1897 Mr. Alfred Reynolds, Junior, took out a Patent on the process of manufacturing Butted tubes that changed the way bicycle frames were constructed. These steel tubes were designed to add strength by increasing the wall thickness at the ends of the tubes without increasing the outside diameter and removed the need to use an insert to add strength.
Reynolds have been involved with the bicycle industry ever since and have developed a number of light alloy tubing for bicycle frames. The most famous of these is a super-light, super-strong 531. Reynolds have also been monumental in their efforts during both World Wars. There could not be a company more integral to the modern bicycle than Reynolds and their current developments have taken steel to a new level of lightness in which it can now compete with Titanium in the weight stakes. A 953 based frame can also be created so it is only a pork pie difference in weight to that of a carbon frame.
A steel bike rides like no other frame material and is the number one choice for a custom frame builder. Reynolds also sell aluminium, titanium and carbon fibre solutions for bike frames but steel is where it all started.