10. Helmet Age

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Congratulations. You’ve managed to hang on to the same helmet for five years without it ever touching the ground (at least with your head inside). This is an admirable feat, no doubt, but no matter how well you take care of your lid, if it’s five years old or older you should consider replacing it. That’s not just us talking, either – this is coming from the folks at the Snell Memorial Foundation. Over time the glues, polymers, resins and other materials that make up the inside of your helmet will start to degrade. Sweat and oils our bodies produce also take their toll on helmet material over time, too. Why take that chance? Retire the old lid and get yourself a new one.