more efficient manner.
“Management has to realize that when
workers are walking the length of a football field three times a day, it’s completely
unproductive,” says Sosin. Using a bike
is a more efficient and ergonomic mode
of transportation than walking, and it can
save employers time and money. Bikes are
also much less expensive than purchasing
motorized vehicles, and they can help
improve the fitness level of factory workers, according to Sosin.
One of the greatest day-to-day challenges for Worksman Cycles is the physical
layout of their building. Ironically, their
own product won’t even help them get
around the three story factory.
The workflow starts on the main floor,
where much of the metal prep for the
frame fabrication is completed, including
stamping, cutting and bending. Then, the
parts head up to the third floor in huge
bins and make a logical progression
downward, eventually resulting in a fully
assembled and ready-to-ride trike.
The key feature that makes a Worksman
tricycle different than others on the market is the lug, of which there are several
on every bike. First, brass is melted, and
when it hardens, it becomes one solid
structure. “There is no way to automate
this or do it robotically. It’s hand work.
There are only us and high-end road
bikes that use lugs — ours are much more
industrial,” says Weinreb.
The brass is melted
into a fitting, and
the frame is
Once the frame is painted, wheels are
added. Workers balance the wheels to keep
them from wobbling by tightening and
loosening spokes. And these wheels are
heavy. Two wheels can weigh as much as
an entire high-end race bike.
“Our bikes have to work every day. If
your bike at home doesn’t work, you can’t
go for a ride or you need to take the bus. If
our bikes go down, it’s a big deal. It stops
processes and takes resources away from
factories,” says Weinreb. At Worksman,
the bikes and trikes are designed to be
super simple so they are easy to maintain
and always work.
After the wheels are mounted, tires
are added. Some of the tires are done by
machine, but Worksman’s greatest tire
transportation, because horses were expensive to
buy, maintain and left unwanted byproducts."