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Thanks, Sheldon Brown

Sheldon Brown 1944-2008Most of us will take far more from the Internet than we will ever give back.  Sheldon Brown, however, managed to give far more than he could ever have taken.  Sheldon passed away yesterday, apparently of a massive heart attack.  He will be missed by an enormous number of people, most of whom have never met him.  There isn’t a cyclist I know who hasn’t referred to Sheldon’s near encyclopedic site on all things bike for the answer to one mystery or another.  Ride on, Sheldon.  You will be missed.


For those of you who only knew about Sheldon’s love of bikes, be sure to check out his photography, his journal/blog, and, well, a little bit of everything else.


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  1. Oh, God, thanks for posting this. I haven’t been keeping up with my usual cycling sites so I missed this. I knew he was very ill but this still feels unexpected.

    He answered a couple of my emails personally about a year ago. This is a big loss.

  2. MB

    Yeah, I’ve come to realize that he not only created and posted a vast amount of info, but that he was a one man correspondence machine. Everyone seems to have their own set of “All the best, Sheldon” emails. Truly inspiring, I think.

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