PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Bicycle Times’ founding editor, Karen Brooks, has left the magazine after nearly 10 years with parent company Rotating Mass Media. Her last day was Monday.
Brooks was editor of mountain bike title Dirt Rag when publisher Maurice Tierney recruited her in 2009 to launch a spinoff magazine focused on the rising popularity of cargo bikes, touring and city riding—or “road bikes for the rest of us,” as Brooks describes it. The bimonthly title has a circulation of about 30,000.
“I’ve had a helluva good time in all my various roles with Rotating Mass Media,” Brooks told BRAIN on Friday. “The bike industry is a vortex, and I’ve been in too long to ever truly escape. But I’d like to keep telling stories about riding bikes that inspire other people to do it, too. Who knows — I may also finally get around to taking those metalworking classes that have been on my mind.”
An email to publisher Tierney seeking comment on Brooks’ departure was not immediately returned Friday, and it was unclear whether a replacement had been selected for the editor’s chair at Bicycle Times.