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Should I Replace Helmet after Crash?(8 posts)

Should I Replace Helmet after Crash?willy2351
Jun 28, 2003 4:46 PM
I bought a Bell Ghisallo helmet about a month ago. Today, I wiped out and banged the helmet on the pavement, along with too much of my body. There is not much visible damage to the helmet, just a scrape where it bounced of the pavement. (I wish I could say the same for my body!) My wife says that I should replace the helmet. I would prefer not to do that, for obvious reasons, but will if the helmet's effectiveness has been compromised. Is my wife correct?
Check out the insideMR_GRUMPY
Jun 28, 2003 4:53 PM
If the foam is crushed anywhere, replace it.
Its your head!the bull
Jun 28, 2003 6:14 PM
The styrofoam could be cracked or damaged.I would repalce it if I were you.So as usual your wife is right! :)
I would and look into Bell's replacement policymgolebiewski
Jun 28, 2003 7:40 PM
I seem to recall when I got a new Bell helmet last year that they would replace the helmet after any crash for something like $20-30.
Current Bell replacement policy...KEN2
Jun 29, 2003 4:51 AM
is $35 and the old helmet sent to them. For that they'll replace it with a new Ghisallo in this year's colors.
Current Bell replacement policy...russw19
Jun 29, 2003 9:20 PM
It's a cool policy too.. they get to research the helmet to see how to make it better and you get a new helmet cheap!

Everyone wins, especially your head!

Send it in, save some bread, and your head!

Russ
YES! replace it.. don't bother inspecting it.. replace it!russw19
Jun 28, 2003 9:25 PM
Think of it this way.. if you are coherent enough to think about inspecting it... it did it's job. The foam on the inside is only good for one impact. It is designed to dampen the shock from one crash... that's it. Once the foam compresses, that's it.. it's done.

Get a new one and be happy you have all your senses now. It could have been worse (and could be if you don't get a new helmet) than being out a hundred bux from a helmet... you could have been hospitalized... think of how much that costs.

Russ
Your cup is half empty.Spoke Wrench
Jun 29, 2003 4:55 AM
Rather than fret over the cost of the helmet, think about the potential medical costs that you didn't incur. The first time that a helmet saves you from a serious head injury, you are economically ahead of the game for the rest of your life. Even a couple of stitches in your scalp would have cost more than it will to replace your helmet. It looks to me like that helmet did the job that you bought for. Hopefully you'll wear the next one for a lot longer time before you have to use one seriously again.