05 February 2008

Anyone who has ever done a technical search on cycling-related matters has found Sheldon Brown on the internet. He died yesterday. It is impossible to test, but I think it would go without saying that he knew more about bikes than anyone ever has. And we have the closest thing we could get to proof: his website.

I emailed him once four years ago when I was first getting interested in fixed-gear bicycles. Believe it or not, they were only a fraction of us back then, though I still felt like minor poseur when I started. Anyway, the one gap I found on his page is that there seemed to be no thoughts on the bolt-on cog design for LeVeL hubs. He replied saying that it was pointless to reinvent the wheel. Lockrings work just fine. And now we know.