Cycling: why it’s as easy as riding a bike

By: Daniel Glaser | Cycling: why it’s as easy as riding a bike | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Learn how to cycle as a child and you’ll never forget how, as Daniel Glaser explains

Summer is often the time we decide to get back on our bike – perhaps for the first time in a while. For most people there simply isn’t room in daily life – either we live too far from work, the roads are busy or it’s raining – but cycling on holiday is appealing, even if it is something we do only once a year.

So how is it that a skill learnt in childhood can so easily resurface? The answer is that it’s a bit like walking. Almost all of us are born with the ability to walk – thanks to bones, joints and muscles – but each of us has to learn how to do it.

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