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      Best Bike Helmet for Adults and Youth Edmonton Alberta Canada

      When and Why you Should Replace your Bike Helmet

      Replacing your bike helmet at the appropriate time is the key to protecting yourself when you ride. In fact, not replacing your bike helmet after significant wear or an impact can render it almost helpless at protecting your head from a fall, which incredibly important to know just when to replace your bike helmet.

      Although there is no universal rule or moment in time where you HAVE to replace your helmet ―we think that using the following tips as a guidelines to ensure your helmet is still offering the protection you need will help keep you riding safely.

      Helmet Life at a Glance

      As a general rule, most companies and regulatory bodies recommend helmets that are worn frequently should be replaced every 3 to 5 years. The reasoning here is that the inner foam of the helmet that protects against impacts begins to degrade as a result of sun exposure, heat, sweat and other environmental factors. That being said, if your helmet is sitting unused in a closet for a couple of years, there is no need to run out and replace it immediately, but it is always important to remind yourself that just because a bike helmet looks and seems okay, doesn’t mean it is still providing adequate protection.  

      Have you Fallen?

      There is one hard rule when it comes to helmets regardless of age, wear, or lifetime― if you crash while wearing your helmet, you should replace it immediately. This is because bike helmets are single-use safety devices. Once you compress the foam within the bike helmet’s plastic shell, it can no longer protect you from any further impact. Even if your helmet appears to be fine―With no visible cracks, scuffs, or damage, it is still paramount that you replace it! Exterior appearance has no bearing on what has occurred within the bike helmet and how it has effected the protective properties.

      This holds true whether your helmet is 20 years old or you just bought it yesterday, so always ensure that this rule takes priority over any other factor to do with your helmet. Bike helmets can be expensive, and replacing them after a crash can maybe seem like overkill, but we promise you there is no better investment than protecting the health of your brain.  

      A Few Other Factors to Keep an Eye On

      Although the integrity of the protective foam lining of a bike helmet is one of the largest areas of protection, there are still a number of other factors that should be monitored to ensure maximum safety. Take a look at the following aspects of your helmet today to make sure you're still being protected!

      Does your Helmet Still Fit Snug?

      To truly protect you the way they are intended to, bike helmet's must fit your head snug the day you buy them, as well as throughout their entire lifetime. If pieces of your helmet wear or breakdown over time and begin to affect the fit, you are no longer going to be protecting at the maximum level.

      Some key areas to monitor here are the chin strap, buckles, and adjustment pieces at the rear of the helmet. Basically, if you can’t tighten a strap or a fastener because the adjusters have broken, or if the chin strap is flailing around loosely because a piece has broken off, the helmet is going to do a sub-par job at best of protecting you. If you are experiencing this situation―you guessed it, it's time for you to invest in another helmet.

      As a general rule, if ANY part of the retention system is worn out—the dial doesn’t ratchet, the foam inserts have lost their loft, or you find any issues that prevent you from keeping the helmet from moving around on your head—it's time to replace that helmet. At the end of the day helmet can work properly only if it fits and stays in place.

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      Now you Know - Time to Evaluate your Bike Helmet!

      Our biggest fear is that the majority of people don't know about how important it is to replace your bike helmet over time or after a crash.

      Now that you know a few of these basic rules of thumb, make sure to evaluate your bike helmet frequently and ensure that:

      • You purchased it in the last 3 to 5 years
      • It still fits your head snug & all of its pieces are in working order, and
      • If you have ever experienced an impact when wearing your current helmet - you are throwing it away and getting a new one immediately!

      Still have questions? Drop by our Edmonton store today or send us a message online. One of our experienced bike experts will gladly assist you and get you into the best bike helmet for your needs!

      In addition to helmets, we also carry a wide range of other bike accessories and bike apparel, so you can stock up on all of your riding needs, all in one convenient stop.

      Best Bike Helmet for Adults and Youth Edmonton Alberta Canada