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When to replace a bike helmet?

Words by Cycles UK

on 16/03/2021 15:31:54

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A cycling helmet is generally good for around 5 years, after that you will want to replace it. This is because the polystyrene foam that protects you degrades over time, mainly as a result of UV exposure to sunlight.

Of course you should also change your helmet if you have a crash or even a small tumble because even a small hit could compromise the helmet's performance. Many brands offer a crash replacement service on helmets where you can get a discount on a new helmet after an accident.

To preserve your helmet, always store it safely. For instance, chucking your helmet in the boot of your car after a ride to bump around on the journey home could weaken your helmet, making it less likely to protect you.

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