We all know the importance of wearing bike helmets while out riding your bike. Safety is important when out biking especially to protect your head from injury after a crash or accident. It is important to replace your bike helmet if it is damaged or if its lifespan is up. But what to do with old bike helmets?
The main option is to recycle your bike helmet especially if the helmet is damaged after a crash. In recycling your bike helmet you will need to dismantle the helmet beforehand as some recycling centers do not allow mixed materials. You can also donate or sell the helmet if it is in good condition.
In this post, we will go through what to do with old bike helmets. Let’s get started!
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What To Do With Old Bike Helmets?
There are a number of options for getting rid of old bike helmets especially if the helmet is damaged beyond use. These are as follows.
- Recycle bike helmets.
- Sell or donate bike helmets.
- Reuse/repurpose bike helmet.
Recycle Bike Helmet
To recycle your bike helmet you will need to dismantle the helmet beforehand as most recycling centers do not allow items with mixed materials. Ultimately you should contact your local recycling center to see what the story is and the best way to recycle your bike helmets.
Sell Or Donate Bike Helmet
You can also donate or sell your bike helmet but you need to make sure that the helmet is in good condition and that it was not involved in a crash. It can be hard to sell a bike helmet as people, in general, do not want to buy a second hand bike helmet. So donating might be easier.
Reuse/Repurpose Bike Helmet
If you have a bit of imagination you can find a new purpose for the bike helmet. You can turn it into a hanging flower pot, this involves a bit of imagination.
Do Bike Helmets Have A Shelf Life?
Typically you should replace a bike helmet every 3 to 5 years but this can vary depending on the brand and the amount of wear and tear. Generally, a bike helmet does not come with an expiration date.
If your helmet was damaged in an accident or if there are any cracks on the helmet you should replace it immediately.
Should Bike Helmets Be Replaced After Accident?
Simply, if your bike helmet was damaged after an accident or if there are any cracks on your bike helmet you should replace it immediately. Also if your bike helmet has been hit in an accident but does not show any damage.
Ultimately the foam part of a helmet is made for one-time use so after a crash, its protective effect is no longer effective.
Is It Illegal To Bike Without A Helmet?
This very much depends on where you live, there are no federal laws mandating bike helmets have to be worn in the United States, UK, or Canada. In some places, it is illegal for your child if under 18 to ride a bicycle without wearing a helmet.
Some cities and states do have laws around wearing bike helmets. You should check with your local authorities about wearing bike helmets.
Is Cycling With Headphones Illegal?
Simply, it is not illegal to listen to music with earphones whilst cycling on public roads or pavements. It should be illegal as it is not very safe as you can not hear cars or people around you. It is worth checking with local authorities as there may be laws about biking with earphones in that country, state, or city.
If you want to bike with headphones you should leave one ear free specifically the ear that is facing traffic so you can hear the traffic that is coming around you.
Finally, the main option is to recycle your bike helmet especially if the helmet is damaged beyond use. In recycling your bike helmet you will need to dismantle the helmet beforehand as some recycling centers do not allow mixed materials. You can also donate or sell the helmet if it is in good condition.
And that’s it for now! I’d love it if this post on what to do with old bike helmets was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.