleurs: Front Mech Shimano 600 Arabesque Rear Mech Suntour Cyclong Long Cage
Freewheeel: Shimano 14-28, 6 Speed
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Sealed Unit
Pedals: Look Delta
Rims: Mavic MA40
Hubs: Ft: Mavic; Rear Shimano 600
Tyres: Continental Touring with Luminous Strip
Saddle: Rolls – the best ever 🙂
Seatpost: SR 27.2
Mudguards: – can’t remember!
Mudflap: hand crafted from a Dr. Martens boot tongue !
With this bike we also celebrate the ‘Winter Bike’, relaxed angles, mudguards and mudflaps . We all remember those early ‘pre lycra’ club rides of our youth. Warm clothes with newspapers on our chests and tea in the flask. The days when club mates went out for spins in a group. When cycling was about comradery and not trying to ‘out Strava’ each other. When it was ok to stop at the top of a hard climb to recover and wait for any stragglers. Sprinting for certain specific town signs was de rigueur. This bike harkens back to that time and the glory days of Bob Jackson Cycles. Due to circumstances we are looking for a good home for this bike and we are open to offers.