A long time ago, I was doing a phone order with a bike shop that had a well known internet presence. I was talking to an early proponent of fixed gear riding on the street, discussing the choice of components for a rear wheel, when I made the offhand comment that the hub wasn’t that critical since I was only setting up a bike for commuting. He immediately jumped in and said that “commuting is the most important kind of biking that you can do.”
At least five years later, I had the pleasure of meeting the man face to face at a recumbent event in upstate New York where he was the featured speaker. By that time, he had switched to riding a Greenspeed trike since he had balance problems from his declining health. Nevertheless, it was fantastic to see him share his enthusiasm and knowledge of all things bike with all of us.
RIP Sheldon Brown.