August 01, 2018

We wanted to learn a little bit more about our Brooklyn Bicycle Co. community, 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 will 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...


Jessica Rey Smiling

Jessica Rey, Actress and Founder of Rey Swimwear

Where do you call home and explain some of your favorite things about your community?

Home for me is Southern California, but I do travel quite a bit so home is really wherever I am together with my husband and 3 kids. The neighborhood we live in is all about community— I almost feel like we’re living in another era. Everyone is so friendly, people ride their bikes and take walks, know each other’s names and are willing to lend a helping hand when needed.

Jessica Rey walking with a Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Willow

Can you tell us about Rey Swimwear, how you started the company and the mission behind the company?

I started Rey Swimwear when I simply couldn’t find a swimsuit that made me feel both comfortable and beautiful. My first swimsuit was made for myself, with no intention of starting a company. When countless people asked where they could get one, I knew that starting a business was the next step. We have since expanded into more than Swimwear— dresses, skirts, and tops that are timeless. The heart of my company is dignity— a respect for the people who make them clothes and who wear them.

 Jessica Rey standing on the beach

What are you most passionate about? What passions drove you to your chosen field?

I am most passionate about helping ladies to embrace their dignity— to know their innate value, no matter what they look like, what talents they have, or what they own. This is what drives me.

What impact has your bike had on your lifestyle?

Riding a bike is freeing for me. It brings me back to my childhood— a time when I didn’t have a care in the world. Being a "mompreneur" can be quite stressful and it’s wonderful to be able to relax and relieve some of that stress with my kids, riding our bikes around our neighborhood.

Jessica Rey riding Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Willow

What does the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. brand mean to you?

I love supporting small, locally owned businesses. To me, the brand is about sleek minimalist design and quality.

Jessica Rey standing with Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Willow under a tree


Jessica rides a Willow 3 in Sea Glass.

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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.