Throw away my new $400. helmet?

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I've been reading that you should not re-use a helmet after it has
hit the ground hard. I have a 2 month old helmet and crashed hard enough to bruise my forehead. How can you tell if the hemet should be used again or not?
 

Sawblade

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Contact the manufacture of the helmet you purchased to see if they do safety inspection of helmets.
 

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Originally posted by singletracker500
Do you know any medical people? If you do, have them x-ray it for you. That will show stress cracks.
Interesting suggestion. While you're at it, have 'em x-ray your head too. :)
 

GlowMe

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Better safe than sorry. Replace the helmet. If you fell on it hard enough to bruise your forehead then you should replace it. Look at what happened to Cobrakid. I have ridden road bikes for many years and I can tell you that my head and life are worth more than $400.00. Yes, an x-ray can tell you the condition of the fiberglass shell, but it cannot tell you the condition of the Styrofoam inside. Even looking at it will not tell you that. Double check by contacting the manufacturer and let them know what happened. But I will bet you that they will tell you to buy a new helmet.
:think ;)
 
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#8
How about kill two birds with one stone and just wear your helmet to the X-ray? ;) Most helmet manufactures will test the helmet for you (Im not sure how biased an opinion it will be) Also, it depends how you landed, if you landed face first and just broke the visor then chances are it didn't suffer any damages. But better safe than sorry.
 

biglou

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Mudrider-Be safe, man. Don't take a chance. I've got an old Simpson Model 95 that sits on my mantle, opposite my official KC Chiefs helmet. Still has the blood in it from 1985. They make very cool bookends and conversation pieces!
 
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Shell damage is not the reason that you replace a helmet, after a hard impact. Internal compression of the foam/liner is what decreases the impact absorption qualities of a helmet, after an impact. The damage can't be felt or easily detected.

IF you bruised your forehead against the inside of your helmet, then the foam IS compressed and any future impacts to that area will have almost zero cushion effect for your head, possibly resulting in a fractured skull or at the very least a severe concussion.


Frame it, Hang it, or Throw it Away, but DON'T wear it.
 

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It sucks, it happened to me in January. 4 rides on the helmet - Gone. Better safe than dead, or senseless.
 

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mudrider,

No one has asked this yet, but what were you attempting to do, or clear that you hit your head so hard to bruise it? Just curious.
 
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Ok, this is what happened.
I was riding my new KTM 200MXC for the second time and practicing at a moto-x track. The bike felt so good and I was riding smooth and fast. I was coming down a fast down hill with a couple of step-off jumps. I hit the first jump and that back end fish tailed. I thought there would be no problem but when I landed I lost control and just thought to myself "this is going to hurt".
Next thing I new that I was nealing on the side of the track and my whole body was in pain. My right arm was broken and my left shoulder was seperated, and my head hurt. I don't know exactly how I hit my head but I had a black eye and my forhead was bruised with a couple of cuts.
The front rim on my bike was wrapped around the forks and sub frame bent.

Ok, I will by a new helmet. I can't wait to race in 5 more weeks!;)
I checked the rebound setting on the rear afterwards and it was about 8 clicks too soft. I think is was part of my problem.
 
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