ESTHER LEE

@eslee

 

Pasadena sits just northeast of downtown LA, and is an interesting city. Big, but not too big, busy, but not too busy, it is the home of the famous Rose Bowl, stunning architecture and - just outside the city - breathtaking hikes. 

Esther Lee is a travel and lifestyle/fashion photographer who lives in Pasadena. With the Locals and Brooklyn Bicycle Co. gave her our Willow 7 to take around to her favorite places in the city.

Check out Esther's suggestions below (and a few of our own!):

 

"The perfect break for a perfect ride."

(at Cafe De Leche)

 

"Don’t mind me. I’m right where I need to be."

(at South Pasadena)

 

"One of my favorite places to eat."

(at Communal)

 

"Gorgeous library. When the sun sets, the color of the building looks super golden. I’m all about that shadow and light."

(at Public Library South Pasadena)

"My secret Pasadena gem. Who knew they’d plant a garden right in the middle of the city?"

(at Arlington Garden)

"There’s something about the lighting around this church that keeps me coming back."

"Why spend money on a European vacation when we have places like this?"

(at Pasadena City Hall)

"So blue can’t miss it. Very cozy inside."

(at Cafe De Leche)

 

Eaton Canyon Falls, an easily accessible hike for those who don't mind a crowd on the weekends. A nice way to escape to nature without escaping too far from the city.

(Eaton Canyon Falls)

 

 Strolling through Old Pasadena is something that can't be missed. A famous stretch of the city, it hosts the Rose Bowl Parade and is becoming a foodie heaven. A good suggestion: modern Mexican fine dining courtesy of Maestro. Stop in for a Mezcal cocktail and some tacos.

(Maestro)

 

Be sure to follow @eslee for more locally loved Pasadena spots. Check out With the Locals for more information. Tag us with #BrooklynBicycle and #localxbrooklynbikeco on social, so we can see where you pedal! 


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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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