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Helmets must not be broken, and must be buckled, to work. If they are missing parts or have been crashed they should not be used. Here's how we check our loaner helmets for problems.

There will be five piles when you're done: Broken, Missing parts, and three piles of good helmets: large and small, and childrens'.


Helmets that have cracks in the "styrofoam", missing or badly cracked plastic skin, or big scuffs or dents on the outside. Check for these things first as you look at each helmet.

MISSING (or damaged) PARTS

1. There should be foam pads on the inside of the helmet, in front, back, sides, and sometimes the top. If there are strips of "hook" velcro anywhere, there should be a foam pad there. If the pads are ripped or nasty, put the helmet in this pile for later restoration.

2.Missing or broken buckles: the male half of the chin buckle is the one most often missing, or broken (it should look like the picture). The female side can be broken, or broken right off. The two ear "sliders" (that join the front and back straps on each side) should be there, and holding the straps snug. There are different kinds — the ones with "flaps" are the most often broken.

3 There should be a little rubber band above the male chin buckle, and sometimes around the sliders. These can be hard to see, as the original ones are black and very small, and sometimes get pulled into the buckle.


Would you wear it? Try it on. How does it fit? (don't bother buckling it). After putting a few on, you'll know whether to put it in either the LARGE or SMALL basket (don't worry about this part too much.

When you are done, put the broken helmets into a garbage bag, and the and "missing parts" helmets into a box, and LABEL the bag and the box, please.

Created by: pgarver. Last Modification: Monday 29 of August, 2011 17:04:15 UTC by JSheehan.