Austin Bike Tour
Austin Bike Tour
Rachel is a style blogger addicted to travel. She moved to Austin for school but stayed when she fell in love with the local color and vibrant small-town in a big city vibe. As she says: "Our motto is 'Keep Austin Weird,' ...but we're also some of the nicest people you'll ever meet!" Check out all of Rachel's great suggestions for Austin as she cruises around on our Willow 3:
 
City Bike
Radio coffee shop (@radiocoffeeandbeer) is Rachel's favorite place to grab a cup of much-needed coffee (or beer). It's also a bar with live music, outdoor movies, and trivia nights. 
Austin Bike Tour Barton Creek
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is a great place to stay cool in Austin's oppressive heat. Dog friendly, great trails, and free admission make this a must-see in the city.
Flower Child Austin Bike Tour
Flower Child is one of the only places in Austin to get strictly health food according to Rachel. She suggests ordering the "Mother Earth."
House Wine Austin Bike Tour
Rachel's favorite wine bar in Austin, House Wine has an outdoor patio and a cheese plate that "is what dreams are made of." With a wine list that's always changing and live music every night, it's a guaranteed good time. 
(@housewineaustin)
Zilker Austin Bike Tour
"When the weather is nice in the fall and spring time, you can find me here pretty much every weekend. It's my favorite spot to sit and read a book by myself or have a picnic with friends. Austinites bring their dogs to play, and if you're lucky, one will come sniffing up to you and let you pet them. It's the peak of my day! I wish every city had a park like Zilker.
Tacodeli Austin Bike Tour
You can't talk about Austin without talking about tacos. Tacodeli's are Rachel's pick for best in the city.
Juiceland Austin Bike Tour
Rachel's favorite at Juiceland: The "Wild Child" smoothie.
Paperboy Austin Bike Tour
Like tacos, food trucks are an intrinsic part of the fabric of Austin cuisine, and Paperboy is one of the best. Rachel suggests the Sweet Potato Hash.
Gibson Street Bar
"If you're looking for a bar away from all the crowds and lack of free parking downtown, you have to check out Gibson Street Bar. It has a chill vibe with a friendly staff, and they almost always have some kind of special going on. I love coming here for trivia nights every Tuesday!" 
East Austin Succulents
East Austin Succulents is a great place for all of your greenery needs.
Hillside Farmacy
The grapefruit jalapeno margarita at Hillside Farmacy is enough of a sell, but the brunch is what keeps people coming back for more.
Auditorium Shores
Don't go to Austin without visiting Auditorium Shores! It has the best view of the city skyline and is the perfect place for a bike ride. 
Austin Bike Tour
 
 
Be sure to follow @rachel.lately for more locally loved Austin spots. Check out With the Locals ( @withthelocals)  for more information. Share your favorite places to cruise to on your bike - #localxbrooklynbikeco And if you need a bike of your own, check out our Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Collections Page.
 

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WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN BROOKLYN?

What Are the Differences Between the Franklin and Willow Step-through Models?

Looking at the Franklin and Willow, but not quite sure how the models compare? No worries – we get this question a lot, so we’ve put together a quick rundown on what sets these models apart!

 

#TLDR (AKA Too Long Didn't Read)? Here's a Quick Summary:

 SIMILARITIES DIFFERENCES
FRAME GEOMETRY HANDLEBARS
COLOR-MATCHED FENDERS & CHAINGUARD SADDLE
3-SPEED INTERNAL GEARING GRIPS
KICKSTAND INCLUDED TIRE COLOR
REAR CARRIER
CHAIN COATING
7-SPEED GEARING
FRAME MATERIALS

 

 

1. HANDLEBARS

This is probably the most notable difference between our step-through models. With the Willow featuring our Swept-Back Handlebars. This means a much more upright (European-style) riding position (think sitting in a chair) that is well suited for leisurely riding.

The Franklin models feature our Relaxed Ride Handlebars, which are slightly more aggressive and ideal for both commuting and leisurely weekend rides.

 

2. TIRES

The Willow comes with cream tires, whereas the Franklin sports black tires. Do note that regardless of color, all our tires offer an added layer of puncture resistance.

 

3. ACCESSORIES

The Willow is our premium model and includes a rear carrier, as well as an upgraded sprung saddle and grip set from Selle Royal’s Royalgel™ line.

The Franklin features Selle Royal Vegan Leather saddle and grips. Please note that this bike does not come with a rear carrier. If you would like to purchase a rear carrier for this model, you will need a 26” carrier for the S/M Franklin and a 700C carrier for the Large Franklin model.

Both models come with color matched fenders and chainguard, as well as a kickstand.

 

4. RUST-PROHIBITIVE COATING & GEARING

As our signature model, the Willow has a few additional premium features including a rust-prohibitive coating on the chain and internal gearing resulting in less maintenance and more riding.

The Franklin 3 model includes internal gearing (just like the Willow), whereas the Franklin 7 has an external 7-Speed derailleur.

 

5. FRAME MATERIALS

On a more technical note – the geometry on both frames is identical, however the Franklin and Willow models are made from different materials. Are you currently thinking “WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?! I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BIKES!!”? Do not fret – we totally get it! Take a breath and read on…

The Willow frame is made with double-butted 4130 Chromoly Steel. We use a stronger grade of steel, which allows us to use thinner tubing resulting in a lighter frame.

The Franklin frame is crafted with specially engineered high-tensile steel. What does this mean? We are able to offer a similar bike of a more moderate price point. Our Franklin model is the most economical step-through model in our portfolio of bikes (as well as a team favorite)!

Still have questions on sizing (or anything else)? Email us or schedule a concierge call with our team. We’d love to help!

 

Don’t forget: All of our bikes include Free Shipping & Professional Assembly.

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