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    If I had a boat that I needed to ensure that it wasn't going to drift off anywhere, I'd consider it.

    But if I needed a bike, not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    That said, are you going to buy a Worksman or just criticize their web site????
    I'll take "criticize the site" for $200 Alec.

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    Excuse my ignorance on the subject but what exactly is an "industrial bicycle?" What differentiates it from any other bicycle? I've obviously seen the pics of it so I know it doesn't look like your typical road bike, but it looks more like sort of a cruiser bike than anything else.

    So anyway, what's different about an "iindustrial" bicycle from a "regular" bicycle?
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    It's like a regular bicycle but made from cast iron tubing. at least it feels that way if you try to pick it up (and don't rupture your spleen) you'll notice that they are extremely heavy. They tend to be extremely durable too, which is a pro in a warehouse or similar industrial environment, or if the rider is a particularly large rider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    It's like a regular bicycle but made from cast iron tubing. at least it feels that way if you try to pick it up (and don't rupture your spleen) you'll notice that they are extremely heavy. They tend to be extremely durable too, which is a pro in a warehouse or similar industrial environment, or if the rider is a particularly large rider.
    Ah, okay. Can't go wrong with American-made, either! The prices are very reasonable for an American-made bicycle. I'm kinda wanting one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    A lot of the way Worksman does business is pure old school ,like their web site, but their bikes are first class!!

    That said, are you going to buy a Worksman or just criticize their web site????
    It's possible I might someday in the future. Like I said, I've used and liked their products before. I wouldn't mind building a klunker out of one of their frames. If they were sold locally, I'd probably already have one.

    But for the time being; just website criticizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelis View Post
    It's possible I might someday in the future. Like I said, I've used and liked their products before. I wouldn't mind building a klunker out of one of their frames. If they were sold locally, I'd probably already have one.

    But for the time being; just website criticizing.
    How very un-american of you!
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

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    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    I have rode a workmans trike hundreds of miles with a 100lbs of tools a 75lb pump and me at 335lbs no problem . It will take a direct solid hit from a fork lift to damage one . They don't wory to much about instructions because most are sold to factories who have a person that does nothing but work on bikes
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    I had a Worksman a few years back. It was... OK. Certainly the frame is nearly indestructible, and the wheels are pretty beefy too. With that said... it's so freakin' heavy! I mean *profoundly* heavy. Combine that with the heavvvvvvy wheels and internal hub and it adds up to not very much coastability; you're going to earn every forward foot on that thing.

    I eventually got sick of it and ended up getting two bikes (a Redline SS 29er mountainbike and a Surly LHT), both of which I like far, *far* more than the Worksman and have had zero issues with even given my uber-clyde ness, but I can't really hate on the Worksman all that much as it's what got me back into cycling in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelis View Post
    Like I said, I've used and liked their products before. I wouldn't mind building a klunker out of one of their frames.
    Heh, it's funny you mention that. I ended up building my klunky Burning Man bike out of the frame of my old Worksman once I got my new bikes.

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    Interestingly, I learned that the company name is a family name, originally Werksman but misspelled as Worksman.

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    Almost bought one of the bikes. Rode it but didn't think it was "right" to ride long distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    How very un-american of you!
    I think website criticism, and criticism of Worksman bikes, is the right of any American (or Canadian) not wedded to the past, or the heavy, heavy bikes therein. Not Un-American, just independent thought being exercised to everyone's' benefit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravity Aided View Post
    I think website criticism, and criticism of Worksman bikes, is the right of any American (or Canadian) not wedded to the past, or the heavy, heavy bikes therein. Not Un-American, just independent thought being exercised to everyone's' benefit.
    Well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    Well said.
    Glad to see that you haven't left cycling after all.
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    Interestingly, I learned that the company name is a family name, originally Werksman but misspelled as Worksman.
    Probably not misspelled, but "Americanized" when they immigrated here -- very common in my ancestry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravity Aided View Post
    I think website criticism, and criticism of Worksman bikes, is the right of any American (or Canadian) not wedded to the past, or the heavy, heavy bikes therein. Not Un-American, just independent thought being exercised to everyone's' benefit.
    Seriously?

    What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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    I had one of their front hauler bikes for two weeks that I bought new. AMAZINGLY heavy, AMAZINGLY sturdy, rode pretty well, but the accessories that came with the bike - many of which were upgrades - were flimsy garbage and disintegrated.

    Ended up returning the bike after two weeks because of extensive rust damage. It's been stored under cover, but sometimes when i'm out riding, it rains on me, you know? However, every part of the bike was having issues with rust bubbling up and breaking out from under the paint. Remember, the bike was new when I got it.

    I have a Worksman back wheel now. The original wheel Giant had made was a lemon that chowed through spokes like potato chips, and restringing it hadn't helped. I'm #270 and carry groceries in an oversized rear delivery basket, and New Orleans roads would probably be made more rideable by a cluster bomb strike. I NEEDED the super heavy wheel.

    I have been totally happy with how well the back wheel has held up. It's much heavier, it holds up to anything I put it through. I did have to replace the tread; the Worksman standard rubber is pretty flimsy.

    That said, i've had that back wheel for just a few months now. The rim is almost completely coated in orange rust spots.

    I'm really happy with the idea of the Worksman bike. However, i'm a bit irked by the actual product itself. The weight doesn't slow you down nearly as much as people imagine it would. It rides nice.

    The things are indestructable like Superman. Unfortunately, much like Superman, the bike has a Kryptonite - and it's kryptonite is water. The things just rust up WAY too fast; I end up leery about how long the thing would really last because of how quickly the thing turns into a rusted hulk. When you see one of these bikes and it's covered in rust, you might be looking at last year's model. How long before that oxidization starts compromising the structure? None of our other steel bikes have this issue, and they get stored in the rain.

    I'd be willing to pay a bit more if they were to improve their metallurgy and painting. Oh, and also the accessories like the pedals and seat and such, all of which failed dramatically within a week or two. I heard the bike shop grouching about uneven dropouts, too. I think they could bump their price point up a bit if they could address those things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelis View Post
    Seriously?

    What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
    That's a nice sentiment, expressed eloquently and in the friendly fashion one expects from caring and thoughtful people.
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    It's a quote from "Billy Madison."
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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    Nothing but love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelis View Post

    Nothing but love.
    Nothing but love. And thanks to Thermionic Scott, as well.
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    The local county parks systems use these as rental bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by plumberroy View Post
    The local county parks systems use these as rental bikes
    Makes some sense. They do seem indestructible.
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