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Celebrating 20 years in 2020 for Pennine Cycles

Bradford bike shop owners Paul and Sandra Corcoran are celebrating owning their business, Pennine Cycles, for 20 years this month.

February is the 20th anniversary for the couple who bought the business after the previous owner and founder of Pennine Cycles, Johnny Mapplebeck retired and emigrated to Canada when he was 80 years old.  Paul, who at the time, managed the bike shop was delighted to become the owner along with his then fiancée, Sandra.

Pennine Cycles also known as Whitaker and Mapplebeck Cycles, was established in 1946 and has been located at its current site on Thornton Road for the last 25 years.

Over the past 20 years, the couple has seen ups and downs in business and noticed how customers shopping habits have changed.  Paul said, “It’s hard to believe 2020 is our 20th anniversary, lots has happened in this time but also, it still seems like yesterday when we were handed over the keys.”  He continued to share, “The cycling industry has changed dramatically over the years especially with online shopping but we have also seen lots of customers return to us as they want a more personal service and to benefit from our expertise.”

To celebrate this significant anniversary, the couple held a celebration day last Saturday to thank their customers.  Sandra said, “we are thankful for all of our customers from around the world who continue to support us.  Although I never expected to own a bike shop it’s one of the best things we’ve ever done.  We’ve got so many amazing memories from the past 20 years and we’re also looking forward to the future.  This year we intend to add on  e-commerce to our website with our own range of products.”

Award-winning Pennine Cycles offers bikes from road to children’s along with all the accessories you need for cycling and continue to manufacture their Pennine bike in Bradford offering renovations, repairs and servicing.