It seems that only when you start searching for exactly what you need in the way of decals in general, and Reynolds decals in particular, that you really become aware of just how many variations have appeared over the decades. Reynolds 531 has had a slew of them. Despite all my searching, I cannot come up with any exact history on the one you see below. This decal is what remains on my Simplon 4 Star road machine.
From the way I read things thus far, this degraded decal tells me —
(A) the stays and forks are most likely not 531, or the decal would say so. I think that the stays were a Simplon proprietorial tube, or one that was produced especially for them and marked by a decal ... "Simplon Spezial" The fork? I have no idea. (All dopouts are Campy)
(B) the 'TI' designation and gold area at the bottom suggests that that the decal is from 1977 or later. I can only date the frame in accordance with the decal.
All my searches have failed to find this exact decal. My best guess is that the decal and frame date from 1977 to 1981. The way I read it, complete frame sets of this period were designated with a diagonal "531" with 'REYNOLDS' printed through it — the English language version anyway. In 1977 the TI designation is added and the gold section at the bottom is apparent. In 1981, Reynold's starts producing decals that identify a range of tubing variants in the 531 alloy. Plus they have added the 'wing' and the "531" is horizontal. In 1985, the styling changes once again — one difference being that the wing is stubbier and now in two colors.
That's as far as I get.
SOME QUESTIONS — anyone?
Can anyone narrow down the date?
Can anyone add some more info
Can anyone suggest where I can find a replica decal? (No, Cylomondo does not list one)