Should I replace my helmet?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by levad, 6 Jan 2008.

  1. levad

    levad Senior Member

    I haven't done my first commute of 2008 yet, planning on that tomorrow morning but today I had my first spill for many many years.

    200 yards from home I came off on some black ice. My head hit the road, I was wearing a helmet (no need for discussion) so my headache was not as bad as it could have been, bruised my elbow and thigh.

    The helmet is scratched but I cannot detect any damage to the styrene shell. Should I replace the helmet? If yes, what sort should I get?
  2. Zoom

    Zoom Über Member

    depends how much it cost, not being flippant but it probably hasn't suffered any damage that will prevent it doing it's job. Also depends how old it is; a good idea to replace them every 2-3 years.
  3. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    If in doubt replace!

    The helmet should not crack if it works properly it should compress. This will mean that the ability to compress further and absorb impact in a future accident is compromised.

    What helmet do you have as many offer a crash replacement policy - Giro for example

    A replacement is often as little as half price.
  4. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    that tricksy proof of purchase ...
  5. Hope you are okay.Never known a helmet to ever do anything for me but I guess there is always a first time.
  6. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    i would replace it
  7. OP

    levad Senior Member

    Thanks folks, I shall start looking for a new one. The helmet is an Apex make, got it in a (nearly) LBS closing down sale so proof of purchase and returns etc. will be difficult. I will look around in the sales.
  8. Yeah I would agree with SA+Cunobelin.It's done it's job I guess.
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    if you ride for long enough you're likely to crack your head into the tarmac at some point, you'll want to be wearing a helmet then, I wore a 'free with the bike' cheap helmet for ten years and it never hit anything, bought a whizzy giro in June and smashed it in Sept, glad I was wearing it then, and some
  10. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Replace it and don't forget to get a new walking helmet while you're at it!
  11. Zoom

    Zoom Über Member

    plus ca change; btw what's that on your head in your profile photo?
  12. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Wear a pair of women's knickers on your head instead. Either way you'll look like a right c*nt. :eek:
  13. OP

    levad Senior Member

    Thanks Mikey, the walking helmet did a much better job, it stopped me from falling over when walking on the ice back home :tongue:

    Dom, what make of womens knickers do you suggest, Sloggis might be good at this time of year to cover the vents and keep the warmth in :eek:
  14. I would change the helmet, I had an accident a few months ago were I hit my head on the road. The only damage I could see was to the front the peak had started to crack, so when I picked my bike from LBS I bought a new 1 to be on the safe side
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