End of an era when the much-loved Doncaster bike shop closes its doors after four decades
Pedal Power on St Sepulcher Gate closes for the last time on February 28.
During the covid pandemic there was huge demand from cyclists but shop owner John Stanley made the decision to enjoy a well deserved retirement.
Customers paid tribute to John who is retiring at the end of this month at the age of 70.
John Stanley took over the shop 17 years ago.
The store was first registered as Pedal Power in December 1980, but had been a bicycle store for many years before that.
John said: “It’s been a little shop for a long time.
“I don’t sell bikes, I do all services and repairs and accessories. It’s not a huge store but I have many, many customers.
“A lot of them came to say we’re sorry to see you go.
“I tend to go the extra mile with things, I do a lot of things that other stores end up charging for.
“If someone wants a quick set up on their bike, I’ll do it or their tires will want to blow out, I’m doing all this for nothing. The jobs are also executed immediately. My prices are all really low.
John added: “I really feel a bit sad because I love doing it. When you get to 70 you’re ready for it.
“Some stores, not just bike stores, you can walk in and some of them won’t even talk to you. Customers appreciate you chatting with them.
“I give them advice on their bikes and it’s just nice to talk to people.”
“A lot of shops in Doncaster town center have closed and it’s such a shame as it’s ending up becoming a ghost town. Apart from the Frenchgate Center a lot of shops are closed.
A regular customer who will be very sad to see the end of Pedal Power is avid cyclist Ragbere Singh.
He said: “John is a credit to the community, in terms of service.
“It has been very helpful in supporting people in local deprived areas who are in the lower bracket of poverty in terms of affordability, bike maintenance and product storage.
He always has time for you and chats with his clients. He was always down to earth.
“Even though he is a company, he does a lot of things for free to inflate tires and do minor repairs for free.
“He provided a bespoke service that people took for granted, but he was a pillar of the community.
“With all these big commercial bike shops opening and bikes taking off in the last five years, he survived it all.
“It is to his credit as an independent. Old school customer service and all that knowledge is gone these days. It’s definitely the end of an era.