After founder J.R. Jackson opened the first J.R.J Cycles in 1935, the company experienced years of success and became popular frame builders of steel racing bikes in the 50s and 60s. However, recent years have seen the company struggle to find younger members of staff to train up and move the company forwards.
A statement from the Bob Jackson website said:
“After what has been a very crazy year for all of us we have decided its time to hang up our welding torches and spray guns for the last time and enjoy some retirement while we can.
“All current orders and work with us will be finished as promised, any customers who still need our services (no chrome plating) will need to have their frames with us by the 7th November, Frames after this time will not be accepted.
“On a personal note all at Bob Jackson Cycles now and in the past would like to thank all of our customers for their business over the last 85 years. We are sorry it has come to this but nobody can stop the passing o time and everyone is entitled to enjoy a few years of retirement.”
Bob Jackson unfortunately died in 1999 but was succeeded by his business partner Donald Thomas who had worked alongside Bob for many years. Thomas has continued to run the Leeds based frame builders until its most recent announcement.