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.

With that said, our first spotlight is…

Ysanet Batista of Woke Foods

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

Currently I call Brooklyn home but my family and I originally hail from Harlem, NY via the Dominican Republic. I live in Oceanhill/Bedstuy area of Brooklyn and I love the diversity of my neighborhood, all the various food options, and the large biking community that exists. 

Tell us about Woke Foods and the other projects you’re currently working on.

I am a self-taught (or a grandma-trained chef) and Woke Foods is a project that was born in March 2016 as a side hustle when I left my non-profit. Woke Foods is a worker-owned cooperative food business, which means that all the employees are owners of the business, in order to create a democratic workplace rooted in justice. We focus on cooking plant-based foods rooted in the flavors of the Dominican Republic using seasonal ingredients from local farms in NY.  

Other projects I am working on include a training program for other local food businesses, a blog highlighting sustainable living and food practices, and I recently got a grant to teach cooking class for activists living in low-income housing. 

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

I am passionate about food sovereignty, racial equity, gender, environmental, and economic justice. My passions for all those pillars have allowed me to integrate them into my work as a chef and creator of passion projects. I recently learned the word multihyphenate, which essentially means I am a jack of all trades. I am passionate about various things but all have the common thread of creating liberation and equity in all ways.  

What impact has your bike had on your lifestyle? 

It has been great using my bike as an alternative transportation method that saves me money, allows me to be less dependent on the MTA or its fare hikes, decreases my carbon foot print, and increases my body movement. 

What are the top 3 places you bike to?

I bike to school (I study agriculture at Farm School NYC), my partner's house, and to Prospect Park. 

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

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. means locally-owned, comfort, and sustainability. 




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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.