- The Dromarti Lust List - Passoni
- twmp - beyond the finish line
- Paris - Brest - Paris
- Castaway on a bicycle
- Customer Reviews
- Bicycle Quarterly press review
- Rider Profile
- Sizing advice, leather care
- Press Reviews
- Terms and Conditions
The Dromarti Lust List - Passoni
We're all familiar with the style, ride-quality and excellence of Italian road bikes from the likes of Colnago and Pinarello but few are aware of Passoni, a company so focused on it's quest for perfection, it’s largely remains secret to all but the inner sanctum of those that 'know'.
As you might imagine, here at Dromarti we very much appreciate excellence in design and manufacture and can only applaud Passoni's position, a jewel in the illustrious crown of Italian bike builders. Without doubt they represent Italian craftsmanship at its finest, producing bespoke, hand built titanium racing bikes that 'transform the feeling of being on two wheels'.
Passoni was founded in the late 1980s when Luciano Passoni and his son Luca wanted to produce the best performing frames for the pro peloton; 30 years on they are one of the most desirable bikes on the market and have been used by Italian pros Gianni Bugno, Claudio Chiappucci and Fabio Roscioli to name but a few.
We caught up with Silvia Passoni, co-founder of Passoni, to find out more their beginnings and how they stay ahead of the curve.
'Luciano and Luco have been obsessed from the beginning about the mechanical properties of titanium' says Silvia. 'A number of very successful riders have used our frames (sometimes under a different brand) on stages of grand tours, including Giro, Vuelta, Tour de France and the Spring Classics, and they have won with our frames. This is because our frames were almost 50% lighter than the steel frames used by other riders at that time.'
'Back then, Passoni was able to assemble full bikes that would weigh less than 7kg, with frames, forks and handlebars produced by us in titanium. Each bike took over two weeks to produce, and even today, we still spend almost 40 hours polishing each frame. And it is appreciated - our customers are so proud of their bikes, we get new clients from all over the world thanks to word of mouth.'
The key to Passoni's success is the combination of expert design and client input, which has allowed it to excel in custom designed bikes.
Silvia continues: 'In all these years we have built excellent relations with our partners. We are constantly updated on what our partners are producing and their thoughts for the future. All Passoni bikes are 100% designed by our experts with input from the clients themselves; all of our partners know this and they support us whole-heartedly in this 'custom design' mission.'
'Italian style and design is deeply ingrained in the Passoni DNA: the maximum quality of the materials, handmade bike frames and attention to every single detail are the characteristics of the Passoni bikes.'
And what does Passoni think about pairing our leather cycling shoes with their legendary bikes?
'Let us say that Dromarti is a 'natural partner' for Passoni: in reason of the incredible quality and fantastic design of the Dromarti bike shoes, they are the perfect solution for the cyclist who loves Passoni,' adds Silvia.
Find out more about some of the world’s finest racing bikes by visiting www.passoni.it.
twmp - beyond the finish line
"you can't buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that's pretty close."
in the mid to late nineties, our local newspaper purchased its first digital camera made by kodak. because there is no specific need for digital cameras to emulate the shape of the analogue versions we all know and love, kodak's tentative steps into the world of low resolution digital imaging resembled nothing more or less than a very big lozenge. as can perhaps be easily imagined, this made the camera slightly unwieldy to handle and led to more than just a few blurred images.
the only saving grace was that the number of pixels available was so low, that often the quality wasn't high enough to see the blur in the first place.
since those days, digital cameras have reverted to the shape and form factor that we have mostly become used to, easing the grasp for the inept and retaining the familarity experienced by the professional. they have also become completely ubiquitous, not only in the realm of what we might reasonably term photography, but as advertised on tv as being inside every smartphone on the market. the notion of there being almost 100 times the number of pixels inside a modern-day phone than in that first kodak digital camera is not lost on me.
the upshot of all this pixelated imagery is that even those of us working in the realm of image-making tend to assume that every photograph seen in any situation will have been taken with a digital camera. i mean, who on earth would subject themselves to the faff and iniquities of analogue photography with its concomitant spool changing, developing, printing etc., etc. but every now and again, i come across a collection of images that have been snapped on film, yet my assumptions are still entrenched in the world of pixels.
the race photos of philipp hympendahl are perhaps the perfect example, resulting in something of a faux pas on my contacting philipp for some more details about the imagery in 'beyond the finish line'. a goodly number of those populating the opening pages exhibit substantial, yet specific desaturation in certain colours. i not unnaturally asked philipp if this was achieved in post production and why?
