Need to stock up at the grocery store with a week's worth of food for the entire family? No problem. Worksman Cycles manufactures a wide range of heavy-duty bicycles and tricycles that can handle several hundred pounds of cargo.
An article in the Wall Street Journal turned me on to this 115-year-old company (and provides a very entertaining overview of its staff and operations), but was light on details regarding the specific models available. Turns out there are literally dozens of different configurations and styles. Here's a quick overview, though it's well worth the time to browse their site to get a sense of the myriad options, both ultra-functional and outrageously silly.
Industrial tricycles are the company's specialty. Designed to haul major loads, their super heavy-duty Mover Tricycles feature extra-thick rims ("50% thicker than any other brand"), lots of solid steel components, and extra beefy 3/16-inch chains.
The single-speed Mover Industrial Tricycle M2626-CB ($869, pictured above) is the company's most popular. The large rear platform accommodates several accessories for easier hauling, including a large-capacity rear basket ($129, pictured), as well as an optional front basket ($25 to $35). For $60 more, you can upgrade to a three-speed option (the Mover Industrial Tricycle M2626-3C).
Front Loader Tricycles, including the standard Model STPT ($899, pictured right), as well as lighter-duty models that are a bit less expensive ($449 to $599).
For those not in need of a load-hauling bike, Worksman produces a line of recreational bicycles and tricycles as well.
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