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North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2010 - Part seven

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Most of the bikes at NAHBS wouldn't even be possible without precision jigs like this one from Anvil Bikeworks.

Most of the bikes at NAHBS wouldn't even be possible without precision jigs like this one from Anvil Bikeworks. (Image credit: James Huang)
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BaileyWorks touts its diverse array of US-made bags as 'freakishly strong'.

BaileyWorks touts its diverse array of US-made bags as 'freakishly strong'. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Brooks has brought back its sporty Colt saddle after a long hiatus.

Brooks has brought back its sporty Colt saddle after a long hiatus. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Brooks' new Cornwall handlebar bag is easily installed or removed via the included aluminum clamps.

Brooks' new Cornwall handlebar bag is easily installed or removed via the included aluminum clamps. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The "water-resistant" cotton canvas and leather construction is even accented with real spokes and nipples to help secure the map holder.

The "water-resistant" cotton canvas and leather construction is even accented with real spokes and nipples to help secure the map holder. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Complementing Brooks' new Cornwall handlebar bag is the Devon pannier, made of similarly treated cotton canvas and leather.

Complementing Brooks' new Cornwall handlebar bag is the Devon pannier, made of similarly treated cotton canvas and leather. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Brooks is also revisiting an old classic with its new Oxford rain cape.

Brooks is also revisiting an old classic with its new Oxford rain cape. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Brooks Oxford rain cape rolls up and secures beneath the saddle with the built-in straps.

The Brooks Oxford rain cape rolls up and secures beneath the saddle with the built-in straps. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Cantitoe Road showed off the latest version of its novel Biofloat seatpost design. Don't confuse it with a suspension seatpost, though - the swappable elastomer insert is only designed to accommodate slight movements for improved biomechanical efficiency and a little bit of extra comfort.

Cantitoe Road showed off the latest version of its novel Biofloat seatpost design. Don't confuse it with a suspension seatpost, though - the swappable elastomer insert is only designed to accommodate slight movements for improved biomechanical efficiency and a little bit of extra comfort. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Japanese outfit CCP is aiming hard at the lifestyle clothing market with neat-looking pieces that are also very functional on the bike.

Japanese outfit CCP is aiming hard at the lifestyle clothing market with neat-looking pieces that are also very functional on the bike. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Among CCP's offerings is this very minimal leather glove with just a hint of padding and just enough coverage to prevent blisters.

Among CCP's offerings is this very minimal leather glove with just a hint of padding and just enough coverage to prevent blisters. (Image credit: James Huang)
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These CCP hats blend styling elements of old hairnet-style helmets and traditional cycling caps.

These CCP hats blend styling elements of old hairnet-style helmets and traditional cycling caps. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Protect yourself from rain with this full-coverage CCP cape.

Protect yourself from rain with this full-coverage CCP cape. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Cole's unique hub design threads one end of the double-threaded spokes in a rotating aluminum barrel nut for supposedly higher tensions.

Cole's unique hub design threads one end of the double-threaded spokes in a rotating aluminum barrel nut for supposedly higher tensions. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Cole brought along its range of carbon and aluminum road and mountain bike wheels.

Cole brought along its range of carbon and aluminum road and mountain bike wheels. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Columbus will soon have fork blades for its new XCr stainless steel tubeset.

Columbus will soon have fork blades for its new XCr stainless steel tubeset. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Columbus's stainless steel XCr tubeset was a popular choice at NAHBS.

Columbus's stainless steel XCr tubeset was a popular choice at NAHBS. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Wippermann offers its Connex chains in bulk reels for shop use.

Wippermann offers its Connex chains in bulk reels for shop use. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Wippermann has a new brass-plated chain option for those of you that just have to have gold.

Wippermann has a new brass-plated chain option for those of you that just have to have gold. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Wippermann says its ongoing chain tests have shown it to be the most stretch-resistant of major brands.

Wippermann says its ongoing chain tests have shown it to be the most stretch-resistant of major brands. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Cross season is still a ways off but Continental has a new Cyclocross Speed tread design ready to go.

Cross season is still a ways off but Continental has a new Cyclocross Speed tread design ready to go. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Portland, Oregon-based Corsa Concepts showed off one of its new carbon clincher road wheels at NAHBS.

