Ali Inay

Ali Inay


We reached out to none other than Ali Inay to show us around Montreal. The same man behind the infamous hashtag: #mtlcafecrawl, Ali's attention to detail, beautiful eye, and love of his city are just a handful of reasons why we approached him. His photos speak for themselves, but we got him to talk a bit about his favorite places in Montreal:


Montreal is by no means limited to two neighborhoods, but as I'm living in Parc Laurier, I'll be taking you around Plateau and Mile End with my Driggs 7

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Driggs 7


Cafe Noble

Café Noble

This hotspot next to the metro station is frequented by many people in the mornings, families and groups in the afternoon, and by everybody during the weekends! I always take a long espresso but they also serve ice cream when the weather gets hot (that corresponds to 68 degrees in Montreal). This coffee shop is right between Plateau and Mile End. Nearby is Parc Laurier, perfect for a picnic, and one of the pop-up art markets (s/o Puces Pop) that are held under the church next door.

(at Cafe Noble)


St-Viateur Bagel


This is usually the first place I bring my visiting friends when they come into town. It is one of the very few places open 24 hours in the city, and takes its name from the street it’s located on. Get the sesame bagels (or rosemary and sea salt ones if you’re feeling adventurous) and some cream cheese. You can either enjoy it on the benches at the corner (in front of Cafe Myriade) or anywhere along this vibrant street.

(at St-Viateur Bagel)


Drawn & Quarterly

The only (comic)bookstore in Mile End, Drawn & Quarterly (@drawnandquarterly) has hosted more events than our Google Calendar can even hold. Filled with selectively curated books and magazines, it carries a fascinating selection of comic books and contemporary finds from writers all around the world. Perfect to find a weekend read or your next summer novel.

(at Drawn & Quarterly)


Dragon Flower

Impossible to notice if you’re strolling down Rue Bernard, Dragon Flower announces itself with dozens of hanging birdcages. The flower shop became a Mile End staple and is hard to miss tucked between the coffee shops and boutiques in the neighborhood.

(at Dragon Flowers)


La Montrealaise Atelier

A welcomed staple of Montreal’s daily wear, LMA (@lamontrealaiseatelier) first appeared in pop-up markets and eventually found a solid base of fans. This always up-to-date and simple fashion stop is a must-see in East Mile End. The Mile End is home to many textile workshops, and is also home to the world-famous Frank & Oak headquarters and flagship store.

(at Le Montrealiaise Atelier)

Thanks Ali!

And remember to show us your own Brooklyn Bicycle, tag us #brooklynbicycleco!



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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.