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RIP Howard Sutherland (of Sutherlands Handbook)

Old 07-10-24, 09:00 AM
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RIP Howard Sutherland (of Sutherlands Handbook)

via CR list, a great contributor to the art and science of the bicycle (repair and maintenance, but so much more) has passed:
Howard Edward Sutherland, age 75 in East Bay of CA,
"A memorial service will be held at the Berkeley City Club at 10 am on July 13, 2024. All who knew Howard are welcome. For those unable to attend, a livestream will be available at https://asuth.com/memorial."
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once he had the idea to do the handbook he began collecting data from people in the trade and local San Francisco bay area cycle shops

he got financial backing from his father so he could do the data collection full time ca. 1974-1975 for about a year and one half until he felt he had enough to compose the first edition of the handbook

used to see him frequently zipping about town on his deep blue flambouyant Jack Bobson with its T.A. Trois Attachees chainset

he even made a visit to my workshop to measure some fittings he had heard were in residence thither

always friendly, positive, outgoing and well focused

am saddened to hear of this news


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Very few contributed to cycling at level he did, Godspeed HS.
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I had always wanted a copy of "the book" when I was a kid weaseling around the local bike shop and finally found a second edition in the free bin at a local co-op.
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That was/is the Bible of bicycle repair. Amen.
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a favourite quote from Howard -

"Cheap tools are an extravagance no bicycle shop can afford."

remember that today is the day of the memorial service, we can follow along online from the link in post Nr. 1 above

all sympathies to family

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The shop copy of the second edition was never far from the workbench in 1978:



Thanks Howard.

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