Worksman Cycles is a family-owned American manufacturer of bicycles and tricycles for industrial, commercial and recreational use. The company was founded in 1898 and is located in Ozone Park in the borough of Queens in New York City. It is the oldest bicycle manufacturer in the USA. Worksman has operated its own factory-direct e-commerce store since 2004.
The company was founded by Morris Worksman, who began building cycles for local deliveries in New York City. Later, he built tricycles for the Good Humor Ice Cream Company with an ice cream cooler on the front. Worksman still builds cycles and carts for various types of food vendors ranging from the ubiquitous New York City pizza delivery bike, to ice cream trikes, to hot dog carts and large-scale custom-fitted food trucks. However, its product offerings are much broader today and also includes full lines of industrial and recreational bicycles, tricycles and quadricycles.
Worksman is best known today for building cycles for industrial use that enable workers to travel around large industrial plants and warehouses, with some models allowing significant cargo weight. Worksman heavy-duty bicycles and tricycles are often featured prominently inside Fortune 500 facilities and on airport tarmacs. Worksman markets its industrial products as a more energy efficient, healthful alternative to gas-powered transportation vehicles.
The company also builds consumer-grade products. However, these too are in the specialty category. Worksman Cycles offers numerous tricycles specifically designed for adult riders, including folding trikes. Worksman gears its products towards riders of all sizes, shapes, and ability levels. Specialty items include a two-seat side by side trike and a low rider semi-recumbent tricycle. Worksman is also popular for consumers looking for classic retro-styled heavy duty cruiser bicycles, and are popular with bike share programs in cities and universities around the country, owing to their heavy-duty nature. Worksman bikes can also be found at boardwalk bike rental shops and bike tour operators. Every Worksman model offers numerous customization options and is built-to-order. Certain Worksman models are available at retail outlets, however the company primarily conducts its business in direct-to-consumer fashion. Worksman has operated a comprehensive factory-direct e-commerce website since 2004, and continues to offer new products online each year.
Worksman has a division (800-Buy-Cart) that fabricates stainless steel food vending pushcarts and trucks, such as the world-famous New York City hot dog cart. With few bicycles manufactured in the USA after the 20th century, Worksman Cycles is a unique company in that it still welds, paints and assembles bicycles and Adult tricycles in New York City. Worksman also owns the Atlantic Coast Cruiser brand which imports traditional cruiser bicycles from China.
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