When should I get a new bike helmet?

How do you know when you need a new helmet?

Check in with your head. “Typically, you know if the helmet took a good hit, because a good hit to the helmet is a good hit to the head,” Parks says. “Just even the sound of the impact or the way your head felt—like if you hit hard enough to see stars—can tell you if the helmet should be replaced.”

Do bicycle helmets have an expiry date?

Something that could be alarming to cyclists everywhere: bike helmets carry an expiry date with them. … He explains most manufacturers recommend replacing helmets every three years. Over time the protective foam can become brittle.

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.

Should I replace my 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.

Is my helmet compromised?

Normally a broken shell or hairline cracks readily determine if a helmet has been damaged, and the protective capabilities compromised. … The Snell Foundation recommends that if you suspect your helmet may be compromised, then replace it. If the helmet has been involved in an impact while in use, replace it.

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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 Giro helmets last?

We make a general recommendation of replacing a helmet every three to five (3-5) years depending on use and handling.