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.