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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.
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I got my first 5 speed Religh chopper bike from them when they were at Olden ave in Trenton, not the Olden ave. Ewing shop!!
I remember Knapp’s from many moons ago. It was the go to bike shop in Trenton.
I have been dealing with Knapps for several years. I started there as a novice and they educated me on what was good and why. Their staff is top rate. They tell me when it’s better to buy something on Ebay and when not to. And like any avid cyclist, I have learned a lot over the years and they did not take advantage of me when I knew nothing. A great group over all and the owner Pete, is good people.
Pete is NOT an a hole. You couldn’t be further from the truth. Knapp’s is a very professional shop with a top notch staff. What’s a ‘wanna bike rider’? Well anyway…I have been shopping at Knapp’s for 15+ yrs and will continue to do so for all my bike needs.
Truly an awful experience at Knapp’s. They DO NOT cater to the avid cyclist, they’re a bunch of wanna bike riders looking to rip off the customers that have no idea what they are looking at. I would not deal with the owner, Peter Granich is my life depended on it, he is such an Ahole how he treats his customers. I scheduled a performance fit only to wait 3hrs for him to not show up, very unprofessional!!!!
Editor’s comment: Certainly not my experience at Knapp’s, but anything’s possible.