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Old 03-27-08, 07:36 AM   #1
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Helmet- should I replace?

Due to my lack of bike riding my current helmet is 10 years old.
Should I replace it due to age?
It's probably only been outside a few hours or so.
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Old 03-27-08, 08:41 AM   #2
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If it's expanded polystyrene then the lifespan is usually 3-5years. Most helmets have a date of manufacture and some (giro I think) have an "out of date" sticker too.
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Old 03-27-08, 08:41 AM   #3
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Due to my lack of bike riding my current helmet is 10 years old.
Should I replace it due to age?
It's probably only been outside a few hours or so.
Not due to age. As long as it hasn't been crushed at all, I'd still keep using it.

-Of course, I don't use mine much anymore.
I ride recumbents though, so I'm much less likely to land on my head in the first place.

If I could find a good, moderate-priced LED helmet-mount light I might wear the helmet at night, just for the reason of the attached light. So far, I have not found such a light however.
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Old 03-27-08, 08:48 AM   #4
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This is a recurring topic and a good thread was

Bike Helmets - How old is too old?

You don't have to replace a helmet unless its damaged and recomondation for replacement are usually based on the damage criteria. If manafacturer sells more helmets than needed, that a bonus for them.
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Old 03-27-08, 08:52 AM   #5
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I want to replace my helmet 'cause it's ugly.
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Old 03-27-08, 09:54 AM   #6
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Sweat and UV also break down the foam over time. 3-5 years is probably a good timeline.
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Old 03-27-08, 10:23 AM   #7
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Sweat and UV also break down the foam over time. 3-5 years is probably a good timeline.
read the old thread. The last time I emailed one of the most vocal helmet promoters in the US, he was wearing a helmet he has used for 13 years
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Old 03-27-08, 05:52 PM   #8
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I bought a new one anyway. A yellow Bell Citi
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