Bike helmet companies delivered big when it came to helmets for women in 2018. Most everything we’re buying this season comes with MIPS which reduces rotational forces that can be transferred to a rider’s brain in certain impacts. Both Smith and Giro offer it and at a nominal cost over non-MIPS equipped bike helmets. Both companies also added a lot of style this season which of course, we appreciate. Check these out and buy them here…
When to replace your bike helmet…
In general, it’s recommended (by manufacturers and safety organizations like helmets.org) that you should replace your helmet every 5 years. Deterioriation depends upon your use, care and how much abuse you’ve put it through. If you ride thousands of miles, five years is probably a realistic timeframe of helmet wear life. Technology has changed a lot in the last decade and there’s a lot to be said for upgrading if you haven’t in awhile.
Here are the guidelines for replacement from helmets.org:
- Did you crash it? Replace immediately.
- Did you drop it hard enough to crack the foam? Replace.
- Is it from the 1970’s? Replace.
- Is the outside just foam or cloth instead of plastic? Replace.
- Does it lack a CPSC, ASTM or Snell sticker inside? Replace.
- Can you not adjust it to fit correctly? Replace!!