Un-learning To Ride A Bike

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Un-learning To Ride A Bike

Postby Vantage » 27 Jan 2016, 11:07pm

My mum posted this to my fb thingybob. I was sceptical. It's really weird and makes you think :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFzDaBz ... =3&list=WL
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Re: Un-learning To Ride A Bike

Postby [XAP]Bob » 28 Jan 2016, 7:36am

It had to be Destin from the thread title. It really does work like that.

Ever tried to ride an upright tricycle?

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Re: Un-learning To Ride A Bike

Postby 661-Pete » 28 Jan 2016, 6:29pm

I think they had one of those 'unrideable bikes' at our local school fete, some years ago. I wasn't there so I missed my chance to have a go on it.

I think perhaps that someone who has mastered the unicycle would be better equipped to tackle such a beast. I did learn to unicycle many years ago, but sadly the knack has since deserted me. I think I'm too old now... :(
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Re: Un-learning To Ride A Bike

Postby irc » 28 Jan 2016, 7:47pm

I tried one at a fair somewhere. Despite numerous goes I couldn't get 6 feet forwards. It's too hard wired to unlearn in a few minutes.


Edit Mrs IRC (laughing) says it was up in Elgin.

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Re: Un-learning To Ride A Bike

Postby [XAP]Bob » 29 Jan 2016, 7:37am

661-Pete wrote:I think they had one of those 'unrideable bikes' at our local school fete, some years ago. I wasn't there so I missed my chance to have a go on it.

I think perhaps that someone who has mastered the unicycle would be better equipped to tackle such a beast. I did learn to unicycle many years ago, but sadly the knack has since deserted me. I think I'm too old now... :(

Doubt it, unless you just do a wheelie and keep the front wheel off the floor...
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Re: Un-learning To Ride A Bike

Postby LWaB » 31 Jan 2016, 9:42am

If you cross your arms and steer from the shoulders, it isn't incredibly difficult to ride a backwards-steering bicycle and it doesn't stuff up you riding a normal bike.

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Re: Un-learning To Ride A Bike

Postby [XAP]Bob » 31 Jan 2016, 10:11am

You might be surprised how hard it is. People try all sorts, crossing their arms etc, it pretty much never works
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Re: Un-learning To Ride A Bike

Postby irc » 31 Jan 2016, 10:55am

[XAP]Bob wrote:You might be surprised how hard it is. People try all sorts, crossing their arms etc, it pretty much never works


The one I saw was demonstrated by the owner after numerous total failures by me and others. The arm crossing idea was tried. All of a sudden riding a bike looked like wizardry!

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Re: Un-learning To Ride A Bike

Postby Mick F » 31 Jan 2016, 11:01am

I learnt to ride a bike backwards as a 13year old. I can still do it now.
Sit on the 'bars with your back facing forwards, and pedal away.
It took me a great deal of practice. It's natural to steer the "wrong" way and fall off! :oops:

I cracked it with the big black bike the paper shop issued me - you know the ones, big basket on the front! - and I did it on the local playing fields.

Once learnt, it became simple, and I could do it on any bike ............... even now 50 years later.
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Re: Un-learning To Ride A Bike

Postby 661-Pete » 31 Jan 2016, 11:17am

Of course, it need hardly be added, that there are plenty of folk out there who've met with the undriveable car.... :lol:
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Let us pass the time by performing physical experiments...
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