How often should you change your bike helmet?

bike helmets

A bike helmet is a protective headgear. They are made of hard plastic to cover the head in case the rider falls. Bike helmets are an important part of safety gear for cyclists. Not wearing a helmet can lead to serious injuries or even death in some cases.

A bike helmet is a wear and tear item, and it only has a certain lifespan for it to stay effective. Bike helmets should be changed every 5 years.

Introduction: Why it’s Important to Replace Your Helmet

Bike helmets are important pieces of safety equipment that save lives. Helmets protect the head and brain in the event of an accident while riding a bike. With so many accidents happening on the road, it is important to wear a helmet.

But with time, helmets take damage and will need to be replaced after about five years of usage. The lifespan of a helmet ranges from 3-5 years depending on the type you purchase and how often you use it. How often you use the helmet and the conditions will ultimately dictate how often you need to change your helmet.

How Frequently Should You Replace Your Bike Helmet?

You should replace your helmet every five years or when it is damaged.

The EPS foam of a helmet can slowly deteriorate. The EPS foam is what absorbs most of the impact during the collision. It makes sense to get a new helmet when the foam has deteriorated or when it has been damaged in some way, so that you are not putting yourself at risk.

If it’s been a bit since you bought a bike helmet last, review my writeup on how to pick the best helmets and what to look for like MIPS ratings and such.  All you need to do is know the size of your head and you’re off picking off your shiny new bike helmet.

What If My Helmet Isn’t Worn Everyday?

It is understandable that some cyclists may not be wearing their helmet every day, but they should replace it after six months of regular use. A helmet should still be replaced because the foam deteriorates over time.

Bike helmets are made with a protective foam that can get worn down or degraded over time, so replacing your helmet is necessary if you use it very often or not at all.

The foam protection in helmets can wear out over time, even if the wearer is not using their helmet often. Replacing helmets after 6 months of regular use is important to ensure your head stays safe on the road.

What Happens if You Don’t Change it Every Year?

The main reason why helmet laws are enforced is to protect the safety of the rider. A rider should be responsible for his safety and not depend on some piece of equipment that may not protect him or her in an accident.

There are cases where riders don’t want to change their helmets because they have some sentimental value to them. But, if you have had a head injury, you should definitely invest in a new helmet as your first priority.

The materials of your helmet will wear out with use. Helmets can last anywhere from three to five years depending on the material they are made up of.

If you use your helmet past the recommended period, in an accident it may not protect your head injury.  Think back to how fast you get moving on your xc bike and I think it’s pretty clear just how important protecting the ol’ noggin is. Bike helmets can be expensive if you get a well-made model, but keep in mind the reason you are buying it.

The Old Saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is Never More True Than when it Comes to Brain Injuries from Cycling

We should always be prepared for the worst to happen to avoid any accidents that may occur. It is important to know when it is time to replace your bike helmet so that you are even safer on your next ride.  With mountain biking, you need to have safe equipment and be prepared with your biking gear so you can have a safe and fun ride.

Stay safe and keep riding!