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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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  1. Ho Stevie!

    Ho Stevie!

    13 саат мурун

    *I could do this* 🖐🏼

  2. Pascal Kargut

    Pascal Kargut

    16 саат мурун

    I wish I can put this on only when I park my bike

  3. Lewis k

    Lewis k

    17 саат мурун

    One must unlearn first

  4. Alex Monras

    Alex Monras

    Күн мурун

    this is so fun!!

  5. rubiks6


    Күн мурун

    My son learned to ride a regular bike one week after his third birthday in one afternoon. We went to visit my brother and there was a very small children's bike with no training wheels in the basement and my son wanted to try it. He began on the concrete driveway with one foot on a peddle and one foot on the ground, riding it kind of like a scooter, in a very small circle. His circle got a bit bigger but then we all went inside. The next thing I know I'm sitting on the sofa and my son goes flying past the living room window on the bike. His circle now included the whole house, including uphill on one side and downhill on the other. Wow. Training wheels are for other people. Not my son.

  6. rubiks6


    Күн мурун

    Such a great story. I've seen this many times but I replay it a couple of times a year. There is deep wisdom in this.

  7. H Mager

    H Mager

    Күн мурун

    try riding with a pair of Stratton goggles!

  8. Prop Circles

    Prop Circles

    Күн мурун

    if i was offered 200 id pop a wheelie and id get that bike across the finish line

  9. Abdul


    Күн мурун

    I want to unlearn riding bicycle

  10. blizzy1978


    Күн мурун

    Donald Trump would like to have a word with you about truth.

  11. Kenneth Edwards

    Kenneth Edwards

    2 күн мурун

    Great show!

  12. Yaa Bleu

    Yaa Bleu

    2 күн мурун

    He funny 😭😭😭 I like this video ❗️

  13. Voltaic Fire

    Voltaic Fire

    2 күн мурун

    Took you that long to understand that theoretical doesn't equate to practical knowledge? Most people learn that during their first coitus. :)

  14. LE MONKE


    4 күн мурун

    Dustin is my favorite american I guess

  15. Anonymous Scandi

    Anonymous Scandi

    4 күн мурун

    I bet you someone dyslexic could ride it 😋

  16. swmovan


    4 күн мурун

    I was just telling my granddaughter, today, that children can learn new things quicker than adults. I'll have to show her this.

  17. ktiv 1000

    ktiv 1000

    4 күн мурун

    i can ride that my grandpa made that for me and i needed like `5 mins to learn i mean i professional train biking so i prob know how to do that but it wa easy for me 3:55 and yes thats what happends to me

  18. ComfortableOvertones


    4 күн мурун

    I want to point out no small part of why this is difficult is the handlebars themselves. By the grips being behind the axis of steering it makes the bike hugely unstable to begin with. By that I mean the bolt cap at the top of the stem, the "centreline of the forks" so to speak is the axis of steering. By having the stem stick out, and the the handlebars attached to that, the steering is stable. These handlebars put the grips inches behind that axis and even if you had normal steering the bike would be wobbly and really hard to control. Edit: At 2:45 you can see a bike with the grips inline with the axis of steering. Obviously this bike is impossible to ride because of the backwards brain thing, but you can see a lot more inherent stability with the properly placed grips. At 3:46 you can see how this bike would be a true nightmare to ride even if it steered properly. There's a complete lack of stability caused by the grip position

  19. Aethelu Wang

    Aethelu Wang

    5 күн мурун

    I do feel this: Speaking a different language is like switching your brain to a different mind-set while speaking. Me as a 2nd language speaker (English) when I stop speaking my mother language (Mandarin) for so long, I begin to forget certain words or expressions. However, if I go back to my motherland to live for 2 months, it feels like all the knowledge comes back automatically. I believe to unlearn a language or your first language might take longer compared to bike riding.

  20. cauwenberghs roeland

    cauwenberghs roeland

    5 күн мурун

    It's like learning to ride a tricycle...and then also if you stop to ride a bicycle for a while, but you are riding a tricycle, you will have the same problem...What you've to know, once you "got it", leave all, tomorrow again...all smooth. But if you continue, overload of information, and tomorrow, still real heavy time...

