Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood once rivaled Brooklyn as the most densely populated neighborhood in the country. While it has seen several major changes in population since those days, much of it's handsome building stock has survived through the years and is currently housing "the Queen City's" most energetic and diverse neighborhood.
@nickdewald is an architect and developer who recently completed construction on a self-designed home for he and his family in the area and they couldn't be happier to call Over-the-Rhine (OTR) home. He has provided some insider tips for exploring OTR:
Nick and his wife Lindsay (@ourcityhouse) began a side project in 2011 shortly after moving back to Cincinnati from Brooklyn. The City Flea began in a surface parking lot downtown with 45 vendors selling everything from vintage clothes to brick oven pizza. The monthly event has now grown to upwards of 170 vendors and takes place at Washington Park- the highlight on a neighborhood tour any day of the week. Nick and Lindsay love to organize 'the flea' even more now that they live around the corner from it.
A tiny coffee spot where a cortado typically comes with some real conversation and a smile. One of several great sources of caffeine in the neighborhood that prove you do not need to be on a coast to find a high quality cup of coffee.
In OTR you should always be looking in every direction. It might be tricky but it will be worth it to make sure you catch the dozens of murals that exist thanks to local and international artists and Artworks, a local non-profit that works with local youth on art murals throughout the city.
Despite having opened only recently, Brown Bear Bakery is a hot spot! You'll typically find a line out the door shortly before doors open for the day with hungry customers anxious to get their hands on their signature Cinnamon Roll.
Stop by Taft's Ale House to see the building but don't leave without tasting one or all of the beers! Housed in a building that was once literally falling into the street due to disrepair and neglect, Taft's Ale House has turned a church built in the mid-1800s into a bustling cathedral of brewing. It is one of several can't-miss beer-enthusiast stops in OTR along with Rhinegeist Brewery and the lager tunnels you'll find on a Queen City Underground Tour.
One of the smallest spaces in town is home to one of the best restaurants in the region, Salazar. With a farm-focused menu, you can expect to see local farmers with their trucks parked outside this restaurant at all times of day. This is a place that you can stop by and grab a quick bite at the bar on a whim, or spend a couple hours celebrating a special event and exploring the menu.
A solid place to have a relaxed conversation with friends alongside a killer beer selection and legit wine list. Nothing fancy here, just the type of place you want to be.
This recently renovated and expanded park provides plenty of green places to picnic and relax. These along with a brand new swimming pool make Ziegler Park the place to be on a sunny day.
Worth waiting on a hot sidewalk for, Gomez. This spot is known best for their 'turtles', a hybrid burrito/tostada, which somehow manages to make a regular old burrito seem foolish. Order at the window along with a growler or six pack to go from Halfcut.
Every town has a donut shop that they say is the best around, but take it from a guy who has done the $4 glazed donut thing in several large cities that shall remain nameless- a $1 Holtman's Donuts, with its warm gooey center, can go up against the best of em. Get one for breakfast, dessert, or both!
If it wasn't obvious, there are no shortage of delicious things to consume while visiting Cincinnati. I really only covered about 3 square blocks and left out plenty. Pedaling around on a Bedford 3 or another handsome Brooklyn Bicycle will help offset the calories and get a whole new perspective!
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|COLOR-MATCHED FENDERS & CHAINGUARD||SADDLE|
|3-SPEED INTERNAL GEARING||GRIPS|
|KICKSTAND INCLUDED||TIRE COLOR|
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.
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.
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)!
Don’t forget: All of our bikes include Free Shipping & Professional Assembly.