The first night of Festival Mix'Arts, brought to you by boulevardsaintlaurent.com.
From the Netherlands, a bicycle named Double Dutch. If you look at the headset and stem, you'll see two gears that reverse the direction dictated by the handlebars. Turn the bars right, the wheel goes left and vice versa.
This was a carny challenge with the trickery right in the open: ride this reengineered two-wheeler a mere fifteen feet without touching feet to ground and win $25.00. Only $5 for four tries. Even pushing off and coasting across the five-meter space was deemed worthy of the award.
Average unpracticed punter's achieved distance: between a foot and a meter.
Counter-intuitive steering advocacy has swept Holland, the spokesperson informed us, and he was on a mission to demonstrate that it was indeed possible to ride from one white line to the other. He insisted this chance to win money was a way of giving hope in tough economic times.
Another demonstration of balance. He seemed genuinely happy to find a winner and finally pay out his prize.
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