We wanted to learn a little bit more about the community surrounding Brooklyn Bicycle Co. bikes, so we created a section of our journal dedicated to some of the people we’ve been fortunate to call our customers.

Each month we feature a different member of the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. community and share what makes them tick. Read on to learn about the most recent member of our community spotlight...

Andrew Tartaglia Community Spotlight Coastal Kitchen




Where do you call home? Tell us about some of your favorite things about your community! 

Home for me now is the South Shore LI community of Bay Shore. After many years living in Ocean Beach Fire Island I have settled here on the mainland just across the bay. I love the small town feel of both communities. Bay Shore is a hip little town and I enjoy living here. Riding around town, lots of stops for hellos, and supporting my local community - which is easy because it’s awesome!

Tartaglia Brothers Coastal Kitchen & Daiquiri Bar

Tell us about each of your bars: Verde Kitchen & Cocktails and Coastal Kitchen + Daiquiri Bar. How did you get started and what drew you to open a bar?

Having spent most of my life in the restaurant industry, I was blessed to have an opportunity to take the next step into business ownership. My brother, our friend Chef Zach and I took 361 days to build Verde (our first venture). Refurbishing what we could and building what we needed with repurposed materials. Part of that project was renovating our Greenhouse Dining Room where we grow in over 60 planter boxes year-round and are 100% edible/usable in the summer months. The three of us have travelled many times to Mexico and love the food and culture. We felt a lack of Authentic Mexican Restaurants out here on LI so we took the leap and started our own spot where we combine a full menu (tacos and so much more) with a great cocktail program. It’s been almost 5 years now and we love our ever-growing community of friends and family. We strive to combine respect & authenticity with the best locally sourced ingredients for both food and cocktails in our own “Verde” way.

Coastal Kitchen + Daiquiri Bar began with a similar feeling. It started with us wanting something that we couldn’t find. As travelers we have again been blessed to visit many coastal communities and each time we are inspired. We wanted to create a concept both focused and broad enough to incorporate all of the wonderful food, drink, & culture that exists in coastal communities around the world. We’ll keep wandering and looking for inspiration as we hope you do too! Feel free to share your favorite coastal food, drink, music, art, or whatever moves you at www.coastalliny.com or @coastalliny. Even better, pop in and share your travels with us over some food and drink. 

 Coastal Kitchen & Daiquiri Bar Bay Shore Long Island

Run us through your perfect Saturday biking around Bay Shore. 

My perfect Saturday biking in Bay Shore is more like a Monday 😊 (restaurant industry things). On a nice day I love to ride up to my favorite coffee shop for some iced coffee and a croissant before a morning yoga class. In the afternoons the bay is a beautiful place to ride for a visit. But my favorite is the summer evenings. Riding with friends to our favorite Bay Shore restaurants and enjoying the beauty of this town. Raw bar & bubbly at Salt & Barrel, a visit for a chat & a cocktail with our pals at Tullulahs, and down to The Lakehouse for snacks and sunsets.  

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Driggs 3 Cruiser Bike Bay Shore Long Island

What Brooklyn Bicycle Co. bike do you currently ride? What made you choose this specific model? 

Thanks to some amazing customer service I am happily riding the Driggs 3 speed. I always like to call and talk to someone and Rachel set me up with the perfect relaxed ride for my daily commute and evening explorations! 

Share something that you are really excited about right now. Could be a favorite book, recipe, cocktail, movie, event at your bar(s), etc. (Keep in mind that we’ll be sharing your spotlight piece in later February). 

Honestly, I’m really excited to be a part of the continued growth of what has become my home town. After many years of travelling seasonally I am happy to be settled in this fun little town. As the weather warms, I am looking forward to biking down to see some live music at Coastal and all around town. I also always love a quick trip to Ocean Beach for some waves and of course to see all my old pals in town. Taking my Driggs to the ferry, and the ferry to my beach cruiser that’s locked up and waiting in OB. Come visit us out here. Bring your bike and your appetite. Find a local and jump right in with the crew. We’re always happy to share our favorite spots.

Andrew rides our Driggs 3 Speed in Denim Blue.

Photos are by Input Collection (@gnarshredjab).

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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.