Portland, Oregon-based Corsa Concepts showed off one of its new carbon clincher road wheels at NAHBS. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Cykelmagaren showed off this novel brake design. Pulling the section of housing in between the two clamps effectively increases tension in the cable and clamps the caliper on the rim.

Cykelmagaren showed off this novel brake design. Pulling the section of housing in between the two clamps effectively increases tension in the cable and clamps the caliper on the rim. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The machine aluminum Cykelmagaren brake caliper is certainly unique-looking.

The machine aluminum Cykelmagaren brake caliper is certainly unique-looking. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Cykelmagaren's range also includes colorful hub designs.

Cykelmagaren's range also includes colorful hub designs. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Cykelmagaren's mix-and-match hub kit lets users configure the hub shell design, flange drilling, and axle spacing.

Cykelmagaren's mix-and-match hub kit lets users configure the hub shell design, flange drilling, and axle spacing. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Deda offers its seatposts in both offset and straight configurations.

Deda offers its seatposts in both offset and straight configurations. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Dedacciai offers steel head tubes in tapered fitments.

Dedacciai offers steel head tubes in tapered fitments. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Dromarti's new retro-inspired gloves feature a stitched back and genuine Nappa leather.

Dromarti's new retro-inspired gloves feature a stitched back and genuine Nappa leather. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Dromarti offers three shoes in its collection, all of which boast classy retro styling.

Dromarti offers three shoes in its collection, all of which boast classy retro styling. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Some of the fiber-reinforced soles in Dromarti shoes can even be used with toe clips with the optional cleats.

Some of the fiber-reinforced soles in Dromarti shoes can even be used with toe clips with the optional cleats. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Effetto Mariposa's new Espresso inflator includes a shot of its excellent Caffelatex sealant and is said to inflate road tires up to about 90psi.

Effetto Mariposa's new Espresso inflator includes a shot of its excellent Caffelatex sealant and is said to inflate road tires up to about 90psi. (Image credit: James Huang)
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fi'zi:k's saddle display at NAHBS was very...black.

fi'zi:k's saddle display at NAHBS was very...black. (Image credit: James Huang)
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FSA will have this adapter available soon to fit standard 24mm spindles in BB30 shells.

FSA will have this adapter available soon to fit standard 24mm spindles in BB30 shells. (Image credit: James Huang)
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FSA's new Gimondi cranks should cater to those wanting a little color and shine on their fixies.

FSA's new Gimondi cranks should cater to those wanting a little color and shine on their fixies. (Image credit: James Huang)
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HandleBra's waterproof leather bar tape boasts a superb overall quality and feel plus multiple stitching and color options.

HandleBra's waterproof leather bar tape boasts a superb overall quality and feel plus multiple stitching and color options. (Image credit: James Huang)
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HandleBra currently offers an impressive eleven different colors.

HandleBra currently offers an impressive eleven different colors. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Custom stitching is also available for HandleBra leather bar tape.

Custom stitching is also available for HandleBra leather bar tape. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The secret to HandleBra's seamless feel is its precision tapered edge - commonplace on cork tapes but much harder to achieve with leather.

The secret to HandleBra's seamless feel is its precision tapered edge - commonplace on cork tapes but much harder to achieve with leather. (Image credit: James Huang)
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HED will soon add a carbon road drop bar to its range once it finalizes the exact bend geometry.

HED will soon add a carbon road drop bar to its range once it finalizes the exact bend geometry. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Framebuilding support companies such as Henry James were also on hand with items such as this fork jig.

Framebuilding support companies such as Henry James were also on hand with items such as this fork jig. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Henry James also displayed this multipurpose jig for framebuilding.

Henry James also displayed this multipurpose jig for framebuilding. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Of course, Henry James is best known for lugs and had its collection on show at NAHBS.

Of course, Henry James is best known for lugs and had its collection on show at NAHBS. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Industry Nine's revamped road wheels now use conventional straight-pull bladed stainless steel spokes.

Industry Nine's revamped road wheels now use conventional straight-pull bladed stainless steel spokes. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Industry Nine was on hand at NAHBS with its innovative wheel and hub designs.

