How & When to Replace a Mountain Bike Helmet

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One mountain bike helmet isn't going to last you for the rest of your life, no matter how much money you spend on it. Find out how and when to replace a mountain bike helmet with help from a two-time state track champion in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Tony Zaldua. I work for Budget Pro Bicycles in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California and I'm here to explain when to replace your mountain bike helmet. So, after about three or four years of use you'll find you are sweating and there is some chipping and there might even be some cracks like this one is an old one, just almost three years old. There's a bit of cracking here and there on the other side, because sometimes you drop your helmet and you know, you never know, you throw it in the trunk and it bounces around and so you have to check for cracks everywhere and the main thing to look for is the hardening of the Styrofoam. So, if you just pinch with your nail and you feel like it's really hard or just in time, you just keep track of how long your helmet, how old it is. If it's three or four or five years, then it's time to replace your helmet. So, because like I said, the Sytrofoam gets hard and then if you have a mishap or an accident the helmet won't protect you as well. So then it's time to buy a new helmet and get it fitted properly and there's adjustments here that you could adjust your helmet to your head to have it fit comfortable on your head. Okay this helmet here has been in a crash or a couple of crashes and you can see on the inside here that there's a big crack here and it's a crack there and when that happens if you keep on riding it, if you have another mishap it won't protect you. It will basically crumble on you so a good idea like I said is to replace your helmet as soon as possible. This is old. You can see the scratches here, and that's what to look for, is cracking and the hard Styrofoam. And there's another crack here. So, there's one in each side. So, this would be an unsafe helmet to ride with. So, when you get a chance just replace your helmet and you'll be safe, a safe rider. Hi, this is Tony Zaldua from Budget Pro Bicycles in Los Angeles, and I just explained to you the best time and the best way to determine when to replace your mountain bike helmet.

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