[CR]new top tube for '74 Jack Taylor?

Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor

From: dgranger@comcast.net
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 19:10:57 +0000
Subject: [CR]new top tube for '74 Jack Taylor?

Greetings all, My name is Duncan Granger, and I have been lurking on the list for about a month, since I bought a 1974 Jack Taylor on the bay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3696140803). A quick intro - I own two other bikes that fall in the CR timeline - one is a 1981 (?) Ross Gran Tour (my first vintage bike, and a ball to restore - that quirky old Shimano stuff is cool!) and the other is a '73 Super Course (had to have something with Capella lugs). I'm 35 and, up until I had three kids, used to race USCF cat 4. I've been riding about 25 years, and wish I could have back some of the bikes I rode when I was much younger (a regret I'm sure many of us share - maybe the reason we got into "vintage" bikes?). Anyway, enough about me. Here's my dilemma: The Jack Taylor has two dents on the right side of the top tube (probably from the bar hitting the tube in a crash). The larger one is about the size of a nickel, and a couple to three milimeters deep. I am taking the frame up to Tom Kellog at Spectrum Cycles this weekend on my way to the swap meet at the Lehigh Valley velodrome (aside to Tom Adams - count my brother and I in on the ride) for a re-paint (it's already been repainted once, a metallic silver). With Tom K's paint and Bob Freeman's transfers, I hope to restore it to most of its' former glory. Tom says he can patch the top tube or replace it. Assuming he gives the frame a clean bill of health structurally, I am leaning toward having the dents filled. I would like to keep the bike as original as possible. So what's your vote? Should I have the top tube repaired or replaced? Why or why not? I value your opinions (maybe that's my first mistake :-)). Thanks in advance, Duncan "on the horns of a dilemma" Granger Lancaster, PA