  21. Victor Alosi

    Victor Alosi

    5 күн мурун

    Muscle memory . Not brain

  22. Billy Yang

    Billy Yang

    6 күн мурун

    Would riding the bike with your hands crossed over work? On a normal bike it's impossible

  23. Cali_ Sauze

    Cali_ Sauze

    6 күн мурун

    I can second that “Welders are smarter than engineers” 🤪

  24. A B

    A B

    6 күн мурун

    We had a small motorbike at work that had reversed steering like that I have learned to ride it very quick but I always had to think what I'm doing and not look down

  25. David Santos

    David Santos

    6 күн мурун

    I think it would be interesting to see the results of practicing every day, 10 minutes on the inverted bike and then following it up with 10 minutes on a regular bike, to see if you can teach your brain to keep both neural pathways primed and choose the right one as needed.

  26. Black PanteH

    Black PanteH

    6 күн мурун

    just have to train your brain, enough training you'll be able to ride both bikes without a problem. Its like counting numbers backwards, or reciting the alphabet backwards, believe in your brain!

  27. Francesco Ferrara

    Francesco Ferrara

    7 күн мурун

    its called muscle memory

  28. Oven Heating

    Oven Heating

    7 күн мурун

    Coming back to this video a few years later and i still want to see one of these made with a extra difficult feature like reversed gears. Peddling forward makes the bike go backward and peddling backwards makes it go forwards. It would completely throw things off and possibly make it uncomfortable but i just want to know if it would even be ridable at that point.

  29. Grenz Viel

    Grenz Viel

    7 күн мурун

    Now do this but with the back wheel turning while the front wheel stays linear/static

  30. Fred Schmitt

    Fred Schmitt

    7 күн мурун

    My dad built a bike like this back in the 80s, except, you even had to pedal backwards. And I would love to take on the bet, cause I rode that bike just right.

  31. Peter Jenkins

    Peter Jenkins

    7 күн мурун

    This is comedy af 🤣

  32. Raghav C

    Raghav C

    7 күн мурун

    Nice one

  33. Tiemen


    7 күн 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.

  34. Marco Venustus

    Marco Venustus

    8 күн 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?

  35. XxterpzxX


    8 күн мурун

    Homie I play racing games with inverted controls. I bet I could

  36. P455w0rd's 16

    P455w0rd's 16

    8 күн мурун

    My brain hurts bad

  37. The other white meat

    The other white meat

    8 күн 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.

  38. Rahco Thompson

    Rahco Thompson

    8 күн мурун


  39. chocolate squiggle

    chocolate squiggle

    9 күн 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.

  40. Anonymous User

    Anonymous User

    9 күн 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?

  41. Zone Stomper

    Zone Stomper

    9 күн мурун

    You can make this bicycle better. Set it up so that to go forward, you need to pedal in reverse.

  42. Joseph H.

    Joseph H.

    10 күн мурун

    4:37 _A child has more neuroplasticity..._ *Andrew Huberman has entered the chat*

  43. Dayden Till

    Dayden Till

    10 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

  44. Bikky Shrestha

    Bikky Shrestha

    10 күн мурун

    I really appreciate your videos man... its really comforting for me...

  45. Ben Lee

    Ben Lee

    10 күн мурун

    This is actually a really good anti-theft bike, nobodies going to steal a bike they cant ride!

  46. Movie &. Stuff

    Movie &. Stuff

    10 күн мурун

    Mike Boyed can

  47. Team Seven

    Team Seven

    10 күн мурун

    That’s a funny 🚲

  48. priya pallavi

    priya pallavi

    11 күн мурун


  49. Phil_Eggbat


    11 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

  50. Brian C

    Brian C

    11 күн мурун

    The gorgeous juice puzzlingly tickle because flock unexpectedly drag mid a wretched find. aromatic, husky dolphin

  51. Michael Joyce

    Michael Joyce

    11 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 ?????

  52. Ariel D.Sousa

    Ariel D.Sousa

    12 күн мурун

    I became 2 times my original weigh and found out we do forget how to drive a bike

  53. Ariel D.Sousa

    Ariel D.Sousa

    12 күн мурун

    A quick question: If you learn to write or use the moise pad with both hands would help?

  54. Martín Marconcini

    Martín Marconcini

    12 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"?

  55. Joel Josiah Lockridge

    Joel Josiah Lockridge

    12 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)



    13 күн мурун

    who’s watching in 2021

  57. Anderson Venturini

    Anderson Venturini

    13 күн мурун

    Awesome video!

  58. Nitesh Khatri

    Nitesh Khatri

    13 күн мурун

    Me riding the bike on back wheel only 😂

  59. bbaaspencer1


    13 күн мурун

    Try an old person. I’m 61, bet I could do it!

