Bertin C 37 Restoration Part 9

Any restoration, even a comparatively simple one like this, takes way more time and money than originally anticipated. If you look at the date of the previous post for Part 8, that quickly becomes obvious. When you undertake the effort, be aware that your time and financial costs will rise beyond your initial worst case estimates. Even when you are retired, life intrudes and disrupts and delays your progress.

However, that said, the work is now complete. The C 37 is fully assembled, test ridden and presented below for your review. As shown, with no special attempt at lightness, the bike weighs in at 9.8 kg (21.6 lb) for its 60 cm C-to-T frame size. (Click on images to enlarge for details)

 

Drive Side Profile

Drive Side Profile

 

Stronglight 93   52/40 T

Simplex SLJ A 522, Stronglight 93, 52/40 T, Marcel Berthet Pedals, Lapize Straps with Steel Christophe Clips

 

Simplex LJ 5500T Derailleur

Simplex SLJ 5500T Derailleur

 

Maillard Front Hub

Maillard Front Hub

 

Rear Helicomatic Hub and Freewheel

Rebuilt Rear Helicomatic Hub and Freewheel

 

Atax Stem With Philippe Franco-Italia Bars

Stronglight Steel V4 Headset, Atax 10 cm Stem With Philippe Franco-Italia Bars and Velox Plugs

 

Polished Spidel Levers NOS Mafac Hoods

Polished Spidel Levers with NOS Mafac Hoods

 

Front Mafac/Spidel LS 2 Sidepull Brake Caliper

Simplex Retrofriction Levers, Front Mafac/Spidel LS 2 Sidepull Brake Caliper, Steel TA Bottle Cage

 

Rear Mafac/Spidel LS 2 Brake Caliper

Rear Mafac/Spidel LS 2 Brake Caliper. Mavic Module E2 Rims with Michelin Synergic 700 x 23 Tires

 

1970s Brooks Professional Saddle and Silca Pump

1970s Brooks Professional Saddle and Silca Pump

 

Brooks Pro on Fluted Alloy Simplex post

Brooks Pro on Fluted Alloy Simplex SX 1500 seatpost

 

The next installment will review costs for the project and assess the errors and processes which led to the finished project as seen above.

9 comments on “Bertin C 37 Restoration Part 9

  1. Stunning! So classy and tasteful, and it looks as if it just rolled off the assembly line. A job well done! You should be very well pleased.

  2. A superb restoration. I love the colour. 9.8kg is a good result for this bike with the kit you have fitted, I have a 54cm C210 with Shimano Golden Arrow that comes in at 10.5kg. All your attention to detail has really paid off in my view, a brilliant finish. Congratulations

  3. Thank you, Kevin. The weight was surprisingly low as there were no alloy headset, bottom bracket cups, plastic saddles, 531SL,titanium anything or tubular tires added into the mix.

  4. “Even when you are retired, life intrudes and disrupts and delays your progress.”
    I’m retired and 75 years old. My bikes are my refuge.

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