Helmets do deteriorate over time. To get the best out of your helmet …take care of it  Do regular checks of your helmet so you can understand when you may need to replace your helmet. 

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Inspect/Check your Bike Helmet

Shell –  Look for cracks or abrasions.  Are there any cracked edges. Check for fading, UV exposure can make the shell brittle.  Any compromise to the integrity of the shell will mean it may not hold together in an impact.

Liner – The foam. Press carefully over the shell of the helmet to see if there is any movement. Some helmets there will be no movement others a little movement, you are looking for any area that there is a variation in movement compared to the rest of the helmet. An area of greater movement indicates damage to the foam under the shell. Turn over the helmet and check the liner for cracks or compressed foam. If you suspect any area of compression check and measure the thickness of the foam at the same spot on the other side of the helmet.

Straps/buckles/clips and fasteners –  check for wear and tear. Any loose stitching or fraying. Check buckles/clips and fasteners do they work and hold – buckle or fasten and then give them good forceful tugs and twists to check they don’t come apart. Think about the force they would be under during an impact or multiple impacts eg car and road. You want to  mimic that force, you need to know that they will work to keep that helmet securely on your head in an impact.

Key point: All foams immediately or eventually deteriorate under impact. This is why it is suggested you never buy a secondhand helmet and you replace your helmet following impact. An accidental drop of your helmet is unlikely to cause damage however it is a good idea to avoid dropping your helmet due to the potential damage. Hard to get the kids working with you on that one but giving them some information and understanding of why it is important, helps.

Check the outside and the inside of your helmet. Make sure everything is in quality condition 

Storing your Bike Helmet

Store in a safe place directly away from sunlight. We suggest to avoid hanging your helmet up by the straps. This will help avoid the position of the straps moving. Requiring you to adjust the helmet less. Store it in a secure place where it is not likely to fall if it is knocked; a shelf or a helmet bag. Over the handle bars is fraught with danger and damage.

Cleaning your Bike Helmet

Not an item that needs cleaning as regularly as your bike itself however helmets can start to store dirt and grit that may effect their performance especially the buckles and fasteners.  So its a good idea to check now and then and add to your cleaning routine when required. The Helmet can be washed in soapy water and if the pads are removable you can machine wash them on a gentle cycle but do not tumble dry.

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