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 Post subject: Sonic?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:24 pm 
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Anyone heard of the brand "Sonic"? - theres a Sonic road bike near me half abandoned, Reynolds steel, it has a mix of Dura Ace and Ultegra, with Campag cranks so it must be pretty reasonable, looks to be about 15 years old judging by the groupset. Chain is rusted solid

Just curious really.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:03 pm 
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Location: A wretched hive of scum and villainy...
Yup, build by Helmut Burns at Bikefix, Lamb's Counduit Street, London if it's 90s.
Have you got any pics?

Lovely bloke, very helpful, imported lots of unusual German bits.

Nicely built lugged and lugless steel. Built wheels too...Rodel wavy spokes and such

I don't think he builds frames any more, but still trading:

PO Box 39804, London, W11 4WQ,
Tel: 020 7243 2848

www.soniccycles.co.uk

All the best,


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:15 pm 
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half abandoned i like it
i pulled a raleigh mustang out the river once that had a dura ace derailier on it


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 Post subject: Re: Sonic?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:25 am 
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porschenut911 wrote:
Anyone heard of the brand "Sonic"?

As Dan says, and as pictured in "Richard's Ultimate Bicycle Book":

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One or two of the more successful London couriers rode them when I was a messenger in the mid nineties.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:41 am 
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danson67 wrote:
Yup, build by Helmut Burns at Bikefix, Lamb's Counduit Street, London if it's 90s.
Have you got any pics?

Lovely bloke, very helpful, imported lots of unusual German bits.

Nicely built lugged and lugless steel. Built wheels too...Rodel wavy spokes and such

I don't think he builds frames any more, but still trading:

PO Box 39804, London, W11 4WQ,
Tel: 020 7243 2848

www.soniccycles.co.uk

All the best,


Helmut isn't in the framebuilding game any more but does still turn out excellent handbuilt wheels; he did the ones on my road and 'cross bikes.

+1 for his extremely helpful service too.

David


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:52 pm 
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I had two Sonics in the early 90s. Still have one of them in the garage - Columbus tubing, one piece stem and bars, all fillet brazed. Has very short chainstays, so climbed better than anything I've ridden. Weighs 3.5 lbs, which was super light for an MTB frame back then.

JP


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jjprestidge wrote:
I had two Sonics in the early 90s. Still have one of them in the garage - Columbus tubing, one piece stem and bars, all fillet brazed.

We need to see pictures! Detailed pictures.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:04 pm 
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one-eyed_jim wrote:
jjprestidge wrote:
I had two Sonics in the early 90s. Still have one of them in the garage - Columbus tubing, one piece stem and bars, all fillet brazed.

We need to see pictures! Detailed pictures.


It's in my parents' garage at the moment, together with a load of other ancient kit rusting away. Bit of a shame, really, but I only have space for one bike at the moment, and the Sonic has been cannibalised for parts over the years.

JP


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I had this one:
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:59 pm 
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He's a brilliant guy.. he did my single speed frame years ago.. I seem to remember I had to go to a bike shop, walk through the back and up some stairs to find him.. I remember him having some awesome flower pattern wheels too.

Rode that very SS last night funnily enough..


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