The Lesson of the Backwards Bicycle

“It’s just like riding a bike—you never forget.”

How many times have we heard that ditty? How many times have we said it ourselves?

What happens when we try to change a behavior that has become routine? In the following video, Destin tries to use knowledge gained from his years of riding a bicycle and operate a very special bike—one that steers backwards (left is right and right is left).

What he discovers about the process of unlearning and relearning a routine skill is a lesson for all of us. Enjoy.

Knowledge ≠ Understanding

  10 comments for “The Lesson of the Backwards Bicycle

  1. June 5, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    This post was interesting. Learning and un-learning. People often say that we have five senses, but balance (plus a whole lot of other things) is also a sense – so we actually have a whole lot of senses.
    The balance is memorized in our cerebellum, even from before we start walking and that’s why it’s so difficult to “un-learn” anything that’s memorized there…


    • June 6, 2015 at 1:27 PM

      Thanks for the info on balance, that is news to me—and comforting with respect to the re-learning process being difficult. Ω


  2. June 4, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    I’ve also learned that “Smart Every Day is addictive!. Thanks for being an enabler. Very fun post 🙂
    Okay I’m going to click notify me of new post by email again. I keep trying to keep track of your wisdom


    • June 5, 2015 at 6:28 AM

      Thanks, Carol. Good luck with the notifications. Please let me know if there is a setup problem. Ω

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 5, 2015 at 7:36 AM

        Will see I got a notification that I’m fallowing you. Now let’s see if I get emails when u post.


  3. June 4, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    .gnirahs rof sknahT


  4. June 4, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Love this!


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