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Even Lance Armstrong Wouldn't Know How To Ride This Bike

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When you are having hard time doing something that you used to do well before, people would say, it’s just like riding a bike.  It means that once you’ve learned a particular skill, it’s easy to recall - just like riding a bike.

Well, that idiom may not be applicable with this unique bike because of its odd feature.

Destin Sandlin, an American engineer known for his educational series on video, failed many times when he first tried to ride this unusual bike.  His welder friend Barney designed the bike and it incorporates a gear makes the handle bar and the front wheel go on opposite directions. When you want to turn left, you have to tilt the handlebar to the right and vice versa.

It may look easy to learn to ride this bike but Sandlin took 8 months to master his balance and ride the bike flawlessly.  Amazingly, his son learned it in only two weeks.

Sandlin says that it only “demonstrates that a child has more neuroplasticity than adult”.

‘It’s clear from this experiment that children have a much more plastic brain than adults. That’s why the best time to learn a language is when you’re a young child”, he says on the video.

Now watch what happens when Sandlin tries to ride a normal bike.

 video: SmarterEveryDay/YouTube