Bertin bikes continued to expand their distribution during this period of the Bike Boom. Framesets were built with Vitus supplied Durifort/888 tubes and, later in the decade’ with Vitus 172 as was the case for the C 37 bis. Some higher end bicycles and framesets like the C 35 were built with a Reynolds main triangle and Vitus for the rest. Specific models like the C 37 and C 38 remained all Reynolds. Framesets were built using forged ends and braze-ons gradually reappeared on the higher end racing frames.
French equipment was the basic specification on frames, but in the mid-70s, Bertin became the French Shimano distributor and its gruppos proliferated through the lineup during this decade as an upgrade before the fullout Campagnolo option. The house brand Milermo equipment was speced extensively on everything from dropouts to saddles, to stems, tape and almost any other accessory required to complete a bike.
Bertin dabbled as well with non-traditional materials such as welded aluminum in the C 80 and welded titanium in the C 75T although these never became a major part of the Bertin lineup.
Bertin C 31 bis — from Craigslist
Bertin C 37 Originally for sale on E-Bay
Bertin C 37 — Don Genovese’s bike on the Velo Cafe at Cyclofiend.com
C 37 for sale at Team Karim
Bertin C 34 — Psycleman’s Bertin at the Velo Cafe on Cyclofiend.com
Bertin C 28 – from a French bulletin board (Apr 09)
Bertin C 132 Cyclo-Touiste, E-Bay April 2009
Bertin C 70 Ebay France, May 2009
Bertin C 28, May 2009
Chad Magiera’s Bertin C 37 from a German website, March, 2009.
Bertin C 31 fixie, April 2009.
A Bertin C 132 shared by JPA from an older EBay post.
A probable C 28 with later equipment upgrades also from JPA.
A Bertin C 31 photo from EBay also provided by JPA
A Bertin Mixte found on the Calgary, Alberta Craigslist in June, 2009
Details of the Bertin Mixte from above.
Unkown model of Bertin found on Craigslist, June 2009.
Extensively modified Bertin from Bike Forum, June 2009.
Bertin C 132 found on Craigslist, June 2009.
Bertin frameset and detail shots from MarcBaby at Mobile1
Bertin C 37, all Campy, from Rembetis Historische Fahrrader
An early 80s C 70? shared by Steve V. from California
A Bertin C 35 from Bike Forum
The much modified and stolen Bertin of Calvin Jones, Park Tools technical expert.
A 48 cm Bertin C 34 found on Ebay, July 2009.
Details of the Bertin above.
This is a late 60s Bertin C 37 recently aquired by Stefan Bergler of Germany.
This appears to be a Bertin C 31? from the 1970s also shared by Stefan Bergler.
A Bertin C 34 from the mid 1970s found on line .
Detail photos of the C 34 found above.
Rich Pinder’s Bertin C 35 from his excellent Ride Vintage Steel site.
A late 60s or early 70s Bertin C 37 built with 531 and for sale on the Toronto Kijiji site in September of 2009.
Details of the C 37 from Kijiji including the old Huret Luxe friction shift levers and the 531 forks.
A Bertin C 34 with full Durifort tubeset.
Details of the C 34 above.
A Bertin C 132 Cyclo Touriste found on Ebay.
This is possibly an early Bertin C 117 minus its touring accessories. Note the long cage Simplex Prestige rear derailleur. Originally from Ebay in July, 2009.
An 80s Bertin C 220 with a Shimano 600 Arabesque gruppo. Bertin manufactured bikes for specific dealers hence the Mottet label.
An 70s Bertin C 31.
A Bertin C 37 for sale on the SORBA website in August of 2009.
This seems to be an early to mid-80s Bertin C 35 with a Vitus 971 frame and fork found on Ebay, October 2009.
A 60 cm late 70s Bertin C 34 or C 35 shared by Tim M. from Virginia. Note the all French equipment – except the Silca pump!
A Bertin C 37 seen on Ebay in October, 2009.
This is a Bertin C 31 with unusual panniers from leboncoin.fr.
This Bertin with a Durifort frameset is unusual in reverting to a traditional style woman’s frame at a time when Bertin offered other models as mixtes.
This Bertin randonneuse was found on Ebay Fr. The frame sticker on the downtube identifies it as part of the Cyclotouiste range, possibly a C 132. It is a fully French bike from tubing to running gear.
This photo shows details of the wiring routing and the bottom bracket generator.
This photo is included to show details of the wiring and the attached light bracket on the TA brake mounted front bag support rack .
This C 34 is set up in Sportif fashion with Esge Cromoplastic fenders and a stem supported, suspended handlebar bag.
A well equipped Bertin C 117 mixte with Durifort frameset built in generator lighting and TA rack mount for the headlight.
This Bertin C 35, from the Oct. 09 Ebay posting, was purchased by Tim M., refurbished and kitted out as seen in the photo immediately above. The bike is all French, including its Vitus 971 frameset.
This French equiped early 70s Bertin C 117 was located in the archive section of Bike Forums from 2006. Bertins of this size were built from heavier gauge tubing to compensate for greater stresses and higher rider weight – not a universal practice for many other manufacturers.
The details above show the OEM stainless fenders and chromed rack of the C 117 from the photo above. The original front rack has been removed and replaced with a suspended bag rack like Velo Orange’s. On the lower photo note the generator mounting tab on the left seat stay. The wiring and generator appear to have been removed.
Bertin supplied the C 34 with tubulars as standard equipment in the 70s. This particular C 34 is fully French equipped even to a Bertin logoed water bottle.
A Japanese website in 2009 supplied this image of a small C 34 with Weinmann 500 sidepull brakes.
Bertin also built its C 34 model with clincher tires. That variety was designated C 34 bis. On this bicycle, there are Simplex derailleurs and a Stronglight 49 crankset. Note the red accented Milremo stem.
The generator/light combination on the rear stay identifies this bike as a Bertin C 132.These could be supplied with either dropped bars or the touring style bars as shown. The saddle is a quilted, padded, plastic based Milremo.
Another C 34 found on leboncoin from France.
The Bertin C 132 above retains its cellulloid fenders but is missing the original generator and taillight usually found on the non-drive seatstay.
Last update May, 30 2010.