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Knapp’s is located on the northern end of Brunswick Circle, where Princeton Avenue changes it’s name to Princeton Pike. It has a Trenton address, but is just over the border in Lawrenceville.
Knapp’s has been around since 1944, and the current owner, Pete Garnich, started working at the shop, for Mr. Knapp, in the late 1970’s. He bought it around 10 years ago.
The shop is pleasant, with a good selection of bikes for kids and adults, mountain and racing.
If you haven’t been on a bike in a few years, be prepared to be amazed. Today’s bikes are incredibly strong and easy to ride compared to what was sold even 10 or 15 years ago. The technology is really that much better.
Knapp’s has kept up with the times, and perhaps surpassed them. I’ve bought 6 bikes as an adult for myself, and 4 for members of my family. I’ve never experienced the care and expertise that Knapp’s brought to the table when I bought my current road bike.
Matt, my salesman, had me on the bike on a trainer. He adjusted the seat, not just for height, but for its position on the rails (backwards and forwards). He measured the angle of my body over the handlebars. The position of my knee relative to the pedal. The extension of my knee. He ended up swapping the stem which came on the bike, with another that was 10mm shorter, at no charge.
No one has ever done anything like such a thorough job.
If you’re looking to buy a bike, you can’t beat Knapp’s for service.