Instead of sitting upright in the saddle, the Bird of Prey bicycle tips the rider forwards and lays them prone across the frame like a superhero. A padded-leather harness supports the rider’s hips while their legs stretch out behind them – much like they are flying. Elbows are also supported by extended handlebars.
This unusual design has a number of benefits, according to its creator – Californian architect John Aldridge. It is more aerodynamic that a sit-down bike, allowing the rider to reach higher speeds with less energy wasted. The rider spins the pedals like a swimmer with their hips supported; with their legs extended they can reach faster speeds comfortably. The lower centre of gravity gives the rider speed and agility around corners.
The Bird of Prey also has ultra-responsive breaks and an emergency stop wont throw the rider over the handle bars. On top of all of these advantages, the Aldridge claims that the semi-prone position is incredibly comfortable and saves the back from any damage done by compression of the spine.