The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133

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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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  • This is comedy af 🤣

    Peter JenkinsPeter Jenkins2 саат мурун
  • Nice one

    Raghav CRaghav C12 саат мурун
  • I want to try this. I can ride a bicycle without touching the handle bar. It is hard but I can even get started (just need to "walk" to make some speed). So now I wanna try that on a backwards bike but I'm pretty sure it'll still feel messed up :p.

    TiemenTiemen13 саат мурун
  • Just get a little bit of momentum and ride it without using your hands. It should work just how it does with normal bicycles. Or should it?

    Marco VenustusMarco Venustus21 саат мурун
  • Homie I play racing games with inverted controls. I bet I could

    XxterpzxXXxterpzxX22 саат мурун
  • My brain hurts bad

    P455w0rd's 16P455w0rd's 1623 саат мурун
  • I'll bet James Bond could have done it... with a gorgeous babe on the back... escaping bad guys and disarming a nuclear weapon at the same time.

    The other white meatThe other white meatКүн мурун
  • Fun

    Rahco ThompsonRahco ThompsonКүн 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.

    chocolate squigglechocolate squiggleКүн 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?

    Anonymous UserAnonymous User2 күн мурун
  • You can make this bicycle better. Set it up so that to go forward, you need to pedal in reverse.

    Zone StomperZone Stomper2 күн мурун
  • 4:37 _A child has more neuroplasticity..._ *Andrew Huberman has entered the chat*

    Joseph H.Joseph H.2 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

    Dayden TillDayden Till2 күн мурун
  • I really your videos man... its really comforting for me...

    Bikky ShresthaBikky Shrestha3 күн мурун
  • This is actually a really good anti-theft bike, nobodies going to steal a bike they cant ride!

    Ben LeeBen Lee3 күн мурун
  • Mike Boyed can

    Movie &. StuffMovie &. Stuff3 күн мурун
  • That’s a funny 🚲

    Team SevenTeam Seven3 күн мурун
  • Amazing!

    priya pallavipriya pallavi4 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

    Phil_EggbatPhil_Eggbat4 күн мурун
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    Brian CBrian C4 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 ?????

    Michael JoyceMichael Joyce4 күн мурун
  • I became 2 times my original weigh and found out we do forget how to drive a bike

    Ariel D.SousaAriel D.Sousa4 күн мурун
  • A quick question: If you learn to write or use the moise pad with both hands would help?

    Ariel D.SousaAriel D.Sousa4 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"?

    Martín MarconciniMartín Marconcini4 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)

    Joel Josiah LockridgeJoel Josiah Lockridge5 күн мурун
  • who’s watching in 2021

  • Awesome video!

    Anderson VenturiniAnderson Venturini5 күн мурун
  • Me riding the bike on back wheel only 😂

    Nitesh KhatriNitesh Khatri5 күн мурун
  • Try an old person. I’m 61, bet I could do it!

    bbaaspencer1bbaaspencer15 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

    Beasrboy109Beasrboy1096 күн мурун
  • You have to give this bike to a person who can’t ride one, and compare

    Samrudh rkashyapSamrudh rkashyap6 күн мурун
  • É a prova de roubo ! Nenhum ladrão pode levar ! kkk

    birabira6 күн мурун
  • Just got recommended this. Fascinating

    andy bandy b6 күн мурун
  • Hats off to your prankster welder pals

    rubix71rubix717 күн мурун
  • This video is awesome. I sent it to everybody I know. Well put together and thought out. Thank you.

    Bandit Brands TVBandit Brands TV7 күн мурун
  • Your son can never drive a bike again

    Sharp XenonSharp Xenon7 күн мурун
  • Awesome

    Elizabeth Mare KearinElizabeth Mare Kearin7 күн мурун
  • I wonder can understading how countersteering works help learning the inverse bike? Probably no, but it should be interesting

    Sergej VolkovSergej Volkov7 күн мурун
  • you got way too pissed at those poor Amsterdam people. Why did you even try it there just to get publicly humiliated.

    Rintaro OkabeRintaro Okabe8 күн мурун
  • a similar challenge is learning to operate the mouse after pressing "ctrl" + "alt" + "down/left/right"

    Jwalin BhattJwalin Bhatt8 күн мурун
  • Now I am wondering will this be the same for a car...!!!!

    Darryl DSouzaDarryl DSouza8 күн мурун
  • The thing i'm having trouble believing, is the fact that people are so sceptical to something so obvious in my mind

    BederBeder9 күн мурун
  • *Destin doing his outro* *Chris Hadfield chilling in the back riding a bike* A normal SmarterEveryday video

    AccentTimeAccentTime9 күн мурун

    T WT W9 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!

    Agent JohnAgent John10 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...

    Jonas MartinezJonas Martinez10 күн мурун
  • sir i do believe you have taught me a very valuable lessen today and i wont forget it

    Joshua Huff HuffJoshua Huff Huff11 күн мурун
  • 5:40 Everyone thinks he is the dumb one, when in reality he is 4 parallel universes ahead of them

    Die Nosor PoDie Nosor Po11 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.

