Sure, you know that replacing your helmet is important when you've been involved in a crash (or if your helmet is in two pieces). But there are a few other reasons you may want to consider swapping your old helmet for a new one.
Be informed, be safe.
1. 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!
3. Significant accidents or fallsEPS 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.
4. The outside of your helmet is just foam or cloth instead of plastic, or it doesn't have a CPSC, ASTM or Snell sticker inside (or you just can't get it to fit!)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.
5. It isn't a helmet designed for cyclingIt'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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