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Dent in my helmet

stevepjstevepj Posts: 38
edited October 2009 in MTB general
Hi all

Bit of advice needed if you don't mind.

I came off my bike the other day and i now have a small(ish) dent in my lid, it's not cracked but would you advise buying another or should i be ok?

Cheers
Steve
Why are all the parts i've upgraded on my bike, now standard on the latest model!!

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  • yoohoo999yoohoo999 Posts: 940
    we can't really advise you on this.

    it's your call. sometimes a small dent will lead to the helmet splitting in two next time you crash, other times you could have a hole the size of birmingham and it doesn't seem to want to break!

    the risk is latent more often than not, and if you have crashed it and there are visible signs of damage, then you are running a higher risk than normal by reusing it.

    the belt and braces approach would be to replace after any substantial impact or after visible damage is can be seen. That said, my full face helmet looks like it was run over by a lorry and it still holds its shape when I bounce my head off trees!

    is the dent on the plastic coating or on the poly filler?
  • PeteinSQPeteinSQ Posts: 2,292
    If you fell off your bike and actually dented your helmet then you should replace it really. Once the expanded polystyrene has been compressed it won't absorb shocks as well so won't offer the same level of protection.

    If you think that helmets offer protection (I assume you do) then you ought to replace your helmet.
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  • dave_hilldave_hill Posts: 3,877
    yoohoo999 wrote:
    we can't really advise you on this.

    Yes we can. What we can't do is make you accept our advice.

    The answer is yes, replace it. You don't know what damage is being hidden in the inner structure of the helmet and whether the damage which it has already sustained will compromise its ability to protect you further.

    Ask yourself this - would you rather spend £35 or £40 on a new lid, or risk not being able to speak properly or have someone spoon-feed you soup for the rest of your life?

    Get a new helmet. You know it makes sense.
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  • GHillGHill Posts: 2,402
    Might be worth checking to see if the manufacturer has a crash replacement policy.
  • djames77djames77 Posts: 164
    If i fell off a bike a damaged my helmet i would demand my money back
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    GHill wrote:
    Might be worth checking to see if the manufacturer has a crash replacement policy.
    Yup, most manufacturers do a crash replacement scheme.

    Any helmet that sustains damage has done it's job & needs replacing as it's structural integrity may have been compromised, even if you can't see any major damage.
    djames77 wrote:
    If i fell off a bike a damaged my helmet i would demand my money back
    er, what?
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  • djames77djames77 Posts: 164
    djames77 wrote:
    If i fell off a bike a damaged my helmet i would demand my money back
    er, what?[/quote]


    Why is a headset typically 1'' 1/8 wide and why is it called a "head" "set"? It's not even got a tongue? Let alone a sister?
  • myopicmyopic Posts: 692
    Andy_B wrote:
    djames77 wrote:
    If i fell off a bike a damaged my helmet i would demand my money back
    er, what?

    I thought it was funny - joke, right? :lol:
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  • djames77djames77 Posts: 164
    myopic wrote:
    Andy_B wrote:
    djames77 wrote:
    If i fell off a bike a damaged my helmet i would demand my money back
    er, what?

    I thought it was funny - joke, right? :lol:

    Yeah - joke (both of them) - i'm feeling a bit daft tonight. being a noob i hope i've not offended anyone :oops:
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    No offence taken here ;)

    I think I left my sense of humour in bed this morning....

    nearly the weekend though :D
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  • djames77djames77 Posts: 164
    Andy_B wrote:
    No offence taken here ;)

    I think I left my sense of humour in bed this morning....

    nearly the weekend though :D

    Cheers Andy - and I agree, the weekend can't come soon enough. Not sure if it’s because I haven't got to go to work or the fact I’m looking forward to punishing my incredibly unfit body in some masochistic way?

    I've got to ask though, what’s a crash replacement scheme? Surely if you crash and damage your goods it’s your fault? Do helmet manufacturers offer some sort of free or discounted replacement for customers being a bit daft?
  • heez29heez29 Posts: 612
    djames77 wrote:
    Andy_B wrote:
    No offence taken here ;)

    I think I left my sense of humour in bed this morning....

    nearly the weekend though :D

    Cheers Andy - and I agree, the weekend can't come soon enough. Not sure if it’s because I haven't got to go to work or the fact I’m looking forward to punishing my incredibly unfit body in some masochistic way?

    I've got to ask though, what’s a crash replacement scheme? Surely if you crash and damage your goods it’s your fault? Do helmet manufacturers offer some sort of free or discounted replacement for customers being a bit daft?
    Discounted replacement. Just means you will buy from that manufacturer over and over.

    Giro is half the RRP usually.
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    Some helmet manufacturers offer a discount on a new helmet if you damage one within a set time frame from purchase.

    Doesn't matter if you caused the damage by falling off, or if someone knocks you off your bike whilst commuting, you still get the discount, all you have to do is send the helmet back to the manufacturer with proof of purchase & a cheque for the discounted replacement & job's a good 'un.
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  • Daz555Daz555 Posts: 3,976
    Just fill the dent with a bit of toothpaste and cover with a nice mtb sticker. Problem solved.
    You only need two tools: WD40 and Duck Tape.
    If it doesn't move and should, use the WD40.
    If it shouldn't move and does, use the tape.
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