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ROULEUR ISSUE 19.6 - NOW AVAILABLE

  • Desire: Reynolds 531 & 753 Clothing Collection

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    531 and 753. Casual clothing inspired by the revolutionary steel tubing from British company Reynolds, behind some of the greatest steel bikes of all time

    Photographs: Reynolds

    For 120 years, Reynolds has been an iconic name in the cycling world.

     

    From the first forays of steel nail manufacturer John Reynolds into frames in 1895, the heritage of the brand can be traced back to the conception of professional bike racing itself.

     

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    In 1935, the introduction of 531 tubing revolutionised frame manufacturing. The numbers correlate to the ratio of the main elements added to make the steel alloy tubes: manganese, carbon and molybdenum.

     

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    Luxembourg’s Charly Gaul brought a Reynolds 531 frame its first major victory in 1958. Astride a Learco Guerra bike with 531 tubing, he set a record pace of 22.8 mph to win the Tour de France. Well, if it’s good enough for the angel of the mountains….

     

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    In 1976 Reynolds brought out their next frame mix, the Reynolds 753: a stiffer tube that was as successful as its predecessor. However 531 was being ridden to success as late as 1991 – Miguel Indurain rode it to Tour de France glory on his Razesa.

     

    In recent years Reynolds began building two new famous numbers -its 631  and 953 tubing – but it’s the celebrated  531 and 753 that form the centrepieces to their new fashion collection, with no nails in sight.

     

    Reynolds Clothing will be available later this year