Re: [Classicrendezvous] Re: Lyotard mod. 23 Marcel Berthet pedals


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From: "Russ Fitzgerald" <rfitzger@emeraldis.com>
To: "Jerry & Liz Moos" <moos@penn.com>, "Tim Fricker" <tymn61@earthlink.net>
Cc: "Classic Rendezvous" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Re: Lyotard mod. 23 Marcel Berthet pedals
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 23:01:47 -0500


Okay, my personal experiences with mod. 23 Berthets have been with two sets I have actually used.

The first set I got in March 1978. My father, paying an intra-family debt, bought me a Puch Royal X in Chamblee, Georgia for a whopping $340. Before it ever left the shop, proprietor George Crook (such a lovely name) made some component changes for me. The memorable ones were fitting an Ideale 90 Rebour process steel-railed saddle (which I still miss) and a pair of the Berthets in question.

I never used a cycle computer on that bike, but I rode it pretty steadily until some time in 1984. I never had a problem with those pedals. We also must note that I never weighed more than 125 lbs, though I was somewhere close to 5-10 by that point. Might explain why the Weyless hubbed sewup wheels I got a few months after getting the bike held up so well for me.

The second set, which I rescued from the junk bin at a shop in Greenville, has been used for fixed-gear work exclusively. Now that I no longer trust clipless for fixed-gear riding, the Berthet remains the easiest pedal for me to get my foot into. Being a klutz, I find the tongue on the back ideal for those "whups, the light went green" moments.

Thanks for all the input and information, folks!

Russ Fitzgerald
Greenwood SC
rfitzger@emeraldis.com