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replace my helmet?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by dudi, 21 Apr 2008.

  1. dudi

    dudi Senior Member

    Location:
    Ipswich, Suffolk
    Just a quickie,
    how do you tell if your helmet needs replacing?

    I won't go into the details of why i am concerned by it, as it's rather embarrasing.

    But how do you tell if your helmet is compromised after an impact?

    I can see no damage, the shell seems robust still and there are no signs of weekness... is there a test I can do to see if i ought to replace?

    thanks
     
  2. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    No one offer advice until he tells us what happened. :biggrin:
     
  3. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    I think some companies do offer a discounted replacement after an accident.
     
  4. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    If you bashed it you need a new one. Even if if was dangling from your bars and the bike fell over.

    Bash it. Replace it. End of.
     
  5. Gosh do people still wear those things??
     
  6. mr_hippo

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

    Don't you hate it when you only get half the story? We need more!
     
  7. OP
    OP
    dudi

    dudi Senior Member

    Location:
    Ipswich, Suffolk
    hmm, I reckon i'd better get a new one as soonas i can then.

    having slept on it i ought to share it... story is this...

    cycling down a fast road, in the bus lane, minding my own business at a good pace. all of a sudden and out of nowhere a line of slow moving traffic jumps out of a hedge right in front of me. I manage to slow down enough to miss them, providing that they keep going the same speed they are. no.... mr white transit van slams on the brakes and stops on a sixpence. I hit the back of him, straight on, and "endo" my bike in the impact. I headbut the rear doors of the van and then straight back down on to the wheels... I didn't come off somehow.

    The van driver didn't stop and I just walked to the pavement, checked the bike over and it was fine, checked myself over ad I seemed fine. so i just carried on into work.
     
  8. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    That sounds like a significant impact - get it changed.
     
  9. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    Is this true? I know it is with regards to motorcycle lids but is it the same for cycle helmets? they are only polystyrene after all
     
  10. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Yes it's true. What jacomus said.

    If you wear one that is.
     
  11. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    wouldn't leave home without it
     
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    if you're thinking about it then you've answered your question I suggest

    that line of traffic sounds nasty
     
  13. yello

    yello Guru

    Yep, I'd agree. Little point in wearing something you're not sure of or have no confidence in.
     
  14. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    As I understand it, the polystyrene absorbs the impact by compressing, breaking and deforming. A helmet that's in an accident has less capability to do that, I'd have thought, because some of that possible deformation (if not all) has already happened.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    dudi

    dudi Senior Member

    Location:
    Ipswich, Suffolk
    so any recommendations for a new lid? at the moment i use a Giro indicator... or something like that.

    I dont like visors and i get quite a hot head, so i need something with good vents.