I figured I should really build it up before making any rash decisions, and fixie wasn't going to work for me so here is the build I've managed to date. I'm not positive this bike is in fact a Bob Jackson but I can tell you that it is quick, light and rearing to go... This is probably the most 'lively' bike I've ridden that was close to my size.
This build is not polished as you'll see, and the photography isn't great (when I don't wrap till after 10PM somethings gotta give) but I think this build will give me a chance to get a good impression of the bike overall.
|Joe was attracted to the plain, single color, no decal look of the frame. It looks massive becuase of a tall headtube but it's about a 61-62cm BB-ST top. The saddle is a sweet 'Wright' leather unit courtesy of my good friend Erl.|
|Seat tube cluster... sweet lugs showing some beausage/rust. My rear cable hanger is pretty ghetto.|
|I know all my cables are a mess... the Mafac 'Racer'' brakes are courtesy of the Velocity Parts bin and I have to say I'm pretty impressed w/ the centerpulls. I will be replacing the pads w/ some modern salmon compound ones soonish.|
|6 speed freewheel from the co-op, much improved when paired w/ 6 speed chain! big range in the horizontal drop outs as you can see. No braze ons for anything on this frame.|
|The Pasela 32mm's courtesy of David from the Riv list were clutch in getting me rolling on this frame. 700x32 fits fine, and if I stay w/ 700c wheels on this bike I'll definitely look into some Grand Bois or Compass 700c tires.|
|This Phil Wood wheel set is 40T front, 48T rear intende for a tandem, but it also happens to have the now rare 120mm rear spacing. I've never had Phil hubs before so this makes me happy.|