Sheldon Brown, known to many as Captn Bike, or the human bicycle encyclopedia has passed away. He will be sorely missed.
Jones Wares expresses this loss much better than I could
For anyone that hasn’t yet heard, the great bike tech guru, Sheldon Brown, passed away last night. He was THE source roadies nationwide turned to for not only bike advice, but general cool info as well. For years he was a fixture at Harris Cyclery in West Newton. His website was a hoot. He did some amazing things with the ol’ bicycle. At 63, he left too soon.
I spoke with him two weeks ago about the wool cycle wear company my sister and I recently launched. We talked about how great it is that the East coast is finally starting to catch up with the West; they returned to wool a few years ago! He had his standard witty lines and told me he still has gear from Jones Cycle Wear (though added it’s getting pretty sad looking)…a business our parents had during the 70s through early 90s. He agreed to try out some of our new Joneswares stuff, if he was able to ride in the spring; his MS was beginning to keep him off the bike. As recently as Friday night I logged on to his site for info about putting a brake on my fixed gear (I’m getting to old to be that scared going down the steep hill I live on).
Our thoughts are with his wife, Harriet, and their two kids of whom he was so proud.
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