I was prepared to buy a Vision 45 recumbent when my friend, who was also very interested in buying, did an endo on one during a test ride...not sure of the cause...may have put the front brake on...but it all happened too fast. Is this a common occurance? Does the front wheel being under the legs promote accidents...sure like the ride but hate road rash? Thanks for any replies!
Generally a recumbent is safer than a wedgie. It just takes a little getting used too. I personally he=ave a balance problem a "tadpole" (two wheels in front) recumbent trike was the answer for me. Its very aerodynamic with a 35 degree seat angle, I use a spinee on a pole, to attract drivers attention, but generally get a wide berth from drivers because "I'm different", You want to read more? check out my web site, click on trikes http:\\www.alaska.net\~mnewell.
An endo? hmmm thats kinda hard since all the weight is usually on the back wheel. Well there is a chance while turning with a swb to block your turning when your foot is in the wrong position, this with practice will discontinue. And if you tried to sharp a turn with a lwb you have a chance of peddling right into a no balance stance. All these things with practice will disappear. Don't worry there too fun to not try to get used to them....
"Endos" are far more likely on conventional bikes than on any 'bent, even a SWB model. The only safety issue with 'bents is a greater chance of going under, rather than over, a motor vehicle during a collision. For single-vehicle incidents, they are almost always safer than uprights.