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The right time to replace your helmet is dependent on a number of factors. First, anytime you have crashed and hit your head, regardless if the helmet appears to be broken or not, you should replace it. The reason is that the foam that is a core part of the helmet is designed to be used once. Once the helmet has been in a crash, the foam can no longer offer the appropriate degree of protection. This would apply to crashes were you can see dents in the shell or marks on the helmet. If you just tapped your head, the helmet should be fine.

Many people that have experienced a crash will be reluctant to replace their helmet, especially if it looks perfectly fine. Just remember, if you hit hard enough, that foam is going to split apart should you be in another accident, thus providing little to no protection. If you are not sure about your particular helmet, contact the manufacturer and ask.

Another consideration for replacement would be if your helmet were constructed during the 1970's. This is important since helmets during this time did not have the foam liner. The foam that would warrant a replacement would include Pro-tec, which is spongy foam, Skidlid, another type of spongy foam, and Brancale, which are the leather helmets that have no foam at all. While these helmets may have some nostalgia and look "cool", if you were to be in an accident, you could suffer severe damage to your head.

Some of the helmets designed in the 1970's were okay. However, they were still not up to today's standards. If you have a Bailen, MSR, Bell Biker, Supergo, or other similar models from this era, it is time to get a new, safer helmet. The problem with these helmets is not the hard shell, but the lack of or the wrong type of foam. The foam is simply not thick enough for adequate protection.

If your helmet is more recent, look for the sticker on the inside and view the standards associated with that particular helmet. If the helmet is a Snell or ASTM, then it meets the current standards. However, if not, you should consider a replacement. The majority of manufactures are now recommending that any helmet older than five years should be replaced with a newer one, which is a good guideline to follow. Remember that your health and safety come over appearance and style.
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