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French Bertin... is this sucker worth anything?

Old 02-05-09, 06:11 AM
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French Bertin... is this sucker worth anything?

Hey there,

I'm just starting to become a bike-porn-o-holic. I found this:

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/2015/adsc6032kc3.jpg

Locally and picked it up. Can ya'll help me identify it and find it's value? It says "haubans bases fourreax - durifort" on it (the tubing?) has Mavic "racer" brakes, Ideale type 80 saddle, simplex deraileurs, kkt pro vic II pedals and a stronglight crankset. It says "special syclo-touriste" on it. I think the only part which *isn't* original is the 7speed sis shimano deraileur.

Thanke,

-J
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Old 02-05-09, 06:45 AM
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Bertins are very nice bikes and thats a fine example. Not worth alot of money but I would value it if I owned it. Has a nice component group. Looks like a comfortable ride with traditional wheelbase. Ride it and enjoy it.
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Old 02-05-09, 08:42 AM
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looks lower mid range, nothing fancy but everything important is there (from a leather saddle, to cotterless cranks and alloy wheels). Should be a nice bike.
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Old 02-05-09, 08:46 AM
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Appears as a late 70's or very early 80's bike, the closest model it resembles is a C32, but the designations could have changed. Bertins could be specified custom in small volumes, so the shop / importer probably designated what they wanted for that market. If it fits you will find it rides quite well.

The perceived value of the bike would have been raised with forged dropouts, but, that was just a spec. blunder. Durafort tubing was French made, allegedly by Vitus, most likely unbutted, but lighter than say unbutted 531.

Note the seat stay tops, not bad for a lower tier bike.
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I have a Bertin much like this one, Durifort tubing and all, with campy forged dropouts front and rear.
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Thank you guys so much for your feedback!
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the bike is a bertin C32 bis.w/durifort tubing circa, approx.1980/81
as one that worked for the north american importer at approx the time this bike was manufactured, i can say with some confidence that the spec difference had nothing to do with the importer's wishes.
cycles andre bertin would periodically send out product with components different from the catalogue- presumably because of favorable supplier pricings. the regional distributors had almost no say in the matter.bertin would ship whatever they wished and the distributor was expected to be thrilled with obtaining a "superior" and much improved product ,that is, until the spec would suddenly revert to the original component, and which would invariably be "superior" to the previous "superior" unit.

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