5 important helmet tips
1. Wash the pads weekely
The most common problem with helmets is hygiene. You sweat into the helmet and if its not cleaned the bacteria builds up and has direct contect with your head. It a great opportunity to expose yourself to problems infections in your hair follicles and the spread of bacterie through your hads.
2. Alternate your pads
Get a second pad set and alternate them on days - think of your helmet pads like your socks and undies - you have more than one pair so your can keep them clean. When racing the Cape Epic in 2016, I took a pad set for every stage. A clean set of pads is awesome when racing day after day.
3. Check your helmet for internal cracks regularly
Small cracks that are invisible are easily identified. If you drop your helmet even from a small height, say it falls off the table at coffee, inspect it for cranks. Hold the helmet upside down with one hand on each side and use pressure to try and open it out (push outwards on the helmet) - any small cracks will readily appear and show you what looks like a good helmet is entirely broken - its just the outer skeleton keeping it in tack.
4. Replace your helmet regularly or after a crash
They are not really designed to last a lifetime. While they won't wear out as fast as your chains, cassettes and tires they do suffer wear and tear in a different form. UV and temperature changes and small knocks have a wearing effect on the integrity of the foam shell which changes its capacity to do the job when its loaded and you need it to work. I replace my helmets after 2 years and you should if you expsoe your helmet to the elements frequently. Maybe 3 years if you ride a little less. If you have a crash and hit your head, replace the helmet. Its designed to do its job.
5. Check and replace your retention system
Most good helmets have a replaceable retention system and they suffer wear and tear as they are adjusted. They are also lightweight and potentially fragile. Replace these regularly as they fatigue.
Visit us for a helmet inspection and we can show you how to care for your helmet, what to look for and what needs replacing.