thank you everyone for the comments. I am flattered by the kind words and thank you for the suggestion with regards to the black bartape. I contemplated using black bartape but chose gold in the end as it breaks up the col between the stem and the handlebar. I wanted the black in between the gold or gold in between the black (whichever way you prefer
The shamal was something I always wanted and when it came out for sale the day I collected the bike....I knew it was fated to be mine(how convenient and what an excuse for me to buy!!!) and I had to get it. Otherwise the bora will always be the choice of wheel for this build.
I had so much fun finding parts for this bike. Not an easy col to match as gold only seems to go well with black.
*gave it a short ride today - definitely in a league of its own. Steel just feels that little bit different. My cinelli supercorsa always put a smile on my face. This tommasini did the same thing to me as well....only difference is that I was literally glowing in the sun
I have other bikes to do all the painful rides but my steel bikes are reserved for days when I just want to do what I love. Cycle with a toothy grin.