Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor Cycles, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees

Updated 10.11.2020

Involved in the cycling trade since the 1930s, Jack Taylor Cycles was comprised of three brothers—Jack, Ken, and Norman Taylor—who produced a wide range of hand built bicycles in Stockton-on-Tees, England. Jack Taylor built his first frame in 1936; the three brothers produced bicycles and frames together from 1945 through the early 1990’s. Jack built his last frame a few years later. In their heyday, the Taylor brothers exported many bikes, especially tandems and touring frames, to the USA. Jack Taylors are widely respected for their innovative designs as well as the quality of their fillet brazed and lugged construction.

Documentary about the Taylors called ‘The Bike Brothers’.
Produced by BBC North East in 1986. Special thanks to Nic Henderson

Another nice video shot by Mark Lawrence on the occasion of
the Taylor brothers being invited to the Seattle Bike Expo in 2010.

Serial numbers to establish dates of manufacture.

Updated 10.11.2020

Cycling magazine’s “Nimrod” tests a

1960 Taylor bicycle

Joel Metz's

web site devoted to Jack Taylor cycles

Updated 10.11.2020

Classic Lightweights

page devoted to Taylor Cycles

Cycling magazine’s Harry Keates reviews the

1962 range of Taylor bicycles

Bob Freeman’s

website devoted to Jack Taylor Cycles

Jack himself in his racing days

Advertisement art

Mally Singo's bicycle #549 about 1936

Steve Melia's 1948, as-found and after restoration.

1958 brochure

Courtesy Vance Sprock, Cupertino Bike Shop

Jeff Groman's curved seat tube 1950s bike.

Original owner Colin Brooker's 1951 fixed gear bike.

Steve Benson's early 1950s Mixte frame


Purchased new 1957 by Les Stevenson and still owned today. Size 24" , 531 tubing, tourist frame with lugs, color black & in need of restoration but in original condition.

Elizabeth Greene's Tandem #4617

#4646 Alex Moll's 1963 Jack Taylor Tourist

(Only wear items, tires, spokes, cales etc., were replace. Otherwise original...)

Photos courtesy Bob Freeman, Elliot Bay Cycles, Seattle WA

Ken Cowan's Track or Path Racer #5448

Ken Toda's lugless touring frame #5939

(full bike pics once he gets it built up!)

Robert Johnson's bill of sale for his Jack Taylor bicycle in 1973

#6806 Tour of Britain

Click below to go to a 39 picture gallery

David Martinez' beautiful curved tube bike.

(Photos by Ted Williams!)

Richard Deandrea's #7557

Jay Robinow's tricycle #7723

James Macdonald's triplet tricycle\

(no. 8230, Feb. 22, 1985) said to be the only one ever made and for the son of the Chief Cashier of the Bank of England.

David Poole's Tour of Britain frameset.

Bike belonging to Pacific Cycles, Carlsbad, CA

A 650 wheel touring tandem at auction on Ebay.

Steve Benson's filet brazed 650 wheel touring.

Dan Artley's #7573

Touring #8119

Bruce Thomson's Special 50th Anniversary Tour of Britain

David Poole's lugless serial #8629

Troy Warnick's touring bike #8679

Steve & Karolyn Reker's 1981 Tandem

Frame set #8757 with matching rear carrier rack