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Hello Forum! I recently purchased a vintage Trek 400 Elance Reynolds 531 (black and silver) for $200. The person told me he thought it was a 1992. After reviewing the serial number (242432) on the vintage trek site i see it is a 1986. The bike looks like it is in good shape taking into consideration of the age and normal wear and tear. The tires are different and i will be checking what is original tonight from my downloaded 1986 catalog. I have a couple questions to start. Thoughts on the price i paid? Is this really a 1986 bike given the serial number? Perhaps more to come. Thanks  

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i wouldn't worry about what tires were original. just mount what you want. i like panaracer paselas. yes, $200 is a good price. if fully overhauled with new consumables, it can fetch $400 or more in spring/summer in a big market.  

Thanks for the feedback. The bike currently has smooth tires on it. Not sure what kind as i am in office now.  

Yaweh20!7 said: Thanks for the feedback. The bike currently has smooth tires on it. Click to expand...

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$200 is a good price if it's in good shape. The old steel Treks are well respected and IMO look cool. I like the seat lug on those.  

I would lay money that the 1986 date is correct. The 400 series was only Reynolds 531 in the main triangle, however... it was Trek's budget series. They ride nicely, though.  

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Yes, those old 531 Treks do ride nicely; mine will be 40 years old next year, and I've kept it because I haven't found a better-riding bike since then. Soon, it's going to get a new wheelset with NOS 600 tricolor hubs, and a set of new 27mm Paris-Roubaix tubulars; I expect the ride to only get better.....  

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Not only has this legendary British tubing won more Tours de France than any other type, it helped win World War Two

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When it was launched in 1935, Reynolds 531 revolutionised bicycle frame building. The magic numbers, which adorn virtually every classic racing bike with a little sticker on the seat tube, derive from the ratio of the three main elements that are used in the make up of 531’s steel alloy tubes: manganese, carbon and molybdenum.

Reynolds 531 built a frame that had a super-light weight and high strength that had never before been achieved.

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To put it into perspective, a 531 tubeset was advertised in Reynolds’s 1947 catalogue as weighing 3lb compared to the 4.5lb of the company’s original butted tubes at the turn of the century — which were themselves revolutionary.

The 531 was so good that it remained the state of the art for four decades until the arrival of the even lighter yet fragile and highly impractical 753 in 1975.

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The Reynolds company, which had existed as a thriving nail manufacturer in Birmingham since 1841, moved into seamless steel tubing in response to the cycling boom of the 1890s when

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the Starley safety bicycle replaced the high bicycle or ‘penny-farthing’.

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Alfred Reynolds’s patenting of the butting process, which meant tubes could be made thicker and stronger at their ends without increasing their outside diameter, launched Reynolds into its position as the country’s — perhaps even the world’s — foremost manufacturer of lightweight steel tubing.

Born out of the war effort

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This inevitably meant Reynolds would be called upon to equip the armed forces. Its first government contracts of World War One were for tubes for military bicycles and motorcycles but in 1916 its precision tubing began to be used for aircraft.

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That year was one of the most important in the company’s history as Reynolds put the development of 531 down to its experience in aviation.

During World War Two Reynolds was called up again, this time to build wing spars for Spitfires, sub frames for Lancaster bombers and Merlin engine mountings.

Handmade steel bikes

Post-war, 531 tubing took up where it had left off in cycling, and by the 1970s Reynolds claimed 531 frames and forks had been used in 24 out of 25 successive Tour de France victories.

During the golden era of lightweight steel tubing, Reynolds 531 dominated not only professional racing but all disciplines of cycling with variants such as 531ST (Super Tourist) and 531ATB (All Terrain).

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Although 531 does not enjoy the same level of popularity in the 21st century — mainly due to its unsuitability for TIG welding — it still has its diehard fans. In 2008 Reynolds relaunched a limited edition set of 531 tubes for lugged framesets especially for them.

For legions of cyclists past and present, a bike ‘guaranteed built with Reynolds 531’, as the wording on the sticker runs, is everything.

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Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.

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Frame Size: 57cm/22.5 Top Tube Length: 56cm/22" Standover Height: 83cm/32" Crank Length: 170mm Frame Material: 531 reynolds butted steel Fork Material: Chromoly Steel Wheel Size: 27" Drivetrain: 2 x 6

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Coco’s Fast Baguette Inventory Update: arrived as a super cool #baguetteslayer from Albert 👋 and we built onto what he had done. As a cyclist, he was cool with the original down tube shifters, a long stem and a low rise bar, but we know many would prefer a shorter, taller stem and a bar with more rise. And when you get your hands higher, it is a longer reach to the downtube shifters so we swapped to Sunrace thumbies with Sunrace downtube stops. We swapped the rear wheel as the eyelets were pretty crusty and the front and rear are now mismatched but not annoyingly so. Trek 560, made in the USA, Reynolds 531. A terrific riding, very fast baguette procurement machine. 49 ST 53 TT $475

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