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Interview: Dario Parla Bici #1

On the heels of our recent Pegoretti Reponsorium Bike of the Week post, and continuing the Month of Dario theme, the crack NYC Velo investigative team is initiating a monthly dialogue with Dario Pegoretti, speaking to him directly from his studio in Caldonazzo Italy. The life of this frame builder, his every day, and where he finds his inspiration are a sample of the topics of covered in this ongoing conversation. Cyclists (or fans of cycling, art, machinery, and all things fatta a mano) who are interested in what this artist is up to, the new frame designs he’s working on, the art he’s into, and the wine he’s drinking should stay tuned to the NYC Velo News “blog” and Facebook pages for more.

NYC VELO : Where do you find inspiration? Are there specific artists that you look to (or return to) when thinking of a paint scheme for a frame? From what other sources do you draw from and/or possibly reference in your painting?

DARIO PEGORETTI : Something that I read or I see walking on the street can spark inspiration. Sometimes I scketch on a paper before I make a drawing on the computer and design the paint-scheme. My Ciavete frame (Ciavete frames are a hand painted one at a time, each completely different from the next and based on what ever is inspiring him at the time) paint-schemes generally come from a specific painting or something I might see in a magazine. Some years ago I painted some frames using the colors that are common in the adobe style structures I saw during a visit to New Mexico. I love abstract expressionism. Some specific painters that inspire me, Emilio Vedova , Scanavino, Mathieu and others. I have a passion for street art too, stencils and graffiti.  Aboriginal art is full of passion and the colors are amazing. Japanese design and calligraphy intrigues me too.

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Bike of the Week: (Brett's) Rosko Custom Cyclocross

Seth Rosko builds steel frames quietly in Brooklyn with little fan-fare or publicity.  As a bike builder, he draws on his experience racing and fabricating vintage motorcycles, and his many years of work under the Brooklyn Machine Works (known for their Gangsta Track, DH and park bikes) banner. Since setting off on his own, Seth seems eager to challenge himself with designing frames to fit the individual rider, from road to BMX bikes.  His background serves him well as he succeeds in achieving understated form driven by function, frames speak in pure, purposeful designs for aggressive riding and racing.  There are no hand-carved lugs, no polished head-badges, just precisely machined bits from Paragon Machine Works, thoughtfully affixed to quality tubes, in this case Columbus tubes adorned with glittery Granny-Smith green.

Made-in-the-USA Chris King, Thomson, Zanconato, and Parlee components make a bike that its owner calls “Practical Fancy.”  The rims are alloy, the brakes are cantilever in spite of the looming disc-for-cyclocross hype, the Challenge tires are glued on, and the ceramic bottom bracket is of the Pressfit 30 variety, to combine the old and new school.  The fork’s provenance is, according to the builder, top secret.



The beauty of purchasing a frame from a quality local custom builder is the inherently collaborative design process.  In this case, Seth’s long MTB/BMX building experience and Brett’s (the customer) urgent need to dote on details like bottom bracket drop, trail measurement and chainstay taper.  With Seth’s execution and precise welding, Brett received, according to him, “the most balanced riding, confidence inspiring bike I’ve ever owned”. And green means “GO.”