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When should you replace a helmet?

9 years 3 months ago #1376 by Jeff
Replied by Jeff on topic When should you replace a helmet?
I think that the foam that helmets are made of are exteremely resistant to UV and sweat, so they should last for absolutely ages.

This site has way more information than most people want on helmets... they seem to suggest that time isn't a major concern when it comes to helmet replacement.

www.helmets.org/replace.htm

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9 years 3 months ago #1370 by bikesteve
Replied by bikesteve on topic When should you replace a helmet?
You'll find most outdoor companies 'retire' them every two years regardless, partly because they get regular use and because the material does degenerate compromising its overall ability to protect your head after a really big slam.

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9 years 3 months ago #1369 by tom
I was out riding this aft and one of the guys asked "when should you replace a helmet?" The obvious answer is when its broken (and I have had the pleasure of breaking my share - they do save lives!) or walks on its own..

What's the rule of thumb? (Does the foam lose its strength as time goes on? Does it fatigue in any way?)

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