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Replacing bike helmets

joshy2joshy2 Posts: 19
edited November 2018 in MTB general
I was in Evans looking at bikes for my 6 year old, and the salesman was encouraging me to replace his helmet as well, as it's about 2-3 years old. It's never had any knocks but apparently the foam/protection material can weaken over time.

I'd not heard that before - is he offering sound advice or just trying to sell me another helmet?

Thanks,

Josh

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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,455
    Possibly some truth in it as the polystyrene and PU can degrade due to various things, however I only ever replace mine or families if they don't fit, damaged or worn out. Possibly also trying to increase a certain owners sales to look good.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • robertpbrobertpb Posts: 1,866
    You should have a read of this. https://helmets.org/replace.htm

    The shop are talking double round things.
    Now where's that "Get Out of Crash Free Card"
  • steve_sordysteve_sordy Posts: 2,376
    edited November 2018
    The helmet shell can de-laminate from the core, which reduces the crash protection. I have replaced a helmet for that reason. Why did it de-laminate? It could have been age (the helmet's, not mine!), but I doubt it as I know it was abuse. Yes it had had some proper falls, but it was mainly multiple impacts from overhanging branches, banging about in the back of the car, dropping it onto gravel paths and so forth.
  • joshy2joshy2 Posts: 19
    Thanks everyone - all very helpful!
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