Art of the Find

Conni Jespersen

@artinthefind 

 

We asked style blogger Conni Jespersen to show us her San Diego. Conni is a personal wardrobe consultant and virtual wardrobe stylist living in San Diego with her husband and puppy, Miles. Her vibrant photos exude SoCal. Check out her itinerary for exploring San Diego's trendiest neighborhood, North Park:

San Diego is a vibrant city pocketed with diverse cultural communities, unique shops and tasty eats.  One of these neighborhood, and a favorite of mine, is North Park.  Set to the north of Balboa Park, North Park has a host of hip cafes, great restaurants, a farmers market and open-air bazaar and lively breweries.  Below is my guide to visiting North Park by bike in this San Diego bike tour. This neighborhood has a laid back Southern California day life and the following itinerary is meant to be followed at your leisure.

Communal Coffee 

Communal Coffee

Scents of nutty coffee and fresh flowers greet you as you enter this bustling coffee shop. Communal Coffee not only hosts an indoor floral space but is a hub for local freelance bloggers, writers, friends, and just about anyone searching for that great cup of coffee and hip environment.  Enjoy a simple baked good or San Diego staple, avocado toast, while sipping on a hot or cold brew. Before biking off to the next stop check out the COFFEE + FLOWERS mural outside, it makes for a pretty great Instagram spot!

Pigment 

Pigment

After being sufficiently fueled by caffeine and a savory pastry you should be ready for some shopping! Pigment is almost like a shop within a shop within a shop.  It has unique finds, from kitchen goods, to barware, to a DIY succulent station. Pigment has almost any and everything kitschy and that you would get to impress your trendiest friend.  Their gradient pink wall outside has become a staple for Instagrammers everywhere.   

Casa Artelexia

 Casa Artelexia 

Willow Three in Coumbia Blue in front of Casa Artelexia's storefront. 

Casa Artelexia is a fantastic small shop curated with handmade goods from all over Mexico.  It is packed with a colorful infusion of traditional textiles, art goods, and unique finds. A great stop for gift inspiration!

Casa Artelexia

Holy Matcha

Holy Matcha

Bike over to Holy Matcha an uber trendy Japanese tea spot that just opened this year and already has a cult following.  The décor mixes traditional southern California design with blush pink accents and fantastic palm print wallpaper. You can meet all of your powdered tea needs here, from a matcha lemonade to a ceremonial matcha tea. If you’re hankering for a snack I suggest dairy free donuts or a fruit bowl (go ahead, you’ve earned it!).

Belching Beaver 

Belching Beaver

San Diego has become the home base of hundreds of craft breweries. At the top of this list is Belching Beaver with one of my favorite hibiscus infused beers on tap. This dog friendly, bike friendly, family friendly brewery is a great spot to spend an hour or two catching up with locals and out-of-towners alike before you head over to the next stop for dinner.

URBN North Park 

By this point of the day you have most likely biked up an appetite, that's why I've suggested heading over to URBN North Park for their mouthwatering wood oven eats.  You can munch on one of their signature pies or create your own all while washing it down with a crisp craft beer!

And that wraps up your night and my bike tour of San Diego!

San Diego Bike Tour

Conni riding Willow Three in Columbia Blue!

 

 

 


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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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