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Big wheels

Whether you want to hit the trails, get some exercise or just commute to work, there's a bike custom-built for you. Here are five sets of wheels -- all by American artisans -- for five different types of riders.

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The green machine
The green machine
Calfee Design
La Selva Beach, Calif.
Around $5,000

In 2005, Craig Calfee began crafting bikes from the bamboo that grew behind his shop outside Santa Cruz, Calif. Since then, Calfee's heat-treated bamboo models have won a slew of awards at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and become collector's items.

While light, the bikes are far from fragile -- they handle gnarly trails and potholed city streets with equal aplomb.

NEXT: The road warrior
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