"I photograph on a old 6x17cm film camera, which is really difficult when photographing cycling. I have to manually focus and I can take only one photo before I have to manually wind on. With this technique you have to think in advance and be well prepared, but then you have a chance to produce something different than the norm.
"I wanted to present a very personal view of cycling along with the chance to print the pictures realy large afterwords. I had this old camera, so I gave it a go.
"The project nearly came to a early end after my photolab destroyed a long weekend's work at the Tour de France three years ago. But then I got in touch with the guy who takes care of my post production. He scans the films creating the end look as presented in my book. This process takes time and costs money.
the imagery runs the full gamut of cycling photography, from dynamic race footage to a wide panorama shot of a gaggle of hympendahl's peers all but concealed amidst a forest of enormous lenses. we're all likely well-used to the sort of reportage photography that appears in the monthlies, but nowadays we all want more; all the paraphernalia that surrounds the act of racing itself. what inspires philipp to focus his photography on cycle sport?
"I've been working for German cycling magazine TOUR for a long time and always loved to work on personal projects besides the business work. So I started to play around with my old camera, far away from thinking this could work. The first photo that made me understand that in fact this project could work, was the Tom Boonen photo of Paris Roubaix." (pages 38-39)
aside from having an impressive eye for a photo, hympendahl has a penchant for riding his bicycle a tad further than most of us might consider. he has featured on the post most recently in connection with dromarti leather shoes by whom he was sponsored in the recent paris-brest-paris. i can think of several cycle photographers who enjoy being in the saddle almost as much as behind the lens (scott mitchell springs most recently to mind), but none that i can think of would undertake the 1200 kilometres required of paris-brest-paris. other than exhausting, how was it?
"As a cyclist I started to become more interested in a mixture of adventure and sport; that's why I decided this season to try long distance cycling. PBP was such a great journey with very nice, interesting and crazy people. You have such a great distance to cycle, that the riders stick together more than normally. There were long hours of darkness and tiredness, plus I had a lot of pain. Your inner voices tell you to stop, but something makes you carry on and on."
"In Brest i wanted to give up, because I figured I'd suffered enough. But relief of simply channging my clothes off gave me the impetus to carry on. And once you change direction towards Paris that's a big help.
"The last third of the race I cycled with an English guy and later with a whole English group. One guy, even older than I am, was on a single speed; great. I decided then that it wasn't a race any more, because the group was so great we just stuck together to the finish.
attacking a lengthy ride such as pbp is one thing; simply to finish the event really has to be considered amongst one of the biggest challenges in modern cycling. but it's highly unlikely that those who enter are only there to make up the numbers. there are specific goals to be achieved, possibly collateral from a focused training programme, but perhaps as a result of a personal challenge. after all there are specific qualifying races that have need of completion prior to setting off from paris. had philipp achieved his own goals for the event?
"I am very happy with the way it went. My time was still pretty good concerning all that happened en-route. I lost my way once and did missed the direction signs at one point, riding some extra miles in the fog of an early morning. That cost me about half an hour."
aside, however, from a career of image-making and this seemingly insatiable desire to ride a year's distance in a matter of days, philipp has a third string to his bow: that of research and development practitioner. you may recall from my previous feature on the man that dromarti proprietor, martin scofield has sponsored hympendahl to attempt riding his shoes to destruction. the sponsorship arrangement involves a practical means of gathering information that will subsequently improve the end product. how did the shoes fare over those 1200 kilometres?
"The shoes were really good and my feet were more or less one of the few pain-free areas. But my backside is still not ok and there are parts of my hands where I still have no feeling."
though i've never even come close to riding such a distance at one sitting, there have been one or two occasions when i've suffered numbness in places where i'd have preferred not to. on none of those occasions have i ever thought, 'i don't think i'll do that again.' however, my recall features only a couple of hundred kilometres, nothing like the 1200 that gave philipp a pain in the backside. after pbp, does hympendahl have any future plans for any more lengthy bike rides?
