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Wow! I'm glad he's not seriously injured. I wander if the reporter was stating fact or speculation when she said his bike didn't have a rear brake. I can see the brake failing but it's hard to imagine anyone going for a ride in the mountains knowing the brakes aren't good.
 

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Wow! I'm glad he's not seriously injured. I wander if the reporter was stating fact or speculation when she said his bike didn't have a rear brake. I can see the brake failing but it's hard to imagine anyone going for a ride in the mountains knowing the brakes aren't good.
When I hear how badly reporters botch motorcycle related things, it makes me wonder how inaccurate they are at reporting in general.

I agree, it was so weird the way they noted he had no back brakes then lost control in gravel. So are they implying that the lack of a back brake make bikes lose control in gravel?

From the appearance of the bike in the tree, it was a sport bike. Due to the weight distribution, rear brakes are effectively useless on those bikes anyway. And if his bike did slide in gravel off the side of the cliff, a rear brake would not have helped him a bit.

My guess is that the ear ring dood was a faster rider and the guy who rode off the mountain (and had to be convinced to wear a helmet out canyon carving) was just in over his head while trying to keep up.

I had a technical writing prof once who made it clear that whenever talking to reporters, NEVER provide more than three points. ALWAYS repeat those points over and over. ALWAYS make the reporter give them back to you so you are sure they didn't screw them up.
 
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