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Old 11-01-05, 10:34 PM
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Replace form pads in helmet?

I have an old helmet, and the padding is completly worn out, some of the pads have fallen off, is there any way I can replace them? are there any kits?
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Old 11-01-05, 11:03 PM
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They say that helmets should be replaced every few years because the styrofoam degrades. If yours is really that old, you might consider just getting a new one. They don't have to be expensive if you buy something unstylish on closeout.
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Old 11-02-05, 12:15 AM
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So much for the environment and recycling etc. , but I would rather have a new lower priced helmet than an old higher priced one for the reason Iws mentions.
In the motorcycling world, the word is five years tops. Less if you live in high uv areas in the south.
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Old 11-02-05, 03:59 AM
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Nearly everyone's head is worth the price of the cheapest helmets. Get yourself a new lid. There's no savings to be had in an old helmet. And if the pads are gone, so is the correct fit.
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Old 04-21-18, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by lws View Post
They say that helmets should be replaced every few years because the styrofoam degrades. If yours is really that old, you might consider just getting a new one. They don't have to be expensive if you buy something unstylish on closeout.
Styrofoam degrades? It takes many decades for polystyrene to degrade, even buried in healthy active soil. Manufacturers of helmets want more sales so they are bound to make that kind of claim.
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Old 04-21-18, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by lws View Post
They say that helmets should be replaced every few years because the styrofoam degrades. If yours is really that old, you might consider just getting a new one. They don't have to be expensive if you buy something unstylish on closeout.
Sure, "they say that"...if "they" are selling helmets.
For the factual analysis: https://helmets.org/helmetlineraging.htm
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Old 04-21-18, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by prairiepedaler View Post
Styrofoam degrades? It takes many decades for polystyrene to degrade, even buried in healthy active soil. Manufacturers of helmets want more sales so they are bound to make that kind of claim.
It apparently takes many decades for zombie threads this one to die until really dead and buried. This one needs a stake through its heart, just like every other thread where somebody quotes what "they say" about helmets.
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Originally Posted by cookie monster View Post
I have an old helmet, and the padding is completly worn out, some of the pads have fallen off, is there any way I can replace them? are there any kits?

Kits ? no, but if you drop by a bike shop, they may have spare pads from selling helmets with a multiple of thicknesses of pads, and have some left over..

you might just be able to get a sweatband from a sporting goods store , and put that on, then put on the helmet..

get several and you can wash them in rotation.





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I bought new pads for my helmet on the famous Amazon. It was about 7 years old but still had the model number sticker inside. Compared the picture to the pads and it worked out great. Also took out and cleaned the straps. Took some pictures first and needed them to get the clean straps back in. Just washed them off in the sink with disk soap and a lot of swishing. YMMV.
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Old 04-21-18, 08:40 PM
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This one needs a stake through its heart
No need for something that dramatic, Van Helsing. Perhaps just a Priest this time round.
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Old 04-21-18, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Sure, "they say that"...if "they" are selling helmets.
For the factual analysis: https://helmets.org/helmetlineraging.htm
Yeah, I found this interesting from your citation: "MEA's analysis showed that there was no significant impact performance change with age."

The open cell foam / fabric pads, that's another thing altogether. Mine are mush.
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Old 04-21-18, 10:24 PM
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I used motorcycle helmets for decades on end and they did fine in crashes, and they have the same kind of foam in there, except thinner.

I'm guessing that a bicycle helmet that is older and more brittle is probably useless after it goes through a serious crash though. If there is any merit to this stuff then it probably comes from that.
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Old 04-22-18, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
It apparently takes many decades for zombie threads this one to die until really dead and buried. This one needs a stake through its heart, just like every other thread where somebody quotes what "they say" about helmets.
dang, you're right!

So now we can do our own longitudinal study, FWIW. How many of us have, since 2005, replaced our helmets based on concern over helmet aging? Be honest, now!

I'll start: One because of worn out pads, another because some harness parts broke, another because of a massive crash that crunched the helmet but saved my noggin, and another because I swiped my wife's helmet and she needed me to get my own.

So basically, for me one out of four.
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Originally Posted by Oneder View Post
I used motorcycle helmets for decades on end and they did fine in crashes, and they have the same kind of foam in there, except thinner.

I'm guessing that a bicycle helmet that is older and more brittle is probably useless after it goes through a serious crash though. If there is any merit to this stuff then it probably comes from that.
Yes, helmets are supposed to be replaced after an impact.
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Originally Posted by Oneder View Post
I'm guessing that a bicycle helmet that is older and more brittle is probably useless after it goes through a serious crash though. If there is any merit to this stuff then it probably comes from that.
I would say that any helmet that goes through a crash is useless and ought to be replaced. They're all designed to protect your head from impact exactly once.
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Originally Posted by prairiepedaler View Post
Styrofoam degrades? It takes many decades for polystyrene to degrade, even buried in healthy active soil. Manufacturers of helmets want more sales so they are bound to make that kind of claim.
Heat and sweat, physical movement...and yes they fall apart.

Helmets are so much better that you have no reason to be attached to one. You buy a new car with more airbags and better restraints etc. so I don't get that.
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Heat and sweat, physical movement...and yes they fall apart.
Geez, all this time I coulda been making billions hosing landfills with sweat to break down all the styrofoam there.
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Why weren't you wearing it? That's...nevermind...
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