"I've not made up my mind, but the fact is that I cannot go much further than I did. Due to an accident when I was younger, I have problems with my right knee and my left ankle, both of which were swollen really badly. My mind could cope with a RAAM, but my body would not."
it is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, thus impeccable imagery such as included in beyond the finish line therefore surely must benefit from being accompanied by the words of tim farin. the introduction, however, makes it quite plain that farin's words are not intended to be a commentary on or description of hympendahl's photography.
"Neither the pictures nor the text are designed to answer specific questions or fit a set pattern of storytelling."
farin's essays are, if anything, atmospheric. inflections garnered from the arena of professional cycling that assist hympendahl's own photographic storytelling. combined over the book's 127 pages, the end result is quite superb.
thursday 27 august 2015
thewashingmachinepost occupies not only a niche within the world of road cycling, but also something of a geographical corner, given that it all emanates from the inner Hebridean island of Islay, situated off Scotland's west coast. The climate, rife with galeforce winds, horizontal rain perfumed with the peat smoke from eight malt whisky distilleries and a substantial network of agriculturally beset single-track roads, is the ideal testing ground for most things cycling.
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Paris - Brest - Paris
To prepare for this challenging event, I adjusted my cycle training a little and thought going long distance would be a little easier concerning the speed.
Then I started the qualification brevets of 200-300-400 and 600km and I was surprised how fast the first riders go over this distance. I was also positively surprised of how good my body, my legs and my mind would cope with the strain in my first long distance events.
After the qualification brevets I had severe problems with my body.
My neck was hurting, my achilles tendon was swollen, my writs hurt, and recently I had fatal problems with my bottom after the 24h race. Cycle training without pain was not possible, but I had to persevere. Luckily I could solve most of the problems, now shortly before the start of PBP.
I have always dreamt of being a professional cyclist and now I had the chance of running a campaign with the opportunity of using a lot of modern technical and physical support.
My position on my new bike was set by specialists from KOMsport in Cologne. I trained professionally, I went to physiotherapists for massages etc and as a vegetarian I took care of my nutrition very careful.
Castaway on a bicycle
A film by Paolo Ciaberta
There are two ways in Sicily that can give you that castaway feeling, jump on a boat and let yourself go in the sea or jump on a bike and lose yourself in the backcountry. The need for that castaway feeling came because I was looking for ample and unpopulated places, wild and far, where time seemed to stop, contest that I consider ideal to move legs and head. Usually when I get out of home in my bike, for my Sunday ride, I often find myself in places where I already know every single roughness of the road and I don't think about anything else a part from riding and feeling like a child. Cycle touring instead imposes organization and attention, you have to face most situations by trusting only your own instinct, your senses. You have to feel the noises, the air, follow the traces more like an animal than a child, thing that I find moving and gratifying. This is a journey that awake senses, a surprising journey, a journey where one can lose and find himself again.
Paolo Ciaberta is a professional free lance photographer based in Turin (Italy) he collaborate with several cycling magazine and cycling company.
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The shoes are amazing! I got them two days before I left on a 7day bicycle tour and they performed superbly. I was worried about them not breaking in but I experienced zero discomfort. I am very, very impressed with the quality and style and can't wait to get a second pair in brown ;)
PS, Thanks for the extremely fast and accurate shipping!
Matt D - San Francisco, USA. Race Black
The shoes arrived and I've been out riding with them. They are fabulous, comfortable, and beautiful.
I'm using them with old Campy quill pedals and straps. I need some old style cleats with just a slot for the quill. Do you have any such cleats that will fit the 3 screw pattern on the shoe bottoms?
Guildford, Connecticut, USA. Race Black
The shoes arrived safely and fit perfectly. I've been using them all week. They are very comfortable indeed, really love them.
James London. Sportivo Classic
You beat me to it! I wanted to email you to say my husband is highly delighted with the shoes and to thank you for helping me make his birthday a good one! He is delighted with the quality of the shoe and can't wait to use them.
I think I may need to get a pair now!
