Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez (en_ki) wrote,
Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez

Sheldon Brown

In December, I bought a single-speed bike from a guy on Craigslist and started using it as my regular commuter, then switched it to fixed-gear (flip-flop hub) in January. My interest in single-speed riding started with an article by Sheldon Brown, which I happened across a few years ago while reading his pages on bike maintenance. I've consulted them every few weeks for one reason or another for at least five years.

I had never gone to Harris Cyclery, where he worked, since West Newton is a fair bit out of the way and there are many fine bike shops closer; but the guy who sold me the bike threw in a lock, to which he couldn't find the key, and promised he would keep an eye out for it. He found it, and we made plans to get together this weekend in Newton.

I thought it would then be a good time to stop by Harris Cyclery as well, to thank Sheldon for his advice and maybe get some more while I was there. But when I visited their site to find directions just now, I saw that Sheldon Brown had died.

(If you knew him, I guess this is not news; it was more than a week ago.)

By all appearances he lived as good a life as one could hope for; and though there were painful parts, he kept his good humor and kept writing for us all. Many people will remember him. There are not very many things I regret more than that I did not go out and meet him when I had the chance.

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