Bob Jackson is one custom frame house that can lay claim to a rich cycling heritage as well as the great British tradition of maintaining a completely local industry. J.R.J. Cycles originated in 1935 but underwent a hiatus during World War 2 while Bob served in the Royal Air Force. Since returning to frame building after the war, the history of the business is a long and twisty one.
The marque enjoyed prosperous periods; acquiring the legendary Merlin brand, establishing a popular line of racing frames and building frames for Hetchins, but as Bob aged, so did the fortune of the business. A London businessman bought both the Hetchins name and J.R.J. in the mid 80s, with original members of staff staying behind in consultancy roles of varying depth. The director of J.R.J., Donald Thomas, convinced Bob to assist him in restoring the brand to it’s former glory and created a new workplace environment with a new focus on quality and integrity. Today, all fabrication and painting is done in-house, by hand, to a level that will proudly rival any younger newcomers.
In 1995, Bob Jackson Cycles swelled to a size that required larger premises, which were found in Stanningley Road, Bramley, Leeds. Sadly, Bob died in 1999, but his name continues to live on, with a solid range of track, Audax, road and touring frames. Full customization is offered, including paint and braze-ons. Get in touch via the website. This is Fredrik Holmström’s Audax End–End, and no doubt it sees plenty of Sweden’s countryside. Follow his adventures on his flickr stream.