It's like a recumbent...sort of.

It's like a recumbent...sort of (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy of Bird of Prey​

If you've ever spoken to a recumbent cyclists for any length of time, you're probably well aware of the superior aerodynamics of the comically shaped machines. A new brand named Bird of Prey is taking that concept and literally flipping it on it's head.

Rather than laying supine, this new bike places riders in Superman style riding position. This position allows riders to easily see the road the ahead, while offering many positive attributes - such as improved aerodynamics and a lower center of gravity.

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Highway 101 Carlsbad, California, June 15, 2014.

Posted by Bird of Prey Bicycle on Monday, June 16, 2014
When riding, the hips are supported by soft leather supports, while the elbows are locked into aero bars. This is presumably a boon for riders with back problems, as this position does not compress the spine like traditional sit down bikes.

Bird of Prey Bicycles isn't just turning the standard riding position on its head, it also flips the drivetrain upside down.

Bird of Prey Bicycles isn't just turning the standard riding position on its head, it also flips the drivetrain upside down (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy of Bird of Prey​

It also puts riders in a similar position as swimmers, allowing them "to push and push on the pedals as if [they] were running with legs fully extended." This allows riders to push higher gears than traditional bikes, the standard gearing on a Bird of Prey is a 60 t ("rear" chainring) mated to a 36/11 cassette.

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#GoPro Riding the Bird of Prey on the Mighty Highway 190 in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. First run on this curvy downhill mountain-highway

Posted by Bird of Prey Bicycle on Friday, October 9, 2015
Each of the frames is custom built to order in the United States. They utilize standard components and depending on the size and build, prices range from $7,000 - $8,500.

For more information visit birdofpreybicycles.ning.com.