What to do with an old helmet?

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What to do with an old helmet?

Post by OB1 » Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:31 pm

Over the years, I've owned many helmets and, when I've moved on to the next new and shiny purchase, I would either give away or sell my old lids to someone else. This isn't normally a problem as I like to keep my kit in good condition with a regular strip-down and clean. A few years ago, I bought a Bultaco open-faced helmet: it has served me well and I have loved every minute of wearing it, however, over the last 6 months or so, the lining has started falling apart. Unlike most of my other helmets, the linings for this one are not removable: I can't just buy replacements so that I can refit and reuse, so I've pulled the trigger and bought a replacement.

The problem that I now have is: what do I do with my old Bultaco lid? I can't sell it and I don't really want to repurpose it as a fruit bowl or hanging basket. I'm also quite environmentally focussed, so I don't really want to chuck it in the bin. Does anyone else have experience of safely disposing of an old helmet?

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Re: What to do with an old helmet?

Post by DanielS » Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:03 pm

It may be an old rumour/wives tale, whatever, but I read on forums that Fire stations will take them to practice on, cutting open and that sort of stuff?

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Re: What to do with an old helmet?

Post by Sanqhar » Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:11 pm

I have given mine to my local Fire Station. They are happy, not just for the obvious reason. Their training is often centralised so a helmet donation gives them a chance for local training.

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Re: What to do with an old helmet?

Post by Richard Simpson Mark II » Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:30 pm

Your local Red Cross or Jt John's Ambulance also may want them.

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Re: What to do with an old helmet?

Post by Tonibe63 » Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:29 pm

Polish it?
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Re: What to do with an old helmet?

Post by Chalky723 » Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:30 pm

I've always cut the straps off & chucked them in the bin....

They take up less space in the landfill than the packaging for my last TV....

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Re: What to do with an old helmet?

Post by Nigel » Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:47 pm

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I kept mine from 30 odd years ago, paint job epic😁

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Re: What to do with an old helmet?

Post by zimtim » Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:10 am

If local fire services, redress, st johns etc don't want it
Have a quick search online for old helmet table lamp.
There are a few good ideas there.
Especially good if you've had a few adventures with the helmet as it will always illuminate and spark off those memories

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Re: What to do with an old helmet?

Post by daveuprite » Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:45 am

Nigel wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:47 pm
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I kept mine from 30 odd years ago, paint job epic😁
That's superb. You couldn't throw that one away. I've got a classic Ronnie Smith Magic Roundabout helmet that's far too old to be safe to wear anymore but I'll never get rid of it. Great FM / Splat design paint job:

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Re: What to do with an old helmet?

Post by Tonibe63 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:54 am

Splat design?? Andy?? I'm sure he was the guy I met 25+years ago at a workshop/shed in Wigston/Harcourt area of South Leicestershire.
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