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Old 03-13-07, 04:48 PM
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Helmets and losing weight

I've had my current helmet for almost three years now. When I got it, I adjusted the neckband (? no idea what it's called) to fit fairly tight, and then just kept adjusting the strap as needed.

Three years ago, I was more than 25 lbs heavier. I didn't realise so much of that was deposited around my head!

Tried on another helmet today, that just happened to be adjusted properly for my head. WOW! was my first reaction - the helmet really fit me like a helmet should.

When I got home, I took a good look at my helmet, and adjusted the neckband. It's like I have a new helmet!!! Now I really feel I can trust it to stay in place should I crash.

So, if you've lost a lot of weight since you got your current helmet, take a look at it to see if you need to adjust it!
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Old 03-13-07, 06:50 PM
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Wow I think there is a joke in there somewhere but I'll be nice.

The helmet is three years old. If you have done a moderate amount of riding it is about time for a new helmet. Helmets break down due to exposure to the sun and the air. Your skinny head is probably worth $40. Buy it a new helmet.
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Old 03-13-07, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
The helmet is three years old. If you have done a moderate amount of riding it is about time for a new helmet. Helmets break down due to exposure to the sun and the air. Your skinny head is probably worth $40. Buy it a new helmet.
+1, time to start shopping for a new helmet
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Now helmets have a 3 year life span? With all due respect, I don't suppose you can provide a link that documents the supposed life-span of a helmet?

IMO, unless the helmet has been crashed or abused, it should be perfectly serviceable for AT LEAST 5 years.

My question to the OP - you seriously didn't realize the fit of the helmet could be adjusted?
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In most instances I have to adjust my helmet each time I put it on......but also depending on whether I'm wearing a headband, a skullcap, or whatever....
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But, if you are taking steroids ala Barry Bonds, then you prolly need to buy a new helmet..
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Old 03-13-07, 11:13 PM
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Oh dear...

Look, I started this thread to remind people to adjust their helmets, especially after they've lost weight, which is something a lot of people do when they start to ride.

And chipcom, of course I knew that. I adjusted it when it was new, after all. But I've lost weight slowly, so between any two days, the difference in fit was imperceptible. That's why I didn't really notice how loose it had become. It's a bit like the difference between watching kids grow up. If you meet them every day, or every week even, you won't really notice that they grow. If you only meet them once every two years, it's very obvious that they've grown much taller.
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helmets don't break donw do to air and sun people. they are styrofoam. you know, the stuff that lasts for like 10 billion years in garbage dumps.

that said, "they" do say to replace them every three years and I can also tell you that most motorcycle race tracks won't let you ride with a helmet older than 5 years. Obviously if you fall or throw the helmet around a lot it's going to need replacing after a few years about other than that, I doubt it.
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Salsa adjusts his helmet based upon what kind of hair day he's having... he actually has a smaller helmet to use when he deigns to (dare I say?) CUT his hair!
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Originally Posted by rha600
helmets don't break donw do to air and sun people. they are styrofoam. you know, the stuff that lasts for like 10 billion years in garbage dumps.

that said, "they" do say to replace them every three years and I can also tell you that most motorcycle race tracks won't let you ride with a helmet older than 5 years. Obviously if you fall or throw the helmet around a lot it's going to need replacing after a few years about other than that, I doubt it.
They don't fall apart, the styrofoam becomes brittle and breaks into pieces when you crash instead of deforming and absorbing the impact. It will look okay but you will not find out until it is too late(you crashed and the helmet did not protect you).

Read this from the Snell website: https://www.smf.org/faqs.html#10

Why should you replace your helmet every five years?
The five year replacement recommendation is based on a consensus by both the helmet manufacturers and the Snell Foundation. Glues, resins and other materials used in helmet production over can affect liner materials. Hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics, as well as normal "wear and tear" all contribute to helmet degradation. Petroleum based products present in cleaners, paints, fuels and other commonly encountered materials may also degrade materials used in many helmets possibly degrading performance. Additionally, experience indicates there will be a noticeable improvement in the protective characteristic of helmets over a five year period due to advances in materials, designs, production methods and the standards. Thus, the recommendation for five year helmet replacement is a judgment call stemming from a prudent safety philosophy.
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Well, my helmet has never been handled in a rough manner. Never been dropped or banged into stuff. I always carry it with me when I leave my bike locked, usually in a soft bag or on my head, depending on the situation.

It is never subjected to any petroleum-bases substances, hair oils, perfumes, cosmetics or any appreciable amounts of sweat or anything else like that. When not in use, it rests quietly on a shelf in a dark room.

The total amount of sunlight it has seen during its three years has been maybe 100-150 hours.

This helmet is as safe now as it was when I bought it, and it will be in three years time as well if I treat it the same way in the future.

I will buy a new helmet later this year, but it will be an ADDITIONAL helmet, to match the colour of my new bike!
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