I suppose a good way 'in' would be to say "blimey, what happened to you?" in an impressed way and then if he seemed chatty, ask tactfully if he thoughtsimon_adams_uk said:There was a guy I was following on Tuesday in SW London who definitely needed a new helmet - there was a chunk about 4" long missing out the rear 3/4 section of his Giro lid!
Should I have told him though (without coming across as patronising)?
Saying that he did RLJ so in many ways a cracked helmet was the least of his worries...
The Snell Foundation say you should change every five years. As they are pro helmet and not trying to sell you anything I think they can be trusted on this one.Blue said:The part of a helmet that protects is the inner softish foam which, I think I read, degrades with exposure to sunlight etc. The outer coloured shell is there to protect the foam from this degradation.
If a helmet suffers an impact it should be replaced and I understand that you should also think of replacing every few years due to loss of protection due to normal use. I have never seen 2 years suggested though I have seen 3 years suggested.
Wearing an old or damaged helmet is worse than useless. There is much debate about the effectivness of any helmet and much suggestion that the simple wearing of a helmet increases risk taking by the wearer and drivers etc around him/her. Obvoiusly an old/damaged helmet won't get rid of the adverse aspects while not even giving any protection at all - if it ever did!!
I'm not trying to open a debate about compulsory helmet use in giving this reply
Elmer Fudd said:Slightly O/T but..
Many years ago, I was 19, after coming off my motorbike, my mate came to visit me. Sitting on the back door step he says there's a party in Moseley tonight (15 miles away) wanna go ? I'll take you on the pillion.
Well, says I, would love to but I aint got a helmet. So we sit there and ponder over a bottle of beer and a couple of tabs about what to do.
I then spot my younger brothers football on the grass, I look at me mate, he looks at me, we run into the shed, out with the stanley knife and voila! No more football but a very trendy black and white patterned crash helmet !
Totally stupid, totally irresponsible and if my son had done the same I'd have caved his skull in for him myself.
It was a good party though !!