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Jimmytheblade

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Old lid

Hey up I've just passed my das got myself a bike was just wondering how long does a lid last I've had a agv lid for 7 years and never used it till last weekend is it still safe or do I need to get a new one it may be a daft question but I really don't know cheers 

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

7 years

generally going to be too old. If it's plastic then way past it. If it's an expensive carbon fibre one it might have a bit left in it.... might.


The reason is that the shells become more brittle with time and thus the protection is markedly reduced.

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Jimmytheblade

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Old lid

Ok cheers mate looks like a new one for me then 

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

I would

buy a new one - what price your life n'all that.

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stbrewer

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stbrewer says:

is 7 years really too long?

I know plastic depreciates within 3 - 5 years with UV damage, but if it's been tucked away unused surely it shouldn't have any UV damage.


I could be wrong but just on the safe side I'd buy a new one, they're only like £45

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

I replace mine every 3 years

only because I'm not always that careful where I put it, so for a small investment I prefer to be overly cautious

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preunit

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preunit says:

Drill some holes in it

and use it as a hanging basket :smile

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stbrewer

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stbrewer says:

hanging basket

:lol: actually made me chuckle, what a novel thing to do lol

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fogie

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fogie says:

old lid

.... or put it at the bottom of the garden, so hedgehogs or similar can use it as a home. :smile

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IsraelsRSV

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IsraelsRSV says:

NO £45 Helmets

stbrewer, flippin heck is your head only worth £45 quid? Buy the best you can afford and a well known make with a gold sticker. Not all makes fit all head,s but try a load on and see what make suits your head shape best. I like agv and you can get a decent one for about £130. I bought mine after writing on an arai. This winter I'm going to try buy myself another arai, but they really are dear. Best you can afford is what I think. And look after it because when it comes down to it, it could save your life. If it wasn't for my last helmet my brains would have been splattered across 3 lanes of a busy road in argyll & bute.

Your heads worth more than £45.
Oh and like the hanging basket idea :lol:

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stbrewer

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stbrewer says:

Polystyrene

When it comes down to it that's the only thing between your head and the tarmac, £130 polystyrene is pretty much the same as £45 polystyrene. mine has the gold sticker and the E numbers so I'm pretty confident I have a reasonable amount of protection, its a no frills helmet and no one in MotoGP wears it, hence being dirt cheap.


But yeah if I had the cash I'd want more protection but with a max speed of 50mph and a students wallet I'm pretty content on my lid.

Love the hedgehog idea though, no home for wildlife there will be no wildlife and all that :P

Brewer

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