Exhibit: Reverse Steering Bicycle


The reverse steering bicycle challenges the brain to learn how to ride a normal bicycle with a slight adjustment. The adjustment is such that when the rider turn the handlebar to the right, the bicycle wheel turns left, and when the rider turns the handlebar to the left, the wheel goes right.

This exhibit was inspired by the video, The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133 (https://youtu.be/MFzDaBzBlL0)

For this exhibit, I took my personal bicycle, removed the handle bars, and welded two gears to the handle bar and the frame of the bicycle. The gears enables a translation of motion that is opposite to a typical bicycle handle bar.

Once the bicycle was made, I spent three weeks to learn riding this reverse steering bicycle. However, once I learned riding the reverse steering bicycle, I cannot ride a normal bicycle anymore!!! The synapses of my brain have been re-wired in a way that I need to retrain myself to learn how to ride a normal bicycle.

Thus, the CHALLENGE: How Long Will it Take You to Learn How to Ride this Bicycle!!!

Exhibit Location: unassigned

About The Maker

Anees Udyawar

Mechanical Engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company, and a part-time student at University of Pittsburgh.