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 Secret Service Step Over is the "sportiest" model of bike that the Dutch company Workcycles makes. We're using the term "sportiest" liberally. The Secret Service is still a hefty Dutch bike, but it is specifically designed with a modern riding geometry thanks to its thinner tires (28" x 1.40"), tighter wheelbase, partially swept back handlebars, and steeper head tube angle. Yet like all Workcycles, the Secret Service is durable, comfortable, upright, and capable of riding daily on rough city streets throughout all four seasons. It makes an excellent bike for those with a moderate length commute and/or slightly hilly topography on their route.
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 Secret Service 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 :||49 / 55 / 61 / 67cm|
|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:||Optional (Frame Mounted Rack)|
|Tires:||Schwalbe Marathon 28x1.40|
|Rims/Spokes:||Double Wall Alloy / 36 Hole / 13 Gauge|
|Saddle:||Brooks B67 Genuine Leather Saddle|
The bike arrived this evening, and I had a lovely time assembling it. After a couple of trips up and down the street to adjust the saddle and headlight angle, I headed off in the midst of a very Dutch-y autumn drizzle for an inaugural night ride. The bike is so smooth and quiet, and despite its sturdy weight it has a real speed and grace to it. And of course the upright posture is extremely comfortable, especially once I really work in that saddle. Everything is working well above expectations! It's a beautiful piece of machinery that I can't wait to incorporate into my daily life.
Thanks again for all of your assistance in this purchase, and for all of your quick and informative communication. And if you were the ones who attached the kickstand before shipping, thanks for that, too -- it made the rest of the assembly so much easier!