Andre Bertin began his professional career as a “trackie” or track racer. It should not be surprising that not only one but two track bikes remained in the Cycles Bertin model lineup throughout most of the company’s commercial life.
The C 38 was a full Reynolds 531 professional level track bike offering various high end track gruppos including Campagnolo. Its more affordable entry level sister bike, the C 56, was a dedicated track bike made with a full Durifort tubeset and dedicated French track components. In the late 80s I had occassion to consider a C 56 and found it be a well equipped and beautifully finished bicycle with its all French components.
Bertin C 56 — found on PISTAR
Bertin C 56, Craigslist
Bertin C 56 originally discovered posted in Velospace.
A Bertin C 56 track frameset found on Ebay in July, 2009.
Stay, cluster and downtube details of C 56
Bertin C 56, from Flickr
Bertin C 56
Early 80s Bertin C 56
Possible Bertin C 38
Bertin C 56
A Bertin C 56 belonging to Khastro from France.
A refinished Bertin C 56 fixie found on Ebay France, October 2009.
Bertin would produce bicycles for specific shops or do small production runs. This Bertin/Gauthier is a C 56.
This is an early 1960s C 38 found in New Zealand. It has the early TA cottered Professionel cranks.
This Bertin C 38 has been resprayed and was offered for sale on a New Zealand web site in November, 2009.
Details of Nervex Pro seat lug and flat plate stay caps. Thanks to Josh from New Zealand for leads on the previous two track bikes.
This is Gaston’s C 56 updated as a fixie for street use with what looks like an alloy fork and updated wheels.
The blue C 56 above is an 80s model with remarkably intact French specification equipment right down to the TA crankset and Marcel Berthet pedals.
This C 56 was aquired by Gordon S. at a bike jumble in the U.K. It appears to have been previously updated for road use as a fixie.
Details of Gordon S.’ C 56.
The French website leboncoin yielded this 90s C 56.
Details of the C 56 above.
This is another example of a Gauthier branded Bertin C 56. Unusually, for a track bike, it has low flange track hubs.
Details of the Durifort frameset and French gruppo of the Gauthier/Bertin shown above in profile.
This is another C 56 similar to the white one above. Note that the seat stays have been been attached to the binder bolt unlike earlier C 56s which had been brazed to the sides of the seat lug.
The C 56 above appeared on a French site for street riders using fixed gear bikes. Despite the aero street running gear and wheels, the distinctive crown and round fork blades reveal this bike’s origins.
Another C 56 from the 90s with an 80s style paint scheme and a 70s period seat tube decal. Very eclectic!
Another Vitus 999 framed 90s Bertin C 56 from leboncoin in France.
This C 56 is from the early 1980s. Its Vitus 888 frame and fork stickers remain intact and clearly visible.
This 80s Bertin C 38 was advertised on Craigslist in March of 2011. It has a full Dura Ace track gruppo.
The gallery photographs are taken from various sites around the Web. Credit and source links, where known, are given for each. Should you wish the photo deleted, e-mail Jim via the Contact Form under the Feature Pages on the Side Bar.
Last updated April 21, 2011.
a picture of a c38 track bike in NZ
i think this is another c38 , in new zealand aswell
Thanks for the direction, Josh. I’ve got the brown C 38 but appreciate the yellow one and will add them both to the gallery soon.
another possible c38 bertin for the track collection
Hi, Josh- Thanks for the reference. Looking at the close-ups, it seems to me the bike is actually a Raleigh or a Carlton. The lugs are Capellas and were distinct to those two lines. As well, the fork is an aftermarket road fork lacking the twin plate crown and round fork blades of a C 56 or C 38.The rear brake bridge is drilled which may indicate a converted road bike. Lastly, the track ends could be a later addition as the bike has been resprayed and the decals are not original. Nonetheless, keep your eye open for other NZ Bertins, I would love to feature one. Thanks. Jim
Ahahaha not only did I find Bertin track bikes, I found my bike! You have some older photos of my yellow/green C38 🙂
Your site is awesome!
Thank you for the compliment! I am glad you found both the Track Bike Gallery and your bike. It is my intention to use it as a Feature bike because of the good closeups you shared. Check back in a few days.
Hello, i have 2 Bertin Track Bike, you can take photos for this blog if want or i can mail. see my bike gallery on the french website pignonfixe.com
i post other photos from the black bertin soon….i think this is C56 frame but i don’t have vitus 888 decals on.
thank’s for this very cool site !
Thank you for your comment. I would love to have you email me the photos from both of your Bertins for display on the site. It sounds as though both bikes are C 56s since the C 38s had 531 tubing and a half chromed or fully chromed fork.
You can use the To Contact section in the sidebar to do so.
i’m the owner of the second Bertin/Gauthier track bike. I just discovered your website and i’m glad to find my bike in the gallery. It is also very interesting to see that Bertin made at least not one but two track frames for the cycles Gauthier.
Great site by the way, thanks.
Thank you for your kind comments, JB.
I am from Singapore. I stumbled upon this site when searching for info on my bike frame which I recently acquired. This is a great site. My frame no longer has the original paintwork and I have also stripped down the paint to get a new paint job done on it. I was wondering if anyone could help me determine the make of this frame. Here are some pics from my photobucket gallery. All the cable guides and shifter brackets are still intact.
I would appreciate any help given
Thanks for the comment. I replied in detail elsewhere and hopefully you have found out what you need to know.
Could you help point me to the actual site or forum that you mentioned in your earlier reply to me. I am unable to find the answer still. Thanks for your help.
Try the Bike Forums site, especially the Classic and Vintage thread. Just ask and show your bicycle’s photos. There are lots of interested and knowledgeable readers.
I have a Bertin bike I rescued from a back porch of a house in Virginia! The girl was training for the Olympics with it years before! I ended up buying it back in the 80’s and has been sitting since. Don’t know much about the bike but I’m willing to sell it to someone that would appreciate it! It wouldnt do it justice to sell it on craigslist. I could send you pix If interested!
I assume that the bike is a track bike? If you will e-mail a picture to email@example.com I’d be glad to take a look at it and let you know the model and such like.
I was looking for a Track Frame and i foun this one but i don’t know much about it.
Can you give me some informations about the frame?
The frameset you found is a Bertin C 56 from the late 1980s. It is a dedicated track frame not a fixie conversion of a road bike. It has the classic track ends and the track bike specific round fork blades to resist the forces found in cycling on banked indoor tracks. The frame tubing is Vitus plain gauge 888/Durifort steel throughout the bike. Altogether a nice frameset and very worthwhile for rebuilding into a functioning bike. Well done on your find!
hi guys i just got my hands on an old bertin pista,judging by the components(all campag)and weight (v.light!)i lucked in-is it perhaps a 80’s model?the crank arms dont have a date mark,but they ARE 144bcd..ill
send a pic asap.
Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I in finding It truly useful &
it helped me out much. I hope to provide something again and help others such
as you helped me.
Hi Jim, i have got a french track frame and i would ask you if you think its a bertin frame.
I would like to send you some photo, how can i do? thank you
I replied with the details you asked for.