Usually, items for sale are not accepted by me for featuring on this site. Unusually, the featured Bertin is not for sale, it is for free.
A little over two months ago, I was contacted by Ed, a resident of Los Angeles, California who was trying to dispose of a Bertin C 28 mixte. He and his wife were downsizing and the bike needed to be gone from their storage locker. He didn’t fancy using EBay or Craigslist but was reluctant to simply throw the bike in re-cycling. He realized that it needed a fair bit of TLC but hoped I knew someone who might want it.
Unfortunately, I did not but he was determined to give it away to a good home so here we are now. Ed is prepared to give away the Bertin C 28 mixte you see in the photos below. No cost to you except for the gasoline required to collect it from him. Method, date and time of collection to be determined between you and Ed.
I will facilitate this by having you use the Contact link on the button bar below the header illustration to contact me. Sent me your email address and I will forward it to Ed. He will contact you and both of you can work out the specifics of the transfer of the Bertin from his ownership to yours.
Contact information will be forwarded to Ed in the chronological order it is received. Ed makes the final choice of the new owner, I will simply facilitate the contact. So, look over the photos and decide whether, as an Angeleno, that Bertin mixte might suit.
Originally sold by Hans Orht’s Shop
The last posted article was one about an urban owned C 38 track bike in New York City in the US. This post will be about a C 37 road bike owned and restored by Stuart Windsor of London, England. Stuart is a professional photographer as you can see from his pictures below as well as from his work at the Stuart Windsor Photographer site here.
He had contacted me some time ago regarding sharing his completed restoration but the perfect opportunity to share it came with the more recent opportunity to post about the C 38. So here it is below, in a slightly less formal featured bike presentation, to contrast with the C 38 from last time around. Both are 1960s – early 1970s and make an interesting juxtaposition. (Click photo to enlarge.)
Drive side profile showing off the Stronglight 105bis crankset.
Alloy Simplex Prestige, 105bis and Marcel Berthet pedals – classic French components.
Frame Details also showing Maillard Competition front hub and Simplex QR.
Frame details and rear Competition HF hub.
Frame details with interesting pump peg.
Atax/Philippe bar and stem.
Rear early model MAFAC Racer brake caliper.
MAFAC Course 121 levers with half-hoods.
The whole restoration effort has produced a visually stunning period effect and a sincere thank you to Stuart for sharing that result with us.
Often, people write to the blog to share about what they have done to refurbish or restore a Bertin built bicycle. Recently, I received an email from Abed in New York City asking if I would like to share the C 38 track bike photos he had attached. The answer was “Yes!” as you can see from the photos below. Abed has done a great job with this early 60s C 38 from the 531 frame restoration to the Campagnolo track gruppo. As Abed said in his email, “The bike is wild and flies like a butterfly. ” That pretty much says it all. Thanks for sharing with all the other Bertin enthusiasts, Abed. I hope you enjoy his urban ambiance Bertin photos. (Double click on photos to enlarge for greater detail.)
The Bicycle Book is a recently published history of the bicycle and its technical and social contexts. It is offered by Dorling Kindersley and edited by Chauncey Dunford. The ISBN is 978-0-2412-2611-7 and Dorling Kindersley lists it at 20 pounds. The exterior of the book is striking. There is a full colour cover photo which wraps around the front cover to the back and is embossed with highlights using metallic inks. The book has board covers but no dust jacket.
Organization is by chronological sequence that begins in 1817 and extends to the present. Within each era are sub-sections about unique developments originating in the period as well as specific bicycle marques and technology. For example, the 1970s feature touring bikes and the manufacturer Colnago.
There are profiles of notable bikes like the Raleigh Chopper, Moultons, the Bianchi Paris Roubaix and the Specialized Stumpjumper. Great manufacturers are featured with 2 page spreads with history and relevant photos. Campagnolo, Raleigh, Peugeot, Colnago, Cannondale, Shimano and Giant all are featured manufacturers. As well, inserted into the appropriate historical sections are overviews of the great races like Paris-Roubaix, the Giro, the Tour and the 2012 Women’s Olympic road race.
The book also evaluates bicycle technology with photos , illustrations, and exploded diagrams tracing and explaining technological advances.
The book features exceptional quality photography although there are occasional captioning errors such as misidentifying a brake caliper’s brand or describing my C 37 as a touring bike. Nonetheless, niggles aside, the book has fabulous photography, interesting narrative and an effectively organized presentation. Highly recommended.
Aside: A year ago, I was contacted by Dorling Kindersley with a request to provide a photo of a Bertin C 37 for this book project. I supplied and gave permission to use a profile photo of my recently restored C 37 which eventually showed up on page 112 of the finished book in the section on touring bikes. (See the poor copy of my page scan from the book.) I subsequently received a free copy of the book as compensation for providing the photo. Nonetheless, despite my obvious bias, I believe the book to be an outstanding overview of the bicycle itself and of cycling history.
In mid-May, I was contacted by a French reader of the blog looking for help in identifying a tandem that he had just purchased. It was a Bertin tandem, which is unsurprising on this blog, but what a unique
Map credit: Wikipedia
Bertin it turned out to be. Loic wondered if it was a tandem built in St. Laurent-Blangy as the Bertin head badge listed a different location. The Cycles Bertin badge showed the small town of Rheges as the location of the business which constructed the tandem, not in the Nord Pas de Calais but in the Aube departemant to the south and east. Surprising really, as Rheges has a population of about 240 people and does not seem to be a hotbed of industrial production. The Andre Bertin badge is radically different with its tricolour and eagle motif. The tandem is in the profile photo which follows and you should look very closely at it.
I would direct your attention to the horizontal boom tube which joins the captain’s and the stoker’s bottom bracket shells and to the non-existent front chain wheel. Instead of an eccentric front bottom bracket and a chain wheel to connect to the stoker’s crankset there is a vertically ovalized and fillet brazed tube to enclose what I believe is a shaft drive to the stoker’s crankset axle.
The design is well thought out for the pre-WW II to 1950s when its equipment was produced. There are brazed on Jeay roller cam brakes, hub brakes in steel hubs on 650 B rims and a Cyclo derailleur on the rear with a later single sprocket instead of the expected 3 or 4 cog freewheel. The cranksets are steel with a rear double. The brazing looks very clean and the bike was painted a lovely shade of green with the beautiful pinstripes so characteristic of the era. Below, are close up photos by Loic. I think you will find them fascinating. (Double click on photos to enlarge)
Front Drum Brake
Jeay Roller Cam Brakes
Cyclo Shift Lever
Seat Cluster with Custom Rack Mounts
Cyclo Rear Derailleur
Rear Axle/Drum Brake
Drum Brake and Reaction Arm
Head Tube Junction
Although this is a Bertin tandem, it seems unlikely to be a tandem produce by Cycles Andre Bertin. Note that M. Bertin’s business is not called Cycles Bertin like the tandem but always either Cycles Andre Bertin or Cycles A. Bertin as seen on the ad below.
Nonetheless, this is a fascinating and unique machine produced, it seems, by the other Cycles Bertin.