Ok so, I'm pretty new to biking (well I learned when I was like 8 a long time ago, but just recently bought a more "real" bike).
Anyway by recently I mean 2 days ago, I bought my used Peugeot hybrid, and today I decided to give it a test run by biking from Upper East Side to Queens and back and through Central Park. Well! I also decided to stop by the sports authority in Queens to pick up a new helmet, my old one is purple and it doesn't look so hot to me. I got to Queens and the store fine, bought my helmet, and as my friend and I (oh yeah I'm with my friend in this story) headed back towards Manhattan, we were going pretty damn fast down a bike lane, and all of a sudden he decides to stop to check if I'm still behind him. Well I'm obviously still behind him, roughly 7 feet to be exact, and I (being a relatively novice biker and not having the most responsive 30 yr old brakes on my bike) slam directly into him. I dont really remember what happened because it was so fast, but we ended up skidding about 5 feet forwards, I was on my side, and my bike was on top of me, and the front of it was literally on top of my head. He had absolutely nothing! Anyway I got him to lift the bike off me and I could stand up, scratched my arm pretty bad, but
NOTHING WRONG WITH MY HEAD! There is a light scratch on the side where it skidded the ground, but thats it! Palm has a little scratch and soreness too, but basically everything will heal in a couple weeks, and theyre all superficial cuts.
Oh yeah, popped my front too and decided to just go ahead and replace the outer tires too. Its amazing how much of an effect new tires have on how old a bike looks.
I'm extremely thankful for the helmet, and know that I'll never go without one, but should I be buying a new one? It's really just a light scratch, didn't feel like a lot of impact on the head anyway (didn't feel anything in my head after the crash), and I just bought it like 15 minutes before the crash anyway. Does it need to be replaced ?