World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Prone bicycle

Article Id: WHEBN0016566382
Reproduction Date:

Title: Prone bicycle  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: 27.5 Mountain bike, Flat bar road bike, Human-powered hydrofoil, Art bike, Military bicycle
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Prone bicycle

Prone bicycle
Prone bicycle built by students at MSOE

A prone bicycle is a bicycle which places the rider in a prone position. The bottom bracket is located at the bicycle's rear, the rider lies either on a pad or in a hard-shell seat. The prone position of the rider's body can reduce aerodynamic drag and therefore increase the efficiency of the vehicle. It could also be more comfortable or ergonomic than other bicycles.

The first prone bicycle was developed and marketed by the American company Darling in 1897, but most prone bicycles are do-it-yourself constructions. There are few series-production models.

In May, 2012, Graeme Obree announced that the bike he is building for his attempt at setting the human-powered vehicle land speed record is a prone bike.[1][2][3] The attempt was originally to take place in Britain and the current record speed is 82.8 mph. However, he competed in the 2013 World Human Powered Speed Championships in Battle Mountain, Nevada, where the current record was also set. He achieved a speed of 56.62 mph on September 12, 2013.[4]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^

External links

  • Prone Low-ProfileProne bike

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.