JACK TAYLOR SUPER TOURIST
Frame: Size 22 in., 73 degree head, 71 degree seat angle, Reynolds 531 butted
tubing throughout, Nervex Professional lugs, 42 iwheelbase, 10 3/4 in bottom bracket
height, oval section forks with 25/8 in. rake. Brazed on brakestops,cable eyes and
channels, gear boss, pump pegs, dynamo and gear brackets.
|Brakes: Mafac Criterium
Handlebars: G.B. Maes alloy on 2 3.4 in. JackTaylor chrome steel stem.
Saddle: Brooks B.17 Champion Standard.
Pedals: Chater-Lea single sided, Brooks toe clips. Mud guards: Lefol reinforced alloy.
Inflater: Bluemel's Tour de France 16 in.
Weight: 31 lb. complete.
Fittings: Jos dynamo, Taylor chrome rear pannier and front bag support, Simplex bottle cage.Finish: Red metallic lustre with flamboyant green head and seat panels. White boxing on tubes, lugs gold edged.
Price: 50 Lbs. 3d.
can have a more apt name than this Super Tourist, built I hesitate to use the word manufactured,
for that has become associated with mass production and large companies-by Jack Taylor
Cycles, of Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees. For my test report could be condensed into just
seven words: this really is a super touring bicycle.
look at the specification of the Super Tourist and after being wooed- by the first class
accessories and fittings you will probably stop short with a mental jar at the price of
three pence over 50 Lbs. Furthermore, non cyclists when they bear the price will screech,
"50 Lbs for a 'push bike? You can pay the deposit on a car for that price ! "
That is true, and those who have never sampled the delights of a gently meandering tour,
with the hot bright sunlight being cooled by an invigorating breeze blowing in your face,
will no doubt do so. They are welcome to their goldfish-like view of the world from a car.
No, when you consider the expense of a lightweight bicycle, so willingly paid by the
racing man, and then add to that figure a 15-speed gear, sturdy carriers and bag supports,
and a dynamo lighting system with the wiring concealed inside the frame tubing, there is
the value in the 50 Lbs.
Above all, the craftsmanship with which the frame is put together is shown in the fine finish and lugwork. I have but one criticism. When carrying, myself, weighing around l2 stone, and some 2 stone of baggage and equipment, the stopping power of the brakes was slow in being effective, even when on merely gentle descents. I feel that here indeed is a touring bicycle whose praises are best sung by the specification. Look at the details again, and you will appreciate why I enjoyed riding the SuperTourist.