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24 May 2014

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Jorja

HI! Wanted to ask you about your Bob Jackson. How long you have had it, and how you still feel about it? I am looking to get one in the next month, to do some long distance touring, how do you think they have faired?

Thanks!

Daniel Mitchell

Hi Jorja

I have had my Bob Jackson for almost three years now and still love it. It has seen year round use in all sorts of conditions and there is little I would change if I started again. I have talked a little bit about my thoughts on a slightly lighter build here ...
http://danmitch.typepad.com/a_bike_build/2012/11/not-touring-on-a-touring-frame.html

... but it is actually a great all rounder and I think would be fantastic for long distance touring.

You will get terrific, no nonsense quality of service from Bob Jackson as a company and I think their frames represent excellent value though you should keep in mind that you still need to choose and purchase all the components so ultimately you are likely to be spending more than on something like a fully built-up Surly LHT or Cross Check (both of which are good bikes), but get to chose exactly what works for you.

The frame is a big part of the finished bike, spend as much time looking at the wheels too, they are almost as important in my experience.

Do let me know if you have any other questions, either by posting here or via Twitter (link at the top of the page).

Best - Dan

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