Re: [CR]Worst of the Best or...Bertoni

(Example: Framebuilders:Cecil Behringer)

Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 00:36:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Derek Willburn" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Worst of the Best or...Bertoni
In-Reply-To: <>

I took my nice riding Italian made Bertoni apart to repaint and it's fully chromed. I stripped some lug areas to check out the chrome and you can clearly see that the frame was sanded and not polished before chroming thus making the exposed lugs not pretty at all -but that paint sure was stuck on well!

I recently finished a rebuild of an alluminum Bertoni for a neighbor and it's clearly a French Vitus frame but had a "Made In Italy" decal and it had an Italian threaded bottom bracket. The bottom bracket underneath had CLB France embossed into it. How did Ben Lawee get away with that decal?

Derek Willburn
Long Beach, CA USA

--- wrote:

> Funny how Bertoni's don't seem to get any
> respect...practically can't give
> them away. Yet my Pro Victory w/OT C-Rec is a very
> nice riding (and looking)
> bike.
> So, if I can't give it away and since this Bertoni
> appears to be fully
> chrome-plated under paint, I was contemplating
> stripping paint in certain areas
> (lugs, maybe socks) to give it a flashier vintage
> look. But...if steel wasn't
> polished it may not look so great. My question is
> then, has anybody done this
> and was the chrome under paint presentable or better
> left under paint?
> Jack Romans
> Sacramento, CA
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