The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133

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A quick clarification....
It took me 8 months to learn how to do this, but I was only picking up the bike and running to the end of the driveway and back every day. I wasn't "ACTIVELY" trying to learn. Meaning... I wasn't struggling and trying to make my brain learn. I simply got on the bike every day, tried to operate it to the end of the driveway, turned around and tried to operate it back. The goal was to understand how my brain figured things out on its own, without trying to force it to. Many people have built bikes like this and figured it out in much less than 1 day by staying on the bike until they were able to master it. I had no timelines, and was using this as an exploratory activity to learn how I learn.
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chocolate squiggle
chocolate squiggle 7 саат мурун
I've seen an old documentary segment showing something real similar. They didn't modify the bike, but instead used a helmet that covered the users eyes. It presented them with uh...either a mirror image, or maybe it was an upside-down image - it's been so long I can't remember precisely. And then they had to try and ride the bike! The result was very very similar to this, couldn't even get started in the beginning, but eventually they showed someone confidently riding along a weaving, undulating path. I don't know how long it took to master. Fascinating though.
Anonymous User
Anonymous User 13 саат мурун
So does this mean Destin can now ride both bikes, or would it take 20 minutes to figure it out every time he switched bikes?
Zone Stomper
Zone Stomper 20 саат мурун
You can make this bicycle better. Set it up so that to go forward, you need to pedal in reverse.
Joseph H.
Joseph H. 23 саат мурун
4:37 _A child has more neuroplasticity..._ *Andrew Huberman has entered the chat*
Dayden Till
Dayden Till Күн мурун
Has any one ever told you you look a lot like J-roc (Jonathan Torrens)? you're like if J-roc got into science instead of Rap and crime lol
Bikky Shrestha
Bikky Shrestha Күн мурун
I really your videos man... its really comforting for me...
Ben Lee
Ben Lee Күн мурун
This is actually a really good anti-theft bike, nobodies going to steal a bike they cant ride!
Movie &. Stuff
Movie &. Stuff Күн мурун
Mike Boyed can
Team Seven
Team Seven Күн мурун
That’s a funny 🚲
priya pallavi
priya pallavi 2 күн мурун
Phil_Eggbat 2 күн мурун
they had this on loop in my old math class and it was so hard not to burst out in laughter at 1:20
Brian C
Brian C 2 күн мурун
The gorgeous juice puzzlingly tickle because flock unexpectedly drag mid a wretched find. aromatic, husky dolphin
Michael Joyce
Michael Joyce 2 күн мурун
correct me if im wrong but i ride on my back weel all the time so if you pop a weelee could you ride it ?????
Ariel D.Sousa
Ariel D.Sousa 3 күн мурун
I became 2 times my original weigh and found out we do forget how to drive a bike
Ariel D.Sousa
Ariel D.Sousa 3 күн мурун
A quick question: If you learn to write or use the moise pad with both hands would help?
Martín Marconcini
Martín Marconcini 3 күн мурун
The missing bit is, what if he goes *back* to the inverted one? Did his brain retain this ability and just needs a few minutes of training to switch or has that been somehow "lost"?
Joel Josiah Lockridge
Joel Josiah Lockridge 3 күн мурун
Mr. Sandlin, I wish to tell you that you have blown me away with the manner in which you conduct you thinking. I have so much respect for those who understand _HOW_ to think, and I believe that you have it down extremely well. I don't really expect you to think much of the opinion of a totally unknown and unrepresented stranger, but you have the key to life, and that is a clear understanding and belief. Keep up the outstanding work! It makes me so happy to see God using someone of your caliber. Thank you. (also, I love how you slip a verse into every video, they always make it that much better)
JOSHUA BUSH 3 күн мурун
who’s watching in 2021
Anderson Venturini
Anderson Venturini 3 күн мурун
Awesome video!
Nitesh Khatri
Nitesh Khatri 4 күн мурун
Me riding the bike on back wheel only 😂
bbaaspencer1 4 күн мурун
Try an old person. I’m 61, bet I could do it!
Beasrboy109 4 күн мурун
Hey don’t mind my pfp but I just took a star test and there was a story about you learning how to ride a opposite bike it was kind of interesting not gonna lie
Samrudh rkashyap
Samrudh rkashyap 5 күн мурун
You have to give this bike to a person who can’t ride one, and compare
bira 5 күн мурун
É a prova de roubo ! Nenhum ladrão pode levar ! kkk
andy b
andy b 5 күн мурун
Just got recommended this. Fascinating
rubix71 5 күн мурун
Hats off to your prankster welder pals
Bandit Brands TV
Bandit Brands TV 6 күн мурун
This video is awesome. I sent it to everybody I know. Well put together and thought out. Thank you.
