Recovery: It’s as Easy as Riding a Bike

2015-0514 Reverse Steering Bike

In the United States, and in some other countries, the term “it’s as easy as riding a bike” refers to simple and unforgettable activity. Returning to the “old normal” or finding your “new normal” are not simple tasks in spite of what some survivors, friends, family members, and caregivers believe. Depending on the nature of your adversity, returning to the “old normal” may not be possible. The following video demonstrates how one minor change can affect your performance and require significant recovery time.


Thanks to the people who built, rode, and demonstrated the reverse bike; Smarter Every Day for creating the video; viewpure for creating a commercial free video; YouTube for hosting the video; Holistic Brain Health for sharing the video with me; and all people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text in this post.


  1. I wish that getting better after brain injury was so simple as getting back on my bicycle after my stroke. And believe me it took a long time before I could use my left side (lots of PT) and even longer to regain my balance. But I can ride a bike now. However even with lots of cognitive retraining I have not been able to resume my per stroke job that I so loved–and it’s been 15 years. After saying this I did enjoy this video and often check out the Smarter Every Day website.

    1. Cheryl, I have not ridden a bike in over 12 years. My balance was severely affected by my adversity. I have so much trouble balancing when I am standing on the ground that I am concerned about balancing on a bike seat. I have considered recumbent bikes, but they do not meet my needs.

  2. Neuroplasticity or not…this is one of the reasons why “most” people, unless they have received the proper amount of time in “cognitive remediation” classes, simply cannot be fully aware of the extent of their injuries. Within 6 months to a year, they can fully create a cognitive chart, but it will take “relearning” to finally accomplish the task of being able to live that chart. Been there, done that, 20 years ago. The last time tested was told of one of the 8 symptoms on my “true” cognitive chart. A regular doctor, even if he thinks he can fully rehabiliatate a head injured individual, simply does not have the skills to do that. Apply for cognitive remediation classes…John…aka. Nino….

  3. So Painfully true, people have an unfound reason to “Make Things Better.” If it were that simple we could buy it at the store. The one thing I crave, and try hard to do is LISTEN…

    1. William, listening is important, but understanding is even more important. Clearly, it is impossible to understand without listening. As the video shows, it is possible to listen without understanding and to believe without experiencing. Early in my recovery, people used to say “there is nothing wrong” or “you should be fine by now.” If not sure if they were even listening, but they certainly were not understanding.

  4. This was a fascinating video, Scott. What I came away with was even a brilliant astronaut’s brain has less neuroplasticicity than a six-year old’s.

    1. Howard, The entire video fascinated me. I think it applies to many aspects of life, but I certainly see the connection to recovery from adversity. ~ Scott

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