June 05, 2018

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

Kimia Kline

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline Brooklyn Artist

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

Brooklyn is home for me. One of my favorite things is the cultural diversity and openness I experience every day. The support and love for the arts is another amazing quality about this community. As a painter and curator, it's an incredible place to live and work because collaborations with other creatives is so accessible and a fundamental way of life. Art and design are a regular and normal part of life here--it's not a separate thing you have to seek out. I love that creativity is integrated into neighborhoods, restaurants, hotels, schools, and public spaces. 

Tell us about your art career and how you came about it. 

Any career in the arts is a long and winding process and mine is still unfolding. I always knew I wanted to be a painter and wanted to live in New York, but it took me 27 years to finally get to the City. Once I relocated here though, I was lucky in that opportunities came my way and I've been fortunate to work as both a painter and curator. 

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

I'm passionate about the power latent in art to change hearts, communities, and society. Bringing art to the masses and raising awareness and education around its potential is what drove me to choose my field, and also what has made curating in a public space like a hotel such an exciting experience. 

What impact has your bike had on your lifestyle? 

My studio is in the Navy Yard, which isn't easily accessible from any subways. My bike gives me the flexibility to come and go as I please without any need to wait for buses or worry about parking. It makes my commute to studio a total pleasure and saves me tons of time every week. 

What are the top 3 places you bike to? 

My studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Fort Greene Park, and to visit friends in Brooklyn.

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

 I love that it's a local brand based in my community. I also really appreciate the brand's commitment to aesthetics and beautiful design. To me it's the quintessential Brooklyn bike. 

Can you share your favorite gallery in New York, some place off the beaten path? 

My favorite gallery in New York is CANADA in the lower east side. They have an amazing roster of artists and are an artist run space with smart and innovative programming.

Kamia Kline ArtworkKamia Kline in Front of ArtworkKamia Kline On Franklin



Photos by Jane Bruce and Carmen Chan.


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WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN BROOKLYN?

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.