How often should you replace your bicycle helmet?

Do bike helmets really expire?

The quick and easy answer is that a bike helmet does not have an expiration date, but should be replaced every 5 years. The Snell Memorial Foundation is a group that have been testing and setting safety standards for all types of protective gear.

How do I know if I need to replace my helmet?

If there is any damage noted on the shell (marks, cracks, or crushes) and damage to fasteners or straps, this indicates the need for replacement before your next ride. Most reputable brands, including One K, advise that after any catastrophic incident you must replace your helmet.

How long is a helmet good for?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example, advises that unless manufacturers recommend otherwise, you should get a new helmet every five to 10 years.

How many miles should a bike chain last?

Most mechanics agree that you should replace your chain about every 2,000 to 3,000 miles, depending on your riding style. Many Tour De France riders wear out two or even three chains on their primary bike over the course of the three-week race.

Should I replace my bike helmet after a crash?

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. … Cracks in the foam always require replacement of the helmet.

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How do you tell if a helmet is expired?

Manufacturers recommend replacement, no matter how it looks, every 7 years from the production date and after 5 years of use. To check when your helmet was manufactured, look inside to find a date stamp. A label will have the date printed in the format – YY/MM/DD format.

What do you do with old bike helmets?

Most local recycling programs don’t want mixed materials. So your best solution may be to take the helmet apart, put the plastic shell in your plastic recycling, break up the EPS foam for use as packing material or a soil amendment, and pitch the strap and buckle in the trash.

How long do crash helmets last?

A. Helmet manufacturers give their helmets a “life” of about five years with “average” use, so that advice was essentially correct.