What is the general concensus for the lifing of helmets?
Obviously if involved in a serious crash the helmet should be a write off. But if the helmet has been kept in good condition, and not knocked around, how long should you hold onto one before its time to retire it?
If all the cover is gone, and the foam is a dirty grey and starting to shred, and the straps are frayed, and there isn't any padding left, maybe it's time.
No joke, see it all the time. Just not on roadies :-)
Yep check for cracks too
If a helmet has been used a lot and put in a shed for 5+ years would you really put it on your head?
Keep it until a new shinier, sexier models comes on the market,or your favourite pro team change kit sponsors.
from memory its every three years
That's what Giro recommend for their helmets although don't know if that's for any structural reason due to degradation by UV rays etc, or only marketing to make sure you keep buying them.
Unless it has been sitting in the sun/elements the whole time, modern helmets should last significantly longer than that in my opinion.
The 1995 Snell B-95 standard proposed a five year lifespan for example.
Not going to recognise you with a road helmet and 4 weeks of "growth" Craig!
Craig, I got a Fox Flux last year in dark grey. Liked the dappled white / grey but unavailable as end of stock. Which colour did you get?
What is the lifespan of a helmet? Think it also depends on how often you ride and how, e.g. a fair weather cyclist or ride in all weather extremes.
Bicycle Helmets are governed by Australian Standards, specifically:
And from that description:
The third dot-point is of course somewhat vague, given that such helmets are typically made of polystyrene... A little googling and regular polystyrene is not at all UV resistant but can be made so with additives.
As above 5yrs is a recommendation as a use by date, and/or fading or yellowing if such discolouration occurs.