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    Bob Harley
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    I have a helmet that I want to donate to MSF, or some other worthy institution, that took a minor hit to the chin. I figure for riding it’s not worth the risk, but for a class environment where the helmets get abused and shared it’s just fine. I looked at MSF website, but under donations they are asking for $$$. I thought they took donations of used bikes and gear? Should I try calling MSF locally?

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    WeaponZero
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    used helmets must be thrown away.  MSF will not accept used helmets at all.  once a helmet has been used in one crash it is, for all intents and purposes, useless and must be tossed.

    in many states such as PA, the local MSF entities receive government assistance and everything is bought for them by tax dollars.

    #22504
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    Bob Harley
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    And I wanted to help too.  In the MSF class I saw several guys drop or toss their lids around, so I figured that the MSF gear gets really abused.  Giving them a full face helm would be an upgrade over the 3/4 lids they mostly hand out.

    OK, well then I have another question.  Is there a safe place to send the helms for disposal?  In my neighborhood I have a lot trash diggers, who I am certain would care if they found a helmet with a minor scratch.  I’d hate to toss it and see it next weekend at the neighbor’s yard sale.  I’m in California if that helps.  I have heard that fire depts and law enforcement will take helms for disposal, but I cannot confirm this anywhere.

    Maybe I’m trying to hard to be responsible…

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    davidmdahl
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    When I eventually replace my own helmet, I plan to take my hammer and bash away until no one would think to use it, and then just toss it into the garbage. I would not want to count on a used helmet, and would not want the responsibility of letting someone else use a helmet I suspect could be unsafe.

    Best wishes,

    David

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    JackTrade
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    I’d love to get a sense of what hard impacts actually do to a helmet, w/o my head being in it at the time…

    When I replace, I might saw mine in half, just to see what the insides look like.

    #22511
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    WeaponZero
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    check out their video reviews of the Shark RSR2 helmet they sell.  It shows the insides of a helmet.

    #22518
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    owlie
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    At the very least, you can cut the D-rings and strap off. 

    However, I took a pick-ax to my last helmet, in addition to cutting the rings off.  :)

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    BSD
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    They used to accept them and use them to train EMTs in the art of safe helmet removal.

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