Although I’ve only been into fixing my own bicycles for about a year, I’ve found an endless wealth of knowledge in Sheldon Brown’s writings and instructions. Sheldon was easily one of the most patient, kind, and passionate wrenches I’ve ever crossed paths with. According to the Wikipedia Article, he died last night of a massive heart attack sometime last night, Feb 3, 2008. Even with that, there was tech advice from Sheldon posted on BikeForums at 9:31PM in his own time zone. It’s likely that he passed away helping people fix bikes, which seems like just the way he would have wanted to go.
Sheldon was never afraid to make the best of a seemingly bad situation. Last year, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but you’d have a hard time saying that he suffered from it. He seemed to relish in it, in fact!
Sheldon, you will be missed. Your knowledge, positive outlook, inspiration, and kindness will never be forgotten.