- Do keep your helmet clean using approved cleaners specific by the helmet manufacturer.
- Do ensure the helmet is well maintained and free of defects
- Do store your helmet carefully to keep it safe from impacts, abrasion, and unnecessary sunlight
- Do ensure linings remain firm, fit snugly otherwise replace the helmet
- Don’t rest your helmet on the bike seat as it can fall off. Even small drops can generate micro fractures that can detract from the helmet’s performance when it counts!
- Don’t hang you helmet on your mirror or carry rack frame as apart from the possible fall, you are reshaping the Styrofoam liner thereby reducing the impact absorbing characteristics
- Don’t sit your helmet on the fuel tank – apart from the possible fall, the petrol fumes rot and melt the Styrofoam
- Don’t use caustic or petrochemical cleaners – these degrade the protective quality of the outside shell
- Don’t leave your spare helmet dangling off the bike as you ride
- Don’t sit on your helmet – its uncomfortable anyway but most importantly helmet distortion can result
One way, although painstaking, of checking for correct tyre pressures is to do the following:
- Load your bike with attendant people, luggage etc as you intend to take on a trip.
- Check your tyre pressure
- Ride with this load for about 15 minutes
- Check your tyre pressure again
If your tyre pressure has varied by greater than 4 psi, then you are running under inflated.
If your tyre pressure has varied by less than 4 psi, then you are running over inflated .
The variation around the 4 psi reference gives a rough idea of how much to increase or decrease your pressure.