A subsequent examination of the electric bicycle found that both the front and rear brakes were worn down to the point of being almost completely ineffective.
Mrs Barnhart told the inquest at County Hall in Northallerton that they were aware of the front brakes being defective, and that during their regular cycle rides in the spring her husband had been relying on the rear brakes. He had planned to take the bike in for maintenance once lockdown ended.
PC Harris added that the hydraulic brakes on Mr Barnhart's bike were 'very much restricted' due to an absence of brake fluid and worn pads. The rear brake had been operated 'to destruction' because of the known fault with the front brake.
This is not the first brake-related cyclist fatality on this road.This one appears to have locked up his brakes (not discs I presume):
https://www.cravenherald.co.uk/news/116 ... t-is-told/
Another death occurred in 2015
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... kspot.html
and a coach crash in 1975 killed 33 at the same spot (Dibbles Bridge), and in 1925 7 people.