Franklin 3

 

 

Our essential city bike is a fan favorite for getting around town without working up a sweat. Stylish and utilitarian, the Franklin 3 enables riders of all stripes to simply hop on and go. The step through frame and color-matched fenders ensure easy riding sans wardrobe restrictions, while the lightweight design makes for smooth travel from brunch to the office and everywhere in between. The low maintenance internally geared hub and puncture-resistant tires make the Franklin 3 as economical as it is stylish.

Color
Ivory
Matte Coral
Gloss Black
Sea Glass
Cardinal Red
Size
  • KEY FEATURES

     
    INTERNALLY GEARED 3-SPEED

    For moderately hilly areas with minimal maintenance

     
    LIGHTWEIGHT STEP-THROUGH FRAME

    For easy riding with no wardrobe restrictions, Franklin's frame provides a light, yet absorbent ride

     
    PUNCTURE RESISTANT TIRES

    For all terrain, worry-free riding

    IN YOUR WORDS

    "Awesome company and excellent and personal customer service. Not only is it beautifully made but it's a gorgeous smooth ride. So happy with my decision."

    -Christine Peterson

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    "The Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Franklin 3 is our top pick because it has an attractive upright design good for visibility and comfort, features high-quality parts, and is available in several styles."

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  • FRAME
    Frame: Lightweight Steel frame, rear carrier & down tube braze-ons
    Fork: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. custom steel; front carrier braze-ons
    DRIVETRAIN
    Front Hub: Sealed-Bearing Alloy 32H
    Rear Hub: Shimano NEXUS 3-Speed internally geared
    Shifter: Shimano NEXUS Revo 3-Speed Shifter
    Pedals: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Alloy City Pedals
    Bottom Bracket: Square-taper BSA English threaded-cartridge bottom bracket with sealed bearings
    Crank: 3-piece alloy with replaceable chain ring & integrated chain guard
    Chain: KMC Heavy Duty
    WHEELS
    Tires: S/M - Puncture-resistant 26x1.375 Tires, L - Puncture-resistant 700x35 Tires
    Rims: Double-Walled Alloy, 32H with CNC Machined Brake Surface
    Spokes: 14G stainless steel
    COMPONENTS
    Saddle: Selle Royal Vegan Leather Comfort Saddle
    Seat Post: Alloy with integrated seat clamp and micro-adjust
    Handlebar: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Custom Upright relaxed alloy handlebars & 180mm alloy stem
    Headset: 1” Threaded Alloy, Semi-sealed with weather-seal ring
    Grips: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Custom Vegan Leather Comfort Grips
    Front & Rear Brakes: Tektro Dual-Pivot Caliper with Tektro Alloy Hand Lever
    OTHER INFORMATION
    Extras: Heavy-duty alloy center-mount kickstand,heavy gauge chainguard and full color-matched front & rear fenders
    Weight: 31-33 lbs

Customer Reviews

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Obsessed with this bike!

This is the first bike I've ever bought and I couldn't be happier. First of all, it's adorable. Second of all it's great for a new or inexperienced rider - super comfortable and easy to ride.

Thanks so much for sharing Alex - we're honored to be your 'first bike.' -Ryan Zagata
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In love with my bike

This bike (Franklin 7) is just what I was looking for! Easy to ride and beautiful, get so many compliments! The matte coral is so pretty. I love the vintage look.
Also very good staff and the owner Ryan so friendly and helpful. I’ll give it 10 stars if I could.

Thanks so much for sharing Daniela. These photos are outstanding and we enjoyed meeting you in our showroom. -Ryan Zagata
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CUTEST BIKE SO CUTE

I got the 3 speed as Brooklyn is flat. Love my bike, easy quick sweet little ride. Local biz with very friendly staff and owner. They are active in our community, I have a very high opinion of their product and the biz.

Thanks for sharing Kristen and for acknowledging our efforts in the community. We LOVE Brooklyn and couldn't be happier to call this neighborhood our home. -Ryan Zagata
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Love My Ride!

The customer service was excellent. The bike shipped locally and was assembled quickly, and I feel proud cruising around on my colorful ride!

Great photo Emily! We're thrilled you are enjoying your Franklin 7. Thanks for sharing your experience. -Ryan Zagata
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Just what I was looking for!

This bike is just what I was looking for. It’s lightweight and versatile over different terrain; the upright handlebar is comfortable and easy to steer. The internal gear system is very convenient for changing gears and works well for the area I live; if you live in a more hilly area you may want to consider the 7-speed. It’s very comfortable and the cream color is so pretty.

Thanks so much for sharing Audrey. We are thrilled you're enjoying your Franklin 3 and couldn't agree more that the ivory colorway is a real head turner. -Ryan Zagata
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Great bike

I immediately felt much more comfortable on this bike then others I have ridden. Having it made to my height specifications and particular needs was a wonderful decision. I do wish it was a bit lighter (I happen to have to carry up two flights of stairs), but other than that, I am perfectly delighted with my Franklin!

thanks so much Elisabeth. We're thrilled you're enjoying your Franklin 3 bike. -Ryan Zagata
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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.