“At the end of the day, we want to be a resource for [any] avenue of cycling. …” he said. “It’s hard to do, but we try to be a full-service bicycle shop, meaning we’re not niched as a racing-specific shop or a mountain bike-specific shop.”
Plumlee grew up in Sherman and spent time at a bike shop in the city’s downtown.
“I [also] grew up racing motorcycles and raced motocross from the time I could walk ‘til I kept breaking bones and could barely walk,” he said. “That’s how I got into cycling, really, was training for motocross by riding bicycles.”
However, Plumlee said he always wanted to own a bike shop. He opened Cadence Cyclery in downtown McKinney in 2011 and now has 40 employees at four locations across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In addition to the McKinney shop, Plumlee has locations in Highland Village and Keller and one called Giant Lakeside in Flower Mound.
Cadence offers a variety of bikes, shoes, clothing, helmets and other cycling equipment. The full-service bike shop also offers tune-up services, mobile repairs, bike rentals, group rides and bike fits. The McKinney location is also home to Wattage Coffee Co., which opened in May 2018.
In addition to bikes and equipment, Cadence offers community-based clinics, Plumlee said. Clinics include bike maintenance, women-specific coaching and how-to clinics.
“At the end of the day, we want to be a resource for [any] avenue of cycling,” Plumlee said. “There’s so many different disciplines of cycling that we want to be a resource to the community.”