Hi, figured i'd finally de-lurk. So i've been using a recumbent workout machine in my bedroom for a few years, but I recently moved and discovered my new place has a ton of nice bike trails around it. Basically looking for leisure riding, not interested in doing massive megarides, it's more about using the bike as a secondary source of exercise (primary will probably remain the recumbent machine). So... I took the plunge and got a new bike. Based on a recommendation from the LBS, I got a Worksman Cycle cruiser. Ordered directly with Worksman through the LBS, not one of those ripoff "Big And Tall Bikes" sites that tries to charge you $2000 for a $600 bike. So far I like it, but i've replaced the standard swept-back cruiser bars with (of all things) BMX-style uprights. So... some general Worksman observations:
* Holy crap is the bike heavy. I'd guess it weighs about twice as much as the Surly my friend has.
* But the upside of the bike being heavy is I think it can take a direct tank shell and still survive. I've completely eaten it twice, once from a stealth pothole, and once from a nasty skid in the rain, and the bike is basically untouched. All I had to do was get the fenders re-centered (doable by hand).
* The 3-speed Nexus gear inside the rear hub is a mixed bag. Plus? No derailleur. Minus? Noisier. Plus? 2nd gear is essentially direct drive just like a fixie. Minus? 1st and 3rd really aren't *that* far off from 2nd.
* The wheels are really, really strange. The call them "clincher" rims, and the tires are massive, almost like the wheels came off an old moped or something.
* This thing would probably suck for extended rides, but as an "urban assault vehicle" it works really well.
*If you're in the Boston area and looking for a friendly bike shop that is Clydesdale-friendly, I 100% reccomend Ferris Wheels down in Jamaica Plain. Every single person there has been nothing but supportive, friendly, and encouraging.
I know the whole Worksman / cruiser thing is kind of different from the road / mountain bikes most people here are looking for, but in any case a pic of my bike is here:
In any case, just wanted to say "hey." After ~ 100 miles I'm liking the bike. I think with perfect hindsight I might have gone with a Surly instead, but i'm happy with this bike so far and plan to ride it into the ground, knowing that i'll break long before the bike does.