Bob Jackson Light Tourer

Bob Jackson Light Tourer

The last we heard of Devon Tsuno he was enjoying a Hufnagel road bike with custom artwork inspired by his hero, Karl Benjamin. The Hufnagel was always purposed to be his ‘good’ bike, so he set about sourcing an everyday rider, one that he was happy using for errands and leaving locked up around town. A superb Bob Jackson frame was the result of his search.

It might not have been exactly what Devon was looking for, but it was the right fit and needed a good home. “I bought it from a ‘Groovy Old Man’ from Ojai at a Kabbalah Center in Beverly Hills. True story!” says Devon. Apart from being covered in dried Coca-Cola and having a ‘performance’ wheelset added, it was all original. Next stop: Golden Saddle Cyclery for some love from Kyle.

A new wheelset, Nitto Mustache bars and shifters, Brooks Ti Swift saddle and an Acorn Bag later, Devon was ready to hit the streets. “I love the paint, carved lugs, and pin striping, but after riding it I now understand why Bob Jackson is such a world class frame builder. I’m astonished at how stiff, light and responsive the frame is.”

Devon struck gold with this Craigslist find, as Reynolds 753 was discontinued because it was unable to be TIG welded. Frame builders had to submit examples of their brazing to Reynolds to be accredited to use the rare tubing, and Bob Jackson’s workshop is one of the few licensed builders. Special thanks to Devon Tsuno for the story and photos. Check out his flickr and website for more.

Bob Jackson Light Tourer
Bob Jackson Light Tourer
Bob Jackson Light Tourer
Bob Jackson Light Tourer
Bob Jackson Light Tourer
Bob Jackson Light Tourer
Bob Jackson Light Tourer

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  • Stephen Lane

    That is truly beautiful :-)

  • Kim

    Pretty crazy toe overlap for a road bike!

  • Freddie Boom Boom Shaka

    That would be the perfect candidate for a 650B conversion. Forget about clipping the pedal…that thing is going to clip the cranks. That overlap is horrible and can’t believe a custom builder would use 700c wheels on a bike that small.

  • tony

    Its a lovely bike, as far as toe overlap go’s. If your a little guy or gal you get over it after a while, My all-city race bike has a lot but it never bothered me in a race or on single track.

  • tony

    some shorter cranks would always help too

  • http://spinynorman.tumblr.com Spiny Norman

    This is an absolutely beautiful bike, although I’m not a fan of those particular MKS pedals. That’s an aesthetic judgement, not a functional one. I bet they work really well, but they do look like ass. The rest of the bike is gorgeous. I’m also not a fan of moustache bars. Here the problem is the opposite. I think they look awesome but I really prefer drops for nearly all purposes. I hope the owner likes the looks *and* the function!

    People who can’t deal with a bit of toe overlap simply have subpar bike handling skills. It really is that simple. My road bike has a ton of overlap and it’s never caused a problem over the many years I’ve had it and ridden the hell out of it. Yes, my toe grazes the tire sometimes. It truly is not a problem.

    I’ve got a couple of bikes that are 650B, one converted and one custom. I wouldn’t convert this one. It’s splendid in 700C.