Ben Lalisan is our last city tour from our partnership with With the Locals. While we're sad to see it coming to an end, this last guide is one for the books! Nashville is a well-known music capital, but Ben shows us the less-followed path, revealing hidden gems and a surprisingly bikeable version of the Music City.

"Hi, I’m Ben Lalisan, a designer and photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee. I’m really excited to team up with With The Locals and Brooklyn Bike Co and show you around a few of my favorite spots in Nashville. We are really fortunate to have a network of pedestrian and bike-friendly roads called the Nashville Greenway. It allows locals to walk or bike through many of the neighborhoods around Nashville. Germantown is one of my most favorite neighborhoods and I’ll show you a couple of my favorite spots there as well."

Some of the best coffee shops and restaurants can be found in Germantown. It's an up-and-coming neighborhood in Nashville with a great deal of revitalization happening.

(at Germantown, Nashville)

If you're looking for a cozy place to get coffee, doughnuts from Five Daughters, and biscuit sandwiches, Barista Parlor in Germantown is it! It's quiet enough to get work done, and has a very chill vibe.

(at Barista Parlor)

Ben's favorite coffee shop in Germantown is Steadfast (@SteadfastCoffee). His suggestion: the granola.

 (at Steadfast)

Even though Ben hasn't personally tried 5th and Taylor (@5thandtaylor), it has rave reviews, and it doesn't hurt that the architecture is easy on the eyes.

(at 5th and Taylor)

"Me and my thoughts...and my bike. I love this bike. The build quality is solid while being incredibly light."

(at Percy Priest Lake)

Our Roebling in front of a mural by J. Dante Bard and Troy Duff at the entrance of Two Rivers Park.

(at Two Rivers Park)

"One of the iconic bridges in Nashville - Cumberland Pedestrian Bridge connects Two Rivers Park to Shelby Bottoms Park in East Nashville. The Roebling makes exploring Two Rivers Park and Shelby Bottoms Park a lot of fun!"

(at Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge)

 

 

 

Be sure to follow @benlalisan for more locally loved Nashville spots. Check out With the Locals ( @withthelocals)  for more information. A special thanks to our friends over at Trail & Fitness Bicycles. Share your favorite places to cruise to on your bike - #localxbrooklynbikeco And if you need a bike of your own, check out our Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Collections Page.

 


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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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