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We asked our friends over at Silk Road Cycles to help us put together a list of bike tips to get everyone safely back on the road this Spring.  Brendon was kind enough to share his bike tips below:

As an urban cyclist your main focus should be on safety.  If you don't ride year round, here are a few spring tips.

  1. Inspect your tire pressure.  They should be inflated to the proper pressure.  Every tire is different and the recommended tire pressure (PSI or Bar) is indicated on the tire's side wall.
  2. Visually inspect tires for cracks.  If you see any, it is time for a replacement.  Cracks in the tire can be very dangerous and could lead to a blow out.
  3. Check your brakes.  Make sure your brake pads are in working condition and the rubber has not hardened from weather and age.  Secondly, make sure that when you use your brake levers they compress and release smoothly.  If not it might be time for new cables and housing.  Over time, cables can become corroded and seize.
  4. Lastly, get on your bicycle and ride a few meters to make sure that you can come to a quick stop.

These few tips will get you going for the season.  But as most bicycle mechanics will tell you, it is always recommended to have a spring tune up performed on your bicycle.  This will save you money and headaches in the future.

 

Tune ups at Silk Road Cycles include:
$45 single speed tune
$60 multi speed tune
$80 tune and wipe down of the frame and drivetrain
$125 tune and full clean

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Brandon Tyler
Brandon Tyler

September 24, 2018

The reason I spend so much time on blog reading is to see how others approach on bike maintenance and to get an idea different from the ones I’ve had myself. Thank you for sharing these tips.

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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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