Philly Bike Expo 2018 tech gallery, part five

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We wrap our coverage of the 2018 Philly Bike Expo with a range of parts, accessories, and tools from smaller brands such as Sim Works, Swift Industries, Rivet, Paragon Machine Works, and others (plus one last bike that we forgot to include earlier, but is well worth sharing).

Looking for that perfect bag or a leather saddle in a particular shape? How about some truly unusual handlebar tape or an upgrade to your standard thru-axle skewers? Even if you just want a piece of the Richard Sachs mystique — but can’t afford a whole bike — you’re likely to find something to whet your appetite here.

Until next year, Philadelphia!

Want more from the Philly Bike Expo? You can find our complete coverage here, and if you want even more custom bikes, make sure to check out our comprehensive catalog of showstoppers from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, too.


Enigma Bikes hails from the UK, and never fails to impress with its incredible finish work. This Exemplar is made of 6/4 titanium, and likely delivers a thrilling ride.
Oversized head tubes sometimes look odd on metal bikes, but the similarly oversized 44mm-diameter down tube on the Enigma Exemplar helps balance things out.
Nothing dresses up carbon fiber components like a tinted clearcoat – even on the front derailleur cage!
Painted-to-match seatposts are always tricky given how the surface can be scarred when inserted into the frame, but if it’s your own bike and you’re careful with it, it makes for a truly striking visual effect.
It’s very challenging to match an anodized hue, but Enigma has done a great job here. Absolutely stunning.
Richard Sachs is obviously best known for his custom lugged steel road and cyclocross bikes.
However, Richard Sachs has slowly expanded beyond bikes and frames, with a growing collection of branded goods that want a piece of the mystique, but can’t afford a bike.
Silca makes this wooden hex key case just for Richard Sachs.
Rotor has added a new 24mm-diameter version of its Aldhu crankset for bikes that can’t accept a 30mm-diameter spindle (such as all Trek frames with BB90 bottom bracket shells).
Whereas the 30mm-diameter spindle on the standard Rotor Aldhu crankset is machined from aluminum, the Aldhu 24 uses a chromoly axle instead.
A cutaway shows off the internal structure of Rotor’s Trinity drilled crankarms.
Rivet Cycle Works’ main focus is its range of gorgeous leather saddles, but the company also sells other related goods, such as leather fender flaps, leather grips, leather bar tape, leather bags, and a range of neat bells.
Silca recently revamped its classic Pista floor pump.
The new cast base still uses a single foothold, but looks more modern than before.
The machined stainless steel head can be used with either Presta or Schrader valves.
Silca’s new Ypsilon reinterprets the classic Y-wrench with an interchangeable socket holder for a little more versatility.
Now accompanying Silca’s new Sicuro titanium cage is a carbon version for riders that want a more modern look.
The laser welding on the Silca Sicuro cage is incredibly tiny – and supposedly ultra-durable, too.
Sim Works sources these Doppo frames from a small builder in Japan.
If you haven’t checked out Sim Works’ range of goods, it’d be worth taking a look. There’s lots of great stuff in there.
Everything Sim Works imports into the US shares an elegant aesthetic.
Swift Industries produces an incredibly broad range of cycling bags, most of which are made from highly technical fabrics that help keep the weights low.
Lezyne’s family of GPS cycling computers continues to grow, thanks in large part to their generous feature set, easy operation, and reasonable pricing.
Paragon Machine Works is always good for some fun trinkets, such as these titanium bubble blowers.
Paragon Machine Works’ new thru-axles have a repositionable handle similar to what DT Swiss offers with its RWS family, but with a far more precise feel and premium aesthetic.
Bhavisha Patel of Ageless Gardens loves to paint, and specifically scenes that include bicycles.
If you regularly commute in the rain, the Cleverhood might be just the thing to keep you dry.
Former Bicycle Times editor Brad Quartuccio has a fascinating collection of vintage adjustable wrenches, most of which are from bicycle companies that are long gone.
If you’ve ever cursed a stuck chainring nut-and-bolt, this tool from VAR might be of interest to you. It simulaneously secures the female side so you can apply plenty of torque to the male side.
Sinewave’s Reactor stem cap lets you use the power generated by your dynamo hub to charge up just about anything that uses a standard USB plug.
Want a more classic look? Swift Industries has got that covered, too.
Is it possible to make a reflective vest fashionable? Vespertine thinks so.

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