So I just recently began looking at making my own velomobile and I designed a prone position reverse trike. I was having trouble converting my design into real dimensions and decided to look and see if anyone else had already built something similar. When I did I found that there were practically zero examples of a prone velomobile. What i'm asking is why everybody goes for the standard laying down position, and why nobody goes for the prone position?

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    At a guess (hence comment) - its hard to hold your head up in a "superman" type position for long ?
    – Criggie
    Jan 12 '20 at 8:07
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    Agree with Criggie. Also, you don’t want to use your head as a bumper.
    – Adam Rice
    Jan 12 '20 at 14:41
  • Deep breathing might also be hard in a prone position.
    – Carel
    Jan 12 '20 at 15:48
  • One example is Obree’s Beastie: cyclingweekly.com/news/graeme-obree-the-beastie-boy-19142
    – Andrew
    Jan 12 '20 at 17:17
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    And, you need something on both ends of your legs to push against. On a bike, it's the weight of your body that your legs push against, on a recumbent it's the seat. If you go to prone position, you will need to put your shoulders against something to avoid moving to the front. Jan 12 '20 at 22:49

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