The Pull: Dario Pegoretti Remembered

On this week’s show we remember frame builder Dario Pegoretti who died last week at the age of 62. Pegoretti rose to prominence in the 1990s as a contract builder who provided custom frames for professional racers painted to look like the sponsor’s bike. He was so respected he built frames for the likes of Miguel Indurain, Marco Pantani and Mario Cipollini.

I spoke to three men who knew him: Don Walker, the director of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show; Josh Poertner, the CEO of Silca; and Richard Sachs, arguably Pegoretti’s closest friend in the frame building community.



The Pull is brought to you by the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, the world’s premier annual gathering of bicycle framebuilders and framebuilding enthusiasts. The 2019 show will take place March 15-17th at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California.


The Cycling Independent is hosting its first-ever event October 12th through 14th, 2018, the Red Kite Ronde et Vous. The two-and-a-half day event will feature bikes from some of the industry’s top frame builders, two gravel rides, some of the world’s finest craft beers, which are brewed locally, plus enough food to make the pedaling fun. For more information, or to register, go here


Show links:

Bicycling Magazine‘s appreciation, by Joe Lindsey

Josh Poertner’s tribute from CyclingTips


Portrait of Dario Pegoretti and shot of pumps by Josh Poertner


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