Monday 14th March 2022
Reynolds – Spring 2022 Newsletter
Spring has sprung in Birmingham, and as the days get longer we start to dream of longer bike rides and not having to put 15 layers of clothing on before each ride. The plans are set out for the cycling year ahead, whether here in the factory, or out on the road and the trail. The winter has had the Reynolds team working hard to keep your orders flowing out of the door, and we have been developing some exciting new things to extend our product range.
3D Printed Titanium Dropouts & Yoke
We are pleased to announce that we now have on sale 3D printed titanium dropouts and a 3D printed dropped yoke with matching drop out and chainstay. Following on from our ISO tested stainless steel parts we have subjected a Ted James Design built gravel frame to ISO standards, to give confidence in the integrity of all parts.
As expected it passed with flying colours. Please contact us for details of supplies, lead times and pricing. We are also looking at a version of this drop out with integrated mudguard or carrier mounting holes.
Chain Guard Mount
More new parts for gravel and MTB! We have figured that chain guard mounts are very much a ‘thing’. So we are now able to offer CNC machined chainguard mounts to ISCG-05. These match our T47 and BSA bottom brackets. They have plain holes at 5mm diameter ready to tap to M6 There will be 3 material choices:
- Chromoly steel
- 931 Stainless Steel
- 3/2.5 Titanium We think these look pretty cool and we’re looking forward to seeing them out in the wild on your bikes.
With this addition, we continue as the custom builders’ one-stop-shop for all frame parts. These are available immediately to order. Please contact us for prices and availability.
931 Stainless Head Tubes & BB shells
After several enquiries from you folks, we have 44mm ID headtubes in 931 stainless steel. These are machined parts in lengths 120, 140, 160, 180mm We should be ready to ship by the time this reaches you. shorter length head tubes for MTBs are available by special order. We also have 73mm 931 BB shells available, again ready for dispatch as we write this.
New Hydraulic Press
As part of the ongoing investment in new hardware, we have recently purchased a new 26t press to add to our bending and forming capability and capacity. The new press has a precision programmable capability that offers stroke accuracy to 0.1mm. It is a real step forward for Reynolds.
It’s so easy to use that it was doing production work less than a week after it arrived. We have also been trialling 3D printed small tooling for adding local reshaping on tubes. This tooling can be made quickly and inexpensively. This significantly enhances Reynolds’ capability to reshape tubes with a complexity and accuracy not previously possible. Together with the in-house 3D printed tooling, Reynolds believes the new press offers a low-cost option for creating highly shaped seat stays and chain stays especially for all those wide tyred bikes everyone wants.
This year we are looking forward to getting out to more shows than we have since the pandemic struck. We enjoy shows and meeting everyone face-to-face and letting folks see the new products. It is our intention to be exhibiting at:
- Eurobike, Frankfurt, 13-17th March
- NAHBS, Denver CO, 23-25th September
- Bespoked, London, 14-16th October
- Philadelphia Bike Expo, Philadelphia PA, 29-30th October
We mentioned last time that Keith was hoping to spend more time riding his bike. He then promptly scuppered that by falling off on a club ride and fracturing his collar bone. The good news is that he is on the mend. We wish him a speedy recovery and that he is soon out on his bike again. He’s currently Zwifting one-handed!
Tom meanwhile has got a delightful post- lockdown dog – called Josie. She walks Tom round the park every evening and keeps us entertained each morning with the tales of her total takeover of the Cleverly household.
Reynolds is appearing in the Journal by Brookes Saddles – another iconic British cycling name that goes from strength to strength. We are flattered to be featured. Take a read and enjoy the photo’s here.
The Reynolds Truck
One of our customers sent us the picture below of a special truck decked out in Reynolds livery.
We did a bit of digging and found out was made as a joint project between Reynolds and Jensen. Jensen are most famed for their sports cars, especially the 1960s/70s Interceptor. They also had a successful commercial vehicles line, making rather stylish busses and trucks. Very few of them survive today. It was a lightweight project using Reynolds aluminium sheet and profiles to get the lorry under a weight so that it could run at 30mph rather than 20mph limit for heavy trucks.
Three were made in 1939. It’s a fantastic piece of design, although we’re not sure its single headlight would be that effective or if the streamlining would have many benefits driving around Birmingham. It must have really turned some heads when it was out and about in the city. Over 80 years ago Reynolds were at the cutting edge of innovation and that ethic continues through to today.