Shipping - Returns - Safety


Safety and Suitability for Use

We sometimes offer products that are used and/or have some safety risks with their use.  For instance, old cranks, rims, stems, handlebars, and many other items are more likely to fail.  Many older vintage items are meant primarily for display.  And some items that are especially lightweight are more prone to failure as well.  Be careful too with fenders - front fenders can lock up and flip the rider (causing horrible injury or death) if debris gets caught between tire and fender.  So ask questions, and be sure you are comfortable with the risk of using any product we offer.  If you feel the item you receive, upon inspection, is not safe for use, let us know and we will accept the item for a full refund or store credit without exception.  Cycling is dangerous so ride carefully and inspect your bike regularly.  

It is the buyer's responsibility to inspect items and determine if they are suitable and safe for use.



Sad Note for our UK Customers

No orders can be accepted by Boulder Bicycles for United Kingdom shipment that are below $190 before shipping (may vary with exchange rate).  If you place such an order we will cancel it and refund your payment.  The insane requirement that we're supposed to register and collect/remitt VAT/Customs fees for orders below 135 British pounds (instead of it being collected at the border) is not something we want to be involved with.  Orders over this threshold can be shipped with the buyer paying the VAT/Customs and perhaps other charges as before as your customs officals at that point are willing to do their job.  Another way for UK buyers to purchase items is on ebay as the "marketplace" system is supposed to collect the fees in advance as best as we understand.  We suggest you petition your govenrment officials and complain that they've made small international transactions painfully difficult.  We're sorry you have to go through this mess.  


Minimum Order

We now have a minimum order of $25 (before shipping is added).  This combined with our standard US shipping charge of $8 for orders under $175 (see below) are intentionally in place to discourage small orders and to generate extra dollars in order to help make the biz worthwhile.  We are not sympathetic to complaints  regarding these policies.  The minimum order for the UK pre-shipping is $190 (may fluctuate with exchange rate).


Schedule - Order Issues - Processing Times

At the current time, our operations are a mess.  As you can read on our homepage, James who ran day-to-day operations is no longer with us.  The shipping department current status box on the front page will tell you what's happening with our operations and shipping department. 


Unlike "pass through" marketers, most items are in stock and ready for shipment according to the above schedule.  There are some exceptions though, as we do engage in a bit of "just in time" inventory management.  Items that we don't keep on hand but which we know we can get very quickly will say in the product description "please allow 4 extra business days for delivery of this item".  If one of these items is on your order, we'll ship your entire order with a 4 business day delay once the item arrives at our shop.  We are pretty efficient with this.  If the UPS truck is sucked up by aliens on its way to us, it will take longer.  But in that case, your bike parts will be the least of anyone's problems.  Note that for items that have this 4-day delay, the on-line store may say that it's in-stock but it really isn't.   Don't believe everything you read.  Sometimes automated systems lie.


Finally, note that the on-line store is very accurate but errors do occur on occasion.  If we fire those responsible for the error, then our staffing will become even smaller than it is now, and almost nothing will get done.  So please bear with us if we do goof.  But the goof rate really is very low (but not zero).



Domestic Shipping

Order $175 (pre-tax and shipping) or more and you get free shipping.  Order less than $175 and shipping is $8.  We now have a minimum order size, and the $8 shipping helps a bit more to cover our labor cost for processing low-value orders.  So think of the $8 as both a shipipng and a handling charge.  So don't ask us to save on shipping by a cheaper method.  We typically ship by postal prioriity, postal 1st class, and by using bikeflights.

Exceptions include Boulder Bicycle and Soma frames/ bikes which will inccur additional shipping/handling/insurance charges. For all other bulky items, such as wheelsets, and used bicycles, the price includes the "extra" needed to ship the item to the lower 48.  If you are in Alaska or Hawaii or other non-lower-48 US territory, and if your item can ship in a postal priority flat-rate product, there will be no additional shipping charge. Otherwise, there may be addtional charges and we'll let you know..

Please let us know if your address is not "secure" and we should send signature required.  Higher value items may ship signature required at our discretion.  If you that is a problem, contact us, but you will need to be willing to accept responsibilty in case the package is stolen from your doorstep after either Fedex, UPS. or USPS indicates it has been delivered.


Foreign Shipping / handling costs 

When you place your order, we will get back with you on how much you need to pay for shipping/handling.  You can always email us in advance for a shipping cost quote before you order.  The table below will give you a rough-guide.  But we usually don't know for sure until we test-pack your order and weigh it.  Also, foreign orders will likely be charged customs and/or VAT fees and these are the purchaser's responsibility to pay.  We have no idea what these charges may be. We will send you a paypal invoice for the shipping/handling charges.  If you do not use paypal, see what the total owed is and you can log into our on-line store and under "categories", select "payments outside store".  There you can purchase addtional shipping as an item.  


Current Typical Foreign Shipping costs for lower weight packages:

Note - we are a small company and cannot negotiate the low rates that many large companies have.  Sorry about that.  Note that some item shapes may result in a need for different packaging that may change the rate (make it more expensive).  The table below is a fairly good but not perfect guide.  And of course, if you decide the shipping cost for your order is to high once we contact you, we're happy to cancel your order and refund your payment.

Weight Canada Other Foreign Country
less than 8 ounces  $ 13  $ 17
more than 8 ounces but less than 2lbs $ 22  $ 27
more than 2lbs but less than 3lbs $ 32  $ 39
more than 3lbs  depends on size and weight depends on size and weight



Items marked final sale in the description may not be returned -  buy at your own risk.  It just isn't viable for us to take back these items - its a gamble.  But usually the price is compensation for the risk!

Also, items that are sold in a "flash sale" are also final sale unless defective. 

For all other Items.....

Our mistake or defective item

Let us know within 4 weeks and we'll get you taken care off.  We will also flog ourselves and appologize profusely.  

Your mistake or you changed your mind

OK, this happens, but please help us not loose money on this.  All returns must be returned within 30 days of your recieipt of the item in the condition received to be eligible for a refund.  Even if we refund your money, we still must pay the Paypal/CC lords about 3% so we will deduct that amount from your refund. Plus, if we gave you free shipping we will deduct $8 from your refund as well.

However, If you take your refund as store credit, we don't loose the 3% so we won't deduct that from your refund.  We will charge you $8 shipping when you do use your store credit as we're happy to give you free shipping once but not twice.


Berthoud Saddle Policies

If you purchase a Berthoud saddle from us, take really good care of it and if it isn't right for you, you may return it within 60 days for shop credit.  This only works if you keep it in great shape.  Clamp marks on the rails and a few scuffs are not a worry.  But if there are notable sitz marks or moisture damage we can't take it back.  The key is that we need to be able to advertise the saddle to the next buyer as "used, but only slightly, and still very close to new condition".  Note that when you use your shop credit, we will charge $8 shipping (if in lower 48) as you already will have received free shipping once.

Now, suppose you have a Berthoud saddle you bought from us and within 3 years you find the top is compromised (typically from water or nasty sweat or just so many miles that you've broken it down) we will sell you a new top at a price that is very close to our wholesale cost.  At the present time, that is roughly $80 (subject to change) instead of the $120 ish retail.  




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