If something is as easy as riding a bike, how easy is it really?
In the case of this bicycle, it's damn near impossible.
SmarterEveryDay has made a habit out of bending our minds, but this is one of their coolest experiments yet. Destin, the host of their YouTube channel, stumbled upon it when a group of welders in his shop bet him that he couldn't ride a special bicycle they had designed.
The bike is normal except for one simple thing: the handlebars do the opposite of what they're supposed to. Turn to the right, and the wheel goes left; turn to the left, and the wheel goes right.
Intrigued by this simple alteration — and how difficult it was to conquer — Destin spent eight month learning how to ride the new bike, practicing every day. When he finally mastered it, though, he made another, even more stunning discovery: he forgot how to ride a regular bike.
"I learned that welders are often smarter than engineers," Destin reflects at the end of the video. "I learned that knowledge does not equal understanding, and I learned that truth is truth no matter what I think about it, so be very careful about how you interpret things because you're looking at the world with a bias whether you think you are or not."
To be sure, this ingenious experiment offers a fascinating window into how our brain's work.