I hope you had a good holiday.
Caroline - Surrey, England. Sportivo Classic
Shoes arrived today ... Really outstanding, everything I expected ...
Phil - New Jersey, USA. Sportivo Classic
I just wanted to let you know that I am delighted with the shoes.
The quality is fantastic and they also look great.
All-in-all, a great pair of shoes with excellent customer service.
Chris S - Manchester, England. Sportivo Black
Shoes received yesterday. Cycling? You are kidding, right? I' m going dancing in them this weekend! :)
Mike R - Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Race Black
The shoes have arrived safe&sound, I am delighted, sexy is not the word for them! Fabulous. Like the brown ones I had from you some time ago. If these shoes were a woman, they'd be Claudia Cardinale in her prime! Thank you so much.
Timm F - Gwent, Wales.
Thanks for the question; I own a set of perfectly-fitting Dromartis purchased back in 2012. They are size 46. I am getting these to allow for more leaisurely rides where I want to walk around. By the way, my first set took a real beating doing the 2012 L'Eroica, where I certainly ended up walking far more than I would have guessed. Even with so much walking in gravel they have held up beautifully.
Mark Ty - Virginia, USA. Sportivo Classic
I finally got a chance to try the new Sportivos. They fit perfectly, and were very comfortable. The ride was cold and I wore neoprene booties over them. It was nice not to have buckles and velcro straps in the way as I was pulling the booties on. Thanks so much for a great shoe with classic appeal and modern performance.
K Boulder, CO USA Sportivo Black
Just to let you know that the shoes are wonderful. Very comfortable and good looking to boot. A different look - I like it!
John S - Western Australia. Race Black
I can't believe the shoes arrived very next day. I was pit but collected them from post office. Great service fantastic shoes, on my way to buy cleats. Have a good day
Doug B - Surrey, England. Sportivo Classic
Shoes arrived yesterday - excellent fit and wow!
Len - Northumberland, England Race Black
Thank you so much for the shoes, which I wore today for the 1st time (after letting some Brooks leather preserve sink in overnight).
The shoes fit very nicely, so thank you for your recommendation to go up a size from my original order. I'm particularly keen on the soft cup of the heel, which holds the foot snugly on climbs.
They are also a lovely colour, which I'm looking forward to seeing age and develop a rich patina.
Thank you again for your time, help and wonderful work.
Good luck with all your ventures with the company, and good luck with all your adventures on your bike.
Gary O - Gateshead, England. Sportivo Classic
Simply beautiful shoes, perfect fit.
Gordon - Lancashire, England.
Bicycle Quarterly press review
Cost: $ 317
Weight (size 43, with SPD cleats): 790 g
Test duration: 2000 km (1200 miles)
Sample provided by: Dromarti
Country of manufacture: Taiwan
I love my Dromarti SPD shoes. I rarely am this enamored with a product, but the Dromartis combine the good looks, comfort and durability of a hand-made shoe with the performance of an SPD mountain bike shoe. I've always admired hand-made Italian shoes. I own a pair of dress shoes with Vibram soles that we call my "geologist shoes", because we envision an Italian geologist wearing these together with a tailored, but casual, suit as he examines a gravel pit. Those shoes were an indulgence when I bought them, but twenty years later, they still are comfortable and look good during the rare occasions when I dress up. Most of the time, I leave my house on a bike, and that is why the Dromarti Sportivo SPD shoes have become my favorite shoes. They also are handmade (now in Taiwan rather than Italy, because the quality is better). They also fit my slightly narrow feet perfectly - similar to my Sidis. The Dromartis were comfortable from the first time I wore them. They don't look "high tech", yet don't try to hide that they are cycling shoes. They are unpretentious - fine leather cycling shoes, nothing more and nothing less. It's easy to dismiss beautifully made, traditional products as "wannabe attire", so our samples were tested rigorously. I took them on a recent trip to Japan, where they were my only shoes during a six-day tour of Hokkaido (which included plenty of walking). Then they went on half of a Super Randonnée, with 300 km of relentless climbing. This was followed by a three-day ride through a typhoon that included a night-time hike when
