Part 22 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. Living a car-free, bicycle lifestyle has certain limitations. Adding a load-hauling cargo bike to your rack eliminates several of them.
Need to stock up at the grocery store with a week’s worth of food for the entire family? No problem. Worksman Cycles manufactures a wide range of heavy-duty bicycles and tricycles that can handle several hundred pounds of cargo.
An article in the Wall Street Journal turned me on to this 115-year-old company (and provides a very entertaining overview of its staff and operations), but was light on details regarding the specific models available. Turns out there are literally dozens of different configurations and styles. Here’s a quick overview, though it’s well worth the time to browse their site to get a sense of the myriad options, both ultra-functional and outrageously silly.
Industrial tricycles are the company’s specialty. Designed to haul major loads, their super heavy-duty Mover Tricycles feature extra-thick rims (“50% thicker than any other brand”), lots of solid steel components, and extra beefy 3/16-inch chains.
The single-speed Mover Industrial Tricycle M2626-CB ($869, pictured above) is the company’s most popular. The large rear platform accommodates several accessories for easier hauling, including a large-capacity rear basket ($129, pictured), as well as an optional front basket ($25 to $35). For $60 more, you can upgrade to a three-speed option (the Mover Industrial Tricycle M2626-3C).
Support your Northeast gear companies! Here are the 21 I’ve profiled to date:
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.