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Old 12-31-16, 08:50 PM
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Kind of interesting..

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Yes, and linked here on BF at least once before, though I think it's more than twice.

There used to be a German fella who hung around the main square in Cozumel, hustling tourists with one of these. He'd bet $2 (US) against a payout of $50 that you couldn't ride it more than about 10' or so.

BTW - there's a trick to riding one, but I won't reveal it here and spoil anyone's hustle.
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Not the most interesting of those "smarter every day" videos. The premise is flawed. The reason the bike is so hard to ride isn't because it differs from a learned response. It's hard to ride because it's a stupid design that defies physics and natural human responses. It's the equivalent to proving that humans could communicate better through farting if only they could unlearn their reliance on complex and nuanced vocal and visual body language patterns.
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Here's an explanation by a neuro scientist who happens to be my cousin. He's from the smart side of the family, I still don't get it.
A Neuroscientist Looks at Destin Sandlin?s Backward Bicycle | doctorblake.ca
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Yeah..."Destin's thinking was in a rut" -- the rut of MUSCLE MEMORY and LIFE EXPERIENCE.

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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
There used to be a German fella who hung around the main square in Cozumel, hustling tourists with one of these. He'd bet $2 (US) against a payout of $50 that you couldn't ride it more than about 10' or so.


There is a similar guy in Brighton:


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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post

BTW - there's a trick to riding one, but I won't reveal it here and spoil anyone's hustle.
Like driving a forklift or such, you end up all over the place until you get your head around rear wheel steer. Then you can turn on a dime. I learnt on a forklift in my younger days and then had a job where I had to drive an articulated fixed boom crane in a hire yard. Within a day I could swoop in and snatch up a 1 ton compressor from the middle of a pack of units with the fixed front hook, the tricky part was laying the hook flat and then slipping the bill through the lifting lug.
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I try to think about it, and I can't even remember how you're supposed to steer a bike. It's just been so ingrained that it's one of those things I just do without thinking about it. Kind of like how I was trying to show and explain to my son how to tie his shoes. Something I do every day without thinking about it, but as soon as I think about how it's supposed to be done it gets a lot harder.

So is it that you steer in the direction you feel yourself starting to fall?

I would think that it would be difficult to "unlearn" that motor response and learn how to ride a backward steer bike, but take someone who's never ridden a bike before and start them out on a backwards steer bike and they'll likely be able to ride it no problem. Of course they'd have trouble with a regular bike.
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