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Elgin, JC Higgins, J.C. Higgins, They're All Sears bikes, and all freaking awesome!!  I love that the Firestone bikes are all the same frames too... It's too bad there isn't more information out there about these bikes as they totally kick ass.  Yes, they're not quite as good quality as a Schwinn, but they're absolutely serviceable and personally I find they fit taller riders a bit better.  One really could ask why AREN'T these bikes ruling the world about now?!?

Sheldon Brown Passes On

by Bryn — last modified Feb 06, 2008 07:53 PM

I've just learned that cycling Guru, Sheldon Brown has passed away

Sheldon BrownWow, is all I can say... Sheldon Brown's web site has been one of the best resources out there for learning about bikes I've ever found.  I can credit Sheldon Brown with teaching me pretty much everything I know about Sturmey stuff, wheel building, you name it.  His contributions to the cycling world in terms of the knowledge he has shared will hopefully go on as his legacy.

It's amazing sometimes that someone who you've never actually met can have such a big impact on you...

Sheldon Brown was diagnosed with MS in 2007, after several years of nerve deterioration which had nearly completely taken away his ability to ride, although I've seen reports he was on a bike just days before his death - I can only hope that his last ride was a good one.  He passed away of a heart attack on Sunday, February 3 at age 63.  Thank you Sheldon for all you've done for the cycling community, your influence on thousands of cyclists will be sorely missed.

I had actually been meaning to email Sheldon for a while now to ask if I could reproduce some of his technical pages here on Here's hoping they stay online for years to come!


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Sheldon Brown

Avatar Posted by Teddy at Feb 07, 2008 09:19 AM
Thanks for that... so much to learn about Sheldon even still. I think that more than a hobby, this was the joy of teaching others to repair their bikes so they can enjoy his knowledge. I bet Sheldon is smiling on now and happy that he could make such a contribution - a gift to the cycling community. He can rest now.