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We asked some Brooklyn Bicycle riders how riding a bike has changed their lives--in little ways and big--and here's what they said...

Ride Out, Smell the Roses 

Whitney Campeau of lifestyle blog See Shop Eat Docruises around LA on her Brooklyn Bicycle. Soak up her style on instagram.
"I find that whenever I ride my bike I discover new things (a pretty tree, a gorgeous house, a new coffee shop) that I wouldn't have even noticed if I were zooming past in my car. I love that biking helps you to be more in the moment and connected to your surroundings."

Small Changes, Huge Impact

Christina and Robert of Arizona lifestyle blog New Darlings make a stylish pair on their Willow and Driggs bicycles. Follow their adventures on instagram.

"Since both getting bikes back in December, we have made some small changes to our everyday routines that have made a big impact on the way we live.  Our home is in central Phoenix, so all the great spots are so close and bike trails are everywhere. Taking our bikes out for a spin and pedaling to the nearest coffee shop on Sunday mornings, then stopping at the local market on the way home makes weekends more fun and gives us the bit of exercise we need."

Exercise and clarity

Joe Miragliotta of men's lifestyle blog Joe's Daily and men's lifestyle magazine @mens.magazine zips around LA on our popular Wythe.

"I may be the only person in Los Angeles who doesn't own a car. Since starting my business and working from home, I decided it was time to ditch the car and get a bike. Life changing! Not only do I get a great workout, I've found it peaceful and a great way to clear my head in between long writing sessions on the couch."

Keep riding! It'll certainly change your life in small, fun ways--and very likely in big, empowering ways. And we'd love to know what biking has done for you! Share your experiences in the comments or tweet at us.


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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.

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