Workcycles began in 2003 when Henry Cutler, an American ex-pat living in Amsterdam, decided to put his skills in industrial design to use by designing and making the most practical, comfortable, durable, daily-use bikes in the world. Workcycles is now famed for many of its unique, problem-solving designs, but the company also sells bikes that are essentially modified and improved versions of classic Dutch bikes. The Workcycles 2-Tube Transport is one such bike.
The Workcycles 2-Tube Transport is a large, heavy duty, very upright Dutch city bike. Its design is notable because of the reinforced double top-tube from which it gets its name. The geometry is suited for taller riders (the smallest frame size made is a 57cm) and the handlebars, which sweep backwards, give the rider a straight upright posture. The large 28" x 1.75" Schwalbe Marathon tires offer both puncture resistance and cushion that helps to absorb the very worst bumps and rumbles that city streets can dish out. Its construction and components make the Transport the ideal choice for shorter distance, little-or-no-hills commuting--durable, dependable, and comfortable, through daily riding in any weather for years on end.
The components on the bike are noticeably the same as nearly every other Workcycles bike we sell: a Shimano Nexus 8 speed internal gear hub, Shimano roller brakes, a Shimano dynamo hub which powers front and rear LED lights, a fork spring to steady the front wheel when parked on its double-leg kickstand, and a fully-enclosed chaincase. The sturdy rear rack and full-coverage fenders complete the ensemble of useful features, ensuring you can carry your goods in panniers or saddlebags.
The 2-Tube Transport comes standard with a frame mounted front carrier rack. This unique feature can be removed/installed within seconds so you can leave it at home if you don't need it. Due to it's frame mounted design it is capable of carrying more weight than a typical handlebar/fork mounted front rack. And since the weight is supported by the frame of the bike it doesn't impact the steering and your handlebars will not flop around when your bike is parked on its kickstand.
|Frame Size :||57 / 61 / 67 / 73cm|
|Country of Origin :||The Netherlands|
|Gears:||8 Speed Shimano Nexus Internal Gear Hub|
|Chain Guard:||Fully Enclosed Chaincase|
|Brakes:||Shimano Nexus C6000 Roller Brakes|
|Lighting:||Dynamo Powered (Front/Rear-LED)|
|Kickstand:||Hebie 605 Rex NL E1 Double Leg|
|Front Rack:||Included (Frame Mounted Rack)|
|Tires:||Schwalbe Marathon 28x1.75|
|Rims/Spokes:||Double Wall Alloy / 36 Hole / 13 Gauge|
|Saddle:||Selle Royal Ondina|
This is a WONDERFUL BIKE! I have been using it for over 4 years (3 years near Salt Lake City, UT, and 1 year in San Antonio, TX) with almost zero problems. I purchased it as an alternative to my car and found that I could use the Double Tube for nearly everything I needed to do. Groceries? Yep. Trips to the Hardware Store? Yep. Commuting 6 miles to work? Not a problem. However, even with all of this praise, I would be remiss if I didn't state that it has some limitations, so here is my list of what I love and what I feel are the few limitations. (Notice that I don't list them as cons or disadvantages or problems - I honestly don't think there is anything wrong with the Double Tube, it is just a specific bicycle for a specific type of job)
- Durable...seriously this is a stout bicycle
- Great for hauling cargo, especially with the front rack added (I have strapped a milk crate to the front rack and have found that it is the most convenient way to carry most medium-sized to smaller items)
- Perfect riding position for staying comfortable while commuting, even while wearing business attire (I often cycle to work in a shirt and tie).
- Provides a great speed for moving about town. Although it's not for racing, I never felt as though I was going slow.
- The weight of this bicycle is a blessing for transporting stuff but makes it impractical for use in areas with hills. Slight hills are fine, but be prepared to develop leg muscle as a result. Large hills are simply out of the question.
- The kickstand for this model doesn't feel wide enough for certain tasks. There are definitely times when hauling groceries that it just doesn't feel stable when I stopped and stepped off the bicycle (I have always felt stable while riding, even with both the front and rear racks fully loaded). If I were a parent looking for a bicycle to haul children (I don't have children), I am not sure that I would trust this bicycle, using the stock kickstand, with supporting a child in a safety seat without an adult present to hold the bicycle. All this being said know that it's a great kickstand that is incredibly stable for 99% of the things that I do.
- Fixing a flat tire does take a little bit of work since taking the tire off is more difficult than other bicycles. That being said, I don't get too many flats.
If you want a stylish bicycle that can replace a car this is a great choice!
As far as the purchasing from J.C. Lind, I would not hesitate to do it again and I have recommended this store to a number of people. Jon is responsive, knowledgeable, and spoke right up when he realized that the rear rack I wanted was going to come with a few scratches. It didn't bother me as they were only cosmetic, but it says a lot that he was open and willing to work with me.