Last week, Tam and I encountered a Pashley bicycle, a classic British manufacturer continuing in the old style, with a wide range of recreational and industrial bicycles.
The United States is not without a long and proud bicycle tradition of our own and it turns out we, too have a delightful survivor: Worksman Cycles, around since 1898! I'm kind of partial to "The Dutchie," though what's tempting me most are their high-wheelers -- that's right, they don't just make safety bikes. If a pennyfarthing seems too high a bar to clear, have a look at their surreys and trikes, the latter in both "Family Chariot" and "Industrial" models. The basic bicycle price is quite reasonable, especially for a U.S.-made bike. It turns out you've probably seen their products; if not in a factory or warehouse, then at least when the Good Humor man pedaled by, in real life or in a movie or TV program!
About that "U.S.-made" thing: you'll find a sobering reflection about American manufacturing on their website, too. They're just about the last bicycle-maker still building them here.
(FTC, KMA: I received nothing from Worksman Cycles for writing this other than the same interesting web-browse anyone can have, free for taking the time).
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