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...

Nicole Aandahl portrait

Nicole Aandahl Blogger and Cook at 'Clean Soul Living'

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

I live in Virginia right outside of DC in a cool community with a university and lots of green. We have wonderful neighbors who take care of each other, and there is a great mix of young and old, families and college kids, and all races and ethnicities.


Nicole Aandahl baking


Are there other endeavors or projects that Clean Soul Living has lead you to take on?

I am starting a cooking school in DC for home cooks.  The school will be farm-market to table focused, with an extensive kitchen garden on-site. The school is borne from my food blog, where I post recipes, interviews with farmers and fishers, information on CSAs, and some tips on living well and happy.

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

That we take a step back, breathe deep, and appreciate all the gifts in life, even as difficult as that may be some times.  I really want people to see that living a heathy life doesn’t mean rigidity or restriction, and that no body shape or weight is the single indicator of health or beauty. And clean eating means knowing where your food comes from and that it was grow or raised with care, and avoiding processed or “fake” food.

What impact has your bike had on your lifestyle? 

We live in a very bikeable area, and I hate jumping in my car to run errands that are less than 5 miles away.  There are a few farm markets and farms close to our house that I visit frequently, so I will be biking there from now on!

What are the top 3 places you bike to?

Farm markets and farms, the park with my kids, and to meetings in our community.


Nicole Aandahl at farmers market


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

I was looking for a bike but was not very impressed with what I saw.  Then I saw one of your bikes at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market and closely checked it out! When I looked up your company and learned about your ethos and philosophy, I could tell that you really cared about your customers, community, and quality.  I was ready to hop on!

Your blog posts tend to focus on the cultural significance of the food you're writing about. Are there any new cultures or dishes you've recently been learning about?

I explore soul food from all over the world, but have really just started learning to cook Japanese soul food.  I have one recipe that represents a mashup of American soul food, Jewish Soul food Chinese soul food, and Thai.  It’s a lime and ginger spiked chicken soup with sweet potato dumplings.  Here you go!


Nicole rides a Willow 3 in Columbia Blue.
Photos By: Lauren Louise Photography

2 Responses

Patricia Adams
Patricia Adams

September 24, 2018

This is too wonderful dear cousin!. Congratulations! What time do you serve? love, patricia


September 24, 2018

Great article, lovely pictures
Good luck with Cooking School

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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.