It can be too easy to get in from a hard ride and chuck your helmet on the floor, letting your head finally breathe. However, you should take good care of your bike helmet to ensure that it is ready and prepared when you need it most. Many people don’t know that taking care of and properly storing their bike helmet is essential for ensuring that it’s functional in the case of a crash. Always make sure to follow the helmet manufacturer recommendations and guidelines when it comes to properly caring for your helmet. Below are a few general recommendations to get you on your way!
Where should you store your bike helmet?
While most people think more about where to store their bike than where to store their helmet, it is important to take proper care of your bike helmet, and that includes the proper storage.
Ideally, you should store your bike helmet where it is cool, dry, and with no risk of it getting knocked around. There are lots of options for helmet storage, such as on top of a wall mount for your bike (like this one) or helmet carrying bags (like this one).
These are perfect as they keep your helmet out of harm’s way. Although warmth alone will not damage your helmet, you need to store it away from extreme heat as high temperatures can warp the plastic and reduce the foam’s ability to absorb impacts.
Why do helmets need to be stored in a cool dry place?
Most bike helmets are made of a foam compound that compresses upon impact, potentially softening the blow to your head.
If you own a bicycle helmet, you know that they are not necessarily cheap, so it is worth taking extra care of them.
Bike helmets are an item that you will want to keep in tip-top condition so that if you ever need to test it out, you are confident that it will do its job. The foam that forms the primary protection is susceptible to degradation. While cycling, it is exposed to sweat, sun, and rain.
In small doses, this is not an issue, but if you leave your helmet somewhere, that is continuously damp, it can hamper the foam compound’s integrity.
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Can you store a bike helmet outside?
As mentioned above, it is best practice to store a bike helmet in a cool, dry place. If you leave your helmet outside, it’s exposed to the elements and often also pretty extreme temperature swings between daytime and nighttime. It is best not to store your helmet outside, but with the helmet storage options we’ve outlined below, you should be well on your way to finding a great solution that works for you!
What about a storage shed or garage?
The issue with many storage sheds and some garages is that they’re not temperature controlled. If you live somewhere in the country where temperatures in the winter months get near or below freezing, or push 80+ degrees in the summer, it’s likely that your storage shed is experiencing pretty drastic temperature changes throughout the year. So typically, these are not good options for storing your bike helmet.
Bike Helmet Storage Options: Our Favorites
Here are a few of our favorite ways to store bike helmets:
- Wall Mount for your Bike: Many wall mounts for bicycles come with either a built-in storage hook for your helmet or a storage shelf up above where you can place your helmet when you’re not using it. The bonus of this solution is that your helmet is in the same spot as your bike, so you’re less likely to forget it the next time you ride.
- Hooks on the Wall: Especially if you have a cool-looking helmet (like this one), you might want to display your helmet by hanging it on the wall with a simple hook (like a coat or towel hook). This can add a cool vibe to your space and make it easy to access and store your helmet.
- Carrying case: A case for your helmet can be convenient if you plan on storing your helmet in a closet or somewhere out of sight. This helps add another layer of protection to your helmet when it’s stored.
Just like you wear a helmet when riding a bike to take care of yourself, make sure that you take care of the helmet that’s taking care of you. With just a few simple adjustments, you can ensure that your helmet is properly cared for.
Whether you decide to get a fancy hook or holder, just for your bike helmet or not. Ensure that it is kept in a cool and dry environment where it cannot be knocked around.