Sheldon Brown: 1944 – 2008

Heart attack claims life of human bicycle encyclopedia

"Bicycle Guru"

Sheldon Brown, the human encyclopedia of bicycling knowledge and a famous employee of Harris Cyclery in Massachusetts, died of a massive heart attack Sunday evening, February 3, according to his wife Harriet.

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The 63-year-old bicycle expert was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in August 2007, limiting his prior upright bicycling and workload. His many trademarks include a longish gray leprechaun beard and shaved head. He was also well-known for patiently and thoroughly answering his 500 – 1000 daily emails.

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Our thoughts are with Brown’s family during their time of loss. His contributions to the bicycle industry were great, and his enduring legacy shall be greater.