Vincent Cross With Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Wythe 

Vincent Cross



We connected with video producer - and consummate Brooklyn boy - Vincent Cross, and asked him to show us around his home neighborhood of Crown Heights.  He said yes, grabbed a Wythe, and took to the streets to document his favorite spots in the area. Take a peek below to read about his trip.:



Golda Egg Sandwiches

Have you ever loved the food at a place so much, only for it to suddenly close down? That’s what happened to me with Tilda All Day, the former home of my Favorite Egg Sandwich. That was until Danny Nusbaum (formerly one half of TAD) went off on his own to open Golda - a quaint neighborhood joint serving up middle eastern inspired food. My Favorite Egg Sandwich included.


 Nagle's Bagels

Nagel's Bagel

If you’re looking for something a little more well, New York, then another one of my go-to is the Classic Nagle from Nagle's Bagel. Think sliced smoked salmon, house-made cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, and capers. Ask for it on a toasted everything and you’ve got it made. Pro Tip? Head next door to Little Zelda for a coffee while you wait for your order.


 Brooklyn Pizza Crew Brooklyn Pizza Crew Shop and Pizza

Speaking of New York classics, every good New York neighborhood need it’s very only pizza slice spot. In Crown Heights, I would say it would have to be Brooklyn Pizza Crew over on Nostrand.


GuerosGueros Food on Table

In the mood for some Tex-Mex? How about Gueros on Prospect Heights. Home of the best nachos in the neighborhood. On a hot summer day, make sure to get the margarita - ask for half frozen, half shaken.


 The Food SermonFood Sermon Bowl

If you find yourself dreaming about the islands, I suggest heading over to The Food Sermon where you’ll meet one of the friendliest faces in the neighborhood. Rawlston Williams’ build-your-own jerk chicken bowls always hits the spot. Take a swig of some of his bottled sorrel and you might just find yourself on The Grenadines.


 Hart’sHarts Clam Toast

Named one of Bon Appetit’s Best Ten New Restaurants in 2017, Hart’s is a solid addition to the neighborhood. No matter what the occasion, do yourself a favor and and have whatever chef Nick Perkins recommends. Make sure to pair it with whatever cocktail Nialls Fallon recommends and you’ll be good to go.


 DorisBrooklyn Bicycle Co. Wythe Outside of Doris

Close out your evening with a nightcap at Doris. If you’re still hungry, grab a grilled cheese from their nightly pop up and head to the backyard for a table tennis match. If you can’t find me there, check Do or Dive for some late-night Brooklyn fun.


Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Wythe and Vincent Cross


Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Wythe against green and yellow wall

Vincent rides a Wythe in Raw.


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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:





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.



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.



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.