Industry Nine was on hand at NAHBS with its innovative wheel and hub designs. (Image credit: James Huang)
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MRP's new Camber crank is aimed at the hard-hitting crowd with stout aluminum arms and replaceable pedal threads.

MRP's new Camber crank is aimed at the hard-hitting crowd with stout aluminum arms and replaceable pedal threads. (Image credit: James Huang)
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MRP offers its chainrings in single-tooth increments for that perfect gear ratio.

MRP offers its chainrings in single-tooth increments for that perfect gear ratio. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Stan's NoTubes is still deciding on hub options for its upcoming ZTR Alpha 340 road wheels but is likely to settle on American Classic.

Stan's NoTubes is still deciding on hub options for its upcoming ZTR Alpha 340 road wheels but is likely to settle on American Classic. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new Stan's NoTubes ZTR Alpha 340 rim profile is similar to the company's off-road range, which bodes extremely well in terms of tubeless compatibility.

The new Stan's NoTubes ZTR Alpha 340 rim profile is similar to the company's off-road range, which bodes extremely well in terms of tubeless compatibility. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Stan's NotTubes' upcoming ZTR Alpha 340 aluminum road rim is said to weigh just 340g and will eventually be offered pre-built or individually.

Stan's NotTubes' upcoming ZTR Alpha 340 aluminum road rim is said to weigh just 340g and will eventually be offered pre-built or individually. (Image credit: James Huang)
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nova cycle Supply offers framebuilders high-quality lugs in both raw and more highly finished conditions.

nova cycle Supply offers framebuilders high-quality lugs in both raw and more highly finished conditions. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Paul Component Engineering has added a bottom bracket mount version of its nifty Chain Keeper.

Paul Component Engineering has added a bottom bracket mount version of its nifty Chain Keeper. (Image credit: James Huang)
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This hub kit from Paul Component Engineering allows users to pick the correct OLD spacing for any application.

This hub kit from Paul Component Engineering allows users to pick the correct OLD spacing for any application. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Paul Component Engineering's center-pull Racer brakes are now available in a longer reach option.

Paul Component Engineering's center-pull Racer brakes are now available in a longer reach option. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Paul Component Engineering added SRAM and Campagnolo-compatible versions of its novel Mountain Thumbie shifter mounts last year.

Paul Component Engineering added SRAM and Campagnolo-compatible versions of its novel Mountain Thumbie shifter mounts last year. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Rapha's booth at NAHBS wasn't so much a booth as it was a complete mock storefront.

Rapha's booth at NAHBS wasn't so much a booth as it was a complete mock storefront. (Image credit: James Huang)
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A range of Rapha's new casual wear lineup is neatly displayed on a retail spiral rack.

A range of Rapha's new casual wear lineup is neatly displayed on a retail spiral rack. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Rapha recently launched its new women's line, offering the same classic aesthetic as the men's range but in more flattering and form-appropriate cuts.

Rapha recently launched its new women's line, offering the same classic aesthetic as the men's range but in more flattering and form-appropriate cuts. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Reynolds's new 931 stainless steel stays will soon offer builders more options for rust-resistant steel bikes.

Reynolds's new 931 stainless steel stays will soon offer builders more options for rust-resistant steel bikes. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Rolf Prima's higher-end hubs are made by White Industries - and they're very, very shiny.

Rolf Prima's higher-end hubs are made by White Industries - and they're very, very shiny. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Several wheel companies were on hand at NAHBS including Rolf Prima, the originator of the paired spoke design.

Several wheel companies were on hand at NAHBS including Rolf Prima, the originator of the paired spoke design. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Sampson's new Stratics CN stem reportedly weighs just 135g for a 100mm extension and is about to undergo CEN testing.

Sampson's new Stratics CN stem reportedly weighs just 135g for a 100mm extension and is about to undergo CEN testing. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The full-coverage steerer clamp on Sampson's new Stratics CN stem looks to be very carbon-friendly.

The full-coverage steerer clamp on Sampson's new Stratics CN stem looks to be very carbon-friendly. (Image credit: James Huang)
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We've already begun testing of Sampson's latest Stratics pedal design and so far it's been utterly exceptional.

