In 1897, Alfred M. Reynolds solved a problem that had frustrated cycle frame builders for many years. By thickening the walls at the end of the tubes, Alfred had discovered a technique that would revolutionise cycle frame engineering to the present day. Our butted steel tubing technology remains the product of choice for high-performance cycle manufacturers, including De Rosa, Genesis, Mercian and LeMond.
A lot has happened in the last 120 years and many milestones have been achieved; by our engineers, our clients and their riders. Not least 27 Tour de France winners. Innovation is the driver behind everything we do. Together with our clients, we’re continually improving the performance of cycling and cyclists – from club level to pro-team.
The next phase of our journey is going to be the most exciting yet – we hope you’ll join us on it.
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John Reynolds starts as a nail manufacturer in Birmingham, England.
Alfred M. Reynolds and J.T Hewitt patent the invention of butted tubing.
The predecessor to today’s Reynolds bicycle tubing company is formed, called The Patent Butted Tube Co., Ltd. on 20th December 1898.
Due to increased wartime production, The Patent Butted Tube Co., Ltd relocates to a large Tudor house known as Hay Hall in Tyseley, Birmingham.
Reynolds Tube Co., Ltd. is acquired by Tube Investments, Ltd.
Max Bigford and Austyn Reynolds introduce the legendary Reynolds 531 tubeset, with 5-3-1 ratio of key elements in this manganese-steel alloy.
Luxembourg’s Charly Gaul wins the Tour de France astride a Reynolds 531-built bicycle, completing the 4,319.5km race more than three minutes ahead of Italy’s Vito Favero.
Belgium’s Eddy Merckx wins his first of five Tour de France on his private-label, Reynolds-tubed DeRosa. France’s Walter Pingeon finished a distant second, nearly 18 minutes back in the 4,102km race.
Reynolds introduced heat-treated 753 tubing; which rapidly becomes the competition tubing of choice worldwide.
Reynolds receives the coveted Guidon D’or (Golden Handlebar) award for its 531 tubing.
American upstart Greg LeMond wins his first of three Tours de France on his private-label, Reynolds-tubed Hinault. His bike’s namesake finished three minutes behind in the 4,083hm epic race.
Spaniard Miguel Indurain wins the first of his record-setting five consecutive Tours de France, beating rivals Gianni Bungo and Claudio Chiappucci by more than three minutes, astride a Reynolds-tubed Pinarello.
Reynolds introduced 853, the world’s first commercial air-hardening steel for bicycle frame tubes.
Reynolds is named the official tubing supplier to USA Cycling, who provide GT Bicycles through the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Reynolds celebrates 100 years as the world’s leading bicycle tubing manufacturer by announcing a complete product range, encompassing steel, aluminium, titanium and carbon fibre materials.
A management buy-out on 24th January led by Keith Noronha takes Reynolds back into private ownership, whilst keeping the employees (and experience) on board.
Reynolds launch the first seamless butted 6AI-4V titanium tubeset, the highest performance tubing metallic material available to the bike industry.
The company is renamed Reynolds Technology Ltd. to reflect the increasing revenues from diversification into “new” sectors for tubing outside the cycle industry.
The new “953” stainless marging steel range becomes commercially available to builders – probably the hardest material in the bike industry at over 1800 MPa tensile strength.
Reynolds installs a plg-bar drawbench at Shaftmoor Lane, adding productions capability and flexibility.
Specialist niche sales sectors now include motorsport, oil down-hole drilling, sports wheelchairs and related tubing based on the high-strength materials developed for the bike industry. A special edition “531” tubeset is launched to mark our 110th year.