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Little pads that come with Helmets

Old 05-27-06, 10:44 PM
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Little pads that come with Helmets

Here's my stupid question for the day: What the heck do I do with those little pads that come with bike helmets. You know, the four oval-shaped foam pads that have what appears to be an adhesive backing on them, though it doesn't actually peel off.

Call me slow, but I have no idea what the proper use is for these. Where do they go? How do they stay on? When should they be used? Why are they never mentioned in the owner's manual?
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Old 05-27-06, 10:57 PM
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OK, I'll bite...

The pads are for fitting your helmet to your noggin better. Remove the existing "thin" pads and stick the thicker oval pads onto the velcro.
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Old 05-28-06, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Peek the Geek
Here's my stupid question for the day: What the heck do I do with those little pads that come with bike helmets.
Throw them out.

Or, save them for when you buy a new pair of sandals that rub, and attach them to the underside of the straps. If you have 8 of them you could put them under your stereo speakers to decouple them from the bookshelf they're on.

Most helmets made in the past 5 years don't need them, due to the HeadLock® (or whatever it's called) system by which their fit is adjusted. The fact that helmet manufacturers still include them is a throwback to the 1980's; in those bygone days the foam pads were stuck inside the shell to insure a snug fit. Not necessary with a modern helmet.

I went into our LBS not too long ago to see if I could buy some because my wife uses them in her shoes (seriously!) and the guy just pulled a couple sets out of the new helmets he had in stock. "No one needs these anymore, you can have 'em."
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hi all, my helmet is quite old and last time i rode was several years ago... i looked at it now and all the foam padding on it have worn out... where could i buy foam pads for my helmet? i need a set for my sub6
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Originally Posted by jeff_o
hi all, my helmet is quite old and last time i rode was several years ago... i looked at it now and all the foam padding on it have worn out... where could i buy foam pads for my helmet? i need a set for my sub6
Use the little oval ones that came with the Helmet, that is unless you threw them out Bob Ross style.
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Originally Posted by jeff_o
hi all, my helmet is quite old and last time i rode was several years ago... i looked at it now and all the foam padding on it have worn out... where could i buy foam pads for my helmet? i need a set for my sub6
1. Check thrift stores. I always see helmets there.
2. Look at Home Depot. I don't know what section to look but they have furniture pads and velcro strips.
3. Buy a new helmet. You can get one at Walmart for < $20.
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i see.. ok i'll try home depot. i left my pads back home and din't bring em. i will look around after i get my first bike again thanks for the replies btw i'm still saving up for a bike so i don't wanna spend money on a new helmet.
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Originally Posted by jeff_o
hi all, my helmet is quite old and last time i rode was several years ago... i looked at it now and all the foam padding on it have worn out... where could i buy foam pads for my helmet? i need a set for my sub6
I would just buy a new helmet if it were me. Safety items are not a good place to save money.
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Originally Posted by adgrant
I would just buy a new helmet if it were me. Safety items are not a good place to save money.
+ 1

Helmets have improved over the past 5 years, I would advise you to pick up a new one. Don't go discount on your noggin'
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Originally Posted by blue_nose
+ 1

Helmets have improved over the past 5 years, I would advise you to pick up a new one. Don't go discount on your noggin'
Yeah, get a new helmet. Not only have they improved but it is recommended that you replace them every 5 years because the plastic in them supposedly breaks down over time.
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They might be spares for when the pads already in the helmet wear down. Naturally I was glad to have the spare pads when I swapped them for the worn pads in my helmet a few days ago.
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Home Depot? Those felt furniture pads are going to be mighty uncomfortable. There is a business opportunity here. Pads are Us.
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I actually was wondering where I could find replacement pads. The ones on my Giro helmet are worn out after just a year of regular riding, and it seems silly to spend money on a brand new helmet when the "old" one is perfectly fine--except for those worn-out pads. Any suggestions?
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it is recommended that you replace them every 5 years because the plastic in them supposedly breaks down over time.
Where oh where are the helmet conspiracy theorists? This is just too good to pass up. Is this the same plastic that is not biodegradable, that sits in landfills for all of enternity?
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Old 07-19-06, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Tommyp
Yeah, get a new helmet. Not only have they improved but it is recommended that you replace them every 5 years because the plastic in them supposedly breaks down over time.
+1 I never keepa helmet more than 5 years. The foam is no good and you never know how many tiny impacts it got in the gear bag.
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