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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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    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 Most helmets have a date of manufacture and some (giro I think) have an "out of date" sticker too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidsky View Post
    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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    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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    I want to replace my helmet 'cause it's ugly.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by demoncyclist View Post
    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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    I bought a new one anyway. A yellow Bell Citi

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