Crown Flora Studio

Adam + Davis

@crownflora

  
We asked our friends to the north Adam and Davis, owners of the Crown Flora Studios to show us around Toronoto. Check out how biking enhanced their lives and the bond with their community below.

In a large metropolitan, fast paced city like Toronto, it's easy to get lost in a sea of traffic. Time is so important to us that we needed a new way of getting around town without using our car constantly. We decided we needed a faster, simpler, healthier and more efficient way of getting around town - by bicycle!

When we saw beautiful orange bikes at our local bike store, we immediately fell in love and purchased two. Having these bikes have allowed us to zip around town quickly. Our lives have changed since we started riding our bikes. We've discovered new places that we wouldn't normally see while driving in a car. It's definitely made us happier and healthier!



We own two stores here in beautiful Toronto called Crown Flora that specialize in greens, terrariums and floral arrangements. If you could describe our style it's a 'controlled wild'. We’re not your typical florist - we're inspired by ways flowers naturally grow. When we make our arrangements, we don't force our flowers to move or bend in a certain way.

Crown Flora Studio

Willow 3, Crown Flora Stuido

Our primary warehouse location is in Parkdale in a beautiful pink building off of Queen Street West. Our second location is located on Queen Street West and is shared with Greenhouse Juice who make delicious fresh juices daily.

Greenery Juice

Upon entering the warehouse, you’ll always see our tangerine Brooklyn Bikes parked amongst the greens. They’re always admired by customers who come in the shop. Having the bikes helps us zip back and forth between our two shops and people love seeing us on these vibrant orange bikes!   

While on our bikes we’ve ventured out to different neighborhoods to show you the Toronto we know and love. Here’s where our bikes have taken us so far: 

 
Adam on our Lorimer in Mint Green and Davis on our Willow 3 in Tangerine
 

Parkdale/Queen Street West

Parkdale is located in the west end part of Queen Street. Local businesses are supported and thrive here because of the diverse demographic of the neighborhood. Food options are plenty and we love trying new tastes from various cultures. Parkdale runs along Lakeshore which includes beautiful bike paths that meander beside Lake Ontario.

There are quite a number of murals and art installations by both local and international artists. The BIA is very supportive of the arts community so there’s always funding for beautifying the neighborhood.

Parkdale, Toronto

While in Parkdale we love going to Sam James Coffee for their lattes to fuel up. Queen West Antiques is a great spot for mid-century modern items. The store receives gorgeous collections that are often used in movies so you’re sure to find some quality pieces.
 
After a bit of shopping you can peddle over to Trinity Bellwoods, a well known park in Toronto. It’s centrally located and is equipped with bike paths, dog parks, a community centre and other amenities. Beautiful old trees surround the park and many people flock there to have picnics or lounge around.
Puente de Luz

Liberty Village 

There are lots of condo developments in Toronto that embrace art and active lifestyles. Developers are building parks and bike paths to encourage a healthy lifestyle. We rode our mint colored Lorimer bicycle for our long ride along this this pedestrian bridge, Puente de Luz which lights up at night!

Lorimer in Soft Mint 
Ossington, Toronto

Ossington

The Ossington neighborhood is a short bike ride from our store. There are tons of great little shops and independent stores. We enjoy getting a pie at Superpoint Pizza. It’s open late when you need that after party pizza fix!
 Superpoint Pizza

If you are still craving carbs head over to Bobbie-Sue’s which has hands down the best mac and cheese in Toronto. It’s on a side street of Ossington and easily accessible by bicycle. 

Bobbie Sue's and Willow 3

Another favorite spot of ours is Julie’s Snack Bar, known for its mojitos. It’s a cute little establishment that resembles something you’d see in a tropical country down south. They’ve got a lovely little patio surrounded by massive trees.

Julie's Snack Bar

That concludes our bike tour of Toronto, next time you're up north make sure to stop by Crown Flora to say hello! 

Willow 3 and Puppy
Thank you to Zara from XO VELO for the beautiful photos! 

 

 


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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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