Worksman Cycles

Worksman Cycles

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.

You, and the Worksman Cycles head of marketing, can contact Ken through his website, which outlines most of his recent projects.

Worksman Cycles
Worksman Cycles
Worksman Cycles
Worksman Cycles
Worksman Cycles
Worksman Cycles
Worksman Cycles

  • If I had to guess, I’d say the reason that Worksman haven’t taken on the cult status of say Schwinn is because the lines of the bike aren’t as pretty.  If you look at a Schwinn cantilever the lines of the bike look right. Unfortunately I cant say the same for the worksman. 

    That being said, I do like this bike. With a pair of fenders, and a chain guard painted to match it would be even better yet…

  • Richard_fmc

    Love it! 🙂
    Reminds me alot of my 36 motorbike.

  • Sascha

    Cheapo cranks….
    Somehow i like the kinked tubes though.

  • Scobie

    I love its apparent simplicity. The colour scheme is very appealing, too, except I think the forks, being painted white, are swallowed up by the white tyres.

  • Matt Cardinal

    I love the utility. Worksman is the real deal American made bicycle. I feel a resurgence coming on…