Bike community mourns death of mechanic and activist who died in cougar attack

By Stephen Frothingham

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — The bike community across the country, including colleagues at at least two bike shops, is mourning the death of S.J. Brooks, who died in a cougar attack while mountain biking near Seattle last Saturday.

Brooks was an employee of Seattle’s G&O Family Cyclery and a co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the Friends on Bikes organization, which is dedicated to fostering a community for women of color who love riding bikes.

According to a posting on G&O’s Facebook page, Brooks was key to the shop’s rebuilding following a 2016 explosion destroyed its building.

“SJ was a trained art historian and photographer. They were an amateur carpenter and a crafty maker of things. SJ was a lover of ideas and thoughts and philosophies. SJ could teach anyone anything. SJ was strong, smart, kind and generous. And funny as hell,” the shop’s Facebook page reads. “We will always miss SJ, but their presence will be part of our work and part of the cargo bike movement in Seattle for a long time to come.”

“S.J. could overhaul a headset, teach you the fundamentals of art history and 90’s hip hop, all while inviting you on …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News