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    How long should a helmet last?

    I haven't ridden in several years and now I'm back into it. I have a Specialized helmet that has a build date of 2000, it has never had any damage and looks good.
    Do helmets expire?

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    if it was stored in the sun or a hot invironment , its prob no good, otherwise its foam & plastic and should last forever. unless its been dropped

    basicly its a cooler shaped to fit your head

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    every 3-5 years you should replace it. UV degrades the foam and bonding agents, plus you'll get a better helmet for the same money as trickle down happens fairly quickly in helmets.
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    I'd say 3-5 years of normal use.

    The major exception being if you have been in a wreck with it. The material is designed to be destroyed instead of your melon, so obviously it's not reusable afterwards.

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    I guess it's better safe than sorry, I would hate to crash and find out that it had damage that I didn't see.
    I'm looking at the Bell Deleruim. Anyone else use this helment and do you like it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoVA_JB
    I haven't ridden in several years and now I'm back into it. I have a Specialized helmet that has a build date of 2000, it has never had any damage and looks good.
    Do helmets expire?

    helmets last until you break them. Photo-degradation of the helmet is a myth.

    that said, fitting systems have gotten a lot better in recent years; helmets are better at staying where they belong in a crash than they used to be. also, I personally have never gone more than a few years without dropping my helmet, or dropping something on it... IME there's a chance you've done something to compromise the helmet, without realizing or maybe remembering it.

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    My last Specialized helmet (actually, my wife's) had a nice "replacement required" indicator built right in to the shell. Maybe yours has one. It looks like this:

    <img src="https://www.booboodog.net/images/annescrackedhelmet.jpg">
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