We connected with photographer and social media strategist Nathan Michael, and asked him to show us around his home city of Chicago. He said yes, grabbed a Wythe, and took to the streets to document his favorite spots in the area. Take a peek below to read about his trip.:
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.
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.
Nathan's favorites at this Thai restaurant: Lemongrass Chicken and the Pad Thai.
During the warmer months in Chicago, locals can be seen strolling and running this lakeside trail, sunbathing, picnicking, and taking in the views.
Nathan's picks: the Crispy Fish Tacos or the Pork Carnitas (and maybe a Horchata Milkshake too!).
This Off Site Bar is an extension to the main restaurant, but has its own menu. On weekends Nathan suggests trying the specialty donuts.
Nathan's pick: the avocado biscuit.
Here pictured: the famous "military latte," a mixture of espresso and matcha.
Perfect for summer BBQ.
Soldier Field is the home of the Chicago Bears, and is located near the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum.
Nathan rides a Wythe in Raw.
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|COLOR-MATCHED FENDERS & CHAINGUARD||SADDLE|
|3-SPEED INTERNAL GEARING||GRIPS|
|KICKSTAND INCLUDED||TIRE COLOR|
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.
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.
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)!
Don’t forget: All of our bikes include Free Shipping & Professional Assembly.