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    Sheldon!!!

    I thought that the best way to remember him on this forum was by some of the alt bikes he built.









    Sheldon Brown's Bicycles
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    What a great idea!

    I know Sheldon would love it . Besides being a repository of knowledge about the mechanics of bicycles, he was a fun lovin' guy!

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    Great idea Artkansas!

    I don't thnk this is as alt as you had in mind, but I've always loved this Thorn.


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    RIP Sheldon, cool guy.

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    A fine idea, that is a great tribute, to a man of innovation. RIP Sheldon Brown
    When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman
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    Quote Originally Posted by solveg View Post
    Great idea Artkansas!

    I don't thnk this is as alt as you had in mind, but I've always loved this Thorn.
    A fixie with two sets of handlebars. The sprung Brooks on a bent seat post. That's pretty alt. Pretty cool. He'll be missed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Order View Post
    Check with Harris Cyclery. It has been suggested doing MS Rides across the country as Team Sheldon Brown.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Check with Harris Cyclery. It has been suggested doing MS Rides across the country as Team Sheldon Brown.
    I contacted Harris Cyclery, and apparently Sheldon would not approve of the MS ride in his name.

    Here is their response to my letter

    Dear Harris staff,

    On Bikeforums.net, in the 50+ Forum it has been mentioned about creating a Team Sheldon Brown to do MS rides throughout the country. Are you people contemplating anything like that?

    We are not. Sheldon might not have been thrilled about it either http://www.sheldonbrown.com/thons.html

    If you like it please get back to us posters at Bikeforums. I bet it will be a popular idea.


    It very well may. And personally, I think it a fine one. But Harris Cyclery won't be promoting it.
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    Elton "his opinion, not mine" Pope-Lance @ Harris
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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I think his problem with Thons was not so much with the 'thon itself, but that they tended to attract non-cyclists or very casual cyclists who weren't up to the physical challenge and might be put off from cycling because of the hardship.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by allencb View Post
    I think his problem with Thons was not so much with the 'thon itself, but that they tended to attract non-cyclists or very casual cyclists who weren't up to the physical challenge and might be put off from cycling because of the hardship.

    Chris
    Sheldon said...
    "Altough "thons" do get people out on their bikes, and maybe even bring some people into cycling in a serious way, I believe that they send a message that cycling is a painful, unpleasant chore that you should do because it is good for you, or because it benefits some charitable organization. Too many well-meaning people sign up for a long pledge ride without an adequate mileage base, with substandard cycling skills and equipment. These people will "learn" that bicycling is about pain and exhaustion, saddle sores and sunburn, aching knees and stiff necks.

    An experience like this can turn a potential cyclist off for life. They may still ride an occasional pledge ride, as a masochistic exercise in self denial, or because of dedication to the cause, or because they are so proud of surviving the ordeal. They will likely never discover the simple joy of going for a nice bike ride and not coming home a physical wreck."


    I don't think it's a problem in Alt-Bikes though. I don't know any forum that has as much fun with bicycles.
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    yeah sheldon offered alot and it is appreciated by cyclists round the world.
    When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman
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    RIP Sheldon Brown, my inspiration, my hero
    Every time I hear a car door slam, I hear a *** cock.
    about 43,000 people die from car accidents
    about 130 children die in bicycle accidents
    about 1,500 die from accidental *** shots
    about 120,000 die from medical mistake

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