Sharp Xenon
Sharp Xenon 6 күн мурун
Your son can never drive a bike again
Elizabeth Mare Kearin
Elizabeth Mare Kearin 6 күн мурун
Sergej Volkov
Sergej Volkov 6 күн мурун
I wonder can understading how countersteering works help learning the inverse bike? Probably no, but it should be interesting
Rintaro Okabe
Rintaro Okabe 6 күн мурун
you got way too pissed at those poor Amsterdam people. Why did you even try it there just to get publicly humiliated.
Jwalin Bhatt
Jwalin Bhatt 6 күн мурун
a similar challenge is learning to operate the mouse after pressing "ctrl" + "alt" + "down/left/right"
Darryl DSouza
Darryl DSouza 7 күн мурун
Now I am wondering will this be the same for a car...!!!!
Beder 8 күн мурун
The thing i'm having trouble believing, is the fact that people are so sceptical to something so obvious in my mind
AccentTime 8 күн мурун
*Destin doing his outro* *Chris Hadfield chilling in the back riding a bike* A normal SmarterEveryday video
T W 8 күн мурун
Agent John
Agent John 8 күн мурун
I heard of a story about people who wore goggles that made everything look upside down for a long period of time and then one day everything switched right side up while wearing the goggles. Then when they took the goggles off everything was upside down again with just their bare eyes! Try it Destine!
Jonas Martinez
Jonas Martinez 8 күн мурун
Its the same general principle with someone who only rides a motorcycle and then immediately rides a bicycle.... I experienced the very same thing when I rode both one after the other.... note this is just switching from motorcycle handle bar heft with bicycle handlebar heft...
Joshua Huff Huff
Joshua Huff Huff 9 күн мурун
sir i do believe you have taught me a very valuable lessen today and i wont forget it
Die Nosor Po
Die Nosor Po 9 күн мурун
5:40 Everyone thinks he is the dumb one, when in reality he is 4 parallel universes ahead of them
Tucker Adams
Tucker Adams 10 күн мурун
Have you let anyone who regularly rides street motorcycles try this bike? We are all used to subconsciously counter steering but takes a bit to get used to. I’m sure they still couldn’t instantly ride it but I’m just curious. Also counter steering on motorcycles would make an awesome video.
Patrick Lawrence
Patrick Lawrence 10 күн мурун
That moment when he remembered how to ride a regular bike was simply amazing.
Ahmad Fathlillah
Ahmad Fathlillah 11 күн мурун
Knowledge isn't the same as understanding. I know how to ride a bike, but 20 years later I just understand how to turn a bike by counter-steering the handlebar. When I understand this, it really blew my mind. And I never ride a bike the same again.
Chan Willy
Chan Willy 11 күн мурун
the bars obviously turn much easier then normal bike and that makes it harder
scarlet 001
scarlet 001 11 күн мурун
1 billion to the one who can ride that to 2000km
john cao
john cao 12 күн мурун
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Asmita Dharde
Asmita Dharde 12 күн мурун
one sentence noob minecraft players on mobile on a boat
brendan berry
brendan berry 13 күн мурун
Looks like the gear ratio is wrong and the handles move at a different rate than the wheel. I'm betting that is part of the "magic" involved in making it so hard.
Christian Jackson
Christian Jackson 13 күн мурун
Expert challenge: make a motorcycle like this
The Finest Sake
The Finest Sake 14 күн мурун
Nice parable!
Wildcat66 14 күн мурун
Now make it peddle backwards
Johnny's Videos
Johnny's Videos 15 күн мурун
What if you had 2 bikes and you sewithch between at random intervals
Rick Astley
Rick Astley 16 күн мурун
I would have wheelied
Meisterling 17 күн мурун
I want to try this so bad right now
Motaz Fawzi
Motaz Fawzi 17 күн мурун
Oh I can't ride this!? Laughs in can't ride a regular bike.
Obay Rafi
Obay Rafi 18 күн мурун
When you invert the controls on call of duty
Craig Monteforte
Craig Monteforte 18 күн мурун
Try riding straight then leaning into the turns that’s pretty much how we turn motorcycles we don’t really push a pull on the handlebars it’s kind of a optical illusion because our hands are on the handle bars operating other controls (throttle, clutch, brakes )
Supa Dupa Swag
Supa Dupa Swag 19 күн мурун
i want to be a welder now
potato star
potato star 20 күн мурун
This is how covid19 was invented.
Mohammed 20 күн мурун
"They think I'm dumb but I'm actually two levels deep into this" This is going to be my motto lmao.
b sharp
b sharp 20 күн мурун
We have instincts for physical activities like biking, jumping, swinging, etc. Instincts live on a level below intellect - like machine code below the operating system on a computer. A cat, for instance, has instincts for navigating the world - without intellect or reason involved, they intuit their way around their environment. Our instincts, like the cat's, map to the flow of reality. As long as space-time flows the way it does - steady, continuous, uninterrupted - our instincts serve us. The minute something is changed, our instincts must adjust. This is clearly demonstrated in your video, where left and right were swapped and your old instincts failed you. Until you adapted new instincts for the change in your physical reality, you were lost.
