I don't want to start a major argument, but I have been thinking safety issues recently, and have a general question. First, I really enjoy biking, and it is, in fact, the only exercise I can say that I have really enjoyed. However, I still have concerns about safety. Of course, when friends know that you are a biker, they all tell their horror stories, so you always hear the worst. But even from within biking circles, it does seem that there are fairly frequent, sometimes serious injuries even in very experienced cyclists. From my limited experience, it seems that many of the more serious injuries result from unplanned excursions over the handlebars. I have a friend who recently suffered a hip fracture after such a fall.
Here’s my question: is there much information regarding safety of recumbent bicycles versus diamond frames? I know there are sometimes concerns about decreased visibility of recumbent bicycles in traffic. It would seem to me, however, that the risk of serious injury might be diminished because of the much lower risk of being thrown forward and landing on the head or neck. Thoughts?