Willow 3

 

 

Our signature step through bike, the Willow 3 is available in an inspiring array of colors. Equipped with color-matched fenders and chainguard, this stylish city bike allows for all-day, all-weather riding. You’ll be riding in comfort thanks to the swept-back handlebars and Selle Royal sprung saddle and grips. The low maintenance internally geared hub and cream puncture-resistant tires make the Willow 3 your must have city accessory.

Color
Sea Glass
Tangerine
Cardinal Red
Columbia Blue
Gloss Black
Size
  • KEY FEATURES

     
    INTERNALLY GEARED 3-SPEED

    For moderately hilly areas with minimal maintenance

     
    STEP-THROUGH

    For easy riding with no wardrobe restrictions

     
    LIGHTWEIGHT FRAME

    Ultra-lightweight double-butted 4130 Chromoly frame for light, yet absorbent ride

    IN YOUR WORDS

    "(The Willow) strikes a perfect balance between vintage style and modern functionality"

    -Camille Styles

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    "Easy to ride without the hurried feeling of a racer, these city vehicles are made with eco-friendly materials."

    New York Observer

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  • FRAME
    Frame: Ultra-lightweight double-butted 4130 CrMo stepthrough frame with rear carrier & down tube braze-ons
    Fork: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. custom steel fork with fender & front carrier braze-ons
    DRIVETRAIN
    Front Hub: Sealed-Bearing Alloy 36H
    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
    Chain: KMC Zinc- and chrome-treated to resist corrosion and rusting
    WHEELS
    Tires: M - Puncture resistant 26x1.375” Cream Tires, L - Puncture resistant 700x35 Cream Tires
    Rims: Double-Walled Alloy, 32H with CNC Machined Brake Surface
    Spokes: 14G stainless steel
    COMPONENTS
    Saddle: Selle Royal Vegan Leather Spring Comfort Saddle
    Seat Post: Alloy with integrated seat clamp and micro-adjust
    Handlebar: Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Custom Upright swept back alloy handlebars & 180mm alloy stem
    Headset: 1” Threaded Alloy, Semi-sealed with weather-seal ring
    Grips: Selle Royal 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, full color-matched front & rear fenders, polished alloy rear carrier with integrated tie-down loops
    Weight: 32-33 lbs

Customer Reviews

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R.S.
Head over wheels for my Willow 3!

My boyfriend surprised me for my birthday with a Franklin 3. It’s absolutely beautiful, extremely comfortable and rides well! We have already gone on multiple 10+ mile rides together and am absolutely in love. Best gift and bike of all time!

Happy Birthday! Thanks so much for sharing! We're thrilled you're enjoying your Willow 3 and we appreciate you sharing the photos. -Ryan Zagata
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M.S.
Willow 7

This bike was perfect for my daughter going to college! Came in just as advertised!

Thanks for sharing Matthew. Glad she's enjoying. -Ryan Zagata
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W.C.
Tops around town.

My wife bought the Willow 3 after extensive research into comparable brands. We looked at Linus, Public, Breezer, and a number of others. While they all look similar, they aren't. The chromoly steel frame is resilient and absorbs road shock beautifully. The geometry is terrific (my wife is 5' and it was hard to find another brand that she felt good on). The ride is quiet and very very smooth. And the bike looks terrific - practical for commuting, errands, and just for Saturday night restaurant excursion. She rode a Raleigh Classic Roadster for almost 10 years and this is a dramatic trade up in quality at a very reasonable price. Also - visit the Greenpoint showroom and talk to Ryan. He's passionate and helpful, and went a long way to make sure that we focussed on the bikes that were right for us, without ever making us feel pressured.

Thanks Will. The team jumps at the chance to work with showroom guests so we're thrilled you had a great experience. We are also thrilled that our Willow 3 is exceeding your expectations. Hope to catch you riding around Brooklyn. Thanks again. -Ryan Zagata
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D.G.
Fun Bikes for our Beach "Fungalow"

My wife and I recently moved to a little beach bungalow. We wanted to get a couple of "urban" style bikes to cruise the boardwalk and ride to local coffee shops and restaurants. We discovered Brooklyn Bicycle Co online, and immediately fell in love with the unique style and cool retro look of their frames. We already had five bikes hanging in the garage, but my Driggs 3 and my wife's Willow 3 are now our favorite bikes to ride! Ryan was super helpful on the phone, gave me sizing advice, and even took extra time to swap bicycle biz stories. Every step of the order process was spot-on and professional, from the email notifications, to the free shipping and assembly by a friendly local shop, to the "old school" personal hand-written thank you card we received. Classy!

Thanks so much. We are so glad you are enjoying your bikes and appreciative for your recognition of the small things we do. Enjoy both of your bikes. -Ryan Zagata
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E.P.
Great bike from an even better company

My Willow 7 has been fantastic. You can tell by riding it that it is very well made, super smooth, etc. But what made me really want to buy a Brooklyn Bicycle is speaking with the people within this company. The president of the company himself (didn't realize this at the time) spoke with me for a solid 45min-1hr about the different bikes they offered, their differences, and what would work best for me personally. He also taught me some things I had not known about bikes in general. He was so kind and patient as he even listened to me rant about how my previous bike was stolen recently! (haha, still bitter about it). I also received a hand-written card wishing me well when I'd received my Willow 7 and personalized emails notifying me of the bike shipment from other employees in Brooklyn Bicycle Co., etc. That kind of customer service I don't see too often so I knew that this would be a really great bike w/ great quality behind it and that it would last a while. I also knew that if anything had happened to the bike that I could depend on Brooklyn Bicycle Co. with their advice and guidance. If you want to buy a bike from a company backed by really great people, I highly recommend Brooklyn Bicycle Co.

Thanks so much for sharing Erin. We loved visiting with you and we are glad we were able to get you situated with the right bike. Enjoy! -Ryan Zagata
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M.
So great we bought two

My wife bought me a Driggs three summers ago after coming back from a trip to The Hague. Needless to say, I love it. The problem is she also loved it so much that she ended up riding mine all the time, preferring it over a purportedly much fancier (i.e., expensive) woman's hybrid that used to be her errand/commuter bike! So I bought her a Willow earlier this summer and, problem solved-- now we both have bikes we are thrilled with. We live in central Denver so steep hills are not a problem, and the three-speed is perfect to get anywhere in town. She chose the sea glass color which gets compliments anywhere and everywhere we stop. She reports that the step over frame makes it ideal for cruising to dinner in a skirt or summer dress and for mounting the bike when she has either saddle bags on the back or the baby seat on the front. Regarding the latter, we have a Thule Ridealong Mini that is easily moved from one bike to the other-- our son has ridden on the front of these Brooklyn bikes since he was eight months old. Both the Willow and the Driggs are balanced, stable, and yet still quick with the baby seat installed. Indeed, the ride is comfortable enough that our son has fallen asleep on the bike!

Thanks so much for the repeat business. We are glad you were able to reclaim your Driggs. Also glad to hear that the bikes have become a family affair with the little ones. -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.