The Backwards Brain Bicycle – Smarter Every Day 133

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GET SMARTER SECTION: A quick clarification…. It took me 8 months to learn how to do this, but I was only picking up the …


  1. Counter steering is a big part of this. You turn the opposite way to the way you go to put the bike on a lean to the direction you want to go. You’d have to counter steer less on a smaller bike as you’d be closer to the ground and need less of a lean so less of a counter steer. That could also be a major factor as to why the kid finds it easier.

  2. It would be interesting to see what an experienced motorcyclist would do here. Anyone familiar with the concept of counter steer, which is essentially what is going on here.

  3. But it's not just backwards… Theres an extra pivot point making each handlebar movement to corresponding wheel movement more sensitive. If that makes sense. Can't find the right words lol

  4. There's probably some next level stuff going on in your brain in those moments. Like a neuroscientist establishment may be able to learn incredible things from this.

  5. I suspect if this is the bike you use to learn you'll ride it like a normal bike but that's just a speculation and I think it'll take 4 times as long to learn

  6. Part 2: pedals are also gear-inverted so that the bike actually go backward if you turn them forward
    Part 3: the saddle is also inverted so that the handlebar is behind your back and you need mirrors to see where you go
    Part 4: the handlebar is sideways at a 90° angle, so you rotate it down or up to go left or right
    Part 5: same but wearing kaleidoscopic goggles
    Part 6: vlog from my new 'hospital' room

  7. Reminds me of games that don't let you invert the y-axis… if I don't charge my focus from deep Inside the game world to the reticle on the surface of the screen, I can't effectively make the switch.

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