Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: London, Ontario
Bikes: Magic leaning delta FWD trike, various bents and Fisher Sugar 3+
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First off, I've never heard of anybody doing a header on any well-designed recumbent. Probably has something to do with the feet-first position.
As for me, I like cornering hard, which sometimes results in a crash from losing traction. I often end up being stood on my feet and having to run a little to keep balance. For sure, I've never hurt myself on the chainring. Probably it's because my feet are attached to the pedals and only release during the crash and after everything pivots on the pedal.
One memorable experience I have is that a hooligan in a car cut in front of me and stopped, causing my chainring to destroy their rear tail-light. They took off so I could really see what happened, but certainly there was no damage to my bike and it's a good bet that part of the metal was punctured as well. That was one of my first recumbents and it didn't have clipless pedals so I was able to put my feet down pretty quick to stay vertical.
In the future, I'm hoping that nobody every opens their car door in front of me because I promised myself that to prevent myself from plunging into traffic, I'm going to steer to the right, with a high likelihood of injuring the fool that opened the door.