In the beginning, it was the nervex lugs. I have always liked their combination of detail and refinement. So, when I walked into Mike Barry’s Bicycle Specialties store in Toronto and saw the white Bertin with a full nervex professional lug set up, it was all over. I had to buy it and rescue it from its thick coating of white Imron.
I had originally seen the bike advertised on Mike’s website. The photo below is what it looked like when I first saw it.
A quick purchase followed in the fall of 2005 and then began the process of accumulating all the parts needed to restore the bike to near original condition. Further details will follow in subsequent posts.