Dana Stanley leaning on fence with Brighton 7 at Asbury park

Dana Stanley



We connected with New Jersey resident Dana Stanley of CoastlandClub.com & Between Wake and Sleep Filmsto show us the town surrounding their 1920s Bungalow, Asbury Park. Take a look below to see some of her favorite locations in the area:

Living in a coastal town, we make ​every
​excuse to ride our bikes. Our two-year-old daughter looks out the window every morning to our bikes as if asking, “where are we going?” For us it’s either to grab coffee, to the park, to the beach, or even to the post office. Nothing says summer like cruising down a sunlit street and it always ends up being the highlight of my day. (If you’re looking to visit Asbury Park this summer), here are some places we’ve grown to love through our pedal adventures.


But First, Coffee - Booskerdoo

Coffee Rules Booskeroo

Booskerdoo is on the outskirts of Asbury Park, which makes it the perfect first stop for your bike tour.

During the summer months, be sure to get the Malt Cold Brew, which sometimes sells out by the late afternoon. It’s our favorite drink to hold while we cruise down Sunset Ave towards the coast.

Look for the COFFEE RULES sign by my friend ​Ashley Burk, you can’t miss it!


Heading to Brunch - ​Cardinal 

Dana Stanley Brunch at Cardinal

Cardinal​ has become a favorite go-to spot for its beautiful interiors and insanely good food. They make their own cold brew (yes, I’m mentioning coffee again) and have lots of vegan options. One of the owners just had twins, so you know, it’s kid-friendly (always a plus in my book).

If you’re looking for a place to show off to your friends and family, take them here. Just keep in mind they’re closed on Wednesdays!


It’s All for the ‘Gram - Asbury Park Boardwalk 

Dana Stanley With Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Collage

The walls of unused buildings along the boardwalk have become so covered with street art, you could spend all afternoon stopping at each one.

You’ll see everything from larger-than-life mermaids to musical tributes, and it’s part of what makes this place so special.

Our favorite drink for mural-snapping? An ice cold lemonade, light on the sugar, from ​Pucker.


Get Away from Crowds - Pizza on the Beach

The only downside of living near a beach town is when you’re starving and everything is crowded. We don’t like to wait to eat, especially with a toddler in tow. Savior: bringing pizza on to the beach. We’ll be doing this a lot this summer!

If you’re coming from inland, call ahead to Medusa to pick up pizza. They’re perfect for strapping to your bike and taking to the beach (plus no forks or knives needed.)

If you’re already set up by the beach, ​Porta is our favorite spot for drinks and some meatball pies. It gets really crowded from 7PM on, but you can always get it to go!


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Dana rides our Brighton 7 in Ivory

Photos by Veronica Lola Photography. Instagram: @veronicalolaphoto. Twitter: @veronicalolapho.


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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.