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Question about my helmet - February 21, 2006, 11:36 AM

So last summer after I sold my bike I decided to hold on to my gear since I knew I would be getting another bike eventually. While I was moving I stored my gear at someone's house. Since I just bought a bike recently, I went to get my gear back and found out they had stored my helmets in an unheated shed. My question is, are the helmets scrap now that they've been in the cold for a few months?

I'm afraid I may already know the answer...


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February 21, 2006, 11:46 AM

Hmm, I don't think there's anything wrong with storing a helmet in a garage... if there is then I'm screwed because I always leave my helmets in my unheated garage.


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February 21, 2006, 11:47 AM

Same here -- I've never heard of any problems with it.
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February 21, 2006, 11:49 AM

Awesome, appreciate the info.


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February 21, 2006, 12:26 PM

Tires could have issues but from what I've found helmets should be replaced every 5 years (guideline) and checked if they are dropped. Having the helmet in a garage will not cause damage, if so we'd have issues riding in the winter where the helmet would be subject to cold weather, rain, and other elements.

So...in a garage where temps change, you should be fine!


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February 21, 2006, 12:48 PM

I would check them for structural integrity:
1) Find a good brick wall or a solid fence
2) Bring a 5th of captain morgans spiced rum and some sprite, preferably cold (Ice may be substituted)
3) One pack of lucky strike unfiltered cigarettes
4) The helmets in question

a) Consume as much of the 5th as possible in-transit
b) sparking a lucky strike is optional at this point
c) strap on the helmet(s) in question
d) Run for the wall at a minimum of twenty paces away at full gate, head first

If you find yourself able to light a lucky strike unfiltered cigarette after impact you may consider the helmet "fit for use" (due to the dubious structural integrity of the helmet following the impact of the test, you may need to repeat this process in order to "retest" the helmet)

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I would check them for structural integrity:
1) Find a good brick wall or a solid fence
2) Bring a 5th of captain morgans spiced rum and some sprite, preferably cold (Ice may be substituted)
3) One pack of lucky strike unfiltered cigarettes
4) The helmets in question

a) Consume as much of the 5th as possible in-transit
b) sparking a lucky strike is optional at this point
c) strap on the helmet(s) in question
d) Run for the wall at a minimum of twenty paces away at full gate, head first

If you find yourself able to light a lucky strike unfiltered cigarette after impact you may consider the helmet "fit for use" (due to the dubious structural integrity of the helmet following the impact of the test, you may need to repeat this process in order to "retest" the helmet)

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I would check them for structural integrity:
1) Find a good brick wall or a solid fence
2) Bring a 5th of captain morgans spiced rum and some sprite, preferably cold (Ice may be substituted)
3) One pack of lucky strike unfiltered cigarettes
4) The helmets in question

a) Consume as much of the 5th as possible in-transit
b) sparking a lucky strike is optional at this point
c) strap on the helmet(s) in question
d) Run for the wall at a minimum of twenty paces away at full gate, head first

If you find yourself able to light a lucky strike unfiltered cigarette after impact you may consider the helmet "fit for use" (due to the dubious structural integrity of the helmet following the impact of the test, you may need to repeat this process in order to "retest" the helmet)

Good Luck!!!
Great idea! What could go wrong?


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A while back and i'm not sure where i heard it or saw it. But, i did hear it was bad to leave your helmet out in a freezing garage. I do know alot of people that do it anyways. Maybe try to contact the helmet manufacturer or a local shop that you trust. I believe it should be okay; however, i bring mine inside all the time there is nothing worst then putting your helmet on and finding a big azzz spider in it.


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A while back and i'm not sure where i heard it or saw it. But, i did hear it was bad to leave your helmet out in a freezing garage. I do know alot of people that do it anyways. Maybe try to contact the helmet manufacturer or a local shop that you trust. I believe it should be okay; however, i bring mine inside all the time there is nothing worst then putting your helmet on and finding a big azzz spider in it.
Do you think a helmet manufacturer will try to throw the company line at him and tell him its best to replace the helmet, regardless of whether it's neccesary or not?


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I would check them for structural integrity:
1) Find a good brick wall or a solid fence
2) Bring a 5th of captain morgans spiced rum and some sprite, preferably cold (Ice may be substituted)
3) One pack of lucky strike unfiltered cigarettes
4) The helmets in question

a) Consume as much of the 5th as possible in-transit
b) sparking a lucky strike is optional at this point
c) strap on the helmet(s) in question
d) Run for the wall at a minimum of twenty paces away at full gate, head first

If you find yourself able to light a lucky strike unfiltered cigarette after impact you may consider the helmet "fit for use" (due to the dubious structural integrity of the helmet following the impact of the test, you may need to repeat this process in order to "retest" the helmet)

Good Luck!!!


seriously, i'd think you're good to go... the only thing you should worry about is dry-rot... the liner breaks down after a couple of years, but that's whether it's in a climate-controlled environment or not...


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February 22, 2006, 10:37 PM

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Do you think a helmet manufacturer will try to throw the company line at him and tell him its best to replace the helmet, regardless of whether it's neccesary or not?
Some of the better brands can inspect the shell for damage, but you don't know if they'll reject due to sales pressure. Contact a reputable local dealer that carries your brand and ask them to refer you.
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