[CR]Reading Reynolds Tubes

(Example: Framebuilders:Doug Fattic)

From: "Stockwell, Brad" <BRAD.STOCKWELL@mpp.cpii.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Reading Reynolds Tubes
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 13:31:35 -0800


On the subject of Reynolds: is it always true that one can identify the tubing used on a Reynolds bike by removing the paint?

In '78 when I repainted my 1971 Zeus Competition (built with 3 main tubes 531), I noted that once the frame had been stripped I could just make out a faintly engraved 'REYNOLDS 531 DB' marking on the underside of the downtube near where the shifters would be mounted.

Presumably Reynolds tubes are always marked this way? Do other types of tubing (at least the fancy ones) do this also?

Brad Stockwell (people were mowing their lawns on my ride in this morning!) Currently Balmy Palo Alto

-----Original Message----- From: Hilary Stone [mailto:Hilary.Stone@Tesco.net] Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 10:15 AM To: M. Chandler; classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Subject: Re: [CR]Reynolds "red" 531 transfer?

This bike built by Dick Morris in East London is probably late 70s, early 80s. The fancy cut lugs are in reality Nervex Pro though Dick I am sure cleaned them up to a higher standard than most builders. He did do some very fancy hand cut lugs at various times. It is built from Reynolds 531 SL tubing which is very thin. ­ on top and down tubes just 0.4mm thick in the centre sections. The stays are also very light. He was a superb builder ­ I also have a 531SL frame of his but mine was built with Prugnat style single point lugs. 531SL was replaced by 531 Pro in about 1985/6; by then Dick had practically stopped building. Mine has the frame number M558 on the right rear dropout ­ I suspect 558 was the sequential frame number and the M the year though I do not know how to decode that. Certainly his output was very small and he built totally by himself which is something that cannot be said of many builders. The bits fitted to this frame are a hotpotch. The frame may have been built for touring or for cyclocross originally, it's hard to tell However it must be recorded that Dick only started in business on his own in 1958. Before that he worked at Bates and Bertrand and possibly Allins.

Hilary Stone

---------- >From: "M. Chandler" <cyclist@dimensional.com> >To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org >Subject: [CR]Reynolds "red" 531 transfer? >Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2001, 4:13 pm >

> First, look at: > > http://ebay.com/<blah> > > Then click the photo that shows the Reynolds transfer. Can someone > tell me more about this? I've never seen that color combination > on a 531 transfer before. > > Interesting bike, btw. The components seem much newer than the > frame (if the seller's description is accurate). > > > -- > cyclist [at] dimensional [dot] com > > http://dimensional.com/~cyclist/ > > > _______________________________________________ > Classicrendezvous mailing list > Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org > http://www.bikelist.org/mailman/listinfo/classicrendezvous >

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