Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Home of the Homeless
Bikes: Rustbuckets, the lot of them.
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Anyone have experience with Worksman bikes? I acquired one, a yellow three-speed, recently from a police auction, gently used, seemingly fairly recent, but kept out in the elements for the most part. Still very solid and ridable. The auction description said the wheels were bent and wouldn't shift. Turns out, someone simply loosened all the axle nuts and bell crank, I think to remove front and rear baskets (there's evidence this bike once had front and rear Wald baskets). At first glance, it seems the wheels would need to be run over with a truck to be damaged. Those suckers are built heavy! Look like they belong on a motorcycle. Bolted the wheels back in to find the wheels perfectly true, and stuck the bell crank back on to have it shift perfectly.
This is one heavy duty bike! I'm guessing this thing weighs more than 50lbs. But it's a joy to ride. Bright yellow, 11g spokes, lugged frame, old school dropouts. Lots of character. I've added my own Wald basket.
I really don't know much about Worksman bikes. A local mall security dept has one permanently parked in front of the office, equipped with lots of extra doodads like drum brakes, lights, etc. Funny, 'cause the donut-munching security guards clearly prefer the electric golf cart to the bike!
Anyone got one of these? Stories? Anything to add?