I love the majority of his paint jobs. But, then again, Dali and Anatole Krasnyansky are two of my favorite artists.
I know the price is up there compared to other steel frames, but each frame is still handmade and each is hand painted. Compared to US hand-made steel frames such as Vanilla (can you believe their website is showing a 5 year wait for orders?!), Sachs, etc. Pegoretti's are definitely not overpriced. I guess with each of these you're paying for a boutique bike that you will one day hang on your wall rather than trading/selling for your next ride.
Intangibles are expensive. I cannot justify the extra expense for something unnoticeable with your eyes closed.
I had a one-off custom MTB frame that was valued at around $3500 in 1999 dollars. It was a factory XC race frame form a now defunct bike company. No paint (aluminum) and not the most attractive design, but it had a Horst link which worked awesome, and was crazy light. Not something you'd show off to your friends, but you could slay with it off road.
I'm a very visual person. Some of my greatest pleasures in life come from just looking at things. I don't just mean objects or artworks either but also landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, etc. For example, the highlight of my trip to Switzerland was just seeing this from our hotel balcony, whereas, the wife would probably say something about the food, wine, or shopping.
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