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MayDay

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Replacing kids' bike helmets
« on: September 07, 2014, 06:55:27 AM »
Are they replace every crash, like adult ones?

DS (7) had a pretty good crash a few days ago, scraped up one side of his body with some nice bruises.  I didn't see the crash, and he said he didn't hit his head. But yesterday I noticed a big scrape on his helmet, so I think he did hit it.

He has a nice helmet (Specialized Flash, 40$) and this could get expensive given the frequency of his speed-demon behaviour.  But obviously his brain is worth it, I just wasn't sure if the guidelines for kids were the same.

We had good luck finding a deal on rei-outlet for DD's helmet, but are there any other good places to look?

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Re: Replacing kids' bike helmets
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2014, 07:17:27 AM »
If it's just scraped, and the foam isn't compressed or cracked, I think you're okay.

My kids' heads are big enough to use adult helmets. They have cheap Schwinn ones off of Amazon that seem to work great. Finding a helmet that fits and that the kids won't or can't fiddle with is more important than the price, IMO.

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Re: Replacing kids' bike helmets
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2014, 07:26:10 AM »
He has a huge head and needs an adult medium next probably. Of course Costco had them cheap this summer but I didn't want to buy one when we might not need it for years.

I found an adult one on rei outlet for 30$ that I may order for myself (mine needs replaced as it is 10 years old) and see how the fit is on DS.

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Re: Replacing kids' bike helmets
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2014, 10:34:47 AM »
My local Group Health often has bike helmets for sale for $5.  Not fancy but new, and affordable.  They are offered at fairs and events like that.

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Re: Replacing kids' bike helmets
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2014, 02:18:05 PM »
I think it's worth replacing,  just like with adult helmets.  The shell could be weakened in a way that isn't visible.   

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Re: Replacing kids' bike helmets
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2014, 03:28:20 PM »
Yes, the guidelines are the same.