These are also most efficacious
lying on your stomach
. This allows you to steer using body weight
and the steering bar
with your hands; the lower center of gravity
makes it harder to fall off, and the jarring SLAM
s of the sled
hitting the ground after bouncing over ruts
, bumps and gullies
will knock the breath out of you, making for a helluva ride.
Plus, the snow and ice will pour over your face, requiring you to squint and/or wear goggles, increasing the coolness factor.
Finally, in the grand tradition of luge, there is no velocity which does not become more exciting if one places oneself nose-on to it at low altitude - which describes the front-down position on a Flexible Flyer precisely, and puts you one up on those wussy lugers who go feet-first.
gee, Bitter_Engineer, one would almost think those were bad things! Heck, what's sledding without risk? :-)