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March 22, 2005

Kopp's Selling Bikes since 1891

The oldest Bike Shop in the United States has no internet presence.

Until that happens a newspaper story is the only way to learn of its remarkable history.

More than 12,000 repaired flat tires later, Charles Kuhn is pleasantly surprised and even prouder of the shop and business in which he grew up and now owns.
   Mr. Kuhn is the owner of Kopp's Cycle on Spring Street, which was recently named the oldest bike shop in the country, at 109 years old.
   "It really kind of blew me away," he said. "Some guy out West, a bike retailer in Idaho, I think, was doing the research. Then, about three weeks ago, Bicycle Retailer magazine asked me some questions about the shop and they said we were the oldest in the U.S."
   Mr. Kuhn said he always just assumed there were older bike shops, mentioning Pop Kugler's in Somerville and Quigley's in Manville, though both of those shops have gone out of business.
   "It's cool, I'm so used to being in an old shop," Mr. Kuhn continued. "I open up a drawer and there may be a part in there that's 100 years old. I've been around here my whole life."
   Mr. Kuhn's father bought the store in 1948 from the Kopp family, which founded the store in 1891.
   "It's fun coming into work on most days; it's always different," he said.

Full story:

PRINCETON PACKET- 11/28/2000: Princeton bike shop is nation's oldest by George Frey 

***UPDATE - January 2009***

At some point, this year, the link to the Princeton Story was discontinued.

If I can find a new one I'll add it.

It is very sad that this post now appears to be the only Internet story about Kopp's available.

***END UPDATE***

***UPDATE - August 10, 2009***

A comment was posted, this morining, by someone in SoCal, who did a Yahoo Search for "Kopps Cycle Shop in Princeton", and I am gladly promoting it to a spot in this old post. ;-D

Fred Kuhn was one of the truly great men in the world of cycling.

I saw first hand how he nurtured young kids into the sport.

His impact on the sport will be felt for decades to come.

Walking into Kopp's is like walking into a store at the turn of the century and that's the way they still do buisness...the old fashioned way!!

Over in Belgium they named an award after him the "Fritz Kuhn" award given to the person that best promotes cycling and good sportsmanship.

His son Charlie has been awarded with the honor.

It will be quite some time before someone comes along and fills the void left by Fritz....he will always be idolized and cherished by me

KARL

***END UPDATE***

***UPDATE - November 12, 2010***

The Owner of Kopp's, Charles Kuhn, says "Thank You!"

As you will learn, Kopp's now even has a website! Finally! ;-D

***END UPDATE***

 

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Fred Kuhn was one of the truly great men in the world of cycling.

I saw first hand how he nurtured young kids into the sport.

His impact on the sport will be felt for decades to come.

Walking into Kopp's is like walking into a store at the turn of the century and that's the way they still do buisness...the old fashioned way!!

Over in Belgium they named an award after him the "Fritz Kuhn" award given to the person that best promotes cycling and good sportsmanship.

His son Charlie has been awarded with the honor.

It will be quite some time before someone comes along and fills the void left by Fritz....he will always be idolized and cherished by me

KARL

Posted by: karl | Aug 10, 2009 12:24:24 PM

Thank you for honoring the shop I have grown up in and love.
We are still an old time shop but are trying to keep up with the times with www.koppscycle.net.

Posted by: Charles Kuhn | Nov 12, 2010 8:23:17 AM

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