Worksman Cycles of Queens, New York—U.S.-Made Heavy-Duty Cargo Bikes

February 21, 2013

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).

Worksman also offers a range of Front Loader Tricycles, including the standard Model STPT ($899, pictured right), as well as lighter-duty models that are a bit less expensive ($449 to $599).

For those not in need of a load-hauling bike, Worksman produces a line of recreational bicycles and tricycles as well.

Pedal on!

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“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.