London bike shops closing

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  • Yes, at the time I formed a vague plan to at some point get a bike from him (I've never met him), but soon afterwards he stopped all that. Do you still have the bike?

    I also hear that Bikefix will continue at the site, albeit in the back (over two storeys), going back to the origin of the business, i.e. fixing bikes. The front of the building will be let to someone else. It won't be gone completely, which is a relief.

  • Well, that is good news about Bikefix and nice to hear those details about Helmut

  • What do you call a careless German with a brazing torch?

  • I still have two Sonics, the TT bike and the mountain bike. The TT is now set up as a fixie (it had track ends with a derailleur mount) and sadly isn’t ridden much these days. The Hedgehog mtb must be nearing 30 years old now, full XTR, wave spokes, titanium this and that. It was fabulous to ride. Must find some pics of both.

    Anywho, that’s much better news about Bikefix. I’m going to drop in and see Stuart and have a chat and see what’s happening.

  • Heh. I recall him wafting the torch over his left forearm and leaving a horrible burn which he tried to treat himself, until it became infected and he ended up in hospital, the silly sod.

  • Photos of both please

  • Sad read this thread ...

  • Most were on my old laptop but I’ll see what I can find...

  • The TT bike. It went through several incarnations, the left pic is an early event with a home-made alu blade fork. t later had modified Mavic profil bars and a Burrows Monoblade. 2nd pic is it as a fixie, with specially-made Hope track hubs.

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  • The Hedgehog. Based on a Bontrager Racelite. Originally had Mag 21’s with a Brodie fork brace and brake booster and probably the first Dia Compe Aheadset in the UK, all of which Helmut brought back from a trade trip to California. The original stem replicated my TT bike riding position, which was insane. Lendal carbon flat bar and bar-ends, all bolts and axles etc were titanium. Later on it had Pace RC-35’s and different stems, but it was otherwise unchanged. It’s still the same right now, in fact.

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  • As Cycle Surgery is closing down, just a heads up to everyone that there will be massive sales.
    It's already started online and there will be some silly stuff going up as the website has always been shit, but now they have to clear out everything, it's getting updated very frequently.

    A lot of the clothing needs to be cleared out as I doubt new season stuff will be incoming. Parts will be even more stupid with apparently up to 50% off.

  • Cross post from the Classified:­

    Herne Hill Cycles SE24

  • I'm not that surprised. They've been stuck in the past for some time.

  • I rode from Herne Hill to Mill Hill this morning and the only bike shop I passed was Brixton Cycles. Sad.

  • ^^^ I’m sorry to hear this. HH cycles closure is a shame. John & Ron are good guys.

  • I've forgotten where, but didn't someone say that HH Cycles was being taken over by someone else?

  • 2020 Specialized Torch 1.0 shoes for £50 is good

  • Holborn Cycle Surgery seems to be being used as a bit of a bike jumble with NOS stock from stores being put out in crates on the floor; some Thomson seatposts for £39.99, Vittoria Open Corsa SC 23c £25, load of 20c Vittoria Rubino III £15

  • Bikefix seems to have closed now, but there is a sign in the window saying that they are reopening in a space behind the current store on 24 February, repairs only.

  • All stores are progressively being closed down. Some back of warehouse stuff being delivered will be silly priced. Clothing and shoes will start at 50-60% then get knocked down even more.

  • Yeah, gentrification finally caught up on Lamb Conduit Street. They'll survive in a different form!

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London bike shops closing

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