A Tribute to Sheldon Brown
July 14th, 1944 to February 4th, 2008
Wikipedia: Sheldon Brown was an American bicycle mechanic,
technical expert and author. He contributed to print and online sources related
to bicycling and bicycle mechanics, in particular the web site Sheldon Brown's
Bicycle Technical Info.
Sheldon Brown, of Harris Cyclery in Massachusetts (U.S.A.), was a bicycle mechanic, technical expert, and author. One of his passions was the Raleigh Twenty of which he had several, most (all?) of which were modified and customized, some more than others. Much of our website’s information, technical data, discussions, and suggestions on modifications came from him.
There is way too much information about Sheldon Brown and his Twentys to cite here, however, if you enter “Sheldon Brown Raleigh Twenty” in your web browser, it will come up with his different webpages about our favorite small wheeled mode of transportation.
Since his loss, in 2008, to a massive myocardial infarction (heart attack), his loss has been felt throughout the bicycling world. Much of his work and information has been maintained and supplemented by his friend and co-worker, John Allen.
Sheldon Brown’s bicycle technical info webpage: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/
His Raleigh Twenty webpage: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/raleigh-twenty.html
Sheldon Brown’s personal webpage: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/home.html
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Please send me your pictures and write-ups by the 25th of the month so I have something to choose from for the next month and beyond.
The Grumpy Old Squid, David in Florida, & 2whls3spds
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The original Raleigh Twenty was in production in various forms and under various names from 1968 until 1984 and has gained a cult following from cyclists worldwide. This popularity can be largely attributed to the late Sheldon Brown, a legendary bicycle guru, who owned several Raleigh Twentys throughout his lifetime.
At one stage, the Twenty was Raleigh's biggest seller. Raleigh's survival through the cycling slump of the 70's can be largely attributed to the Twenty and it's variant models. It was also sold under many of Raleigh's captive brand names such as Triumph, Sun, Hercules and BSA. It was sold as the "Supercycle Twenty" in Canada. It was also built to a unique design by Morrison Industries in New Zealand.