Howdy y’all. It’s the duo from the lifestyle blog, This Is The Place I Was Telling You About. We’ve partnered with our friends over at Brooklyn Bike Co to share our day date to Prospect Park. With all the rain that’s been going on lately, we were ecstatic when the sun finally came out. So we packed our backpack, grabbed our bikes and decide to make the trip from Bushwick to Prospect Park.
The Soldier and Sailors Memorial Arch at the main entrance of the park always catches our eye. We find the architecture especially beautiful.
While the foliage was no longer at its peak, the leaves on the ground definitely added to the autumn vibes. Fall is our favorite seasons so the longer we get to bask in it the better.
It was a brisk day, so when we weren’t biking things got a bit chilly. It made for the perfect reason to warm up with hot cider and donuts. We laid down a blanket, read a little bit, and did some people watching.
On our way home, we stopped at a local farmers market to pick up some fresh produce for dinner that evening. We came across a Chinese dumpling vendor and ordered half a dozen pork dumplings to eat while we walked around. The dumplings aren’t pictured because they were devoured in seconds. They were delicious!
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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.