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Carbon Fiber Repair for Bicycles

by Aram Goganian March 20, 2012 0 Comments

It happened. Your beloved carbon fiber frame has a crack. Perhaps you crashed, or some disgruntled airline baggage handler got a hold of your machine and decided to see how far he could throw it. Or maybe you were playing Tommy Torque-Wrench and the seat-collar or front derailleur clamp were accidentally overtightened? What now? New frame? How are you going to explain that one to your wife/husband/significant other/parents? Don't worry! Besides building some of the finest frames and components that money can buy, Predator Cycling is also your source for carbon repair. Broken, busted, cracked, nicked, chipped, or severed, we've seen it all and we can usually fix it.  We specialize in bicycle frames, ISPs (integrated seat posts), minor fork repairs, wheels (not including the brake tracks), and handlebars. AND if it turns out that your frame/part is DOA, we can always build or source you a new one—we promise not to charge you an arm and a leg for the replacement.

Why Use Predator Cycling for Carbon Fiber Repair Work?

Expertise

When it comes to bicycles, you name it and we probably build it out of carbon fiber. Almost all of our frames and components are made of carbon fiber. If we could figure out how to make our apparel out of the stuff, the streets of Los Angeles would be covered in Predator Carbon Knights. It stands to reason, then, that one of our most commonly requested services is, you guessed it, carbon fiber repair for bicycle frames and components.

Location

We're local to Los Angeles, the only Carbon Bike Repair shop that is, you can literally drive to our shop in Santa Monica and drop off the bike, and come by to pick it up a couple weeks later. If you need it sooner, we offer expedited service as well.

Pricing

Everything is done by hand, in house—right here in Southern California. This allows us to offer competitive pricing and quick turn-around times that other mail in services just can't match.  We'll give you an estimate before we start working on your bike, but it's important to note that the average repair job starts at around $150 and goes up from there, depending on the severity of the damage. To get started we've got a carbon fiber repair form just go ahead and fill that out and we will get back to you as soon as we can with a estimate and estimated turn around

Happily ever after?

We've never had a bike come back after having been repaired at our shop, and we offer a lifetime non-transferable warranty to back it up. In fact, some bikes leave our shop stronger than the day they were purchased! We think that's the way it should be.

Why you need to get that "chip" looked at right away

We're not out to scare anyone, but if the integrity of your carbon fiber bicycle is compromised, you need to stop riding it RIGHT NOW until you know more. It could crack, de-laminate or eventually catastrophically fail right underneath you. We've heard all sorts of crazy stories and, well, seen most of them too. Fixing a small chip on your carbon bike is obviously easier to do the sooner you catch it—and most of the time will cost significantly less than waiting. We've fixed hundreds of models from dozens of manufacturers. What are you waiting for?

We're taking questions

We'll follow up this blog post with a "part 2" in a few weeks. We'll be putting together a FAQ as well, dedicated to answering the most common questions that we get regarding carbon fiber repair work. Our goal is to get all of these questions answered—just ask away in our comments section below and we'll make sure that we cover it in our upcoming carbon repair FAQ. In the meantime, if you have a cracked frame or want to ask a question about the repair process, the easiest way is to fill out a form. It only takes a few minutes, and we'll get back to you within a couple days   UPDATE- We have added a carbon repair FAQ page.


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Predator Cycling Refund or Exchange Policy

Returns

Our return policy lasts 30 days from your date of purchase. After that time, we unfortunately cannot offer you a refund or exchange.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging. Carbon Repair Kits must be returned unused and sealed. All items within the kit must also be returned sealed and unused. We are not responsible for any mailing or shipping charges associated with any return.
To complete your return, we require an original or copy of your receipt or proof of purchase to accompany the return, an explanation of why your item is being returned as well as an email address we can reach you on.
Please do not send your purchase back to the manufacturer and note that there are a number of non-returnable items such as downloadable software products.

Refunds (if applicable)

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.
If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within 30 days.

Late or missing refunds (if applicable)

If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again. Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted. Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted. If you have taken all of these steps and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at info@predatorcycling.com.

Sale items (if applicable)

Only regular priced items may be refunded or exchanged. Unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded or exchanged.

Exchanges (if applicable)

We only replace items if they are defective or damaged.  If you need to exchange your defective or damaged item for the same item, send us an email at info@predatorcycling.com with a detailed explanation, including photos or video, of the defect or damage.  Please wait for us to respond to you with further details.

Shipping

Once Predator Cycling informs you that you should return your item, please mail your product to: 8335 Winnetka Ave. #180 Winnetka, CA 91306. You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund. Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you may vary. If you are shipping an item to us, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We do not guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

Carbon Repair Lifetime Warranty

Carbon repairs performed by Predator Cycling qualifies for a non-transferable, lifetime warranty for the original owner of the bike frame in the exact area that the repair was made.

