The bike is indeed laid back. It has an interesting history. The designer, Gardner Martin, is kind of for bikes what Eiffel is to towers. In the 70's he had made a name designing bikes for human powered speed records, and had managed to set a few. At some point, he designed this for his wife, who had arthritic wrists and couldn't easily ride a normal diamond frame. Ironically, the design turned out to be both very comfortable and blazingly fast. A fully-faired aluminum version of the exact same bike, called the 'gold rush' won the DuPont prize for the first human powered vehicle to exceed 65 mph about 25 years ago, and is now on permanent display at the Smithsonian. My bike is a steel touring version that is quite substantially more beat up than the one pictured here.