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Mark Stonich

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Someone asked to see a photo of my Jack Taylor. 

About 12 years ago a man called me up out of the blue and asked me what his Taylor frame with matching serial number racks was worth, so he could Craigslist it. As he described it to me I told him I was interested and he should find someone else to give him a price and then call me back. When he called back he asked for $275!!!! I couldn't get out there fast enough.

At first I wasn't sure I wanted to take advantage of his ignorance, despite him having a house bigger than my lot and his and hers matching Escalades. But as we talked I started to realize what a completely disgusting human being he was, so I offered him $250 and we split the difference.

For some reason people give me stuff they no longer want, including some amazing bicycles. But mostly bike parts after they had become obsolete but before they became collectable.

On the Taylor these include;
Wheels - Campi Record hubs & 27" Super Champion Mod 58 rims
Fenders - Early '60s Lefols, the French fenders Honjos are copies of.
Mafac tandem cantilever brakes.
Campi Record FD & Campi Rally RD
NOS Lucas "tick tick" cyclometer.
Suntour BarCon shifters, seatpost and brake levers came off a bike someone had put out for the recycling truck.
160mm TA Cyclotouriste cranks
NOS Canvas TA handlebar bag

Clearly a case of "One man's trash is another man's treasure.".



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graveldoc

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What a fine machine, Mark!  Thanks for sharing your photo and story.
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lugdoug

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Mark, that is a lovely bike. Thanks for posting a picture.
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tallbikeman

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I've always wanted a Jack Taylor.  Fond memories of really nice touring bicycles with great paint jobs.  Yours is beautiful and I'm sure a pleasure to ride.  At one time or another I've owned most of the components that are on your bicycle but never the Jack Taylor frame and fork.  Ahh maybe it will appear in the near future?
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graveldoc

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Tallbikeman, I saw a Jack Taylor frame and fork set for sale over on the Bridgestone Owners Bunch yesterday.  Ya might wanna take a look...
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A lovely looking bike, 23 " seat tube, red with wonderful boxlining. Plain gauge full 531 - does that work for you tallbikeman?
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tallbikeman

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Thanks for the heads up on the Jack Taylor frame and fork.  I ride 26inch, 66cm, frames.  I have a 27inch Schwinn frame and that is at the outer limit of big for me.  I have ridden 25inch frames a lot and some fit better than others.  Right now my main squeezes are 26inch frame bicycles.  23inch frames are just too small.  Thanks again.
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