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Old 10-20-17, 12:47 PM
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Shell came off helmet

So basically the my helmets black and white and the white bit (The shell came off but it just looks like it needs glueing. or is it broken if the shell came off? Should I get a new one or is it ok just to glue the shell back on?]
ps I didn't crash or anything the shell just came off.
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Old 10-20-17, 01:06 PM
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Contact the manufacturer, and get their input. Gluing the shell back on could introduce issues with liability should you crash while wearing the helmet.
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Old 10-20-17, 02:41 PM
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contact the manufacturer, and get their input. Gluing the shell back on could introduce issues with liability should you crash while wearing the helmet.
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Old 10-20-17, 03:00 PM
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I'd tape or glue it back on, although I've found electrical tape doesn't necessarily stand up to the rigors of helmet use.

There was an era of vintage foam helmets with a simple foam shell and a net cover. More about that later.

The shells apparently provide a few functions:
  • Cosmetic. They look pretty and help keep the helmet pretty.
  • Protect the helmet from the elements. Minimal structural support
  • Apparently in a crash they provide a slippery plane. One would get most of the impact protection using a bare foam helmet (or the vintage with the net over the foam), but one would lose the slippery plane, and thus be at greater risk of neck injuries. The foam might also break up quicker, but most of the advantage of a helmet is that first single impact, the rest really doesn't matter.
The manufacturer will say that any hint of structural compromise, buy new. Obviously they want to sell more helmets, but also won't risk saying a potentially compromised helmet is 100%, not knowing your repair.

There are people who intentionally remove the cover to make adjustments (like removing the liner to attach auxiliary items to a hard-shell helmet).

In the end, the choice is yours as to whatever you're comfortable with.
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Old 10-20-17, 03:37 PM
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Unless you just got it, there is recommendations you replace them after a few years.. say 5 ..
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Old 10-20-17, 03:54 PM
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If not a warranty issue, just buy a new one. Helmets have to meet standards and price is not a major factor. Buy wisely but not foolishly.
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Old 10-20-17, 04:33 PM
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If the shell came off my helmet it wouldn't even cross my mind to do anything other than throw it in the trash and buy a new one unless it had some kind of warranty.
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Old 10-20-17, 05:25 PM
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Since I wasn't planning on ever suing the helmet manufacturer I glued my shell back on after it was pulled off by some branches.

And yes, there's the recommendation from the helmet maker's to replace after 5 years. But actual studies of old helmets have shown that they still passed the same crash protection tests after a few decades.

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Old 10-20-17, 05:39 PM
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I vote just glue it back on, I have. But first test with just a drop of glue, with some glue the foam reacts like you dribbled acid on it.
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Old 10-20-17, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by lazyass View Post
if the shell came off my helmet it wouldn't even cross my mind to do anything other than throw it in the trash and buy a new one unless it had some kind of warranty.
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Old 10-20-17, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by kevindsingleton View Post
Contact the manufacturer, and get their input. Gluing the shell back on could introduce issues with liability should you crash while wearing the helmet.
How is that, you going to sue yourself?
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Old 10-21-17, 12:19 AM
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How old is it? Call the manufacturer. I wouldn't think this should happen. Personally, I would be concerned about the effects of chemicals of the glue on the foam portion of the helmet.

I also would purchase a new helmet rather than use this one. Hopefully the manufacturer will replace the helmet or perhaps sell you a replacement at cost. You can always ask for a discount :-)
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Old 10-21-17, 12:26 AM
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Honestly, how do people lose their marbles over such simple stuff.

The foam adds some padding for your head if it hits something. The plastic is just there for looks. A few dabs of glue will not destroy a helmet. It's not the space shuttle.

Does anyone really think that in an injury crash someone is going to do a forensic autopsy on the helmet to determine whether it's the manufacturers glue or not holding the decorative wrapper on?

It's almost as dangerous as cutting the tags off of your mattress.
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Old 10-21-17, 05:07 AM
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I glued mine.
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Old 10-21-17, 07:32 AM
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None of you must be old enough to remember the old Bell helmet ads............

If you have a $10 head, buy a $10 helmet.

Shell came off......replace it.
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Old 10-21-17, 09:18 AM
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I've used Gorilla Glue polyurethane white to attach the shell when it started peeling back. It adheres to both shell and foam well, and it fills gaps as a foam.
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Old 10-21-17, 02:50 PM
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Glue may bring the helmet back to its original condition.
My concern would be the original condition is a cheap and/or bad helmet to begin with. The shell falling off just a sign of that.

It would have been helpful to provide age and make of the helmet so we can answer better. 20 year old $10 helmet: replace; 1 year old $100 helmet : warranty.

And no, not all helmets meeting same legal MINIMUM requirements are the same. There is more to safety than the standard impact test, like how well the helmet stays on the head before impact and not all accidents are straight impacts to the top of your head. Same way not every legal car sold has exact same safety.
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Old 10-21-17, 03:39 PM
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+1
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If this happened to me, trash bin. I live by the old adage, "What's your head worth?". And I would look into a higher quality helmet brand. Not necessarily more expensive. Just my opinion mind you.
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Old 10-23-17, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
How is that, you going to sue yourself?


lol! For a second, I thought you were being serious!
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Old 10-23-17, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
Honestly, how do people lose their marbles over such simple stuff.

The foam adds some padding for your head if it hits something. The plastic is just there for looks. A few dabs of glue will not destroy a helmet. It's not the space shuttle.

Does anyone really think that in an injury crash someone is going to do a forensic autopsy on the helmet to determine whether it's the manufacturers glue or not holding the decorative wrapper on?

It's almost as dangerous as cutting the tags off of your mattress.


Given the state of our legal system, yes, I can envision an attorney requesting tests to confirm that OP was concerned about the shell coming off, posted on the interwebs about said concern, and followed the directions of internet experts to just glue it back on, especially if the attorney is working for the family of deceased OP, or the automobile driver that struck and killed OP.
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Old 10-23-17, 07:19 AM
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If it were a manufacturer defect, I'd return/warranty it for a new one.

If it were old enough the glue gave up or it was finally damaged enough for the plastic to come off, I'd probably determine it was time to buy a new one.

My helmet is three years old, I doubt its impact protection has been affected at all, but quite frankly after three years of riding it is ready for replacing. The straps and padding is getting quite sweat stained, the shell is still on the helmet, but cracked and chipped around the edges.

Originally Posted by Slick Madone View Post
If you have a $10 head, buy a $10 helmet.
Which is a silly argument, because my head is worth far more than $200, but I'd be hard pressed to find a non-special application helmet in excess of that value.
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Old 10-23-17, 07:25 AM
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Can't believe we're still on this. Here's my question.
How was the shell originally attached?
Glue?
Then glue it back!
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Old 10-23-17, 07:36 AM
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As an alternative, since the shell is already off you can take the opportunity to upgrade the covering. I've used this carbon fiber vinyl wrap https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BTBI4W and the adhesive backing worked very well on the foam. I wrapped the helmet, vents and all, and then sliced down the middle of the vents and at each end and folded the flaps down. Almost as easy as gluing the old cover on.

Although if you have an expensive head, as some have suggested, you might prefer a pricier wrap that has a better CF look. This $4 stuff is OK but isn't going to fool you, if that's what you're going for.
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Old 10-23-17, 07:39 AM
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Which is a silly argument, because my head is worth far more than $200, but I'd be hard pressed to find a non-special application helmet in excess of that value.
It's not an argument.....its a statement. Don't be cheap on safety gear. Bell also didn't market that for the bicycle only market.
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