WorkCycles Have Returned to Chicago!

To the untrained eye, this bicycle may look like my Oma, but it’s actually a stealthy WorkCycles Secret Service.  She’s a loaner from J.C. Lind Bikes for a few days while Betty Foy gets her (much needed!) spring overhaul.

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When Dutch Bike Chicago closed a year and a half ago (their Seattle shop is still in business), I was disappointed that WorkCycles were no longer sold in Chicago.  People often ask me about my Oma, and after DBC closed I had no place to direct them other than the internet.

Happily, this is no longer a problem.  WorkCycles have returned to Chicago!  Jon of J.C. Lind Bikes (at 1300 N. Wells for locals) worked out an arrangement with Henry of WorkCycles, and now the shop carries a variety of WorkCycles city bikes.

I have a review of the Secret Service coming soon, and I’ll try to test others like the Fr8 and Gr8 at some point, since I know many people are unable to test ride them in real life before purchasing and must rely heavily on online information.

Stay tuned!

{J.C. Lind is an LGRAB sponsor and friend. Henry of WorkCycles is an LGRAB friend now, too!   But all of my reviews are absolutely independent.}

 

  • http://twitter.com/BrandiCopher Brandi Copher

    Sweet! I can’t wait to read your review. I love my Oma but can’t wait to test the Secret Service when I visit Clever Cycles in Portland, Oregon next week. Do you still ride your Oma?

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Experiencing the difference between the two bikes is very interesting – I’d love to hear your impressions after your test ride next week. My Oma is scheduled for a visit with the bike doctor after falling over in a strong wind – hopefully she’ll be back in rotation in the next couple of weeks.

      • http://twitter.com/BrandiCopher Brandi Copher

        I visited Clever Cycles over the weekend and fell in love with their shop. Such a lovely However, I was unable to test the Secret Service because they ones they had in stock were too small for my frame. I ride a 57, so the 49 and 53 wouldn’t work. I did test a Brompton and quickly missed my Oma! Martina, one of the owners, said the SS is zippier but based on my needs, I made the right choice buying the Oma.

  • http://brooklynspoke.wordpress.com Doug G.

    Nice! I love my Secret Service and are in the market for a Fr8 next. Glad to see they’ll be available to more people in the US.

  • http://twitter.com/naturallycyclin Lorenza Casini

    Totally unrelated… have you had a hair cut?? :D xxx

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Yes! I wanted a change. :)

  • Matt in Edmonton

    I love my Secret Service but with a toddler my WorkCycles cargobike long is the one that gets all of the mileage. The low center of gravity helps on snow covered Edmonton streets. The Secret Service is bullet-proof. I have the pick up rack on the front and it will hold a fair bit without affecting the handling (http://www.girlsandbicycles.ca/2010/04/double.html).

  • n+1

    i can’t see a bike designed for cyclists who average a km or so per trip ever taking off in the usa. your betty foy seems far more utilitarian than a heavy dutch victorian-era grandma bike.

    • http://myaudienceisowls.blogspot.com/ Dottie

      When I bought my Oma, my bike commute was 7 miles each way – certainly more than a km per trip! Typically, I recommend a Dutch bike as a realistic option for anyone who bikes up to 5 or 6 miles each way. And the Secret Service version is lighter and faster than the Oma. My Betty Foy is great, but my Oma is without a doubt more comfortable and more of a workhorse (carries much more on her racks while remaining stable). Dutch-style bikes will never be the #1 bike in America, but they are a good option for a lot of people.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      When I bought my Oma, my bike commute was 7 miles each way – certainly more than a km per trip! Typically, I recommend a Dutch bike as a realistic option for anyone who bikes up to 5 or 6 miles each way. And the Secret Service version is lighter and faster than the Oma. My Betty Foy is great, but my Oma is without a doubt more comfortable and more of a workhorse (carries much more on her racks while remaining stable). Dutch-style bikes will never be the #1 bike in America, but they are a good option for a lot of people.

    • Scott Sanderson

      I ride an workcycles oma similar to Dottie’s 5.5 miles each way in Chicago. It does just fine, especially when carrying heavy things or riding in winter.

    • Scott Sanderson

      I ride an workcycles oma similar to Dottie’s 5.5 miles each way in Chicago. It does just fine, especially when carrying heavy things or riding in winter.

  • Duncan

    I have a Workcycles Secret Service and I’m really am impressed with the bike–its quality, ease of use, and comfort make for a truly enjoyable ride. What I would ilke to have, considering the quality, (and expense) of this bike, is a maintenence manual with pictures or illustrations that guide the owner through some of the necessary repairs and tune-ups to keep the bike in good running order. C’mon Henry, put together a pdf for us owners that want to tinker with our bikes…(love the bike)

    • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.love.927980 Kevin Love

      It is a Dutch bike. There is no maintenance. Therefore no need for a maintenance manual.

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