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Should I get a new helmet ?(3 posts)

Should I get a new helmet ?HouseMoney
Sep 24, 2003 12:00 PM
There's a sleek new helmet (Limar) on the shelf at one of the bike shops near me that keeps calling my name. I'm facing a want/need dilemma.

I'm currently using a Bell Evo2 Pro helmet that used to be my mountain biking helmet. I probably bought it 4-5 years ago (the date on the label inside the helmet is Sept 1998). I used it for 2-3 years before I retired it for a new helmet with better retention. I dug it out of my closet, took the visor off, and since last November it's been my road helmet (for road riding, it stays put). I've had no head-first serious off-road (or road crashes), but is has been dinged by low hanging branches and some rolling tumbles. No cracks in the plastic, but there are a few indents in the exterior foam.

Should I consider a new helmet (need vs. want) or is that "2 year lifespan" thing just a marketing gimmick.

As for fit, the Limar seems to be similar to Bell, only lighter. Giro, Garneau, and Specialized don't fit my noggin.
YesPaulCL
Sep 24, 2003 12:06 PM
Why?
1. You want it. I understand - a Limar called my name too
2. Your present helmet is 5+ years old
3. Your present helmet, though not crashed, has been hit
4. You want it

Go buy it. Today. Support your LBS! (see one post down)
yes - 5 yr rule of thumb...PdxMark
Sep 24, 2003 12:27 PM
http://www.bhsi.org/replace.htm

plus you have used it pretty hard.

Either keep it as a rare-use back-up (if you crash your new one), or cut the straps & throw it away.