The Berthoud products we’re most excited about at the moment are the saddles, bags and mud guards.
I’ve had two Aspin saddles on different bikes that are incredibly comfortable. The leather is extremely thick and hasn’t developed any of the sag that some other leather saddles do, which leaves you sitting on the cantle plate. There are a few options for shape, a few different finishes available for the leather, and there are titanium-railed models.
The mud guards are stainless steel, but still fairly light. They are reported to be very durable, and the mounting hardware is very nicely made ad well-designed. The stays are flattened where they wrap around the guard, so the contact area is significant and should help to make the guard stable. They also don’t take up as much room as eye-bolt style attachments (on Honjos and Velo Orange guards), so if your feet are close to your front guard the extra little bit of room might be just enough to clear them.
The bags are extremely well-made traditional French touring bags made from canvas and leather. They come in a huge range of sizes and shapes, with options for Klick-Fix and more traditional mounting. We will eventually stock some of the mounting hardware too, but becasue of the huge range of options, for the time being we will just special-order things for people as they need them.
Look here for the full catalogue and let us know what you’d like. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at the workshop.
For more, check out our webshop – Constructeur.com.au.