Could You Ride A Backwards Bicycle?

Most of us learned to ride a bicycle at some point in our childhood, a habit so ingrained that even if years pass we’re able to jump back on with no problem.

But what if that bicycle was suddenly backwards? Do you think your brain would be able to adapt? And how long would it take?

Engineer Destin Sandin tried to answer that question by rigging a bicycle to do the opposite of what the rider wants. It took him – or his brain – 8 months to conquer it (while his 6 year old son was able to make the necessary neural changes in just two weeks).

Watch the video and the struggle in action – and how his brain’s ability to create new neural synapses finally allowed him to succeed!