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.

 

*For United States customers, please note the only color available in the LARGE Franklin 3 is MATTE CORAL.

 

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

    AS SEEN IN

    "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."

    Business Insider

     + See More

  • 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

Based on 117 reviews
97%
(114)
2%
(2)
1%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
R
R.
Great Bike

I bought this bike for my girlfriend (for sizing she's 5'4 and I got her a small). I hopped on the phone with Ryan and he gave me bike recommendations based on the area where I live and what I needed (casual riding/getting around town in a hilly area). The bike came within two weeks fully assembled and the bike is great.

Thanks for sharing Robert. We're thrilled she's enjoying her bike. What a fun gift! -Ryan Zagata
V
V.P.
great ride and compliment magnet

I have really enjoyed my Franklin 7. I use it to commute 10 miles a day to work. It is a comfortable, upright ride that takes on some hills (about 200 feet elevation change overall) no problem. I added the front wooded rack and steering makes it a bit squirrelly, but I am getting used to the handling. As a bonus, I get tons of compliments - it is a good looking bike.

Thanks so much for sharing Vanessa. We love seeing what you've done with the bike to make it your own and we're also thrilled you're getting some good riding in on those hills. Thanks again. -Ryan Zagata
J
J.L.
Great Commuter Bike!

Living in Denver and working in Boulder, the Franklin 3 is an awesome and affordable option for commuting around by bike even with our crazy hills. The step-through options were a great find since I was looking for a bike similar to my Dutch bike from when I lived in the Netherlands. I picked the bike up at my local Olde Town Arvada bike shop with all of my accessories retrofitted on the bike, which was nice! I would also highly recommend if you purchase this bike that you get a good lock that you can insure the cost of the bike with (Kryptonite etc.). Thanks, Brooklyn Bicycle Co. for the awesome bike!

Thanks for sharing Joan. We're thrilled that you're loving your Franklin 3. -Ryan Zagata
M
M.S.
Brooklyn Roots

I’m back riding a bicycle. And it took me to go back to my native Brooklyn to do it.
I now ride daily to the LIRR instead of driving for my daily commute. It’s been years since I
Was back in a bike, but I was ready!

My Brooklyn Bicycle is light, sturdy, easy to handle and makes dealing with hills doable for me.
And it looks great. I wish more people would ride their bikes in Port Washington. Less Cars!

We are so thrilled you're enjoying your bike Michelle. We will keep our eyes peeled next time we're in Pt. Washington. -Ryan Zagata
M
M.F.
All-around nice bike!

I'm new to this, so I can't offer expert testimony, but I'm loving my bike so far! It's classic, lightweight, and rides smooth as butta. For a road bike, it even handles the gravel bike path in my town (the rocks are fairly small, so don't assume this means it'd be okay on a rockier gravel road). Maybe it's just because I'd been using my mom's Schwinn from like, the 60s (38 pounds!!!), but this bike feels refreshing to ride.

Thank you Michelle. We are so thrilled you're enjoying your Franklin 3 and appreciate you taking the time to share this review. -Ryan Zagata
A
A.
Gloss Black

Really beautiful bike! I've gotten so many compliments on it :) Lets me glide right through the city!

Thanks for sharing Amanda. We're thrilled that you're enjoying your Franklin 3. -Ryan Zagata
AS SEEN IN

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.

x