Sheldon Brown passed away last night. May he ride on indefinitely.
People who know I am a "bike guy" periodically come up to me and ask, what do you think about this Sheldon Brown guy. I was googling for *any bicycle subject* and his website came up.
And I always answer the same way.
What do I think about Sheldon Brown?
He is the single greatest cyclist in the world.
Thats what I think.
It is hard to express how much he has influenced bicycling in America. Though I never met him, it is similarly hard to express how much he influenced my cycling life. His website is an infinite source of information for the DIY bike mechanic. I learned to build wheels in the early nineties in a shop in cambridge that he helped found. I learned to build wheels correctly years later from his website. The current fixed gear hipster revolution is undeniably his fault. I defy you to read his bicycle glossary for more than 10 minutes and not learn something new. I could go on, but there is no need, if you are reading this post it is quite likely you have your very own Sheldon Brown story. This is a huge loss for the global cycling community. He will be missed sorely by all that knew him in any way shape or form.