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    Default Re: Lugged Colossus

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Walberg View Post
    Wow ! That is one fine looking bike indeed.
    It is a good inspiration for any builder.
    I love the ridge on the bottom of the headtube to keep the cables from wearing the paint.
    But that is just one of the millions of details.
    The whole picture is what is impressive.
    What a pretty bike !
    I bet it rides great, too.

    Dazza,
    Your are inspiring.
    Thanks for posting all that you do.

    -Mark
    Thanks, post the cheque to Dazza's Steam Locomotive building fund .................................
    Cheers Dazza
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    Default My phone rings

    My phone rings, an English speaking but heavily accented Italian is on the phone.
    Who the heck could this be ? I am in the Australian Cycling Team workshop in an old industrial building near Varese in Northern Italy towards the end of a 3 month team mechanic stint, preparing equipment for the 2009 World Championships.
    “Dazza, when are you coming to visit?”
    I ask who is this ?
    “It is Dario”
    Dario who? Heck, out of the blue an Italian is ringing me, the first thing that I am thinking, have I forgotten to collect something, perhaps one of team vans at the garage or ????
    “Pegoretti, when are you coming to visit……………..? ”
    Then, finally all starts to become clear in my dim cranium. After 5mins of phone chat I promise to visit Dario Pegoretti after the World Championships are done and dusted and my work with the Aussie U23 team is completed.
    Cadel wins the big one, Jack wins the U23 time trail, we Aussies were pretty happy. Mary Ann and I have a couple of weeks holiday after and in our travels we book into a hotel in Dario’s workshop town of Caldanozza.
    After breakfast Dario comes, he takes us to his workshop in the morning. Dario askes me about my new lug project I am thinking of completing when I get home. It is 10.30am and a bottle of fine wine comes out! I am working on an OS tube lug set, Dario wants one for XL tubes (double over size) like my previous 2004 Crescendo lug set but he wanted it with a level top tube. The wine lubricates me (no doubt, his intention) we discuss and I am now working on two lug projects. Mary Ann recognised the moment and she got up from the table to capture it, hence why there are three glasses on the table.




    Then it was lunch and then dinner …………………………………. and much laughter and many stories. So began the Cadenzia lug and Columbus XCr for Lugs tube collaboration with Dario and myself. I am extremely flattered and honoured to have been invited and encouraged into such a collaboration by such a highly recognised frame maker. This is beyond my visions could have ever comprehended as a 16 yo lad when I started on the frame making journeymany years before. When one was a bit worn down by work, circumstances, Dario always had an encouraging message via the phone or email.
    construction and painting reputation, however I gained a little insight of how much he assisted many people outside and inside the bike industry. He gave a lot of assistance for many who were having a rough journey in life. There was a lot more to Dario than just his marvellous bikes. He was kind, caring and thoughtful.
    I am extremely fortunate to have had a wee bit of time with Dario and Mary Ann and I will always have fond memories of our time. I will always remember his grin.
    We have lost a good man. We have a lost a friend. We will miss you but we will always have good stories to recount about you with our friends. I am sure this is how Dario would want it to be like now that he has gone.
    Dario, we are better for having known you, we are better for having you giving us your time, attention and encouragement.

    Dario, may your files always be sharp, may your weld puddle be perfect and your braze flow sweetly and the vino and formaggio be always close by. R.I.P


    Cheers Dazza
    The rock star is dying. And it's a small tragedy. Rock stars have blogs now. I have no use for that kind of rock star.
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    Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch

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    Default Re: My phone rings

    such a cool story and a worthy tribute, dazza; i remember you writing about it at the time, already so many years ago. i visited him the same year, sat at the same table. i brought my then-girlfriend from india, who had no interest in bikes at the time, but still talks fondly of meeting him and enjoys discussing his frames, although she is not a cyclist. among other fascinating conversation, dario made a convincing argument that italian and indian people and cultures shared fundamental similarities that were more closely aligned than even european counties to italy. i will also not forget how humble he was. i was planning to go to verona, but hadn't yet been able. he leaves an irreplaceable hole, as he was an unusual person living in a specific time and a particular place, but certainly glad there are people like you to carry the torch forward.
     

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    Default A wee read with a glass of red and smelly cheese

    Matt captures the story
    "The customer is making a connection with the builder."

    Lugged Colossus


    Bikes of the Bunch: Llewellyn Custom Bicycles lugged Colossus | CyclingTips
    Cheers Dazza
    The rock star is dying. And it's a small tragedy. Rock stars have blogs now. I have no use for that kind of rock star.
    Nick Cave

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    Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch

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    Default Re: Llewellyn Bikes

    wow... those lugs:o incredible project, dazza. congrats!
     

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    Default A recent blurb in the press

    Read here if you have a glass of red in the hand

    Cheers Dazza
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    Nick Cave

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    Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch

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    Default The best bike Gig down under, I even say in the world

    Handmade Bicycle Show Australia
    26th -28th April Melbourne

    Gallery style. Bikes on plinths, the builder to meet and chew the fat over with a fine beer or wine in the hand along with good food.
    There is a complete absence of tacky show booth ware fare along with log cabin and mud dioramas nonsense.
    Last years gig was the best bike show I have ever attended. This year is bigger, some parts people are there however they are neatly and pleasantly corralled into their own section on the cobbles. Nathan and Michael know how to run a good gig. See you there. Some of happy snaps of bikes on the LLeweLLyn stand.


    "Discus Colossus" (New 2019 model)









    Stainless lugs



    Cheers Dazza
    The rock star is dying. And it's a small tragedy. Rock stars have blogs now. I have no use for that kind of rock star.
    Nick Cave

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    Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch

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    Default Wednesday morning photo

    just because , colour and the morning light here.

    Cheers Dazza
    The rock star is dying. And it's a small tragedy. Rock stars have blogs now. I have no use for that kind of rock star.
    Nick Cave

    www.llewellynbikes.com
    The usual Facebook page
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/llewellyncustombicycles/
    Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch

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