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Do you really need to replace a helmet every 3 years?(3 posts)

Do you really need to replace a helmet every 3 years?siclmn
Mar 2, 2003 2:37 PM
I was in the bike shop comparing my 10 year old Giro to a new one and I could just not see any wear on mine that would justify spending $100 on a new one. The helmet does not flex or move in any way that could cause wear, it just sits on your head, so saying that the sun and sweat are wearing it out does not make sense. I think that the manufacturers just came up with this line so that they could sell more product to those of us that will wory about such things.
No, butFez
Mar 2, 2003 2:57 PM
here are some factors:

1) A crash or any damage to the helmet - immediate replacement. A no brainer.

2) Prolonged exposure to the sun breaks down the foam. I remember reading 3-5 years as a guide for replacement. Personally, I wouldn't go more than 4 years on the same helmet.

3) Fashion police - Sometimes a really bad looking helmet will make you want to get another one. Look in the mirror and see if this applies.

4) Stinky helmet - If the thing has stuff growing inside it, despite replacing the pads and cleaning the strap, think about replacing it. Also, a newer, lighter helmet with more vents should help. See Giro Pneumo for an example of this.

Someone posted links to sites that test helmets (unbiased) and it explained the standards and how often you should replace.
re: Do you really need to replace a helmet every 3 years?gtx
Mar 2, 2003 4:43 PM