For super hilly areas like San Francisco & Seattle with minimal maintenance
For easy riding with no wardrobe restrictions
Ultra-lightweight double-butted 4130 Chromoly frame for light, yet absorbent ride
All right so this review was going to be a little bit different. I had a Willow 7. I absolutely loved my bike. I know I left a review somewhere but I don't think I ever did here. I just read a review that someone thought it was clunky oh absolutely not in my opinion. I am a seasoned rider both casual and road. I was born with some challenges. I have spina bifida and that means a hole in the spine when you're forming as a baby, it never closed up. About 7 years ago I could not walk 100 feet without falling. After three neurologists at the hospital basically gave up when I did not qualify for a critical surgery running from my spine up to the brainstem because of a double stroke threat; my family doctor was the only one that did not give up on me. He told me my healing would come from God and to make a long story short it did. I started walking and falling every hundred feet but I kept walking. Eight months later after lots of falls and humiliation I was able to walk 12 miles, it was 12 times around a little lake we have close to where I live. Then I bought my first bike and I kept falling but was very determined to ride. I am much bigger than my scars thanks to God. After two years of riding through all kinds of whether I could go from riding 1 mile in a day to my best day of 60 miles in one day. I am also not a slow rider. I was so happy when I got my bike as you can tell in the photo. My fibromyalgia got really bad and my doctor would no longer allow me to carry my bike down and up to a second floor. I sold my bike and you to an accident falling and hurting my hip and left leg had to move to a first floor altogether somewhere else. Sadly I am too scared to live on the first floor alone so now I just rent a room but I am happy and safe. The Willow I can tell you is so good that I am diligently saving up little by little to replace the one I had. It was so beautiful and shifted smoothly and there was a lot of "on your left" :-)
I've owned this bike (in large and blue) for about 10 months now and love it. I had a challenge finding a new bike that had all of the features I wanted ( at least 7 speed internal hub, step through frame, swept back handlebars, chain guard, fenders, rear rack all included) in a size that fits me at 6'1". Most bikes with these features seem to be made smaller sizes and/or are intended for women. Due to some lower back issues in recent years I've wanted to ride more upright than I used to. I was fortunate to find this bike after much searching in Washington DC where I live. The moment I hopped on it for a test ride, I knew it was the bike I was looking for. It's been a perfect commute bike for my daily round trip of about 12 miles. I have a great time riding it. I ride mostly on city streets, but my commute takes me over the gravel paths on the National Mall and it handles this fine, too, thanks to the wide tires. Recently I noticed that something was wrong with the rear fender as it was rattling around like it was loose--somehow one of the brackets(?) that holds it in place must have broken off. I emailed Brooklyn Bicycle Co. about it and Ryan wrote me back in less than 30 minutes, got info about my bike (where I got it, etc., etc.), and a couple days later they are shipping me a new fender at no cost. The bike has been a pleasure to ride and my only customer service experience with the folks at the Co. was great. Highly recommended if you're looking for what I was looking for! I feel like I finally have a frame that fits me just right and I'll keep for years. Disc brakes would have been awesome but weren't a deal-breaker for me).
A year ago I bought my Willow 7. At that time I never rode a bicycle and knew literary nothing about them, I just fell in love with the way it looks. So, at the age of 30, I finally can say that I learned how to bike and enjoy the process :) And I'm super proud to have Willow 7
I test rode a 3 at the LBS before purchasing the 7. I love the upright posture (better for my lower back) and the look and feel. This is my first step through and my first hub. I love both aspects. I don't think I'd ever go back to a derailleur now. I love the hub! Love it! I really wish it came in other color options, and it hasn't done as well on steeper hills as I'd like (my hybrid served me better there, but I try to avoid hills, generally), but I am very glad I bought it. When I picked it up, I rode it downtown to Comic-Con and pushed it through the throngs in all its shiny new glory. I wasn't there five minutes before three guys approached and asked if it was an 8-speed and said how sharp it looked. I pretty much get compliments everywhere! Love my Willow!
I bought this bike online after test riding a smaller size in-store and needing to order the larger one. Confirmation of which bike shop in DC it would be delivered to, and indeed the delivery itself were super fast. And the shop which made the bike up for me (BikeSPACE) was also fast and professional - good choice in partners!
The bike feels well made and good quality, it is much lighter than my last Dutch style bike (a Pashley) and is a pleasure to ride. The pannier holder on the back has also been really useful.
I'll recommend Brooklyn Bicycle Co. to others, for sure.