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Do I need a new helmet?

Postby mtolhurst » Mon Nov 05, 2012 21:06 pm

Hi,
Came of the bike at the weekend in grand style and smashed my head into the floor, finding bits broken all the over the place. Just picked up my helmet and it has a crack in the foam stuff from the top all the way down the back. Catlike whisper plus. I am guessing I am going to have to buy a new one, just thought I would check what people thought.

Don't really want to spend another £130 on a helmet, but if it isn't safe I'd rather buy a new one. Cause there is no way I would have walked away from that fall without the helmet.

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Matt

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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby NapoleonD » Mon Nov 05, 2012 21:10 pm

Yep, get another. The idea is that it is the cracking of the helmet that absorbs the shock. If it's already cracked it won't absorb it.
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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby Stueys » Mon Nov 05, 2012 21:17 pm

NapoleonD wrote:Yep, get another. The idea is that it is the cracking of the helmet that absorbs the shock. If it's already cracked it won't absorb it.


+1, definitely replace. It can't do the job it's designed for if its cracked.

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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby mtolhurst » Mon Nov 05, 2012 21:21 pm

Thanks for the advice, off to find a new helmet now then.

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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby northpole » Mon Nov 05, 2012 23:53 pm

Yep Matt, not worth taking risk with helmets. Once their integrity is shot, time for a replacement with thanks that the old one saved you from a nasty injury.

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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby g00se » Tue Nov 06, 2012 00:31 am

Some helmet manufacturers offer a damaged replacement discount - so it would be worth checking with Catlike if they do something like this.

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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby passout » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:20 am

Replace it.
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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby keef66 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 13:43 pm

I think I read that Catlike have a crash replacement policy for helmets purchased since Feb 2012? Might be worth checking.

(although many of these policies only offer a discount off rrp, and you can generally find them cheaper online anyway)

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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby Blackberry2 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 17:45 pm

Hello,

I've seen your opinion about the Catlike Whisper and then, I decided to buy it. Thanks... It's a great helmet. If that can help you I have found it for only € 155.60 = £ 125.61 in deporvillage.fr.

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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby elderone » Tue Nov 27, 2012 17:56 pm

Always replace a helmet after a crash even if it doesn,t look damaged,if it hit the floor it,s not worth risking.Its the same with motorcycle helmets.You dont want your head caved in to prove your helmet had a fault after all.
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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby anto164 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 18:18 pm

New Helmet time...

BTW, all helmets have to comply with the same safety regs, so a £20 one will be just as safe as a £200 one. Just probably won't look as good.

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Re: Do I need a new helmet?

Postby Cycloslalomeur » Wed Nov 28, 2012 06:26 am

Stueys wrote:
NapoleonD wrote:Yep, get another. The idea is that it is the cracking of the helmet that absorbs the shock. If it's already cracked it won't absorb it.
<BR sab="988"><BR sab="989">+1, definitely replace. It can't do the job it's designed for if its cracked.


-1 If the helmet cracked it just failed and absorbed feck all energy.


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