Jack Taylor Super Tourist - 1983 built - sold 1990 -

Set up my Ostrich bag on the Super Tourer yesterday. Then tried it out round the coast. I just ordered a £5 bar extension to try it, make sure it all fits and works before ordering a fancy Nitto version. I need the space due to the Mafac safety levers.
Good bag, strong, holds a mountain of gear and secure with a strap underneath holding it on the rack.
Always good to get out and ride.
Getting it sorted as I have a few days off so will hopefully get away and head south on some quiet roads.

Swapping out the front derailleur and also the chain for a NOS 1980's 5/6 speed. I think at some point that the front derailleur was swapped out in the shop after being built and then 7 years later being finally sold as the Arabesque mech does not like running on the straight arm Stronglight crank. There is minimal room and when I do get it adjusted/trimmed it doesn't take much more than going up and down the cog before the mech is hitting the back of the crank arm. The arabesque has the out turned bit right at the front which doesnt help but the flex means when the crank arm comes around it hits the bottom outside edge of the cage. I think the right size chain with the 7mm pins rather than this one which is 8.3mm wide and I am going to try a old Sora cage which I run on my Mercian with the exact same chainset but in a triple. The Sora cage is very flat and doesn't even look close to hitting. It may not have been swapped out but I don't think it was run far. To be fair when I got it it had never been in the big ring as there was not a mark. Just a bit of tinkering, good for the soul ;)

Jamie

Untitled by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

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Untitled by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

Untitled by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

Untitled by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr
 
I've seen the Sora front mech used on quite a few vintage triples, especially Mercians for some reason. Clearly a versatile mech. My mate uses one on his, just removed the Sora decal.

The bag looks great BTW.
 
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