"The Patent Butted Tube Company Ltd"  since 1898....
Updated
12.10.2012

 

A history
of the
Reynolds
Tube Co.
HERE

 

    An excellent web page showing much Reynolds literature and specifications HERE

 

The First Half Century


1914 Advertisement

1914 frame decal

Until '531" intro in1935,

the top Reynolds tubing was
"High Manganese."

1938 ad in Cycling
showing frame & fork.

A decal as appearing on a 1953 bike.

Small sized straight gauge as seen on many Raleigh Lentons and Rudge Pathmakers...

The 1960s ~70s

   
The classic "full set" decal that marked the

best bicycles in the world in the 1960s & 70s.

The same tube set  but with a subtle change of wording. Reportedly, the Schwinn Bicycle Co. objected to the phrase "Butted tubes, forks and stays" because it implied that the forks and stays were butted, which they are not. (They are "taper gauge") So Schwinn used instead  the above decal. this decal occasionally appears on other , even non-USA bikes, but rarely.

Same era full set
but not double butted

Butted main frame but
not necessarily Reynolds
at all in the rest!

French, 3 tubes db, but not necessarily Reynolds stays nor forks.

Straight gauge 3 tubes....

Reynold's radical heated treated and thin gauge 753!
article

Notice more printing along the bottom but still no reference to Tubing Investment Co.,  Reynolds owners...

Fork decals vary by size and art layout. They were not always used on many bikes. This one is French...

English version

Mid 1970s and forward...
It is not entirely clear when the Tubing Investments subscript started to
be used in the decals, but it was approximately early to mid 1970s.


Short-lived tube designation.. That of the Reynolds 531 SL, a lighter gauge version of the venerable tube set.

Fuzzy image of the English language version...


Check these

decals out!
Can you figure
these out?

More recent developments:
These versions of Reynolds are principally from the late 1990s & up till the present.


A light gauge set in the classic alloy..

This set is ridged internally as well a s being butted..

A tube category introduced to appeal to the tig welders

Next step up in quality over the 525 and with the same intended market.

New for the once
top-of-the-line set.

The current premier set featuring heat strengthened alloy.. There is also (not pictured) a "8 tubes 853" decal used by Bob Jackson and ?

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