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Now that the Cubs have finally broken that curse, there's never been a better time for a Chicago Bike Tour via our partnership with With the Locals! Here we share some of local Nathan Michael's favorite haunts.

 Nathan Michael



A photographer and social media strategist, Nathan is a pro on all things cool in Chicago. With 10 years experience as an expert story-teller and a solid background in design, his Chicago tour is not one to miss!

 Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Wythe

@LowResStudio  (at Low Res Studio)

 Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Wythe

Low Res Studio is an event space and agency that fosters Chicago creatives. Not a bad place for a photo op, this studio has its finger on the pulse of what's happening currently in Chicago and around the country.

 Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Wythe

Chicago Bike Tour


@The AllisChicago  (at The Allis)

Chicago Bike Tour

The Allis is an elegant restaurant and bar in the public area of Soho House (an exclusive member's only club). From brunch to late night Negronis, they have it all.

 Urban Belly Chicago

@UrbanBellyChicago (at Urban Belly)

Nathan's favorites at this Thai restaurant: Lemongrass Chicken and the Pad Thai.

 Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Wythe

(at Lake Shore Drive)

During the warmer months in Chicago, locals can be seen strolling and running this lakeside trail, sunbathing, picnicking, and taking in the views. 

 Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Wythe

 Antique Taco Chicago

@AntiqueTaco (at Antique Taco)

Nathan's picks: the Crispy Fish Tacos or the Pork Carnitas (and maybe a Horchata Milkshake too!).

 Longman and Eagle Chicago

@LongmanAndEagle (at Longman & Eagle)

This Off Site Bar is an extension to the main restaurant, but has its own menu. On weekends Nathan suggests trying the specialty donuts.

 Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Wythe

Chicago's street art is impressive and extensive. Our Wythe blends right into this mural by artist @Lauren_Asta (at the corner of N Sangamon & W Fulton Market). 

 Bang Bang Pie

@BangBangPie (at Bang Bang Pie)

Nathan's pick: the avocado biscuit.

 Sawada Coffee Chicago

@SawadaCoffee (at Sawada Coffee)

Here pictured: the famous "military latte," a mixture of espresso and matcha.

 Green Street Smoked Meats Chicago

@GreenStreetSmokedMeats (at Green Street Smoked Meats)

Perfect for summer BBQ.

 Soldier Field Chicago

(at Soldier Field)

Soldier Field is the home of the Chicago Bears, and is located near the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum.


Wythe, our strictly street showpiece.  Our lightest fixie, the sleek Wythe cuts a daunting diamond-frame profile and leads with the commuter’s handlebar of choice—a riser bar—for a smart look and an even smarter ride. 



 Be sure to follow Nathan for more locally loved Chicago spots. Check out With the Locals (@WithTheLocals) for more information. And share with us your favorite places to cruise to on your bike - #localxbrooklynbikeco


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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:





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.



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.



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.



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.



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.