Worksman Cycles Cruiser...anyone have one?

Discussion in 'Spare Parts, Tools & Product Developement' started by Spicy McHaggis, May 26, 2008.

  1. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis New Member

  2. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    They are a heavy duty bike. However, the design limits the amount of space available inside the frame... It may be tricky to mount a happy time engine there.
  3. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis New Member

    Okay it's almost been 2 years...any NEW thoughts on these bikes?
  4. occchopperfl

    occchopperfl Member


    i happen to like the bike:

    a. heavy duty (hd) frame
    b. hd wheels/spokes
    c. hd drum front brake

    if you can get one cheap, go for it.

    Some stlyes of trikes look good. most have an old era gone by look

    as for the bikes, check clearances as they do have the double top bar. (i do think there is one worksman on this site btw)

  5. Whizzerd

    Whizzerd Member

    Hi Spicy, I have the larger Worksman Cruiser. Finishing up the lighting system but have around 100 miles on bike. Titan 50 w/ BMP Friction drive. Expensive, but I ordered it with Springer fork and HD tires & tubes. Got the smaller chain ring too. That enhances the bike for mb'ing IMO. Fully lugged frame and those HD wheels make it ride and handle like a small motorcycle. The Felt cruisers have similar components but look much better. The paint job on my Worksman is nothing special. The rear hub/coaster brake is Shimano c-110. Most other components are Wald. Got the large seat which is made in Taiwan. I'll try to answer any ?'s you have.
  6. RdKryton

    RdKryton Active Member

    Well I can vouch for the wheels! I replaced the wheels on my Whizzer with Worksman drum brake wheels both front and rear. They are sweet! They are so sturdy it changed the whole feel of the Whizzer. They are like motorcycle wheels. I got 8ga spokes on mine. I highly recommend these wheels. The drum brakes did take a few miles to seat in but now they can throw me over the handle bars if I'm not careful.


  7. DougC

    DougC Guest

    I bought a Worksman direct a couple years back.

    Delivery time was long (2 months). Bike was okay for the money, certainly built a lot stronger than department store stuff. The main problem I had was that the 20" frame was way too small for me to be comfortable on, so I cut the frame up and used the parts for a custom frame I made. The front drum brake was non-functional as delivered and never worked real well.

    If you get a new one, take it all apart and make sure it's greased and oiled everywhere it should be.

    Someone else later asked if a China 2-stroke engine would fit. I did not know because I didn't use that kind of engine kit, but I measured what was left of the frame.


    Note that I bought one of the industrial bikes. They used to have them listed with the others on their "recreational bikes" page, but now they do not.

    The "Atlantic Coast Cruisers" are cheaper and lighter, are NOT made by Worksman, and do NOT use the same heavy-duty frames that the industrial bikes have. Buy the industrial bike if you want the real deal.


    Overall I have mixed feelings about the Worksmans.
    As project bikes they are great.
    As ready-to-ride consumer products, they don't compare nearly so well. A $300 bike from a real bike shop wouldn't be as heavy-duty, but would probably work and fit better.
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  8. skrufryder

    skrufryder Member

    my buddy has an old workman frame...nice strong a rock...the diameter of the tubes are smaller than the clamp style motor mounts.....he was constantly rattling loose or snaping studs... i have an old hawthorn that I like more than the workman its just as heavy duty, but the tude diameter is larger.....I also have a new 7speed pacific cruiser frame...I have welded plates as motor mounts....havent had a rattling motor...
  9. blckwlfny1

    blckwlfny1 Member

    ive got one.
    i love it, theyre built like tanks and you cant beat he wheels. b/c i live about 40 miles from the factory, i picked mine up there. they are a good company to deal with and have helped me out on more than one occasion with technical questions (downtube size, etc). they weigh about 5o lbs w/o the motor. if thats not a problem for you, i reccomend them
    i just finished installing a sbp shift kit. i aggree, it is a little tricky to fit everything in under the double tube, but it is possible.
    feel free to PM me if you get stuck
  10. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    There is one at a local junk vendor near me ,, N. Central Florida ,, for sale for $100, if anyone is interested.
  11. occchopperfl

    occchopperfl Member


    can you post the details or pm it to me?

    hows it look? condition? got a pic?

    thanks. :)
  12. DuctTapedGoat

    DuctTapedGoat Active Member

  13. eliasednie

    eliasednie New Member

    Worksman industrial rider since 3/09

    Indeed everything is true. "The Hummer of bicycles". Changed the way I bike forever & I might not be shlepping my Worksman up the mountain of Hawai'i now if I'd gotten a Schwinn Coffee in CT.
    :sweatdrop: RSVP with motorizing advice :sweatdrop:
    Worksman told me they offer a $599 electric front hub motor and they could customize it to one of their "Worksman tough" rims but I'd have to sacrifice my drum brake. :dunce:
  14. Whizzerd

    Whizzerd Member

    I've ridden an electric. Very smooth & quiet. Performance in the 14-15 mph range. Owner said this 36 volt unit was good for 20-25 minutes on full charge. SLA's are heavy and bulky. At least w/ the Worksman you are supporting an American co. and that, IMO, matters more now than ever. Have to admit that I'm very fond of the Husky HD-105 as a friction drive donor. The alloy wheels use apprx. 12 ga. spokes and have flat vertical rim sides which work nicely w/ v brakes and a mtb shock fork. Toss up right now since I enjoy both bikes much. Believe it or not I can get a better quantity deal on the Worksman! Wayne Sissum at Worksman told me they sell so many bikes to mb'ers they're toying w/ the idea of developing a unit specifically for mb use.
  15. occchopperfl

    occchopperfl Member


    When did you speak with Wayne at Worksman?


    I visited the Worksman Factory just before this past Thanksgiving, and I was told that there has been rumors that worksman would be making a frame for motorized bicycles for DECADES, and it NEVER going to happen, due to LIABILITY ISSUES.

    I hope they change their mind.
  16. Whizzerd

    Whizzerd Member

    Hi 'chopper', I spoke w/ Wayne end of Octoberish. Sales talk (lil bit o' BS) may have been the case there. He DID give me a bonafide quote and mentioned that many Worksmans' are used for mb's. 'Toying" with or discussing the idea is FAR from actually persuing it. Your report makes sense as everything these days seems to be potentially litagatory.
  17. occchopperfl

    occchopperfl Member

    Yes, thats what I was told first hand, from the horses mouth.

    Lance Portnoff owns Design Logic bikes, and sells frame only, specifically made for 4s subaru and honda engines.

    then you have grbee gt1 and gt2 chinese bicycles, made for motorization.