That's a beautiful build. How comfortable was the Thomson seatpost coupled with the steel frame?
I have a Bob Jackson 853 frame coming & am deliberating between the Thomson Masterpiece and a carbon seatpost.
^I'm excited to see your Bob Jackson build!
The thomson masterpiece (which was with setback) was a lot more comfortable compared to the thomson elite 0º setback, but that must have been due to a more comfortable fit (because of the setback).
In the end aesthetics won out over my need to save weight - and I went with the cleaner looking/matching with my stem ritchey classic seat post. I did cut it down though - original length was 350mm - I ended up cutting 100mm off to save about 60 grams (MY INNER WEIGHT WEENIE WILL BE DENIED
I used to be concerned about differences in comfort with carbon seat posts compared to aluminum ones (i used to ride a USE alien seat post). But I think its more of how the seat post fits in relation to your riding position more than actual material used.
speaking about comfort with riding.... about a week ago it was raining a lot here in Brooklyn. I put on the fenders and kept on riding! Fenders make a huge difference when keeping your frame/drivetrain/body clean, but no difference at all with keeping your body dry - I was still soaked through and through after the ride!
post ride pics show a bike that's clean!
sheldon fender nuts make installing fenders quick and easy (under 5min if you have a bike stand). sheldon fender nuts are brake nuts that are larger (6mm hex size), jut out further, and have a 5mm recessed thread inside - that way you just keep your brake nuts on and add the fender nuts on top of the brake nut/sheldon fender nut (no need to remove brake nuts and readjust the brake alignment):
(i also did weigh it with fenders for curiosity's sake) it was 18.88lbs. not bad for a steel bike with fenders.