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As It Turns Out, Most People Can’t Draw a Bike

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It’s as easy as riding a bike…

…or maybe not.

If I asked you to picture a bicycle, chances are you’d have no problem whatsoever. After all, most of us start riding bikes as kids, and many of us continue to do so well into adulthood. Whether you live in a small town, big city, or college campus, bikes are everywhere.

But if I asked you to draw a bicycle, would you be able to get it right?

Italian artist Gianluca Gimini started his bicycle project back in 2009, explaining, “I would walk up to [people] with a pen and a sheet of paper asking that they immediately draw me a men’s bicycle, by heart. Soon I found out that when confronted with this odd request most people have a very hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made […]

“Little I knew this is actually a test that psychologists use to demonstrate how our brain sometimes tricks us into thinking we know something even though we don’t.”

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Taking the flawed drawings, Gianluca then constructed artistic versions of what the unsuspecting people’s bicycles would look like in real life, and they’ll make you realize just how little you know about bikes.

Here are the funny results. Would you be able to draw a bike?

Something missing

bike 1

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That can’t be right

bike 2

Source: Imgur/ mrcassette