We've already begun testing of Sampson's latest Stratics pedal design and so far it's been utterly exceptional. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The partially recessed top plate in Sampson's new Stratics S5 lets both edges of the cleat rest firmly on the pedal with no off-axis rocking to speak of.

The partially recessed top plate in Sampson's new Stratics S5 lets both edges of the cleat rest firmly on the pedal with no off-axis rocking to speak of. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The lightweight Sampson Stratics pedal weighs as little as 99g apiece. The steel-axled s5 version adds just 44g for the pair but costs only US$139.

The lightweight Sampson Stratics pedal weighs as little as 99g apiece. The steel-axled s5 version adds just 44g for the pair but costs only US$139. (Image credit: James Huang)
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scrub components showed off this ultralight rotor with a metal matrix brake track and magnesium carrier. Claimed weight for a 160mm size is around 50g.

scrub components showed off this ultralight rotor with a metal matrix brake track and magnesium carrier. Claimed weight for a 160mm size is around 50g. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Scrub Components' new LugDrive design makes for a stiffer and lighter rotor but also one that's better able to deal with heat expansion.

Scrub Components' new LugDrive design makes for a stiffer and lighter rotor but also one that's better able to deal with heat expansion. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Sheila Moon was again on hand at NAHBS with her trademark array of colorful women's-specific cycling clothing.

Sheila Moon was again on hand at NAHBS with her trademark array of colorful women's-specific cycling clothing. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Sheila Moon doesn't only do women's gear, though, with men's clothing and unisex accessories such as these classy caps on display as well.

Sheila Moon doesn't only do women's gear, though, with men's clothing and unisex accessories such as these classy caps on display as well. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Shimano will soon have a supplemental remote shifter available for its groundbreaking Dura-Ace Di2 electronic transmission.

Shimano will soon have a supplemental remote shifter available for its groundbreaking Dura-Ace Di2 electronic transmission. (Image credit: James Huang)
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sputnik Tool was yet another exhibitor at NAHBS showing off its framebuilding jigs.

sputnik Tool was yet another exhibitor at NAHBS showing off its framebuilding jigs. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Thomson has brought back its seatpost stubs for builders that want to use extended seat tubes in their designs.

Thomson has brought back its seatpost stubs for builders that want to use extended seat tubes in their designs. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Twin Six bucks the team-look trend in cycling clothing with more stylish options.

Twin Six bucks the team-look trend in cycling clothing with more stylish options. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Twin Six t-shirts are a popular way to declare that you're a cyclist but without looking like you're currently racing a bike at the moment.

Twin Six t-shirts are a popular way to declare that you're a cyclist but without looking like you're currently racing a bike at the moment. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Velocity uses a unique process to coat its rims.

Velocity uses a unique process to coat its rims. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Velocity offers a wide range of different rim extrusions along with an impressive collection of stock colors.

Velocity offers a wide range of different rim extrusions along with an impressive collection of stock colors. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Commuters should take a hard look at these Velocity rims with their built-in reflective coating.

Commuters should take a hard look at these Velocity rims with their built-in reflective coating. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The surging fixie market has generated a groundswell of support for colored rims like these options from Velocity.

The surging fixie market has generated a groundswell of support for colored rims like these options from Velocity. (Image credit: James Huang)
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White Brothers has revised the rake measurements on its Rock Solid rigid forks for better handling.

White Brothers has revised the rake measurements on its Rock Solid rigid forks for better handling. (Image credit: James Huang)
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White Industries' novel crankarms feature quick-release pedal inserts for travel bikes and other applications.

White Industries' novel crankarms feature quick-release pedal inserts for travel bikes and other applications. (Image credit: James Huang)

While the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is primarily a showcase for some of the world's finest bespoke bicycles – and their builders - it's also about the accompanying industry that support them, from the component manufacturers and tubing suppliers to the jig makers and lug distributors.

Several companies arguably even owe their very existing to the growing cottage bike business. Once knee-deep in the CNC-machined mountain bike componentry craze of the 1990s, Paul Component Engineering and White Industries have both reinvented themselves to cater to the singlespeed, fixie and handbuilt markets.

Being very small volume outfits, they can not only adapt their range of offerings more quickly than bigger corporations but their primarily CNC-machined manufacturing methods can also be retasked without generating massive retooling costs.

