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. The markets were very cold so Dave decided that it was time to move to some proper retail premises. Cyclesense moved to Tadcaster, the home of Samuel Smiths, John Smiths and Coors breweries. Our first proper shop was 500sqft and at the time had more than enough room for Dave. Back then we stocked Dawes Cycles and Muddy Fox. Business blossomed in Tadcaster and soon Paul Stainthorpe (Dave’s oldest) joined the business. The years flew by and during this time Dave and Paul built a loyal customer base as word got round of their friendly and knowledgeable little shop.
Cyclesense moved to its current location on Tadcaster High Street in 2001. To date, Cyclesense is the biggest independent retailer in Tadcaster, with 3000 sqft of sales area and a large (free) car park at the rear of the 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.
In 2006 the time came to expand even further. This time it was Dave’s youngest son John Stainthorpe leading the way for expansion. Cyclesense is the U.K distributor for the original and best balance bike; LIKEaBIKE. John had been running LIKEaBIKE uk from the Tadcaster store but had long since run out of space for his ever increasing range.
John searched locally for a unit and came across a Unit 5 miles from Tadcaster on the Thorp Arch Estate. The estate was an ammunition factory during world war II and has a war time feel to it which is different to normal industrial estates and it is set in a nice country setting close to the Market town of Wetherby. At the time the warehouse had a small showroom buried inside and was in a relatively quiet part of the estate. A month after John moved in a children’s play centre opened opposite. This was very lucky as the LIKEaBIKE range is for kids!
John transformed the showroom to showcase the LIKEaBIKE range in all its glory. We moved all the larger/heavier items such as adult tricycles and electric bikes to Thorp Arch as well.
In 2010 the time came to enhance the warehouse even further by building a purpose built showroom. The showroom was hidden in the middle so we decided to move it to the front so that the entrance would face the entrance to Crazy Tykes. It was a great idea and it ensured we get much more passing trade from the families visiting the play area.
The showroom was bright and spacious with enough room to try out the balance bikes and check out anything that you might pay us a visit to see. We also have hire business which has gradually increased in popularity and now we offer a great range of bikes for hire, including road bike and electric bikes. To find out more visit the BIKE HIRE PAGE.
On January 15th 2015 we opened our new store in Tadcaster just around the corner from the High street shop at 2 - 4 Westgate, Tadcaster, LS24 9AB.. Just like the Thorp Arch shop it is bright and spacious with enough space for kids to try out the bikes.
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. Mountain, Road, Sports-Hybrids, Commuting, Touring, Tandems, Trikes, Unicycles and all sizes of children’s bikes.
Cyclesense is a real family business. All the Stainthorpes are involved Big Dave (dad), Sue (mum),Paul (oldest Son) and John (Youngest) and Natasha (John’ wife). 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.
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.