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Morning Ride Crash

Old 06-14-08, 05:41 PM
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Morning Ride Crash

I knew it had to happen eventually, I don't remember all of the details, loud noises in front of me, then hitting the asphalt. My bike was fine, the other guys all lost spokes, one needs a new carbon frame, I hope that is my five year fall. Aside from plenty of road rash, I feel happy to be able to ride home. One question....my helmet was pretty scratched(thank God I/we all had them on)should I just get a new one?

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New Hemet, It's done it's job.
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Helmets are a one and done item. Glad you were able to ride away.
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glad you're okay....and here's another vote for a new helmet...yours has served it's purpose.
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Just scratched? I wouldn't replace it.
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Old 06-14-08, 06:07 PM
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That is what I thought, I felt the impact, the scratches seem little, I hit hard. New Helmet on the way!
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Old 06-14-08, 06:18 PM
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I'm glad to hear you're ok. But yeah, that helmet's completed its duty.
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From www.helmets.org:

Did you crash in it?

For starters, most people are aware that you must replace a helmet after any crash where your head hit. The foam part of a helmet is made for one-time use, and after crushing once it is no longer as protective as it was, even if it still looks intact. Bear in mind that if the helmet did its job most people would tell you that they did not even hit their head, or did not hit their head that hard. And the thin shells on most helmets now tend to hide any dents in the foam. But if you can see marks on the shell or measure any foam crush at all, replace the helmet. (Helmets made of EPP foam do recover, but there are few EPP helmets on the market. Yours is EPS or EPU unless otherwise labeled.)

You can also crack the helmet foam or damage it by dropping the helmet on a hard surface. The cracks may be small and hard to see, so you need to look carefully. Cracks in the foam always require replacement of the helmet.

You may be reluctant to replace a helmet that looks almost as good as new, but if you did hit, you don't want to take chances on where you will hit next time. If the foam is cracked under the thin shell, it will be more likely to fly apart in your next crash. Many manufacturers will replace crashed helmets for a nominal fee, and most will also inspect crashed helmets to see if they need replacement. Call them if you are in doubt.
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Yeah, see if you can get a deal on a new helmet!
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here's a tip...

If you can't remember the details of the crash, get a new helmet.
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Good choice. Sorry about the crash.

I think I remember hearing one of the manufacturers has some kind of replacement discount, but I can't remember which one. Maybe Google.
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Originally Posted by kwrides
Good choice. Sorry about the crash.

I think I remember hearing one of the manufacturers has some kind of replacement discount, but I can't remember which one. Maybe Google.
Several manufacturers have a replacement discount, but it usually turns out to be about the same price as a sale priced helmet at Performance or some other bike shop. IOW, it's not a huge discount, and you generally have to ship the helmet back, so you will have to wait. Unless you have a backup helmet, this means riding without until the replacement arrives.

To me, it's far easier just to buy another helmet on sale or with a coupon or something.

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Glad you could ride away

Originally Posted by monk
Just scratched? I wouldn't replace it.
This is true if you have x-ray vision. I wouldn't take a chance and that is what crash replacement programmes are for

If you don't remember the details because it happened too fast then ok but if you don't remember the details because you passed out (even for a second) then seek medical attention.
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Originally Posted by AEO
here's a tip...

If you can't remember the details of the crash, get a new helmet.
And a head CT.
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Old 06-15-08, 09:42 AM
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i remember bell does replacement for any of their helmets for $40.

not sure about other brands
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Originally Posted by kwrides
I think I remember hearing one of the manufacturers has some kind of replacement discount, but I can't remember which one. Maybe Google.
Both Bell and Giro have a crash replacement program. Not sure about Google.
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Specialized does 25% off on their helmets. Yeah, don't think Google offers any programs. Just medical insurance for their employees.
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Back to the OP, I may have not been paying attention, but what helmet were you wearing when the crash occured?
Sounds like it did it's job
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Originally Posted by steaktaco
Both Bell and Giro have a crash replacement program. Not sure about Google.
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Specialized does 25% off on their helmets. Yeah, don't think Google offers any programs. Just medical insurance for their employees.
Man, you guys are missing out, Google makes a sweet helmet! You should see the road bikes from Walmart too!
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My helmet was a Giro....don't know the model, I do know I hit hard, Sunday my neck was very sore almost like whiplash, no complaints about the helmet. A few years ago i crashed, don't quote me on this, but I think I got a free Bell replacement . If not it was cheap, I was in college anything over five dollars I would have remembered.(except beer)
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Originally Posted by Corman
My helmet was a Giro....don't know the model, I do know I hit hard, Sunday my neck was very sore almost like whiplash, no complaints about the helmet. A few years ago i crashed, don't quote me on this, but I think I got a free Bell replacement . If not it was cheap, I was in college anything over five dollars I would have remembered.(except beer)
I was looking recently about a crash replacement for a Bell helemt and I couldn't find any info. Could you post something here if you find out? Thanks.
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Bummer, I didn't keep my receipt.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...acement+policy

Crash Replacement Policy
Bell is interested in your safety and in advancing the state-of-the-art in head protection. If your helmet is involved in an accident you may obtain a replacement from Bell by doing the following:
For U.S. Customers:
1. Send the following:
a. The damaged helmet (prepaid);
b. A copy of your dated cash register receipt;
c. A letter describing your accident in as much detail as possible; and
d. A check for $35.00 for Fusion In-Mold helmets or a check for $20.00 for non-Fusion helmets

2. Send to:
Bell Sports, Inc.
Consumer Service
1924 County Road, 3000 North
Rantoul, Illinois 61866-9512

For Canadian Customers:
1. Call Outdoor Gear Canada (1-514-332-1320) to find out what the replacement cost is for your helmet. This low costreplacement fee varies by model.
2. Send the following:
a. The damaged helmet (prepaid);
b. A copy of your dated cash register receipt;
c. A letter describing your accident in as much detail as possible; and
d. A check in the amount quoted by Canadian Customer Service
3. Send to:
Outdoor Gear Canada
2708 Diab
St. Laurent, Quebec
H4S IE8 CANADA

The crash replacement program is available to U.S. and Canadian customers only. Customers outside the U.S. and Canada should call 1-800-456-BELL for information on the crash replacement program applicable to them. If you have any questions about this policy call Bell at 1-800-456-BELL. Remember: NEVER wear a helmet that’s been involved in an accident.
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