Friday 6th January 2023
Reynolds – Winter 2023 Newsletter
Amidst what has been a challenging 2022 for many in the cycle industry, we wish you a Happy New Year from the team at Reynolds. Hopefully, we have all enjoyed a bit of downtime with friends and family. We have a lot of new things to share with you in this newsletter!
3D Print Design and Make Service
We have been asked quite frequently this year about a 3D print design and make capability. We are very pleased to announce we are now able to offer this service to our customers.
There will be 2 levels of service available:
1. Make to Print
Customers supply a fully finished 3D CAD model and dimensions and tolerances, we will perform a basic analysis, manufacture, finish and measure. This will be at a cost of £105 per design plus part manufacture cost. We can work with Solidworks, Fusion 360 or .STL files.
2. Design and Make
The higher level of service is design and manufacture – we will take sketches etc. produce a 3D CAD model, 2D drawings, and then analyse, manufacture, finish and measure. This will be at a rate of £35/hr (UK, Europe, ROW) $50/hr (USA, Canada) for the design element.
We are happy to look at small-batch production as well as one-offs.
We don’t need to expand on the economic headwinds facing us all. But inevitably we have seen increases in prices for raw material, heat treatment, and the need to help our employees with the cost of living. Unfortunately, we have to increase our prices to reflect this.
Reynolds will be sending our 2023 pricelists to existing customers. For 2023 we are increasing all steel prices by 7.5% and Titanium by 5.5%. We are sorry to do this but we have tried to keep the price rise as low as possible.
Philly Bike Expo
In October we had a whistlestop trip out to the Philadelphia Bike Expo. Sharing the stand with Andy Newlands from Torch and File, our US distributor. It was a great vibe at the show, meeting customers old and new and catching the breeze of new trends in the American bike market. We also had the chance to show our new shaped stays and 3D-printed parts.
Martin took to the stage to share the results of the environmental impact study. This seminar was well attended and there were some great questions from the audience. Highlights for us were the craftsmanship of Chapman Cycles. (look at their YouTube Channel for some mesmerising frame building). There were also some very cool Titanium bikes which could have tempted a lot of cash out of our pockets.
We have signed a deal with John Lambert at Breathe Design to take on Reynolds merchandising. John’s brief is to develop some new products that reflect both the current range and some retro elements of Reynolds. We will be working with John to make sure that these are sustainably and ethically sourced. We also want them to be eye-catching and good value. Here’s a teaser – our 125th Anniversary stainless steel mug. Keep your eyes on our website and social media for the new designs appearing.
Over the autumn we have taken some time to give the factory a good clean, tidy up and repaint. It had become apparent through the pandemic the factory had become rather tired. So we have painted floors, moved machines to make some more space, and thrown out an awful lot of accumulated junk. It’s nice to walk into a brighter, cleaner, and fresher factory every morning!
Happy New Year to all, and thank you for yet another great year!