Cyclesense was born in 1991, fulfilling the childhood dream of David Stainthorpe. Dave had always wanted a bike shop, as a child he used to take bikes apart, swap bits and sell them to his friends. Slowly, but surely, Dave built the business up starting in his garage at home in Thorner and trading on Dewsbury Market with just £600 worth of stock.
By 1995 Cyclesense had become very well established. Its reputation built on value and service. It was time to move to some proper retail premises. Cyclesense moved to Tadcaster, the home of Samuel Smiths, John Smiths and Coors breweries. The shop was 500sqft and at the time had more than enough room for Dave. Business blossomed in Tadcaster and soon Paul (Dave's oldest) joined the business. The time soon came to hire a full time mechanic so Ian Kirby joined the team.
Cyclesense moved to its current location on Tadcaster High Street in 2001. To date, Cyclesense is the biggest independent retailer in Tadcaster, with 3000sqft of sales area and a large (free) car park at the rear of the shop.
Cyclesense also has another shop in Tadcaster where there is also ample parking for customers. This store allows us to showcase the LIKEaBIKE range in all its glory. As well as plenty of room to show off our Lightweight kids bikes. This store is located at 2-4 Westgate, Tadcaster LS24 9AB. The location used to be an old pub in tadcaster but we have changed it into a modern bike shop.
In 2004 Dave's hard work was rewarded in the form of a trophy. Cyclesense entered the Selby Business Awards and won the Best Established Business Award.
At Cyclesense we stock a tremendous range of bikes that often astounds visitors to the shop. There really is a bike to suit all riders at Cyclesense. Mountain, Road, Sports-Hybrids, Commuting, Touring, Tandems, BMX, Trials, Trikes, Unicycles and all sizes of children's bikes including the Exclusive Likeabike. All our electric bikes are on display in the High Street shop. Our electric bike range covers models from Giant and Koga.
Cyclesense is a real family business. We are all involved... Dave (dad), Sue (mum),Paul (oldest Son) and John (that's me).
Not everyone that works at Cyclesense is family. We also have some people here that are not Stainthorpes.
We have a busy workshop with an excellent mechanic, with lots of experience and Cytech qualifications who can repair any bicycle worth fixing.
Looking after mail order, answering the phone and being there to help customers is Natasha Stainthorpe.
Cyclesense has a road cycling club. You can read more about it and find out how to get involved: Cyclesense Cycling Club
At Cyclesense we strive to provide the best quality service there is and you can rest assured that we will try our hardest to ensure that you get what you need to make your cycling more enjoyable and rewarding.