It makes me sadder than I can say to hear this.
What a sad day.
Thank you, Sheldon, for your shared knowledge and your contributions. I guess St. Peter is planning an Eternal Bike Shop, and he needed the best.
It's a sad day for cycling!
Very sad and will be missed. What a gentleman.
I wouldn't even know where to begin to thank this guy for all the help and knowledge I've gleaned from his writings and opinions over the past few years....
My gosh, what a HUUUUUUGE loss to the biking community.
If any of you folks are unaware of what we're talking about, visit SheldonBrown.com and you'll see.
I hope Harris keeps Sheldon's pages up. I still refer to Ken Kifer's site occasionally. They were both huge inspirations.
I did not have the privilege of direct communication with Mr. Brown, but I am well aware of his reputation and contributions to all forms of cycling. I'm sure his web pages will remain a great legacy of information and encouragement to cyclists worldwide.
I just read the "health update" on his site. I will be proud to ride in his memory at the next MS150 in eastern North Carolina this coming September.
Latest bike tour journal now posted -- PALM ride across Michigan!
Also -- NC Courthouse Tour, using Amtrak to Charlotte
Trek 520 for commuting, touring, family rides and smiling at life.
I feel like this is an end of an era...
A very sad day for all of us in the cycling/web communities. He will be greatly missed.
Everyone's a roadie, they just might not know it yet.
Does anyone know if there's some charity etc that Sheldon's relatives would like the cycling community
to contribute to in Sheldon's memory. Nobody can have had a greater influence on grassroots cycling than Sheldon Brown and I know we'd all like to do something in his honor.
I just wrote Machka that Sheldon would be a deserved co-owner of the title "Patron Saint of Cycling" alongside Henri Desgrange. Both made vast and vastly different contributions to cycling as we know it today... and into the future.
Another quote from my email to Machka: Actually, Sheldon ... had one of those lives that must be admired... his interests obviously weren't just in cycling, but in the arts and languages and family. A full, active and very
positive life, with cycling as a hub around which it revolved.
Vale Sheldon Brown. Deepest condolences to Harriet and their family.
Dream. Dare. Do.
My thoughts are with his family. Despite severe health problems from MS, a fatal heart attack is very traumatic for all left behind.
As recently as the 14th he contributed to this forum.
Sad to hear this, our thoughts go out to his family.
I first read about this in another forum, and the first few posts in that forum were, "We're not sure if this is true." ... I was very sad to discover it was.
Before I started posting on any forums, back in the early days of my internet usage, I found Sheldon's site and began referring to it. And here, Sheldon responded to a few of my posts ... questions about bike mechanics or whatever, and he always treated me with respect, and I appreciated his replies.
He will be missed very much.
It must have been sudden. He just posted on his journal about liking Obama and such.
It's terrible when it happens suddenly like that for the family but let's hope that Sheldon went peacefully.
Mr. Brown recently responded to a question I had with my bike. I felt honored in a way that this incredible icon of the biking world would respond to my dumb question...but he did. I never saw a post where he wasn't polite and respectful, as well as being incredibly helpful. I felt like I had lost a friend when he passed.
Mr Brown was a great lover of music and an enthusiastic supporter of the arts in addition to his tremendous contribution to the bike world. As a life long classical jazz/classical musician, I'll miss the way he added interesting musical groups to his podcasts. What a guy....he'll be missed.
..."And remember, A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others. "
The Wizard from "The Wizard of OZ"
Sheldon, you did so much more that you could have ever imagined for the cycling community.
You can never be replaced. RIP Sheldon.
Sheldon Brown's optimism is a delight!
"The Bright Side of MS"
Multiple Sclerosis is a nasty, rare, incurable disease, but there are lots of nasty rare incurable diseases out there.
As nasty, rare, incurable diseases go, it's one of the better ones. If you must acquire a nasty, rare, incurable disease, MS is one of the best things going!
Sheldon's final post to the Bike Forums (his 2302nd!) appears to have been made at 9:30 p.m. on the day he died:
Sheldon was magnanimous to the core, to the end.
Condolences to Sheldon's family and friends during this difficult passage.
He was an incredibly positive and giving person, and left a lot of himself and his humor and good energy behind. He would probably appreciate the continued celebration of his contributions to our world.
Thank you Sheldon Brown. I've used your webpages and read your posts many times. You've helped me tremendously. I'm sure you're now cruising with old friends, smooth payment, fair skies, a tail wind, and on a mechanically perfect vintage bike! God bless.