Worksman Cycles are the ultimate trad American velocipede, I’m surprised they haven’t developed the cult of customization as Schwinn or other retro names. They’re the essential paperboy bike and most Americans would be familiar with the Good Humor Ice Cream Man who would trundle around on a Worksman tricycle. Maybe renewed interest in their reliable adaptability is yet to come.
The Worksman was supplied to Fortune 500 companies to transport staff and cargo around large factories and their credo, “Our Goal is to bring a more efficient, reliable and healthful transportation to modern industry”, has guided the business since Morris Worksman began producing bicycles in 1898. Ken Jasinski, a San Francisco-based product designer restored this particular Worksman from previous employment at the Boeing Everett Factory. As the Everett factory is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest building in the world by volume, it’s a good thing they were built so dependably. Ken cleaned up the frame and smoothed out each braze, powder coated the frame and forks, installed a pair of Schwalbe Fat Franks and a Brooks saddle. The pared back aesthetic could be just what Worksman Cycles need to re-establish the brand at the forefront of patriotic wallets who wish to buy American.