Oct 3, 2008

How to care for your helmet

How To Care For Your Helmet

While your helmet is designed to absorb the impact of an accident, it is important to replace it after significant impact. Such stress results in cracks and unseen structural damage that could compromise protection on the next impact. Because damage to a helmet is not easy to spot, manufacturers recommend that you replace your helmet after 5 years when UV light and weathering have weakened the helmet's structure.

Helmet Care Tips

- Avoid suspending your helmet from handlebars or brake levers. This may cause accidental dents and scratches.

- It is best to keep your helmet on your head even during short rest stops.

- When not wearing your helmet, keep it in a protected area such as a shelf or closet.

- It is best to store your helmet in the box in which it came or a nylon gear bag.

- Do not toss your helmet in the back seat or trunk of a car, especially on hot days. The helmet may be damaged if it rolls or is subjeted to high temperatures.

- Do not use petroleum-based solvents or automotive wax to clean or polish your helmet. These chemicals may destroy the helmet. Always use water-soluble cleansers.

- Helmets with worn or frayed straps should be replaced.


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