Do You Think You Could Ride This ‘Backwards’ Bike?

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Many people believe you never forget how to ride a bike, but Destin Sandlin of the YouTube series Smarter Every Day might have just proved that theory wrong. When a fellow engineer presents him with a bicycle built so that the wheel turns the opposite direction of the handlebars, Destin realizes that this seemingly simple challenge is almost impossible.

As Destin and behavioral scientists explain, this happens because our brains are so preconditioned to certain movements and muscle memory that going against these natural instincts is incredibly difficult. In fact, it is much easier for a child than an adult to learn how to ride this backward bicycle because their brains are so much more impressionable. As Destin explains, this is the same reason why learning a language is easier as a child. Just another reason to want to be young again.

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