Carre Bertin C 35

I originally wrote about the Bernard Carre connection to Cycles Bertin back in February, March and April of 2016. This relationship developed because of a 1973 fire which destroyed the old Bertin factory in the middle of the 1970’s Bike Boom and forced Bertin to contract with volume builders for the lower tiered bikes in the line. It also necessitated Bertin arranging production of the top of the line C 37s with Bernard Carre in the Paris suburb of Montreuil.

When I first learned of the Carre connection, I thought the Carre/Bertin C 37s were only sold in North America. This conclusion was based on the fact that the only samples I had seen had been found in the United States or had been sold on to me here in Canada. However, in 2019, Kevin R., who lives in Northern France, found a beaten up  Carre/Bertin C 37 in a yard sale and was able to share photos and details here. Obviously, the model was

Drive Side Profile

distributed in all the usual places that Bertin production was sold but I still believed the C 37 was the sole instance of Carre cooperation with Cycles Bertin.

Wrong again. A contact on Bike Forums’ Classic & Vintage section, Lynn T., let me know that he had found and purchased what he believed to be a Carre/Bertin C 35. At the time, Carre frequently built with 531 so a C 35 with a 531 main frame was not unbelievable but seemed improbable. Once the frameset was in his hands, Lynn sent me a series of photos that proved his acquisition actually was a C 35.

The core of the issue was the 531 main frame and the clearly Vitus decaled left fork which were the signature specification of the C 35. The 531 and Vitus everywhere else clearly proved the bike’s identity. See the following photographs for details:








The differences between the C 37 and the C 35 are the simplifications that let Cycles Bertin hit a lower price point. The standard Prugnat 62/S lugs are there as is the brazed on seatpost bolt clamp. The frameset has fish mouth seatstay ends only but domed and slotted ends on the chainstays and the fork ends. The unbranded fork dropouts are forged but, unlike the C 37, the rear dropouts are stamped steel Campagnolo 1010/1s instead of forged 1010As. The rear brake bridge has no reinforcements but the fork has chrome socks just like a C 37. So, overall, the frameset has small compromises to reduce cost without a significant reduction in function. Given the way these varieties are turning up, I am half expecting to be writing about a Carre/Bertin C 34 in the next little while. If you would like to see detailed photos of the C 35 built up, Lynn has posted a large selection to Flickr here.



Bertin C 35 Feature Bike


This article will be sandwiched between two others which are part of a lengthy series on reconditioning and restoring a 1970s Bertin C 37. That series will show a tired, scruffy original C 37 being brought back to an attractive, useable state good for another 40 years of use and enjoyment. But what if a bike has never been thrown in and out of a vehicle? What if it has never sat outside or in a damp garage or basement? What if it did not have chipped paint and peeling, bubbling chrome plating? What if that bike had been cared for and used but not abused?

That is the bike which is the subject of this post’s feature. This late 1950s or early 1960s Bertin C 35 was purchased on EBay and the new owner, Harve S. from Germany, contacted me in February to assist in identifying the period and model. When he forwarded photographs, I Bertin Catalogue 1950s 2was amazed at the outstanding condition of the bike and its originality. It looks almost exactly like the Daniel Rebour catalogue illustration I used to identify the bike and its overall presentation is amazing for a bike in the 50 to 60 year old range.

Bikes such as this are found only rarely and when they are, they become the reference point for people who wish to make their old bike look and function as it had when new. When I suggested to Herve that I would like to do a Feature Bike Post on his Bertin due to its outstanding state of preservation, he graciously took all types of photos to allow for that to occur. Selected photographs and enlarged, cropped versions have been used to illustrate this post. Should you require details or enlargements for restoration purposes, please use the Contact button on the tool bar above and I will attempt to assist you.

Our greatest thanks to should go to Herve S. who has acquired and preserved this C 35  and now has shared it with other Bertin enthusiasts.


Herves C 37 drive side profile


Fork Crown and Nervex Type 45 lugs

Fork Crown and Nervex Type 45 lugs

Downtube Decal and Pinstripe Details

Downtube Decal and Pinstripe Details



Herves Ft LAM Brk

Herves Rr LAM Brk

Herves Rr Shift lever


Period Correct with Wingnuts

Period Correct with Wingnuts



Herves Drivetrain closeup

Herves Crankset and Frt derailleur

Huret Lever Action Front Derailleur

Herves Rr Huret

Huret Tour de France Rear derailleur



Steel Stem and Alloy Maes Style Handlebar

Steel Stem and Alloy Maes Style Handlebar


Once again, my thanks to Herve S. for sharing this exceptional Bertin C 35 with me and the readers of this blog!