Monday, February 04, 2008

R.I.P. Bicycle Guru Sheldon Brown (1944-2008)

Before the skinny jeans, the mag wheels, the tricks videos and the track bike boutique, there was Sheldon Brown. He was this name that would always pop up in conversation when people were trying to figure out what gear ratio to ride their fixie or what that even meant. Sheldon was the parts manager and tech guru at Harris Cyclery in West Newton, Massachussets.

Jack Thurston, host of the popular bicycle show on resonance FM in London had a show featuring Sheldon in 2005. He talks about his wide collection of rare 3-speed bicycles. He is also in another Bike Show here.

Image from John Prolly

from Wikipedia:
"In August 2007 Sheldon was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. After losing his ability to balance an upright bicycle to the disease, he was able to continue pedaling by using a recumbent tricycle. Sheldon died on February 3, 2008 after a heart attack."

More info from other blogs:

The Daily Randonneur
Tin Donkey Travels

Sheldon, I never met you in person and I regret it. You have been a great influence on the many worlds of cycling, both old and new. You will be truly missed. Rest in Peace.


Anonymous jack said...

Well said, Michael. Sad, sad news indeed.

Anyone is more than welcome to leave their own audio tribute to Sheldon over at The Bike Show website. In the fullness of time we will make a proper tribute show, drawing on these.

10:46 PM  
Blogger ifny said...

you can also pay respects at

there's also a place to list memorial rides

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Wheelman said...

I met Sheldon once at a bike show. This chance meeting was captured in a photo I took of Sheldon taking a photo of one of my bikes, a vintage RIGI.
We talked for a brief moment and he explained he took the photo because he never saw on of these RIGI bikes live. I was happy to have had the opportunity to get this photo and meet the legend even if only for a few minutes.

RIP Sheldon


4:44 PM  
Anonymous bIKE pUNK said...

We have emailed with Sheldon over the years and have always learned so much from him. I was overwhelmed with sadness. I made a tribute sticker for him.

You can go to to get the stickers.

RIP Sheldon

3:01 PM  
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