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Steven Fingar 

@stevenfingar

With 4th of July right around the corner, we asked Bostonian Steven Fingar to show us his favorite spots in The Olde Towne. Steven's beautiful photos capture the restrained beauty of this historic city. Boston is a city made up of small towns, and Steven has laid out his suggestions for exploring Boston by bike: 
 

Beacon Hill 

Acorn Street, Boston

 

Our starting point to this tour will be Beacon Hill- a place frozen in time - full of rich history, old brownstone buildings, and bumpy cobblestone streets. Needless to say, it is also one of the most photographed sections of the city as it garners crowds of tourists every season. One of the most famous streets in the area is Acorn St., acclaimed to be the most photographed street in the United States. The streets and alleys are lined with unique brownstones that boast their own character as well as personalized door knockers.

 

Beacon Hill, Boston
 

South End

South End, Boston
Next we'll peddle over to the South End which is situated between Back Bay and South Boston (Southie). This area of the city is full of Victorian style homes, artisan coffee shops, and quaint wine bars. The South End is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, as it is home to some of the city's best eateries and most scenic streets.
 

Blackbird Doughnuts

While I'm in South End I always manage to swing by Blackbird Doughnuts for their gourmet doughnuts and coffee. Their small batch creations are a staple in the city and will satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.
Blackbird Doughnuts
 

Boston Public Gardens and The Commons

Boston Public Gardens
One of my favorite things about Boston is the lush greenery that abounds. The Boston Public Gardens and Commons are at the heart of the city and host gorgeous gardens for thousands of visitors each year.  I suggest taking a ride on the swan boats which are a staple to this city.
Boston Seaport

Seaport

The Seaport is an area of South Boston (Southie) that is booming with unprecedented growth and new business. From modern office buildings, to luxury apartment complexes, and hip eateries, this area of Boston houses many of the city's acclaimed bars and restaurants. This neighborhood can also boast amazing views that span Boston Logan Airport, Charlestown, and downtown Boston.
Boston Seaport
 

Tatte Bakery (Harvard) 

By this point in your trip you've earned another sweet treat and a caffeine pick-me-up. One of my favorite places in Boston to grab a pastry and coffee is Tatte Bakery. The cafe's Brookline location has become a Boston staple known for its heavenly pastries and sleek interior design. The local franchise has garnered so much attention, that it has also become a destination for tourists to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.
Tatte Bakery
 

Commonwealth Ave. and The Esplanade

Two other spots known for their scenic walks and lush vegetation are Commonwealth Ave (Comm Ave) and The Esplanade. During the summer, these strips are lined with people walking, running, and basking in the sun as they are tucked away in Boston's more quaint areas. I suggest exploring one of these areas before heading out of town! 

 

 


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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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