  60. Beasrboy109


    13 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

  61. Samrudh rkashyap

    Samrudh rkashyap

    14 күн мурун

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

  62. bira


    14 күн мурун

    É a prova de roubo ! Nenhum ladrão pode levar ! kkk

  63. andy b

    andy b

    14 күн мурун

    Just got recommended this. Fascinating

  64. rubix71


    14 күн мурун

    Hats off to your prankster welder pals

  65. Bandit Brands TV

    Bandit Brands TV

    15 күн мурун

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

  66. Sharp Xenon

    Sharp Xenon

    15 күн мурун

    Your son can never drive a bike again

  67. Elizabeth Mare Kearin

    Elizabeth Mare Kearin

    15 күн мурун


  68. Sergej Volkov

    Sergej Volkov

    15 күн мурун

    I wonder can understading how countersteering works help learning the inverse bike? Probably no, but it should be interesting

  69. Rintaro Okabe

    Rintaro Okabe

    15 күн мурун

    you got way too pissed at those poor Amsterdam people. Why did you even try it there just to get publicly humiliated.

  70. Jwalin Bhatt

    Jwalin Bhatt

    16 күн мурун

    a similar challenge is learning to operate the mouse after pressing "ctrl" + "alt" + "down/left/right"

  71. Darryl DSouza

    Darryl DSouza

    16 күн мурун

    Now I am wondering will this be the same for a car...!!!!

  72. Beder


    17 күн мурун

    The thing i'm having trouble believing, is the fact that people are so sceptical to something so obvious in my mind

  73. AccentTime


    17 күн мурун

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

  74. T W

    T W

    17 күн мурун


  75. Agent John

    Agent John

    17 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!

  76. Jonas Martinez

    Jonas Martinez

    18 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...

  77. Joshua Huff Huff

    Joshua Huff Huff

    18 күн мурун

    sir i do believe you have taught me a very valuable lessen today and i wont forget it

  78. Die Nosor Po

    Die Nosor Po

    18 күн мурун

    5:40 Everyone thinks he is the dumb one, when in reality he is 4 parallel universes ahead of them

  79. Tucker Adams

    Tucker Adams

    19 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.

  80. Patrick Lawrence

    Patrick Lawrence

    19 күн мурун

    That moment when he remembered how to ride a regular bike was simply amazing.

  81. Ahmad Fathlillah

    Ahmad Fathlillah

    20 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.

  82. Chan Willy

    Chan Willy

    20 күн мурун

    the bars obviously turn much easier then normal bike and that makes it harder

  83. scarlet 001

    scarlet 001

    20 күн мурун

    1 billion to the one who can ride that to 2000km

  84. john cao

    john cao

    21 күн мурун

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  85. brendan berry

    brendan berry

    22 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.

  86. Christian Jackson

    Christian Jackson

    22 күн мурун

    Expert challenge: make a motorcycle like this

  87. The Finest Sake

    The Finest Sake

    23 күн мурун

    Nice parable!

  88. Wildcat66


    23 күн мурун

    Now make it peddle backwards

  89. Johnny's Videos

    Johnny's Videos

    24 күн мурун

    What if you had 2 bikes and you sewithch between at random intervals

  90. Rick Astley

    Rick Astley

    25 күн мурун

    I would have wheelied

  91. Meisterling


    26 күн мурун

    I want to try this so bad right now

  92. Motaz Fawzi

    Motaz Fawzi

    26 күн мурун

    Oh I can't ride this!? Laughs in can't ride a regular bike.

  93. Obay Rafi

    Obay Rafi

    27 күн мурун

    When you invert the controls on call of duty

  94. Craig Monteforte

    Craig Monteforte

    27 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 )

  95. Supa Dupa Swag

    Supa Dupa Swag

    28 күн мурун

    i want to be a welder now

  96. potato star

    potato star

    29 күн мурун

    This is how covid19 was invented.

  97. Mohammed


    29 күн мурун

    "They think I'm dumb but I'm actually two levels deep into this" This is going to be my motto lmao.

  98. b sharp

    b sharp

    Ай 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.

  99. Ricardo alves

    Ricardo alves

    Ай мурун

    Does this bike not have breaks?

  100. caleb


    Ай мурун

    its like using a tiller on a saill boat you turn the tiller left to go right and right to go left