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.
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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
"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."
"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."
|Frame:||Lightweight Steel frame, rear carrier & down tube braze-ons|
|Fork:||Brooklyn Bicycle Co. custom steel; front carrier braze-ons|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Extras:||Heavy-duty alloy center-mount kickstand,heavy gauge chainguard and full color-matched front & rear fenders|
Find your perfect bike from one of our signature collections. We're always here to help: if you need assistance check out our Bike Buying Guide, our Bicycle Finder, or you can always Contact Us with any questions.
Whether it's one of our Dealers or another shop nearby, all assembly and shipping is arranged and paid for by us. You just order, sit back, and we'll do the rest (it takes about 7-10 business days). We will send you an email when your bicycle is ready for pick-up.
It's that simple!
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.
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!
My wife loves her bike. Customer service was top notch as well as the build and style for the cost and quality of what we bought. Love it!
Love my bike and get so many compliments! Definitely recommend it if you're looking for a good looking cruiser!
I got this bike for my wife and she loves it - great for cruising around town and feeling happy about it. Super good customer service, fast delivery to my bike shop (even here in rural New Hampshire), and a pleasing ride. Went for the Selle Royal seat and the box on the back.
This is the other ½ of a pair of Brooklyn bikes for my son and new D-I-L bought as a wedding gift. This one got a custom handlebar, Soma f/r racks, a stripped and polished chain guard, a handmade basket, and Schwalbe Delta Cruisers (26x1 ⅜) — I also installed water bottle mounts on the downtube. I was going for that ultra cool 70’s mixte vibe... how did I do?
|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.