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Old 04-25-11, 10:04 AM   #1
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I dropped my helmet when I was locking the bike to a rack. Is the helmet still ok?

I dropped the helmet from no more than 30" off the pavement. Should I be concerned about getting a new one?
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Old 04-25-11, 11:13 AM   #2
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Helmets bounce. That's a minor impact, unless you see damage. Remember your helmet's meant to take a rather heavy body being attached to it and slapping into pavement at like 30mph.
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I dropped my kid once, it was mostly alright. I'd say a minor fall for a helmet is no biggy.
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Helmets bounce. That's a minor impact, unless you see damage. Remember your helmet's meant to take a rather heavy body being attached to it and slapping into pavement at like 30mph.
They're made to take the weight of a head falling from ~5'6" onto the crown, nothing more.
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Helmets can take that kind of everyday abuse up to a point. I had one old helmet that had been dropped lots of times. One day it developed a hairline crack and fell apart.
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I dropped my kid once, it was mostly alright. I'd say a minor fall for a helmet is no biggy.
You call your kid "it?"
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Technically the only way to know for sure is to have it inspected by the factory. But it is probably OK. If it is more than a few years old and you ride a lot then it is time to replace it anyway. You can get a decent helmet for $30 or so. Is your peace of mind and maybe noggin worth $30?
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EChing, Motorcycle rider? Generally a bicycle helmet can take such a fall without any damage simply because they're so lightweight.

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You didn't mention if your head was still in the helmet when you dropped it.?

If your head was in it then you better get it replaced.
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You call your kid "it?"
Wrong pronoun? When people ask me, I reply that I don't own any children...apparently that is an incorrect verb choice.

But back to the OP, I'm going to guess that you're OK. If it were a motorcycle helmet, I'd be concerned.
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I dropped the helmet from no more than 30" off the pavement. Should I be concerned about getting a new one?
If the helmet is less than brand new I'd say...."If in doubt..throw it out"......then move on with a known safe helmet.
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Unless you were in the bike when you dropped it, it will be ok. Helmets are made for serious impacts whilst cushioning a human's body weight. Just dropping it on the garage floor will not hurt it.
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Not a web forum sight unseen guess-able thing, have the shop that sold it,
(the helmet, not the child), have an inspection look.
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