we carried our bikes, cyclocross-style, down a rocky mountain trail. I've also worn them commuting and for hill intervals. The shoes are comfortable even after 20+ hours in the saddle. The soles are soft enough for comfortable walking and standing, yet they are stiff enough for spirited riding. Only once, at the end of a 4-hour all-out ride to Mount Rainier did the ball of one foot hurt slightly. I was concerned, but the problem never recurred, so it's perhaps unfair to blame the shoes. That said, for racing or if you plan to set a personal best in PBP, you may want shoes with stiffer soles. For touring and general riding, though, the Dromartis seem to provide the perfect balance of stiffness and comfort. I have walked short distances in Sidis, and it was less than ideal. The Dromartis were
comfortable even at the end of a day's sightseeing on foot in Sapporo. The SPD cleats are recessed enough that they don't "click" on the pavement. The lugged soles offer plenty of traction during hikes. Only on wet floors are they a little slippery, as are all cycling shoes I have tried. The laces allow adjusting the volume of the shoes, but they obviously cannot be adjusted "on the move" like modern ratchet systems. On the plus side, my feet don't get sweaty in the Dromartis. My Dromartis have been through a lot, and they no longer look pristine. Unlike artificial leather, the patina of scuffs and scrapes adds to the beauty, and a little shoe polish makes them presentable again. They are expensive, but if they ever stop making them, I'll buy a pair or two to put aside, since I don't want to be without them. - JH
My brown Dromarti Sportivos are the most comfortable stylish cycling shoes I have ever worn. Here in Oregon there are cyclocross races most evenings during the week. It's not uncommon for me to wear my Dromartis to my last business meeting of the day with my race kit underneath my slacks, shirt and tie -- the Dromarti's look so good with slacks nobody notices they are cycling shoes. I drive straight to the bike race after work, pull off my business clothes and I am ready to warm up and race!
I have people stop me before and after I race both complimenting me on my shoes and asking where they can get them!
I am a former marathoner and ultra marathoner that started cycling just over a year ago as crosstraining. I have raced 58 cyclocross races in my Dromarti shoes this fall and they have performed flawlessly, they are easy to clip into the pedals on remounts and the aggressive tread are great for run ups in the mud or dry loose conditions. I once flatted on my first lap of a cross race with no back-up bike in the pits and to avoid a DNF, I ran 8K, the entire race pushing my bike in the mud and my Dromarti's felt like running shoes and did not aggravate my plantar fasciitis even after running for 40 straight minutes in them. I currently lead the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (ORBA) Ironman standings and recently completed the feat of racing 5 cyclocross races in a single day wearing my brown Dromarti's. Cycling has helped me rehabilitate my hip after a bad car accident and has substantially improved my overall fitness, allowing me to return to running marathons again.
One should not be worried about racing in a pair of Dromarti's - they aren't too pretty to race, they are durable and perform fantastically, with a little shoe polish they will shine like new again after a weekend of hard racing.
Sizing advice, leather care
It's quite easy to deal with this, as our shoes are similar in size to the major Italian, Japanese and American cycling shoes brands. Therefore, just order the size of cycling shoes you already have.
It's worth noting that cycling shoes, tend to be size differently from walking shoes, so expect your cycling shoes size be larger than your everyday walking shoe size.
Our shoes are made of leather, therefore overtime the upper will naturally stretch, molding it's self to the unique shape of your foot.
If you take a half size, round down to the full size.
If these are your first cycling shoes, just order one size larger than your walking shoe size.
If you would like to discuss this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org I would be delighted to hear from you.
One of the many joys of leather is that with a little care they will just get to look better and better.
In fact, leather is far more durable and will look better for longer, than any synthetic material. Just read the article by Dromarti customer Greg Eyerly
Just follow some simple rules.
When wet, stuff the shoes with newspaper and allow to dry naturally away from direct heat.
As needed, clean with shoe brushes, apply a good quality shoe polish and watch your shoes become even more beautiful.
We're also big fans of 'Waximum™' made by Timberland which we've found a truly great product.
thewashingmachinepost, 4th August 2010
Bicycling, 3rd February 2011
Outside Magazine December 2010
thewashingmachinepost, 6th February 2011
thewashingmachinepost, 20th January 2011
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