Bob Jackson Custom Commuter/Touring Bike

This is the result of my attempt to build the ultimate, at least for my use, commuter bike. It is also capable of loaded touring.

Drive side view.

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Parts List and Specifications


Special Tourist frame and fork from Bob Jackson Cycles in Leeds, England .


  • Handmade to order, silver brazed, lugged construction of Reynolds 631 tubing for main tubes and Reynolds 525 for seatstays and chainstays.
  • Rohloff sliding rear dropouts.
  • Complete braze-ons for touring: double eyes on front and rear dropouts, L&R lever bosses, chain hanger, low rider fittings, rack eyes on seat stays, 3 sets water bottle fittings.
  • Cantilever brake bosses.
  • Custom paint, chrome front fork tips and right chainstay
  • Shimano Dura Ace threaded headset.


Size (center to top) 20.5"
Top tube length 21"
Chain stay length 44.0 cm
Head angle 72°
Fork rake 55 mm
Steerer tube size threaded, 1"
Seat angle 74°
Seat tube inner diameter 27.2 mm
Bottom bracket height 10.5"
Rear dropout Spacing 135 mm for Rohloff Speedhub
Clearance for fenders (mudguards) Yes
Wheel size 26"

Drive Train

Bottom bracket
Shimano UN-73, tapered square style axle, hollow spindle, ISO/English threading, 68 mm width, length 127.5 mm
Sugino RD Crank Set, 165 mm arm length, 48 tooth
Shimano SPD Road Touring Pedal, PD-A530, SPD clip on one side of each pedal and a platform on the other so the bike can be ridden with regular shoes or SPD-cleated bike shoes
SRAM PowerChain 830, 3/32", 8 speed with PowerLink
Wald, 20" (#620), chrome, modified by trimming width
Internal gear hub
Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 XC-OEM1, polished aluminum, 16T cog
Shifter and Shifter Cables
Rohloff with shifter mounted on cutoff Pyramid ATM short bar end, silver, on upright portion of stem. See this page for more information about the cable routing and problems that I experienced related to it.

Gearing Analysis (PDF file)

Braking System

Shimano BR-R550 deluxe center-pull cantilevers
Brake Levers
Cane Creek SCR-5C compact aero levers, silver
Brake Cables
Jagwire Quality Stainless Slick ® Teflon, road
Brake Housing
Jagwire Expressway L3, black
Brake pads
Kool Stop v-type, black compound for rear, green/ceramic compound front

Wheels - Hand-Built by Peter White Cycles

Front Hub
Schmidt SON28, 32-hole, silver
Front Skewer
Generic quick release, 100 mm
Rear Hub
Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 XC-OEM1, 32-hole, polished aluminum, 16T cog
Rear Skewer
Generic quick release, 135 mm
Wheelsmith DB 14, 32 count
Front Rim
Mavic EX721 ceramic, 32-hole, 559 x 21, width 28.2 (interior width 21 mm, should fit tire width of 35 to 50-559)
Rear Rim
Mavic D521, 32-hole, 559 x 21, width 28.2 (interior width 2 mm, should fit tire width of 35 to 50-559)
Rim tape
Velox cloth, 22 mm width
Schwalbe AV12A
Tube Sealant
Schwalbe Marathon Plus, 26 x 1.35, (ERTO 35-559)


Brooks B17 Special, black
Saddle Rain Cover
Salsa Shaft, 250 mm x 27.2 mm, black


Nitto 177 "Noodle", 44 cm, 26 mm center
Deda, black
Nitto Technomic, 1" quill, 90 length, Italian 26.0 mm bar clamp
Shimano Dura Ace, 1" threaded

Lighting System

Hub Generator
Schmidt SON28
Front Light
Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ Cyo R Senso Plus Chrome Plated
Busch & Müller Dtoplight Plus, mounted to rear rack

Racks and Bags

Front Rack
Tubus, Tara, black, model #20000
Rear Rack
Tubus, Cargo, black, 26", model #12000
Rear Panniers
Arkel, GT-54, black, pair
Rear Pannier Covers
Arkel, custom GT-54 rain cover, pair
Right Front Pannier
Arkel G-18, black
Left Front Pannier
Arkel GT-18 BP, black, converts to backpack
Front Pannier Covers
Arkel front pannier covers, pair
Handlebar Bag
Ortlieb Ultimate 5 plus, large, black

Other Accessories

Rear View Mirror
Third Eye bar end
Water Bottle Cages
Generic alloy, black
Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount
Fenders (Mudguards)
SKS Chromoplastic, P55, black, set
Mud Flaps
SKS Mudflap, P50/P55, black
Lock: Axa SL7
ring lock, black
Lock Cable
Axa 180cm Click in Cable for SL7 Lock
Cateye Strada Cadence