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    Dented Helmet - When to get a new one...

    I took a fall and didn't even realize that I hit my head/helmet on the rocks..... When I got home and wiped the helmet of i noticed a chunk, about the size of half a penny, missing and an inprint, about 1mm and the size of a penny.

    Is the integrity of the helmet compromised? Do I need to get a new one? It seems still sturdy and fits like it used to, but if I don't have to spend $100 for another helmet I won't, if I do, i guess I have to.

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    The integrity of the helmet has been compromised. If it were mine, I would buy a new one. After all, the price of the helmet is very small compared to brain damage.

    You could ask the manufacturer but I'm sure they'd tell you to buy a new one.

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    If you take a hit and think "oh man, I'm glad I had a helmet on", then it's likely time to get a new one.
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    That's what I thought.... $100 for a new helmet is a bunch cheaper than a catscan...

    I didn't even realized i hit my head because i was all bruised up on my hip and both legs. I guess the helmet helped me bike out of the woods and get home. I have to rethink using the helmet out on the paved trails as well as I usually don't. In the woods or any type of off-roading i do wear a helmet, always.

    Thanks for the input...

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    I have a Trek helmet that cost about $80, and there is a warranty on it that says if I ding it I can return it for a replacement. Can't remember If that is for a year or two or lifetime. I'll have to check when I get home. Might be worth checking out the website for whatever helmet you might have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevKaos
    I have a Trek helmet that cost about $80, and there is a warranty on it that says if I ding it I can return it for a replacement. Can't remember If that is for a year or two or lifetime. I'll have to check when I get home. Might be worth checking out the website for whatever helmet you might have.
    I don't have all the Trek helmets in front of me right now, but the models I've looked at specify a three-year life (they need to be replaced every three years). I would imagine this is the term of the warranty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thirdrawn
    I don't have all the Trek helmets in front of me right now, but the models I've looked at specify a three-year life (they need to be replaced every three years). I would imagine this is the term of the warranty.
    Let me see if I understand. On the ones you are looking at, they are covered for three years. If you have a fall and ding them, they "should" replace it and if nothing happens within that three years, the consumer should probably plan on replacing it themselves? That is kind of how I understood it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daleksic
    I took a fall and didn't even realize that I hit my head/helmet on the rocks..... When I got home and wiped the helmet of i noticed a chunk, about the size of half a penny, missing and an inprint, about 1mm and the size of a penny.

    Is the integrity of the helmet compromised? Do I need to get a new one? It seems still sturdy and fits like it used to, but if I don't have to spend $100 for another helmet I won't, if I do, i guess I have to.
    Yes, the integrity of the helmet is shot. I was told that the safety rating is only until you crash on it. Most manufacturers like Fox, Giro, etc offer some sort of replacement program. Giro will give you 30% off the purchase of a new helmet. I think it's a good investment to replace your dinged up helmet.

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    100 bucks is cheap....buy new one
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Helmet vs Brain? Cheap!

    Brother, even if you throw down your brain bucket on the parking lot after a crappy ride it's done. Check online with headgear makers-ANY hard impact requires a replacement if you want to get back to full protection. Your brain-do what you want-but I'd recommend replacment without question (yeah, 100 bucks is a lot to me too, but what ya gonna do?) Be glad you had one on and are still walking upright. Peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by daleksic
    I took a fall and didn't even realize that I hit my head/helmet on the rocks..... When I got home and wiped the helmet of i noticed a chunk, about the size of half a penny, missing and an inprint, about 1mm and the size of a penny.

    Is the integrity of the helmet compromised? Do I need to get a new one? It seems still sturdy and fits like it used to, but if I don't have to spend $100 for another helmet I won't, if I do, i guess I have to.


    I had the same thing happen a few years back, Sent it to giro they sent me a replacment for a discounted price. not sure if they still do that but I would call the manufacture of your helment and check.

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