Ricardo alves
Ricardo alves 20 күн мурун
Does this bike not have breaks?
caleb 21 күн мурун
its like using a tiller on a saill boat you turn the tiller left to go right and right to go left
vilkku 22 күн мурун
What if you tried riding with no hands? Unless the mechanism has too much resistance, it should work.
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson 23 күн мурун
The anxious silver clasically skip because rectangle parenthetically scold before a recondite downtown. laughable, bustling conga
stimmo77 23 күн мурун
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.
Pla1n0 23 күн мурун
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.
Revert FPV
Revert FPV 23 күн мурун
Don’t underestimate welders XD
Babbipangang 24 күн мурун
Everyone: Struggles Me: who plays video games on inverted since i was like 5
hüsamettin akar
hüsamettin akar 24 күн мурун
Oh now I see why it is easy to learn new things when we are young ^^
Arthur K
Arthur K 24 күн мурун
This is the most mind blowing video I've ever seen. So genius!
Teelaire 25 күн мурун
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
LIVELEAKTV 26 күн мурун
i really want to try this bike now
Gareth Blyth
Gareth Blyth 26 күн мурун
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.
Corey Finn
Corey Finn 26 күн мурун
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
OTTO KLEBECK 26 күн мурун
Him:I am 2 Parallel universes ahead of you
Scott Greubel
Scott Greubel 27 күн мурун
I think this is my favorite video you have ever done, and I've seen many of them. What a great role model you are. Hope to meet you someday- in the beyond.
Uthark Runa
Uthark Runa 27 күн мурун
On my third day of bike riding, haven't riden since nust after school. You dont forget how but you certainly don't have the ability to do.
יאיר שני
יאיר שני 27 күн мурун
Why dont you cross your hands on the handlebar? Right hand to the left side of handlebar and left hand to the right
Logan Williams
Logan Williams 28 күн мурун
I could ride it within 4 tries guarantee
Gentles Family
Gentles Family 15 мүнөт мурун
@Logan Williams he learned to ride it in 8 months. 5 minutes everyday. youre not riding it in 4 tries, you just sound cocky
Logan Williams
Logan Williams 2 саат мурун
@Gentles Family he learned to ride it... I can ride anything 2 wheeled lol I've grown up riding anything 2 wheeled im not trying to sound cocky but i bet i could ride it
Gentles Family
Gentles Family 2 саат мурун
definitely not, thats what everyone thinks
IWD_tv 29 күн мурун
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
Hoonatic Bloggs
Hoonatic Bloggs 29 күн мурун
This isn’t a new thing. We called them clown bike in the 70’s
Tim fondiggle
Tim fondiggle Ай мурун
Oh man little kid Destin looks like a dork lol
Nad Navlis
Nad Navlis Ай мурун
What an interesting video. Subscribed because of this first video I have watched from you.
TobberHarley Ай мурун
This is very interesting, and could lead to a video about using inverted mouse or not in FPS games. :)
Oliver Oddie
Oliver Oddie Ай мурун
This is one of the best videos on the internet
Ora'z Ай мурун
God is real and loves you.. .No matter what you think about it. That is also truth.
Robert Gardner
Robert Gardner Ай мурун
That was AWESOME!!!!!
Joey Engebretson
Joey Engebretson Ай мурун
Anyone know where I can buy one of these bikes??
Sam Bellwood
Sam Bellwood Ай мурун
loved this one!
Micah Foley
Micah Foley Ай мурун
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.
Michael Morrison
Michael Morrison Ай мурун
Someone needs to leave that bike in a prominently black area and film the results... for science.
Guest Ай мурун
I want to try this. Now if you don't want anyone to steal your bike we make it this way!
Big Pundo
Big Pundo Ай мурун
"I did something that damaged my mind on the streets of amsterdam" Same here brother, same here
Allan Holmes
Allan Holmes Ай мурун
By starting to learn how to ride a bike on a slope, we can without pedaling get to understand how to keep our balance, next we can learn how to steer without pedaling then we can learn how to keep ourselves moving by pedaling. Now comes the tricky bit, still on the slope to keep up our momentum and balance we can begin pedaling AND steering starting with TINY movements of the handle bars. Have anyone tried doing this with this funny bike?
Clementine Ай мурун
I'm 100% positive I can do it
mtranchi Ай мурун
god bless ya fucknut, for many things, but for now, "Get up." So many helicopter parents won't get that some road rash won't stop a parent from teaching his kid
MrT Qc
MrT Qc Ай мурун
Who downvotes this kind of videos!?
Kalon Effinger
Kalon Effinger Ай мурун
I feel that a motorcycle rider could ride the backwards bike. If you push the right handle bar forward and lean right you go right even though you are turning the wheel to the left. I do this when. I want to get deep into a turn
Devendra Dongre
Devendra Dongre Ай мурун
Nobody cud steal your bike now...!!
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