So the spouse and I ride both motorcycles and bicycles (though more of the former than the latter) and over the years we’ve both accumulated a large number of both types of helmets. All of them are well cared for, always kept in the garage out of direct sunlight, and never been in an accident or dropped, but prevailing wisdom and advice is that you shouldn’t use them after 5 years, give or take a couple for rougher or better treatment.
I just hate to throw them away, especially the rather high-end motorcycle helmets with really spiffy paintjobs, but I don’t feel right about selling them even if I warn the buyer that they’re past their sell-by date. I don’t want to be responsible for some cheapskate teenager getting hurt because he bought my flashy dragon paint-job for $50 and then crashed his crotch-rocket.
So…does anyone know of any place that might take them and make use of them without…you know…using them as helmets? Would something like the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or other riding schools be able to use them since the worst they’d be subjected to is low-speed crashes? Maybe an art school who uses them in projects? I dunno–I’m just tossing out ideas.
I’m in the SF Bay Area, btw, if anyone knows anything local. I’d be happy to donate them to a good cause as long as I could be reasonably sure that they wouldn’t be resold as safe helmets.
Thanks in advance.