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    I guess we don't fix things in the USA

    I have a Giro E2 helmet. Okay, maybe after 2 years it should be replaced, but it's in great shape and only needs a pad kit. So I do an Internet search and find, with a few exceptions, US websites don't carry pad kits, and none for an E2. So if I want a pad kit I have to pay shipping from Britain. I also have a Blackburn mini-pump where the reversible gasket won't hold a schrader valve anymore, so I went looking for a rebuild kit. Again, lots of web stores in Britain, but nothing in the US. What's with that?
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    Looks like you can call Giro and get new pads, see this blog:

    http://www.calnan-web.com/weblog/200...pneumo-helmet/

    And I would call Blackburn, Lifetime Warranty:

    http://www.blackburndesign.com/support.html

    Blackburn has sent out a new gasket to me before.

    Hope this helps
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    Dude, call Giro and they will send for free. I did this a month ago and they didnt even ask me to pay sipping...

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    good CS at Giro

    A couple months back I busted the retention system in my Giro Xen. I contacted their customer service who were polite and responsive and had a new retention strap mailed to me at no cost within 10 days.
    It's worth an email or call to find out. Worse case scenario they'll tell you where the closest available pads are.
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    Thanks! I've got an email into Giro; I'll let you know what happens.

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    I had to replace the pads on my Bell with new pads from an old helmet. Zero dinero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    I had to replace the pads on my Bell with new pads from an old helmet. Zero dinero.
    The best way to fix things... reuse/recycle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    The best way to fix things... reuse/recycle!
    And the older pads were NOS in their bag. Crack it open = new pads.

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    Looks like we complain a lot before finding the facts in the USA also.

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    dood

    Helmet pads? That would suck to have to pay to SIP. Just ask and all is good. There are people out there beyond the internet.

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    Any LBS will give you some new ones from an outdated helmet - just cut to fit, and buy a toob - then all is well and unicorns will temporarily stop killin' kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    Any LBS will give you some new ones from an outdated helmet - just cut to fit, and buy a toob - then all is well and unicorns will temporarily stop killin' kids.
    Giro pad kits are pretty unique.
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    So is it a singlespeed helmet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumbox
    So is it a singlespeed helmet?
    Pretty much..
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    Well, my bad on this one. Turns out the USA websites don't sell Giro helmet kits and Blackburn pump kits because both those companies supply those items for free. I just received an email from Giro to tell me the helmet pad kit is on the way. How's that for customer service?
    Just one more rep and I get the toaster!

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    Throw that old skid lid and pump into the trash, and buy some new ones. The LBS and the economy will thank you.

    I'm sure you'll get comped in the cash for clunkers program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by octotat
    Throw that old skid lid and pump into the trash, and buy some new ones. The LBS and the economy will thank you.

    I'm sure you'll get comped in the cash for clunkers program.
    And how much better off are you since the Obama Stimulus Plan forked out 700 billion (at least with Bush I got a check).
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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    And how much better off are you since the Obama Stimulus Plan forked out 700 billion (at least with Bush I got a check).
    Move to Australia, our stimulus package worked a treat.

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    If Giro helmets suck as much as their gloves I would never trust one to protect my head.
    Nobody cares...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel
    If Giro helmets suck as much as their gloves I would never trust one to protect my head.
    Giro is a maker of helmets; if you want gloves buy them from Fox.
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    Helmets are throw away bits. Crash and hit your lid, the integrity is compromised. I could be making this up, but the helmet material compresses over time and won't provide the same protection. In the motorcycling world, helmet life is supposed to be around 3-5 years of use...

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Helmets are throw away bits. Crash and hit your lid, the integrity is compromised. I could be making this up, but the helmet material compresses over time and won't provide the same protection. In the motorcycling world, helmet life is supposed to be around 3-5 years of use...
    With bike helmets the foam material is comprimised by sweat and UV rays; it should be replaced every 1 -5 years depending how much you ride. Motorcycles helmets have an epoxy/urethane coating that cures over 3-5 years. As it hardens it becomes brittle and can not withstand impacts; it should be replaced 3-5 years regardless of use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    With bike helmets the foam material is comprimised by sweat and UV rays; it should be replaced every 1 -5 years depending how much you ride. Motorcycles helmets have an epoxy/urethane coating that cures over 3-5 years. As it hardens it becomes brittle and can not withstand impacts; it should be replaced 3-5 years regardless of use.
    My favorite thing from helmet manufacturers is their sweeping generalizations on helmet replacement. In Oregon I don't get a ton of UV rays, but I do get a lot of sweat and rain and I use my helmet every day of the year, so maybe a change every year?

    Luckily, motorcycle helmet replacement is a lot easier to figure out, as I tend to crash and scuff up a helmet on a roughly three year cycle.

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