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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 10:46 pm 

Joined: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:58 pm
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Location: Monroe, LA
I'm now the owner of the Jack Taylor Ruff Stuff. Met the Taylors in 1983 and have kept in contact with them all this time. Not sure how many Taylor made bikes I have or have had, but the Ruff Stuff is close to the coolest I've got. The photo of Jack Dave and Norman in an above post, I took in 2004. Anyway, more at Meauxtown on Flickr if you would like to take a look. Would love to see photos of the Ruff Stuff back in 1979 if anyone has these. Cheers,
mike thompson

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 7:49 pm 
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Hi Mike,
Congratulation on being the new custodian of this fine example of an English rough-stuff bike.

I have never come across any surviving examples of custom built rough-stuff bikes in the UK and I am not at all sure why. Whilst most UK rough-stuff bikes were standard road bikes there must be some examples of bikes like yours somewhere. As you can see by the photo below, the Taylors were not the only makers of these bikes. But its also likely that the arrival of the good value mountain bikes in the 1980's would have killed off the production of such bikes.

There is however there is a historic link between rough-stuff bikes and the US mountain bike. This is because the first ever off-road bike made by Tom Ritchey was a copy of the bike shown below that he built for John Finlay-Scott in 1977. Finlay-Scott called these bikes "Woodsies". A generic term he used for all English rough-stuff bikes and so what he called his US built bikes built from the mid fifties onwards as they were inspired by the English rough-stuff machines.

File comment: The bike that Tom Ritchey says he was asked to copy by John Finlay-Scott in 1977.
English 650b Woodsie bike made by Jim Guard.jpg
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