In the following report, NY1’s Jill Scott takes a look at a little-known company that makes a big impact on New York City’s street scene, as our coverage of Queens Week continues.
It takes a little banging, a little welding, and a lot of spinning before these babies are ready to roll.
From delivery bicycles to industrial tricycles, Worksman Cycles have been keeping New Yorkers on the go for more than a century.
“Worksman Cycles have been used throughout New York City and they are such a common part of the street scene of New York City, although people don't know our name and most likely don’t know our name,” says Wayne Sosin, President of Worksman Trading Corp. “But we have all seen our deliver tricycles with the big cabinets in the front driving by.”
From your pizza delivery place to your local supermarket, this company supplies all different types of New York businesses with this unique mode of transportation.
They also provide trikes and bikes to major corporations and factories looking for a way to shuttle employees and tools around fuel free.
From metal fabrication to wheel building, the entire production cycle takes place at a factory in Ozone Park, Queens.
“We weld our frames here, we paint here, we do all our machining here, the assembly is done here, and by the time we are done you have a finished cycle,” says Sosin. “It is all made in Queens, New York.”
The company started back in 1898 as a small business working only with local vendors. That is, until one special order changed their business forever.
“We got a phone call from a no name company called Good Humor who had the idea of making ice cream tricycles to use all over the country to introduce their new novelty ice cream product which nobody had ever seen,” says Sosin. “And they ended up coming to Worksman Cycles, which was a tiny little company back then, and that really spring-boarded us to being a full fledged manufacturer.”
Aside from making industrial bikes, these days Worksman is making more and more recreational bikes. They are also allowing customers to design their own, so if you want a bike that fits your height, or if you want it with pink and purple polka-dots, they can do it.
“We had a customer who wanted a way to take his kids to school every day through Central Park and then be able to ride to work, so we had a bike built for three,” says Sosin. “And we have made tricycles with two child seats so someone could actually take their kids shopping or out on a pleasure ride.”
Now the company is starting to design cycles for people with special needs.
To learn more about Worksman or to have a custom bike made, you can visit www worksmancycles com.
So whether it's business or pleasure, if you're looking for new ways to cruise around town, Worksman's Cycles will help set your wheels in motion.
- Jill Scott