Dario Pegoretti

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Dario Pegoretti
Born(1956-01-18)18 January 1956
Died23 August 2018(2018-08-23) (aged 62)[1]
Verona, Italia
OccupationBicycle framebuilder

Dario Pegoretti (18 January 1956 – 23 August 2018) was an Italian bicycle framebuilder based for many years in Caldonazzo, outside the town of Trento, in the Dolomites, Italy, and then later for a few years in Verona, Italy.

He was widely considered to be one of the great contemporary steel and aluminum bicycle framebuilders and a pioneer of lugless TIG welded frames.[2]


Pegoretti used only steel and aluminum to create his frames, primarily using drawn tubes (including custom shapes based on his specifications and designs) from Excell, Dedacciai, and most recently Columbus. His most recent models included the Responsorium, Day is Done, Big Leg Emma, Mxxxxxo, Duende, Luigino, Love #3, and 8:30AM.[3]

He apprenticed with master Italian framebuilder Luigino Milani[4], who was also his father-in-law.[5][6][7]

Pegoretti designed and built frames that were ridden by professional cyclists Miguel Indurain, Marco Pantani, Stephen Roche, Claudio Chiappucci, Mario Cipollini, and Andrea Tafi among others.[2][8] He started out as a contract builder, making frames that were then branded by other manufacturers, including some Pinarello models, until the American distributor Giorgio Andretta/GITA[9] convinced him to build under his own name.[2] Floyd Landis owns and rides a Love #3. He supplied comedian Robin Williams with bikes that the actor regularly used and particularly admired; and Williams also gave them as gifts.[10][11][12]

Pegoretti also created custom paint and graphics designs for customers. The 'ciavate' paint scheme is entirely hand-painted by Dario and originally drew inspiration from Jean-Michel Basquiat.[2][6][13] His work was highly creative, inventive, and very influenced by his deep love of music. His frame model names and graphic often included references to and/or quotations of his favorite musical and prose pieces.

In addition to running his framebuilding studio, Mr. Pegoretti was also a respected teacher, and lectured and taught seminars at various design schools.[14][15][16][17]

Dario Pegoretti's famous slogan was "fatti con le mani" ("made by hand") and he lived this motto completely. He constantly combined aspects of art, craft, and creativity, of the highest order and as very few if any bicycle framebuilders ever have.


In 2007, Pegoretti was diagnosed with lymphoma but had recovered.[10]

On 23 August 2018 Dario Pegoretti died of heart failure at approximately 19:00 hours in Verona, Italy. [18][19][20][21]


Pegoretti won the President's Choice award at the 2007 North American Handmade Bicycle Show[22] and framebuilder of the year at the 2008 show.[23]

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  1. ^ "Dario Pegoretti, famed Italian framebuilder, dies aged 62". road.cc. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  2. ^ a b c d "Dario Pegoretti". Lake Oswego, New York: Lakeside Bicycles. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Dario Pegoretti". Gitabike. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Gino Milani main". www.classicrendezvous.com. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  5. ^ "First Look: Dario Pegoretti". Road Cycling UK. 2006. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Interview: Dario Pegoretti". Cycle EXIF. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Luigino Milani". Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Pegoretti Marcelo". Cycling Weekly. May 5, 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Gitabike". www.gitabike.com. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  10. ^ a b Gay, Jason (August 14, 2014). "Robin Williams and Dario Pegoretti: The Comedian and the Bike Builder". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  11. ^ McMahon, Daniel (August 25, 2014). "The Beloved Bike Robin Williams Donated Just Weeks Before He Died Raised $20,000 For Charity". Business Insider. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  12. ^ Taunber, Michell (August 24, 2014). "Robin Williams's Widow Is 'Surprisingly Resilient,' Says Friend". People Magazine. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  13. ^ "Pegoretti Cycling". Embrocation Magazine. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  14. ^ "Mano Nella Mano 2017". mano-nella-mano.com (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  15. ^ "4 days with Pegoretti". The Bicycle Academy. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  16. ^ "#VendrediVideo – Dario Pegoretti". The Bicycle Academy. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  17. ^ "Interview: Dario Pegoretti | Cycle EXIF". Cycle EXIF. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  18. ^ "È morto Dario Pegoretti, uno dei più grandi telaisti italiani | Cyclinside.it". Cyclinside.it (in Italian). 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  19. ^ "Dario Pegoretti, famed Italian framebuilder, dies aged 62". road.cc. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  20. ^ "Framebuilder Dario Pegoretti dies at 62". Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  21. ^ "Dario Pegoretti, Legendary Frame Builder, Dies at 62". Bicycling. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  22. ^ "Hand Made Bicycle Show" (PDF). North American Handmade Bicycle Show. 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  23. ^ Huang, James, Ed.; Verkuylen, Paul (February 15, 2008). "Pegoretti named frame builder of the year". Cycling News. www.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved August 18, 2014.

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