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Offline nojslokin

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When to replace my crash helmet and the flippin' 5 year rule!
« on: December 05, 2020, 02:52:50 PM »
I've done a lot of googling on this one and keep seeing the predictable '5 year rule' but, what if your helmet is over 5 years old and has hardly been used?  I bought a new HJC full-face in 2014 and only did around 500 miles with it, before I sold my bike.  I've just bought a new bike after 5 years off the road, so dug out my HJC. It is, as you would expect, in perfect condition and looks new to be honest. It's never been dropped or been exposed to any chemicals....and all the other stuff they tell you to be aware of.  So it's certainly not had 5 years of use, probably about 20 hours of use in total...and has been stored in its box, in a cupboard for the last 5 years.

So, it pains me to have to buy a new helmet, when the HJC is so 'unused' but I do of course understand you can't put a price on safety.  Any thoughts anyone?  What would you do?

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Re: When to replace my crash helmet and the flippin' 5 year rule!
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2020, 04:56:16 PM »
I think you've answered it yourself.
Helmets dont suddenly get to be 5 years and 1 day old and fall apart.
Any deterioration is gradual over time and depends on multiple factors.
Personally I would be more than happy to wear it if it has been stored as you say. Extreme heat will affect the polystyrene inner shell, sunlight and chemicals the outer shell.
When I was commuting daily, I had a new visor each year and changed my helmet every three years.
Give it a good looking at and make your choice.
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Re: When to replace my crash helmet and the flippin' 5 year rule!
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2020, 05:11:20 PM »
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Re: When to replace my crash helmet and the flippin' 5 year rule!
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2020, 12:33:52 AM »
The foam that absorbs energy in event of a fall/crash begins breaking down from day one. More if exposed to heat, chemicals in the garage (fuel vapors, etc.) that is why manufactures suggest replacement every 5 years and racing organizations will not allow you to compete in a helmet that is 5 years or older.

I look at it this way... I buy a $700 helmet and the manufacturer says "Replace after 5 Years" for $150 a year it is good advice and insurance to replace the helmet. Goes back to the old saying... If you have a $50 head buy a $50 helmet.
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Re: When to replace my crash helmet and the flippin' 5 year rule!
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2020, 04:20:35 AM »
Definitely cheap ‘insurance’

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Re: When to replace my crash helmet and the flippin' 5 year rule!
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2021, 06:15:37 PM »
*Originally Posted by SnoDrtRider [+]
The foam that absorbs energy in event of a fall/crash begins breaking down from day one. More if exposed to heat, chemicals in the garage (fuel vapors, etc.) that is why manufactures suggest replacement every 5 years and racing organizations will not allow you to compete in a helmet that is 5 years or older.

I look at it this way... I buy a $700 helmet and the manufacturer says "Replace after 5 Years" for $150 a year it is good advice and insurance to replace the helmet. Goes back to the old saying... If you have a $50 head buy a $50 helmet.

Very well said. Helmet is the one thing I wouldn't skimp on. Buy the best helmet you can afford, and handle it per the manufacturer's instructions.

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Re: When to replace my crash helmet and the flippin' 5 year rule!
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2021, 02:35:29 PM »
My replacements have been rather more phasing out/in periods. Every few years I've been getting the hankering to 'try' another helmet/style out and the previous helmet starts to get used less and less.
As for the fear of falling...learn to love and cherish the experience. You want it. You need it. You can't wait for the next hit.

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Re: When to replace my crash helmet and the flippin' 5 year rule!
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2021, 06:41:29 PM »
I personally wouldn't bother about using a lightly used and correctly stored helmet for in excess of 5 years.
It's your choice of course but I'm sure these recommendations have  an element of Sales input as well as just safety.

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Re: When to replace my crash helmet and the flippin' 5 year rule!
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2021, 09:33:18 PM »
*Originally Posted by purds [+]
I personally wouldn't bother about using a lightly used and correctly stored helmet for in excess of 5 years.
It's your choice of course but I'm sure these recommendations have  an element of Sales input as well as just safety.

If you race cars or bikes the safety rules are no helmets over 5 years old. Go through tech with an out of date helmet and you go back to the pits...
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