How long is too long with the same helmet? If it’s my helmet, it was 6 months ago. The bike helmet is the most important piece of equipment a cyclist has. Caring for you helmet is simple, but very important. Here are some basics:
- Wash your helmet if you sweat. Most newer cyclists don’t realize what a bacteria festival the bicycle helmet is. A little dish soap, warm soapy water, air dry thoroughly.
- If you crash, replace your helmet immediately. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t crack, you weren’t injured, the helmet looks brand new. A crash= immediate replacement.
Last summer I took a friend mountain biking. She’s new to the sport. She fell and crashed, and her helmet saved her from a serious head injury. She was traveling less than 2 mph, it was a freak fall, and it cracked her helmet in two and she escaped with a minor concussion and some scrapes and bruises. So, it goes without saying , but I’ll say it anyway. WEAR YOUR HELMET.
It’s the washing that throws some newer riders off. I’m pretty good about washing my helmet regularly, but there comes a day when it just can’t help things. My helmet should have been replaced a while ago, but money’s been tight and I’ve put it off. I’ll come clean. My helmet stinks. It’s gross, and tonight I finally ordered a new helmet. I’m sticking with my traditional red/black and sometimes white color scheme. Old habits die hard.
I’m looking forward to when it arrives–I’m tired of the funky smell after a hot ride. Yes, that gross, even with frequent washing. Normally I would have just paid the 50 bucks for it sooner–but I was watching my finances and it seemed like a sacrifice that I could live with. Once it arrives, the old helmet will be retired like so many others before.