First-time Predator customer, Jacke B, is anxiously awaiting her custom carbon cruiser / commuter bike that is currently being manufactured here at our shop. We asked her a few questions about why she chose Predator and what she is looking forward to with her new bike.
Predator: Jacke, why did you prefer to go the custom build route rather than off-the-shelf from a store?
Jacke: After riding bikes for two years with my fiance who rides a Predator bike, I finally said, (as he rode circles around me for the 50th time) "I want to try out that bike. NOW". So I did. It was just so unfair. For two years, I've been working 5 times harder as someone 5-times my level of fitness. And I still didn't lose any weight (riding my bike). There are bikes that retail for similar pricing; so why not get one that fits (custom), and is exactly what I want. I am so going to be the coolest elderly biker out there! Not to mention the flat black with glossy black detailing I've chosen as a custom finish..
Predator: How often do you ride and what are your goals for future riding?
Jacke: I ride sporadically. Sometimes I ride to work, 5 miles. Sometimes my evil friend talks me into a sponsored bike ride (the most searing memory was 35 miles, I was actually OK the first 23 miles of it). I am not embarrassed to walk my bike up a hill. The ride I've done since '99 is the 12ish miles from Foster park into Ojai. It is my test of fitness. Sometimes I huff and puff, sometimes I can conversate the entire way. Future goals are to ride to work, lose lots of weight, sell my car & do everything from the bike, and be part of a triathlon team for seniors.
Predator: What did you think of the pre-fit process and measuring prior to the build?
Jacke: It was nice. We found there was too much pressure on my hands. Aram was very good about working with someone with beginner arthritis. By incorporating push button levers for gear shifting, it is easier for me to use and I can shift even at a standstill! It saves my hands that hurt AND you don't know how many times I've stopped at a light and forget to prepare the gears.
Predator: What are you most excited about your Predator?
Jacke: By having a custom build by Predator, I know that it is going to be the best possible bike for me and my riding style.
Please check out these pics of Jacke's bike during construction before it was sent to paint. Jacke's finished bike will be highlighted on our website soon!
Predator Cycling currently offers next day shipping for orders placed before 1pm EST Monday-Friday. This offer excludes products that specify a lead time (custom frames and handlebars). If an order is placed on Tuesday 10AM EST, it is guaranteed shipment on Wednesday. If an order is placed on Tuesday 3PM EST, it may ship either Wednesday or Thursday. We try our best to get your orders shipped promptly! (Weekends and Holidays do not apply)
Our fulfillment center ships from Virginia, USA. We utilize shipment pricing algorithms to determine best shipment pricing per order. We ship via UPS, FedEx, and USPS.
USPS First Class: For small packages weighing less than 10 oz, 2-4 business days. *NOTE: USPS does not provide tracking information for First Class shipments. Medium risk of lost or misplaced packages.
USPS Priority Mail: Usually 1-3 business days. Delayed Tracking. Medium risk of lost or misplaced packages. Delivery speed not guaranteed.
UPS Ground: 1-5 business days, depending on distance from fulfillment center in Virginia. Tracking available, customer service assistance, and address changes are possible mid-route.
FedEx Ground: 1-5 business days, depending on distance from fulfillment center in Virginia. Tracking available, customer service assistance.
FedEx Home Delivery: 1 to 5 business days, depending on distance from fulfillment center in Virginia. Residential delivery only up to 70 lbs. Evening and Saturday delivery available per request at checkout. Tracking available, customer service assistance.
FedEx Express Saver -OR- UPS Three Day Select: This provides guaranteed delivery within three business days to destinations within the United States, using air-based shipping methods only. You can't use this for PO boxes or military addresses; you'll need a shipping method that includes USPS options for that.
FedEx Two Day Service -OR- UPS Second Day Air: This provides guaranteed delivery within two business days to destinations within the United States, using air-based shipping methods only. You can't use this for PO boxes or military addresses; you'll need a shipping method that includes USPS options for that.
*Predator Cycling does NOT offer 1 Day or Same Day shipping*
International Deferred (ETA 2-4 weeks): This provides delivery without a guaranteed delivery date to most countries around the world, using a UPU-based carrier method (i.e., international mail). Delivery may take up to 60 business days, but averages 2-4 weeks. A tracking number is provided, but its visibility varies on the destination postal service.
If a package has an issue in customs, or is ever lost in transit, Predator Cycling is not notified, nor is the customer. You will need to realize there’s a delay and contact your courier with your tracking number. Lost item cases can take weeks or months to reconcile
All shipping speeds given are approximate and relate to how long the package delivers once it has been shipped, not how fast the package will be shipped when you make an order.
How much will shipping cost to my country?
Shipping fees are based on the speed you select as well as the weight of the package. You can also use our shipping calculator in the shopping cart before finalizing your order.
Our shipping calculator DOES NOT INCLUDE DUTIES/TAXES. The customer is responsible to pay for all fees related to importing or taxes at the local customs office.