Sheldon Brown, a great legend in the cycling world: 1944-2008


The cycling world has lost a true legend.

Sheldon Brown: 1944 – 2008

“Dear Harris Cyclery friends and customers,
It is with heavy hearts that we convey to you the news that Sheldon Brown has passed away. Our thoughts go out to his family at this time. The cycling community has lost one of it’s most passionate members.”


source: Harris Cyclery website

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.

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  • John T. Deneka says:

    My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Sheldon’s family and friends. My heart skiped a beat when I saw the notice of his passing. His knowledge, passion and humor will be sorely missed by many thousands of cyclists who, like me, never met the man in person, but considered him a good friend.

  • Simon says:

    A loss that the cycling community will truly feel all across the world. Sheldon’s enthusiasm was tangible over the internet. Those closest to him must be both feeling the loss an infinite number of ways greater but also be remembering his warmth and vitality so much more. An inspirational figure that will not be forgotten. Thanks Sheldon.

  • Steve D says:

    So sorry to hear of Sheldon’s death. I was impressed with the courage he showed in describing his battle with MS.

    Sheldon helped me a couple of times when I stopped in the store for help with a fixed gear bike I was building up. His website was alway an invaluable help too.

    Reading his public journal gave me a sense of how well-rounded he was. It also gave a sense of how much he loved his family.

    I hope you will be comforted by the memories you share. I wish you the best.

  • Michael Brown says:

    What a loss. So sad to hear the news, best wishes to his friends and family!

  • Bob G. says:

    A very good man who brought the world of cycling to many. If the world had more Sheldon Browns in it, it would be a much better place.

    I’m very sad to hear of his passing, he will be missed by many folks, myself included. I’m sure he’s somewhere now riding a bike with a big smile on his face.

    My condolences to his family who should be proud of the life he lived.

  • J P in Long Beach, CA says:

    Sheldon always personally responded to my cycling-related inquiries quickly and with clear, concise information that was truly value-added.

    I’m a better informed cyclist and more importantly, a significantly improved bike mechanic because Sheldon was enormously generous with his time and insight.

    His legacy of contributions to the world of cycling was built via a unique breadth and depth of expertise and experience, which he shared with so many others.

    Sheldon was always in the service of others, which may be the noblest pursuit of all. Peace to him.

  • Johnny B says:

    I don’t know how many times I’ve referred to Sheldon’s articles to help with projects or to just get lost in reading about bike stuff. A countless number of hours for sure. He touched a million people like me. Thanks Sheldon for everything you’ve done for cycling.

  • David R says:

    I worked in a bike shop near the one where Sheldon was working in 1972. One day, I visited Sheldon to get some ball bearings we didn’t have in stock. The visit was brief, but Sheldon’s humor was so memorable, I still tell the story of that visit.

  • Sebastien Lamarre says:

    Je suis triste. Dans mon bureau, sous le neon, je suis très triste à l’annonce de ta mort mon ami.

    Tous les jours je me rends a mon travail en velo, c’est mon plus grand plaisir, ma petite victoire sur le monde absurde que tu m’as aide a traverser pendant de longues annees. Merci pour ton infinie generosite et pour l’exemple que tu as ete et que tu continueras a etre pour nous tous.
    Au revoir Sheldon.
    Sébastien, Montréal.

  • Michael G. Powers says:

    I’d not met him in person, but insofar as bicycles are concerned if Sheldon said it, I believed it, and that settles it.

  • Michael Smith says:

    Like some others, I never met Sheldon, but felt that I knew him well. His humor, wisdom and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

  • T. Mooney says:

    Thank you Sheldon for all of the great advice and knowledge. Best wishes to his family and co-workers.

  • John Baybay says:

    Sheldon is a online mentor for fixed gear riders. He will be missed

  • VR says:

    How sad to learn of Sheldon Brown (“Capt. Bike”) passing away. He’s surely one of bicycling’s all-time greats!

    I’m just returning to bicycling after earlier injuries. Now an older gal, I’m doing work-arounds for some infirmities. Biking’s sure changed. But in noodling around trying to learn on the web, I had the great good fortune to find Sheldon Brown’s articles!! What a joy: like a personal tutor!

    Over these past couple of months I’ve learned so much from him, & his inventive, can-do kind of long-distance bike touring. How I wish I’d taken a moment then to thank him, for all his inspiration + right-on info!

    Belatedly, may I share this with those who knew & admired him. Sheldon Brown helped me see that biking can work in our later years. May his warm & wise spirit keep things lively & eco-conscious in the great heavens above
    . . . . 😉

    Respectfully, -vr-

  • Bob, Maplewood NJ says:

    My sympathy to Sheldon’s family and those close to him. While I did not know him personally, his articles were the source of information and inspiration, and he will be remembered and missed by many.

  • B.J says:

    His website has a wealth of information, and has helped me more than anything else online.

  • Finding this web-page was quite a shock as I did not know that Mr. Brown had passed. I am a newbie to cycling and have found the treasure of information that he has left to the cycling world. Thank you for this and my sincere wish that his legacy lives on.

  • Fritz says:

    FYI, today (July 14) is Sheldon’s birthday. He would have been 64 today. Happy trails.

  • Brian says:

    I, like others, never had the privilege of meeting Mr. Brown. His website and sole email interaction, however, let me feel to some extent that we were friends. For that I am thankful.

    His passion for life, love for his family, and service to others is an example to all of us on how to live life to its fullest.

    My condolences to his family. May warm memories comfort you.

  • Clint Sparrey says:

    Sheldon you were an en-cycle-opedia willing to share your knowledge with all. Thank you!

  • Rick says:

    He has a very usefull website for cycling…

  • Bolter03 says:

    It’s been almost a year since his passing. My LBS has his picture displayed with no comment or note. Doesn’t seem to be a need. It would seem that anyone with an interest in cycling knows of Sheldon and every bike shop should have his picture posted somewhere. He provided the technical, the practical, and maybe even more importantly, the whimsical.

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