What's even older is my helmet: a Louis Garneau "Oz-zy" model that I love for the fit, the venting, and the super fun bat-shaped cutout on the back to "honor" another Ozzy. I still remember laughing when I discovered that little gem! Thankfully I never needed to use it, but it was always there with me on commutes, rides and races. Unfortunately, though, it is starting to show its age now, with some of the padding coming off and other parts starting to separate. It's time to retire this helmet - yesterday was it's final ride.
Which left me with one nagging question - how often should this type of equipment be replaced? I did find one reference from an actual helmet manufacturer that says every 8 years or so, as long as you haven't crashed in it or dropped it hard. Lots of other places say to replace it when it (a) is so stinky it rides without you, and (b) when the fashion police continually chase you on your rides.
Ok, I've got another nagging question - what will my new helmet be? Aw shucks, I just have to go to my favorite store...again...oh darn. ;)