Beloved Bike Expert Sheldon Brown Passes

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Sheldon Brown, the world-renowned resource for all things bike-related, passed away on Sunday night.  He was 63. Brown authored the highly popular website, was the tech guru of Harris Cyclery in greater Boston,  and often helped out many cyclists via helpful answers to tech questions on message boards.  Brown touched many ‘crossers lives, via his vast knowledge and articles on topics such as cantilever brake setup, gear ratios, and wheel building, and also by supplying hard-to-find parts for the garage ‘cross project. He was truly passionate about all things bikes, and always had the biggest smile at bike swaps.

We’ll miss you Sheldon!

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A big loss for cycling, his articles on fixed gear bikes, and other techy stuff, proved to be invaluable to me and gave me the inspiration for a greater interest in bikes.


How very sad. I knew his shop well back in my Boston days. Since then, no matter where I have lived in the world I have always looked to his writings for insights on all things technical. I was always incredibly inspired by his passion. He will be missed not just in Boston, but in the cycling community throughout the country.


Wow. Way too young to go. As a total newbie not so long ago, Sheldon's articles equipped me with the knowledge to ask better questions and learn fast. What a loss.

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