Warranty Guidelines

-Only covers the original repair work performed on frame. Does not cover future damage on un-repaired parts of the frame.

-Valid for the lifetime of the bicycle original owner as listed on invoice, non-transferable to new owners.

-Invalid if repair has been tampered with or altered in any way.

-Invalid if original repair has been damaged due to accident, crash, theft, or other event caused by outside elements.

Privacy Policy

SECTION 1 - WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR INFORMATION?

When you purchase something from our store, as part of the buying and selling process, we collect the personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address.
When you browse our store, we also automatically receive your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system. Email marketing (if applicable): With your permission, we may send you emails about our store, new products and other updates.

SECTION 2 - CONSENT

How do you get my consent?

When you provide us with personal information to complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we imply that you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only.
If we ask for your personal information for a secondary reason, like marketing, we will either ask you directly for your expressed consent, or provide you with an opportunity to say no.

How do I withdraw my consent?
If after you opt-in, you change your mind, you may withdraw your consent for us to contact you, for the continued collection, use or disclosure of your information, at anytime, by contacting us at info@predatorcycling.com or mailing us at:
Predator Cycling
8335 Winnetka Ave. #180
Winnetka, CA 91306

SECTION 3 - DISCLOSURE

We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so or if you violate our Terms of Service.

SECTION 4 - SHOPIFY

Our store is hosted on Shopify Inc. They provide us with the online e-commerce platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you.
Your data is stored through Shopify’s data storage, databases and the general Shopify application. They store your data on a secure server behind a firewall.

Payment:

If you choose a direct payment gateway to complete your purchase, then Shopify stores your credit card data. It is encrypted through the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Your purchase transaction data is stored only as long as is necessary to complete your purchase transaction. After that is complete, your purchase transaction information is deleted.
All direct payment gateways adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers.
For more insight, you may also want to read Shopify’s Terms of Service (https://www.shopify.com/legal/terms) or Privacy Statement (https://www.shopify.com/legal/privacy).

SECTION 5 - THIRD-PARTY SERVICES

In general, the third-party providers used by us will only collect, use and disclose your information to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide to us.
However, certain third-party service providers, such as payment gateways and other payment transaction processors, have their own privacy policies in respect to the information we are required to provide to them for your purchase-related transactions.
For these providers, we recommend that you read their privacy policies so you can understand the manner in which your personal information will be handled by these providers.
In particular, remember that certain providers may be located in or have facilities that are located a different jurisdiction than either you or us. So if you elect to proceed with a transaction that involves the services of a third-party service provider, then your information may become subject to the laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which that service provider or its facilities are located.
As an example, if you are located in Canada and your transaction is processed by a payment gateway located in the United States, then your personal information used in completing that transaction may be subject to disclosure under United States legislation, including the Patriot Act.
Once you leave our store’s website or are redirected to a third-party website or application, you are no longer governed by this Privacy Policy or our website’s Terms of Service.

Links

When you click on links on our store, they may direct you away from our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and encourage you to read their privacy statements.

Google Analytics:

Our store uses Google Analytics to help us learn about who visits our site and what pages are being looked at

SECTION 6 - SECURITY

To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.
If you provide us with your credit card information, the information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL) and stored with a AES-256 encryption.  Although no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure, we follow all PCI-DSS requirements and implement additional generally accepted industry standards.

SECTION 7 - COOKIES

Here is a list of cookies that we use. We’ve listed them here so you that you can choose if you want to opt-out of cookies or not.

_session_id, unique token, sessional, Allows Shopify to store information about your session (referrer, landing page, etc).

_shopify_visit, no data held, Persistent for 30 minutes from the last visit, Used by our website provider’s internal stats tracker to record the number of visits

_shopify_uniq, no data held, expires midnight (relative to the visitor) of the next day, Counts the number of visits to a store by a single customer.

cart, unique token, persistent for 2 weeks, Stores information about the contents of your cart.

_secure_session_id, unique token, sessional

storefront_digest, unique token, indefinite If the shop has a password, this is used to determine if the current visitor has access.

PREF, persistent for a very short period, Set by Google and tracks who visits the store and from where

SECTION 8 - AGE OF CONSENT

By using this site, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state or province of residence and you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.

SECTION 9 - CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.

If our store is acquired or merged with another company, your information may be transferred to the new owners so that we may continue to sell products to you.

QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to: access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, register a complaint, or simply want more information contact our Privacy Compliance Officer at info@predatorcycling.com or by mail at:

Predator Cycling

8335 Winnetka Ave. #180 Winnetka, CA 91306

Attn: Privacy Compliance Officer