    Tucker AdamsTucker Adams11 күн мурун
  • That moment when he remembered how to ride a regular bike was simply amazing.

    Patrick LawrencePatrick Lawrence12 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.

    Ahmad FathlillahAhmad Fathlillah12 күн мурун
  • the bars obviously turn much easier then normal bike and that makes it harder

    Chan WillyChan Willy12 күн мурун
  • 1 billion to the one who can ride that to 2000km

    scarlet 001scarlet 00113 күн мурун
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    john caojohn cao13 күн мурун
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    Asmita DhardeAsmita Dharde13 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.

    brendan berrybrendan berry15 күн мурун
  • Expert challenge: make a motorcycle like this

    Christian JacksonChristian Jackson15 күн мурун
  • Nice parable!

    The Finest SakeThe Finest Sake15 күн мурун
  • Now make it peddle backwards

    Wildcat66Wildcat6616 күн мурун
  • What if you had 2 bikes and you sewithch between at random intervals

    Johnny's VideosJohnny's Videos16 күн мурун
  • I would have wheelied

    Rick AstleyRick Astley18 күн мурун
  • I want to try this so bad right now

    MeisterlingMeisterling19 күн мурун
  • Oh I can't ride this!? Laughs in can't ride a regular bike.

    Motaz FawziMotaz Fawzi19 күн мурун
  • When you invert the controls on call of duty

    Obay RafiObay Rafi20 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 )

    Craig MonteforteCraig Monteforte20 күн мурун
  • i want to be a welder now

    Supa Dupa SwagSupa Dupa Swag20 күн мурун
  • This is how covid19 was invented.

    potato starpotato star21 күн мурун
  • "They think I'm dumb but I'm actually two levels deep into this" This is going to be my motto lmao.

    MohammedMohammed21 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.

    b sharpb sharp22 күн мурун
  • Does this bike not have breaks?

    Ricardo alvesRicardo alves22 күн мурун
  • its like using a tiller on a saill boat you turn the tiller left to go right and right to go left

    calebcaleb22 күн мурун
  • What if you tried riding with no hands? Unless the mechanism has too much resistance, it should work.

    vilkkuvilkku23 күн мурун
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    Michael JacksonMichael Jackson24 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.

    stimmo77stimmo7725 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.

    Pla1n0Pla1n025 күн мурун
  • Don’t underestimate welders XD

    Revert FPVRevert FPV25 күн мурун
  • Everyone: Struggles Me: who plays video games on inverted since i was like 5

    BabbipangangBabbipangang25 күн мурун
  • Oh now I see why it is easy to learn new things when we are young ^^

    hüsamettin akarhüsamettin akar26 күн мурун
  • This is the most mind blowing video I've ever seen. So genius!

    Arthur KArthur K26 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

    TeelaireTeelaire27 күн мурун
  • i really want to try this bike now

  • 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.

    Gareth BlythGareth Blyth28 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

    Corey FinnCorey Finn28 күн мурун
  • Him:I am 2 Parallel universes ahead of you

  • 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.

    Scott GreubelScott Greubel28 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.

    Uthark RunaUthark Runa28 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

    יאיר שנייאיר שני29 күн мурун
  • I could ride it within 4 tries guarantee

    Logan WilliamsLogan WilliamsАй мурун
    • @Logan Williams make that a 16th

      Gentles FamilyGentles FamilyКүн мурун
    • @Gentles Family he also has maybe an 8th of my riding experience

      Logan WilliamsLogan WilliamsКүн 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

      Gentles FamilyGentles FamilyКүн 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

      Logan WilliamsLogan WilliamsКүн мурун
    • definitely not, thats what everyone thinks

      Gentles FamilyGentles FamilyКүн 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

    IWD_tvIWD_tvАй мурун
  • This isn’t a new thing. We called them clown bike in the 70’s

    Hoonatic BloggsHoonatic BloggsАй мурун
  • Oh man little kid Destin looks like a dork lol

    Tim fondiggleTim fondiggleАй мурун
  • What an interesting video. Subscribed because of this first video I have watched from you.

    Nad NavlisNad NavlisАй мурун
  • This is very interesting, and could lead to a video about using inverted mouse or not in FPS games. :)

    TobberHarleyTobberHarleyАй мурун
  • This is one of the best videos on the internet

    Oliver OddieOliver OddieАй мурун
  • God is real and loves you.. .No matter what you think about it. That is also truth.

    Ora'zOra'zАй мурун
  • That was AWESOME!!!!!

    Robert GardnerRobert GardnerАй мурун
  • Anyone know where I can buy one of these bikes??

    Joey EngebretsonJoey EngebretsonАй мурун
  • loved this one!

    Sam BellwoodSam BellwoodАй 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.

    Micah FoleyMicah FoleyАй мурун
  • Someone needs to leave that bike in a prominently black area and film the results... for science.

    Michael MorrisonMichael MorrisonАй мурун