We all know the importance of wearing a helmet, but are you sure that your helmet is going to protect you if you crash?
Here are some ways to know if it is time to replace your helmet.
1. You have been in a significant accident or a fall
EPS foam is made to compress upon heavy impact. This disperses the force of the impact so that the helmet, not your skull, is taking the brunt of the blow. However, EPS foam does not completely regain its shape after a major impact. The bottom line from every source is that, if the helmet has been in an accident, replace it, even if it does not look damaged.
Obviously foam and cloth are not protective enough, but there are still some helmets floating around out there that aren't up to the safety code that manufacturers established in the 90s. Anything that doesn't fit is probably not good for your ride.
3. Helmets get better every year
Helmet manufacturers (just like the rest of the bike industry) have gotten better and better at producing the safest, coolest, lightest weight helmets every year. All of these newly designed features can make it worthwhile to upgrade your helmet regularly.
4. Helmet manufacturers recommend replacing helmets every five years.
The biggest reason they suggest this is not to try to sell a bunch of new helmets every five years, rather it is because the materials in a helmet break down over time causing the helmet to lose some of its impact-absorbing ability. That means if you crash - you may be at risk!
5. It isn't a helmet designed for cycling
It's a good idea to wear a different helmet for each sport you participate in. If you skateboard or do some activity where you crash regularly, you may not want to wear that helmet for cycling, as it could be less prepared for the types of falls that can occur when riding.
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