Do you wonder how long do bike helmets last? Do you worry about how to care for your helmet? Under what conditions should you replace your helmet?
Most helmet manufacturers recommend you replace a helmet every five years. Some, such as Bell and Giro, recommend every three years. People may tell you this is just marketing. According to Snell, this is not the case and the five years rule should be followed.
There are many reasons that degrade your helmet’s life cycle to under 5 years, such as if it is:
If you have crashed, you should stop using that helmet immediately. This is because your helmet will no longer protect you. Even if it looks ok, it will fly apart on any future accident, giving you no coverage.
Before you bin it, though, make sure the company that made it does not offer a crash replacement warranty. Bell and Giro offer this on some of their helmets, so remember and keep details when you buy a new helmet.
Repeated drops will break your helmet. Bike helmets are a one use item, but they can take a drop on the floor. You should however not try and bounce your helmet off the floor.
If you think a drop has damaged it, get it checked by a professional and do not use it again until it has been okayed. It is your head's weight inside the helmet that causes the damage to the helmet.
Everyday life throws a lot of different properties at your helmet
Snell states that you should regularly check your helmet for signs of degradation. Small cracks around the edge of your helmet will indicate aging. If this happens, it is time to replace your helmet.
Leaving your helmet in the car, in direct sunlight, or even in a dark kit bag on a sunny day can all lead to your helmet suffering from heat damage. Storing your helmet correctly will make sure your helmet does not prematurely die.
If your helmet is damaged in this way, the surface of your helmet will look uneven or bubbly. As such always store your helmet in a cool, dry, and dark area.
Poorly cleaned helmets can also affect their age
Snell point out that every five years, helmets have advanced in their safety properties, so it is good thinking to buy a new one. Being safer has got to be a good reason for the purchase of a new helmet.
How long do bike helmets last ? Now we know we want a helmet that is younger than five years old , has not been crashed and has been stored correctly. We also need to check it for damage, remember that even though it should last five years. If you crash on the way home after buying it, you have to head back and buy a new one. It is also worth keeping some Bennett's Helmet Fresh, for those warm summer days.
Check our checklist below, and if you have any further questions, please comment below, and we will do our best to answer them for you.
Remember though that not all damage is visible. If you are unsure have it checked by an expert or do not use it again
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