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when do you replace a crashed helmet?

Old 01-10-05, 12:59 PM
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when do you replace a crashed helmet?

OK, I know you need to replace a helmet after a hard impact. However, mtb helmets take lots of not so hard impacts. Where do you draw the line and replace it?

Yesterday I thought I could squeeze under a fallen tree by ducking low over the bars. I wasn't going fast at all, but I was a little off on my judgement :rolleyes and the tree caught the top of my helmet and knocked me off the back of the bike. The helmet now has a pretty decent ding in it's top. Darned short riders who cut trials
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Old 01-10-05, 01:04 PM
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Mine has a few dings from hitting tree branches or being tossed.. I haven't hit my head on the ground with it yet, though.
I don't see the point of replacing it.
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I replace my helmets about every 3 to 4 years if I haven't had any bad crashes.

Usually by then, I want a new helmet (color or style) anyways.

If you keep your helmet in a hot car over the summer, replace it sooner. The heat will degenerate the styrofoam.

Most helmet manuf. recommend every 3 to 5 years. I've never kept using a helmet more than 4 years, but I do keep them. It's always nice to have a spare helmet for a riding buddy, or in the event you DO crash hard and break your current one.
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I would say if you hit it as hard as you can throw it on the ground you should replace it. If not, I'd go with every few years.
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If you crash and black out or get up and see stars. Your helmet is probably toast. If it's your normal crash then it should be o.k.
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I'd say you should replace it if you meet the road (or any other solid object in your trajectory) head-first, replace it - better safe than sorry! ...Unless it's a dirtlid or a FF DH/FR helmet. Then I'd say go with your best judgement.
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How much do you value your head? Lots of small knocks, Should I replace it or not-- Change it. One hard knock don't take the chance-- replace it. Over 3 years old and looking dated-- replace it.

I used to be involved in motorsport with helmets far stronger than we would ever use. There was a reg that it had to have a date stamp on it, and that only gave you a maximum of 3 years to a helmet.
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I don't crash nearly as often as I did a couple years ago. Maybe I'm older and don't "try" things I used to. But, I do still crash. 3 years may be too often (for me), but I don't push it. I value my brains too much. 4 years is my time frame.
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Originally Posted by Paniolo
OK, I know you need to replace a helmet after a hard impact. However, mtb helmets take lots of not so hard impacts. Where do you draw the line and replace it?

Yesterday I thought I could squeeze under a fallen tree by ducking low over the bars. I wasn't going fast at all, but I was a little off on my judgement :rolleyes and the tree caught the top of my helmet and knocked me off the back of the bike. The helmet now has a pretty decent ding in it's top. Darned short riders who cut trials

I replace mine every three years or so but I always replace it when my intuition tells me I should consider doing so (like after a full blown whack to the helmet). If I'm going to error, I want to error on the side of laying out a few extra coins instead of ending up with a fractured skull. I use the same 'gut check' for considering when to replace bars after a crash.
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