Thanks for the kind words. No, the tyres are no tubulars.
That's a great bike, look forward to the strada bianchi pictures later.
What do you mean about the bar tape? I use cotton tape too and have always started at the bar ends and wound in towards the stem. I found an old copy of "Richards Bicycle Book" in a bookshop recently and he recommends starting at the stem and winding round to the end of the bars. What have you found to be best?
What I experienced with the top-down method is that the from the bends (on top bar) towards the levers the edges of the tape are vulnerable. The hands make the edges to wind up. The edges lay against the force applied by the hands.
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