Nervex lugs … continued

bertin-head-lugThe Bertin was originally owned by a randonneur customer of Mike Barry (of Bicycle Specialties in Toronto) who brought the bike in for resale. Mike had previously added braze-ons and randonnee specific parts when the bike had been repainted. As well as  the Nervex Professional lugs, crown and bottom bracket the bike had braze-on pivots for centerpulls, a Mariposa style seat lug cable hanger (see accompanying photo)jims-mariposa-style-cable-hanger, cable guides and bottle braze-ons. At some point vertical dropouts were added and the frame drilled for internal wiring for the regulation lights required on a randoneuse. Although the bike was well used and had surface corrosion on many of the alloy parts, it was obviously sound and would form a solid  basis for restoration.

Mike knew the bike had a full Reynolds 531 frameset and  narrow taper stays as well as Imperial oval fork blades rather than the Columbus style blades. The hung on equipment was as follows:

  • Saddle – Regal
  • Seatpost – Campagnolo
  • Stem – Atax/Philippe
  • Bars – TTT
  • Bag and Mariposa decaleur
  • Tape – Cinelli cork
  • Headset – Dura Ace
  • Ft. Derailleur – Suntour
  • Rr. Derailleur – Simplex 5500
  • Shift Levers – Simple Retrofriction
  • Brakes – Gran Compe Centerpulls
  • Levers – Ultegra Aero
  • Crankset – TA Pro 5 Vis  52-42-32
  • Pedals – Look clipless
  • Hubs – Maillard Helicomatic
  • Spokes- Chromed, double butted 14/15
  • Skewers – Spidel
  • Rims – Mavic MA 2
  • Tires – Continental Grand Prix clinchers
  • Bottle Cage – generic alloy
  • All threading is French

It was all working and a quick lube and adjustment got the Bertin on the road for its first season after a quick saddle change to a Brooks B-17 and a switch to Atom 600 pedals and clips. The “bones” were lovely as was the ride and like real estate agents love to tell you, it had “potential.” However, as with houses, the agents don’t really get into what bringing out that “potential” is going to cost!