Whether its stunning and sunny or mysterious and foggy, San Francisco is one of the nation's most diverse and beautiful cities. This bike tour will inevitably make you feel like a local. Check out all of Joanne's suggestions!

JOANNE ENCARNACION

@GoFitJo

Joanne is an inspiring and amazing influencer: a fitness and lifestyle blogger, a digital media maven, and a health coach, she is an all-around positive force. 

"I'm a fun loving wife and mother of 2 based out of the SF Bay Area! Living an active and healthy lifestyle can be a challenge for everyone. I love to blog and share my personal stories on both my accomplishments and failures, you can't have one without the other. I have this sick obsession with burpees and reusable water bottles, especially S'well Bottles. And my guilty pleasure happens to be Lindsay Lohan movies."

 (at Sightglass Coffee)

@sightglass

Sightglass Coffee is Joanne's choice for cold brew.

 (at Little Gem)

@littlegem.restaurant

Little Gem is a perfect spot for those with dietary restrictions and those who enjoy delicious, healthy food. Plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, Joanne suggests the Bibimbap and the Korean Style Grilled Beef.

(at Seldom Seen)

With an exceptional jewelry selection and an array of finely curated wares, Seldom Seen can fulfill all of your style needs.

(at Golden Gate Bridge)

It's not a trip to San Francisco without a picture (or two!) in front of this iconic bridge.

(at As Quoted)

@eatasquoted

Joanne suggests the Almond Butter & Honey open faced sandwich and a green juice after a ride over the bridge.

(at Avant Barre)

@avantbarre

Owner Nini Guenco has originated a workout that pulls from her ballet background. Guaranteed to be a fun and challenging workout!

(at Eat Dabba)

The Cajun Chicken Bowl is the "BOMB DOT COM."

(at Mint Studios)

A pilates, barre, and yoga studio. "Try their booty barre class, it'll get your buns burning."

(at Sutro Baths)

A former recreational swimming facility made in a NeoClassical style, the concrete ruins are now all that is left of the former educational and healthy retreat. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area since 1973.

(at Andytown Coffee Roasters)

@andytownsf

Another great place to get a cup of coffee.

(at Flora Grubb Gardens)

A beautiful hidden away spot to make succulent arrangements, or buy beautiful plants for  your home. Not just a plant nursery, this garden has a coffee shop inside as well.

 

A big thank you to Cognition Cyclery!


Be sure to follow @gofitjo for more locally loved San Francisco spots. Check out With the Locals (@withthelocals)  for more information. Share your favorite places to cruise to on your bike - #localxbrooklynbikeco

 


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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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