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Another stupid helmet question(8 posts)

Another stupid helmet questionPaulCL
Apr 26, 2001 10:45 AM
I am not asking which helmet to buy. If necessary, I can figure that one out myself.

I have read the reccommendations (from helmet makers) to replace your helmet every two -three years. I have also read to replace it if it was in an accident or slammed down, etc.

My helmet is two years old. My helmet was a replacement for one that took a hard hit (therefore, no choice in color or design). I have found out that my children have been using my helmet as a seat to sit on while they play in the basement (I shudder to think what they could have done to my Speedreams, but that's for another post). The helmet is not my favorite color or style, but neither do I relish spending $60 - $120 on a new one if it isn't necessary.

Is it something to replace based upon age and possible misuse?? Or should I use it for a few more years?? I value my brain. This is one area I don't skimp on...OK...the Speeddreams weren't cheap either, but what the hell?

Like I wrote, another stupid helmet question.
re: Another stupid helmet questionKen56
Apr 26, 2001 12:53 PM
I asked this same question a while back and got no replys also. I am guessing that no one really knows the answer to this. Of course, we know that the mfrs. want to sell more helmets so they're going to tell you to replace it very often. I used my first helmet for nearly ten years and only changed it because I got tired of wearing white. And also the new Giro fit me so much better. I would think that the mfrs. probably have a safety factor of 50% built into their recommendations, so if they say 2 to 3 years, then it ought to be good for 4 to 6 years. Just my opinion. As far as your kids using it as a seat, I would really be leery of it after that. If it were me, I think I'd get a new one and keep the kids away from it.
re: Another stupid helmet questionlook271
Apr 26, 2001 1:25 PM
Agreed. I have an old Rhoad Gear that I still use as my "winter " helmet. Hasn't taken any spills, so I am fairly confident that it is ok.(As far as I know, my kids haven't sat on it, though!) If it were me, I'd get the new helmet and HIDE it! Let the kids beat the crap out of the old one.
here's your answernuke
Apr 26, 2001 2:18 PM
Yes, if you crash in it...replace it. You could have very easily crushed the foam cells and they are a one way trip...i.e. they don't rebound like a spring.

But here is the official word:

and the parent organization:
great link!bianchi boy
Apr 27, 2001 9:02 AM
I recommend this site to anyone considering spending $150 on a "top-end" helmet. Myself, I'm gonna start looking for a Louis Garneau Globe!
No Brainergrz mnky
Apr 26, 2001 4:09 PM
You answered your own question. You said that your brain was the one area you wouldn't skimp on and that you can't account for the abuse your kids have given it. So the answer is........

Your hesitation to spend the money on a new helmet doesn't jive with your statement. New helmets are cheaper than new brains and everything else is easier to fix. Most of the major helmet mfr.s have a settled on a similar replacement policy: turn the old one in and get 20% off on a new one and you get to pick the model/color. No more sending the things in. This way the shop still makes the same amount of money (they get a credit).

To the poster above: helmets do age UV and time breaks down the materials and renders them less effective. Part of the helmet testing requires the helmet to go through an aging simulation before it is tested. Why is your brain less valuable in winter? Ice is still hard and slippery - ever wacked your head ice skating? What are you saving?

I've got a slew of helmets that have been crashed and retired or just plain bacame old. The newer designs are continuous refinements on things learned from the old ones - both designs and materials - why not take advantage of it and look oh so stylish in the process?

Now if I could just get my wife to wear hers..... >:-(
"winter helmet"look271
Apr 26, 2001 5:48 PM
Old. Ugly. Never been crashed. Not as many holes. Holes taped so that it is warmer. Yes, it probably isn't "as good as new", but I'll bet that it will save what's left of my brain.:-)
Another angle...gromit
Apr 27, 2001 4:23 AM
Check your helmet for obvious signs of damage i.e. cracks and major dimples. If it is clear of them then keep using it. At the end of the day its just a hugely expensive piece of medium density polystyene with straps and a hard shell. Its nothing to get superstitious about. Chances are if you do crash (I hope you don't) you'll break your collarbone like the rest of us by sticking your hand out to protect your head, ironic since your head is protected by the helmet! Check out this site for the alternative view on helmets

Gromit (helmet wearer)