Dario Pegoretti, one of cycling’s most fabled framebuilders, has died at the age of 62. According to the Italian website Cyclinside, he was taken ill with a heart problem this evening.
Working only with steel and aluminium, Pegoretti’s frames – built under contract to firms such as Pinarello and Bianchi – were ridden to victory in some of cycling’s biggest races by riders including Miguel Indurain, Marco Pantani, Stephen Roche and Mario Cipollini.
He also built and sold frames under his own name, with his custom colour schemes – including one he hand-painted himself that was inspired by the artist Jean-Miichel Basquiat – becoming his hallmark.
He learnt his trade under another Italian master frame builder, Luigino Milani, who would become his father-in-law.
I n 2012, Andrew Denham of the Bicycle Academy travelled to Italy to meet Pegoretti at his workshop in Verona and learn some of the secrets of his craft, resulting in this video.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.