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Sheldon Brown, 1944-2008

scb_eagle1.jpgSheldon Brown, 1944-2008. Word has come from his wife that Sheldon Brown passed away last night from a massive heart attack. Countless cyclists have been inspired and influenced by Sheldon’s vast writings of his seemingly endless cycling knowledge. I can remember stumbling upon his website years and years ago, and continually referring to it for tough problems. He will be greatly missed by the cycling community.

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  2. Jesse!February 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    heard it here first…

    wow… he will be missed.

  3. McBombFebruary 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Sheldon will be sorely missed. His contribution to the cycling world, while unassuming and modest in presentation, has been massive in impact. Virtually ever cyclist I know, is familiar with his website as a place to get factual information on bicycles. There are many of us who can’t always afford to take our bikes to the local shop, and many of us who would just rather do the work ourselves. Sheldon’s sharing of experience and knowledge has been vital in the cycling community.

  4. GrahamFebruary 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Sad News indeed, thoughts and prayers to the family.

  5. BrendanFebruary 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    This is really sad news…. like most bike nerds I learned too much stuff to list from Sheldon’s site.

  6. Dan GFebruary 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    It’s a shame… I knew that he had MS (and was really upbeat about it – see http://sheldonbrown.org/ms.html), but… well, what can you do.
    Sheldon’s site was pretty much responsible for my learning how to work on bikes, and also for getting into fixed gears. Pour one out tonight.

  7. Seabird FantasyFebruary 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Wow I can’t believe it. He turned me on to so much in cycling over the years… fixed gear, english bikes, so much repair help and mechanical understanding. Man. RIP Sheldon.

  8. David HoffmanFebruary 4, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I had the good fortune to meet Sheldon in person at last year’s Interbike. He was using a scooter to get around (due to his MS) – and he silently rolled up next to me when I was chatting up a vendor. I looked down, saw his name tag, and though, “Holy S***! Sheldon Brown!”. We exchanged pleasantries and parted ways. Sheldon was blogging even up to last night when he muses about the upcoming Presidential election: http://sheldonbrown.org/journal/journal-0801.html

  9. ShaneFebruary 4, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Sheldons loss will be felt all over the world, I have used his knowledge to help solve many problem I have encountered over the years. RIP and cycle on fella.

  10. Cycling Community Morns Death of Legend « Mikey WallyFebruary 4, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    [...] UrbanVelo: Sheldon Brown, 1944-2008. Word has come from his wife that Sheldon Brown passed away last night from a massive heart attack. Countless cyclists have been inspired and influenced by Sheldon’s vast writings of his seemingly endless cycling knowledge. I can remember stumbling upon his website years and years ago, and continually referring to it for tough problems. He will be greatly missed by the cycling community. [...]

  11. MartyFebruary 4, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Very sad news. The man was (is) a legend even here in Australia. His family can be proud that he made the world a better place through his passion for cycling and passion for helping people. I have never been religious, but right now I really hope there is a place where good souls like Sheldon can go after they pass on. Somewhere with no cars. Ride In Peace Sheldon

  12. kjohnnytarrFebruary 4, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Sheldon was one of a kind… irreplaceable.

  13. unixd0rkFebruary 4, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    wow. cycling has lost one of the most amazing and colorful bike tech nerds ever. RIP

  14. ChrisFebruary 4, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    missed world wide

    http://cyclingedinburgh.info/2008/02/04/sheldon-brown-1944-2008/

  15. JimFebruary 4, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Such a shock! I’d emailed him several times with wrenching questions and ALWAYS received a quick and helpful reply…I also sent my “Fixed Gear Testimonial” to him and received a warm “…welcome to the club…” response. I’ve learned so much from his work…my sympathies to his family.

  16. andrewFebruary 4, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    A master at the art of bicycle mechanics with out a doubt. I will be dedicating the MS 150 ride from Boston to the Cape this June to Sheldon and the cause. Thank for everything Mr. Brown!

  17. pt3rFebruary 5, 2008 at 2:51 am

    I’m speechless. RIP.

  18. CressersFebruary 5, 2008 at 6:58 am

    I’m saddened and shocked to hear about this. Hopefuly his online site will be an everlasting tribute and memorial to him, I certainly learned a lot from it.

    Rest In Peace.

  19. BruceFebruary 6, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    A sad day for cycling, indeed. My deepest heartfelt sympathies to his wife, family and friends.
    Ride In Peace, Sheldon.

  20. Warren StanleyNovember 11, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I’m getting this news extremely late (bit of a hiatus from the scene), but it does not lessen the impact. Sheldon, you will always be a Crusader, Trail Blazer and Inspiration…….. your legacy lives on in everyone that has even briefly glanced your way.

    To the perfect, everlasting ride….. RIP

  21. MadCatX.com » Sheldon Brown Dead at 64May 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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