The cycling community has lost a beloved and well known individual with the loss of Sheldon Brown last night after he suffered a massive heart attack. Besides being a wealth of information, Sheldon was always very free with his time and helpful to all comers with any kind of bicycling question. He made the technical side of bicycling more approachable without a condescending attitude. He had a wonderful sense of humor with his annual April Fool’s bike products. He was 63 years old when he passed away at home.
Sheldon Brown served as the “Parts Manager, Webmaster and general Tech Guru” of Harris Cyclery, a bike shop in West Newton, Massachusetts and a long time participant on rec.bicycles.*, as well as a number of bicycling email discussion lists and online bike forums. He was an enthusiast for many old and unlikely forms of bicycles and cycling including Raleigh and their English three-speed cycles, the Sturmey-Archer hub in general, tandems, and in particular fixed-gear cycles. Sheldon will be sorely missed.