Paul's range of new wares at NAHBS include a bottom bracket-mounted variant of its neat single-ring chain keeper to better suit frames without round seat tubes, a medium-reach version of its retro-inspired Racer center-pull road brake to allow for bigger tire sizes, and a nifty do-it-yourself hub kit that easily adjusts for different dropout spacings depending on the application.

White Industries' new crank system was decidedly more unconventional with keyed stainless steel pedal inserts that quickly and easily insert into a quick-release socket in the proprietary arm.

According to White Industries, this setup turns any pedal into a quick-release bit that's ideally suited for travel bikes or other applications that require instant pedal removal.

Speaking of pedals, Sampson Sports' new Stratics road pedal was a particularly promising-looking design. Based on Look's popular KéO (and using a compatible cleat), the Stratics look to possibly do them one better with its partially recessed and replaceable stainless steel upper plate that fully supports the cleat on its outer edges to eliminate off-axis rocking.

Lightweight alloy bodies and optional titanium spindles bring the weight down to just 99g apiece, too, and Sampson hasn't even skimped on the axle system with three cartridge bearings per pedal and no bushings whatsoever.

Pricing is very appealing at US$139 for the steel-axled s5 version and US$239 for the titanium s6. We've already begun road testing of these and been very impressed thus far. Stay tuned.

Leather specialist Brooks always arrives at NAHBS with a full load of gear and this year's edition was no different. Among the new offerings is the Cornwall handlebar bag and Devon rear pannier, both exquisitely crafted of treated cotton canvas and thick leather.

Brooks has also brought back the classic Colt leather saddle shape and is making a return to outerwear with its Oxford roll-up rain cape.

US distributor/importer Cantitoe Road was also in attendance with its range of Wippermann chains, Cole wheels, and Effetto Mariposa accessories but what really caught our eye is its upcoming Biofloat seatpost.

A tunable elastomer insert isolates the saddle rail clamps from the rest of the head and allows it to pivot and translate just a tiny bit to promote a more natural pedaling action, reduce the occurrence of saddle sores, and provide a little more isolation from the road.

Though not a suspension seatpost in the sense that it doesn't provide any real vertical travel, the Biofloat design still looks to offer real comfort improvements over rough roads or trails. We're keeping our eye on this as well.

Other high-end goodies spotted on the NAHBS show floor include Stan's NoTubes' upcoming ZTR Alpha 340 aluminum clincher road rim with a feathery claimed 340g weight and trademark rim cavity shaping for easy tubeless compatibility.

Target weight for complete wheelsets is around 1,140g with American Classic hubs and DT Swiss Aerolite spokes and NoTubes says it's likely to use 2:1 lacing on the rear for more balanced spoke tensions.

Want more? Industry Nine showed off its redesigned road wheels, which now use conventional straight-pull stainless steel spokes instead of the old alloy ones and HED arrived with a prototype carbon road bar with an appealing-looking semi-anatomic bend.

The off-road crowd can also look forward to Scrub Components' upcoming metal matrix disc brake rotor with cast magnesium carrier and insane 50g weight (for a 160mm size) while White Brothers showed off its tweaked Rock Solid carbon rigid mountain bike fork with new post mount tabs and increased offset.

And with that, we wrap up this year's coverage of the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Next year's event will be held February 25-27 and moves to Austin, Texas, and with anticipated collaboration with Lance Armstrong's Mellow Johnny's bike shop and the man himself, we expect the 2011 edition to be simply massive.

Hope to see you there and in the meantime, here's the list of this year's award winners:

Best in show: Ellis Cycles
Best road frame: Bilenky Cycle Works
Best track frame: Richard Sachs
Best carbon fibre: Crumpton Cycles
Best titanium: Kent Eriksen Cycles
Best fillet brazing: Kirk Frameworks
Best city bike: YiPsan Bicycles
Rookie of the year: Aaron Dykstra, Six-Eleven Bicycle Co.
Best off-road: Engin Cycles
Best tandem: Calfee Design
Best steel frame: Spectrum Cycles
Best lugged frame: DiNucci Cycles
Best TIG-welded frame: DeSalvo Custom Cycles
Best paint: Llewellyn Custom Bicycles
President's choice: Cherubim
People's choice: YiPsan Bicycles