August 22, 2017 2 translation missing: en.blogs.article.read_time

NICK CARNERA

@nickcarnera

Nick Carnera

 

We reached out to Nick Carnera so show us around Portland by bike and capture the city in his beautiful photographic style. We won't say much, his photos speak for themselves:

St. John's Bridge

I was really excited when Brooklyn Bike Co said they wanted to collaborate on a bike tour in the nationally known Biketown! “Portland”.

St. Johns Bridge 

We start our tour at sunrise in north Portland at one of the most iconic bridges in town, the St. Johns bridge. The sun beaming across the bridge makes it a great place to shoot morning light hitting the green hues of the structure. With views of industrial properties, cathedral park and the river below, this is a perfect spot for a bike cruise.

Wythe in Raw on St. John's Bridge

Blue Moon Camera & Machine 

In the little area of St. Johns is one of the only film camera shops still around. It’s my go to place to get film developed and pick up a fresh roll as well!

Blue Moon Camera

Portland Waterfront 

The east side of the Willamette river has the best view of Portland-hands down. There are tons of docks off of the water and a boardwalk that you can ride for miles. If you're feeling touristy, head over the Burnside Bridge and get a shot of the famous Portland, Oregon sign!

Portland Waterfront

International Rose Test Garden 

You can’t go to the city of roses without seeing the Rose Garden! Here we found ourselves surrounded by roses of every color. It's hard to get a bad photo of this place! And it smells great too!

International Rose GardenInternational Rose Garden

Robo Taco 

I don’t know about you but I can eat Mexican food any time of the day. From nachos to burritos, this little hole in the wall has it all. Of course, I got the giant chicken soft taco with a Jarritto!

Robo TacoRobo Taco

Heart Coffee Roasters

Lastly, we finish our tour with some of the best coffee in town! If you're looking to get a grande, non fat, caramel frappacino with extra whip cream then this isn't your coffee shop. But if you are a coffee connoisseur you're in luck. I ordered a traditional Macciato, perfect for an afternoon pick me up.

Heart CoffeeWythe in Raw

 

 


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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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