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what does 501 mean?

Old 01-12-07, 03:15 AM
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what does 501 mean?

Sorry if this is a stupid question.

I've seen a few bikes referred to as a "501" but I have no idea what that means.

I tried searching this forum (no hits for 501, a couple for "501 bike", none that made sense to me), and google (millions of hits, none of the ones I looked at made any sense).

Thanks in advance,
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Old 01-12-07, 04:14 AM
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Possibly "105"? If so, that is a line of Shimano components.
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Old 01-12-07, 04:18 AM
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501 is a type of Reynolds steel tubing.
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Old 01-12-07, 04:34 AM
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Thanks Ziemas.
Great quote by the way, sums up the view I have of most IT consultants I work with.

Do people use 501 as a term to describe a type or class of bike or is it used specifically to refer to the steel tubing?
For example, if someone described a raleigh bike as a "501 bike" would that mean it is a good quality road bike from the mid 80's (for example), or does it specifically mean that the bike used the reynolds 501 steel tubing in it's construction?

Also, is 501 a good thing or a bad thing in a bike?

Thanks again,
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Old 01-12-07, 05:01 AM
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I was thinking Levis button flys
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Old 01-12-07, 05:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Milice
I was thinking Levis button flys
Yeah, that bike is just the pants.
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I don't think I've ever heard of the term "501" in a cycling context, and I know I've never heard of a Reynolds 501 steel tubing. I did a quick check of the Reynolds web site: no 501 steel mentioned there. Steve2k, can you provide a link to a web site or other citation that uses the term in context?
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Old 01-12-07, 07:00 AM
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I think 501 was a straight gauge steel tubing (with seems) that was used in relatively low end bikes in the 1980s.
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Old 01-12-07, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by lrzipris
I don't think I've ever heard of the term "501" in a cycling context, and I know I've never heard of a Reynolds 501 steel tubing. I did a quick check of the Reynolds web site: no 501 steel mentioned there. Steve2k, can you provide a link to a web site or other citation that uses the term in context?
I think he meant 531.

http://www.reynoldscycles.co.uk/steel531.html
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Old 01-12-07, 07:11 AM
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I saw the reynolds site, I assume 501 is an older method and the 531 is newer (although they talk about 631 now on their site)

I was looking for information for a bike I saw on ebay then I read the term on a post on this site:
I lusted after the Raleigh Record Sprint - all anodised black and gold. Even though my bike was way better, and it was really a mid range 501 bike, it just looked so cool.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...+Record+Sprint

Then I realised I had no idea what a "mid range 501 bike" meant, I assumed by the way it was used in the post, that it was a commonly used term. I guess not.
Cheers, Steve
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531 predates 501 (1980s). 531 was the Reynolds flagship steel for decades. I don't think it (501) is made any longer. I have certainly seen the 501 sticker before (on a few 1980s low end treks). It certainly did exist, and a I said I am pretty sure that it was a seemed tubing with no butting.
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Old 01-12-07, 07:19 AM
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http://www.equusbicycle.com/bike/reynolds/reynolds.htm
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Then what's 801?

Y'know, from the Eno song where they sing "We are the 801, we are the central shaft" ?

Tune is called "The True Wheel", so it *must* be a cycling reference, right?
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Old 01-17-07, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Ziemas
501 is a type of Reynolds steel tubing.
Nice, the question is solved.
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Old 01-18-07, 07:09 PM
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That's the 411.
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853 is the Jam, though.
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You know how everyone wants Ultegra even though 105 is perfectly good?

That's the way 531 tubing is compared to 501.
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