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a little eye-candy from 1977: Dario Pegoretti

Old 10-09-13, 11:23 AM
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a little eye-candy from 1977: Dario Pegoretti

This was shot and posted by Dale Brown (of CR fame) on his board, I hope he doesn't mind me linking to the album (copyrighted material, of course!).
This was something Dario P. did for Gita Sporting Goods (Giordana brand) and was displayed and shot at the last BAMF show.
Really nice lugwork and other details, Dale says those are Nervex DuBois lugs which are not very refined when raw, but Dario had finessed them big-time.
the 1977 "Milani", check it out:
https://www.ipernity.com/doc/bigring144/album/530039

(another little side-bar for those historians: note the Portacatena DOs on a '77 frame)

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Beautiful bike, but can't help thinking, and it's a bit of an odd thing to say, but Pegoretti has come a long way since then
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Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
Beautiful bike, but can't help thinking, and it's a bit of an odd thing to say, but Pegoretti has come a long way since then
Incredible considering he would have been only 21 years old in '77. He apparently started at Milani in 1975 sweeping the floors and learning the trade from Gino Milani.
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So beautiful! And yeah, a lot different from his work now.

I emailed Dario about my Giordana when I first got it and he was gracious enough to respond back the next day. So cool to hear from the man.
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So beautiful! And yeah, a lot different from his work now.

I emailed Dario about my Giordana when I first got it and he was gracious enough to respond back the next day. So cool to hear from the man.
We're the Gioradana frames from Dario labeled Giordano or Milani?

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Originally Posted by Mr_Krist View Post
We're the Gioradana frames prom Dario labeled Giordano or Milani?
Giordana is a brand that falls under the ownership of Gita. Here's what the Gita rep had to say about Dario's roll in the production of the Goirdana branded bikes.

"The Giordana frames were quite nice and, especially the ones built were Excel tubing, were pretty unique and cutting edge for the time. The geometry was dialed in by the owner of Gita with assistance from Dario Pegoretti, who built most of the prototype frames. The head engineer at Excel, Isadoro, was a bit of a “mad scientist” who came up with some wild ideas to try for tubing. Someplace here we have a superlight steel tubeset with a carbon fiber wrap on the inside so it could be welded! Excel had the capability to make one-off tubesets long before anyone else did and were able to do a lot of experimentation. Unfortunately, Isadoro disappeared during a sailing expedition and most of this capability was lost. This was also around the time aluminum frames were becoming commonplace in the peloton and steel was on its way out. There were some truly revolutionary prototypes built about this time that never saw production. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it."
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Seems as that experimentation with steel wasn't completetly lost. Dario has been had a lot of influence and input on the modern steel tubing he uses today. I will have to keep my I out for a Giordana.
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Originally Posted by Mr_Krist View Post
Seems as that experimentation with steel wasn't completetly lost. Dario has been had a lot of influence and input on the modern steel tubing he uses today. I will have to keep my I out for a Giordana.
There are still a few frames here:


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