Dario Pegoretti, the custom-made-bicycle businesses's own Master Chef is due to exhibit in person in the UK for the first time at the Bespoked show in Bristol next Spring.
The Italian iconoclast is represented in the UK by Mosquito Bikes in London and they've shown his graphically distinctive frames at the annual Cycle Show for a number of years but this will be the first time the man himself has set foot on these shores. It could be an interesting meeting with several of the UK's stalwart and rather more understated makers like Brian Rourke, Chas Roberts, Mercian and Robin Mather who among others are already booked to champion the art and craft of custom frame building at Bespoked.
March 23rd-25th 2012 will be the second running of the niche 'Custom & Boutique' show which is already moving to a larger venue nearby in Bristol to accommodate a likely doubling of exhibitor numbers and visitor numbers. According to the Bespoked organiser Phil Taylor, "It looks like it's going to be a good show."
On top of the the prize winners Donhou, Feather and Demon from this past year's show in June, all 40 other exhibitors that showed have all re-booked and in addition at this coming edition of Bespoked will be Reynolds Tubes, Columbus, Cinelli, Campagnolo represented by its UK distributor Chicken Cyclekit and Brooks saddles, as well as American builder Darren Crisp who has collaborated with Pegoretti on North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show prize-winning titanium frames.
'D'Acciaio' trailer for a film about Dario Pegorreti by Ben Ingham
23rd - 25th March 2012
Brunel's Old Station, Bristol
Bespoked 2012 exhibitor list so far
14 Bike Co
18 Bikes Ltd
Axel Imports - Guru
Bicycles By Design - Landscape & Swallow
Company of Cyclists (Cyclorama)
Downland Cycles Ltd
Flat Frame Systems
Gruppo SRL - Columbus, Cinelli
Just Riding Along
Mozz Cycling ltd (swrve)
Pinstripe Push Irons
Quoc Pham Ltd
Racer Rosa Bicycles
RodfordVelo - Really Useful Bikes
Robin Mather Cycles
Rock n Road - Waterford, Gunnar
Sideways Cycles - Independent Fabrication, White Industries
Ted James Design
The Bicycle Academy
Tokyo Fixed - Cherubim
Urban Hunter X Bagaboo Bags
VeloBrands LLP - Cyfac
Villiers - Velo