Road Bike Gallery 1950-1959

Bertin road bikes in this period frequently had Simplex Tour de France, Cyclo or Huret derailleurs. Derailleur attachment could be bolt on or to dedicated stamped steel brazed in rear forkends. Front derailleurs were rod or lever/cable operated towards the end of the decade. Wheels were frequently 650B for utility and touring bikes but racing bikes used the larger 700C format. Lugged frames were the norm usually built from Vitus Durifort or, more rarely, Reynolds 531.

50s Bertin C 10

This is a 50s period Bertin C 10 with SA rear hub. Note the Ideale woman’s saddle and the brazed on centerpull brakes. From, Oct.2009.

60s Bertin ebay fr

An unidentified but quality frameset from the period with stamped dropots including a derailleur tab.

   Detail of dropouts

 60s derailleur hanger eby fr

Old Orange Bertin 1

A late 50s or early 60s Bertin C 34 “Course Competition” built with Durifort tubing.

Old Bertin Porteur

This  Bertin C 25 “Porteur Parisien” from the late 40s or early 50s was found on in November of 2009.

This photo of a C 25 is also from leboncoin and was advertised a couple of times in early 2011.

6 comments on “Road Bike Gallery 1950-1959

  1. I have to disagree with the description of the white 60’s C37 frameset pictured as found on e-bay.

    I purchased mine new in 1973. It is the identical frame, 531 reynolds aluminium, bertin sticker on head tube. I have a 72 stamped on the right side of the head tube and a 60 or 80 stamped on the left side of the head tube. (sorry, but I just had two martini’s and I forgot the stamp number)

    That’s all for now

  2. Hi, Bob-

    Many of my classifications are conjectural due to lack of documentation. As well, Bertin used the available decals even in differing model years so bikes of the same year might have been decaled differently. The 72 on the headtube is probably the head tube/lug angle. The other numbers may have been for quality control or brazer id. I know Peugeot did that in the 80s and 90s on some production.


  3. Hi, I have the same frame as the orange colored “unidentified” one and mine has the aluminum head badge, what does the orange one have?

  4. Hi, Mike-
    That one has the stamped aluminum and painted head badge typical of earlier framesets held on by two rivets. The closer you get to the 60s, the more common are the printed, adhesive backed, stick on, foil style badges.

  5. Thanks Jim, mine doesn’t have any set up on the rear drop out for a derailleur and it has the glued head badge but otherwise it’s the same. It does have all the original decals. Late 50’s? I am trying to see what time frame to build it to.

  6. Hi, Mike-

    You may want to build to an early 60s standard as the equipment is much easier to come by and less expensive. Think LAM sidepulls compared to Mafac Racers, Simplex Prestige Criterium or Huret Luxe versus Cyclo or Simplex Juy 60. The plain fork end also allows fitting a derailleur of your choice using a claw hanger rather than being limited by a specific derailleur boss. The complete old decals are a great break as it allows you to rebuild without the expense of refinishing.

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