R.I.P., Frank Berto

Frank Berto has joined Sheldon Brown in the Great Big Bike Shop in the Sky.

Bicycle Retailer has a note up, as does René Herse Cycles.

At the former, Jim Langley notes in comments:

“Gearing always has and probably always will mystify new cyclists — and Frank, as technical editor, made sense of it all for legions of readers through his columns in Bicycling magazine. It can’t be overstated, the impact Frank’s writing had on our industry and sport.”

Condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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One Response to “R.I.P., Frank Berto”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Oh shit. That killed my day.

    A bunch of us who were grad students in the SUNY Stony Brook Geology Dept. started Serious Riding(tm) in the early eighties. We all hung out in the mail room when we expected Bicycling to be delivered as most of us subscribed. Frank Berto was one of their great writers back in those days. His gearing discussions were among my favorites as that was Back in the Day when we could swap out cogs and chainrings without concern for STI or other highly tuned and incompatible stuff. I remember my own gear charts fondly as I set up doubles and half step plus granny rigs.

    Great guy. Caltech masters in ME. No wonder he was so good.

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