I installed the new brake calipers on the fork and frame, they are Tektro R539 silver dual-pivot calipers. Better braking than the original single-pivot calipers and they will easily adjust to fit 700c wheels if I go that route.
Installed the seatpost and the Selle Anatomica saddle.
Swapped the stem for a different one with a bit more reach. Removed the old tape and levers from the handlebar and installed it. The new stem uses 26mm bars and the old bars are 25.4mm, so I need to cut a shim to make everything fit properly. Without the shim, it still clamps well enough to install the new brake levers.
Cut the brake housings to length and installed the brake cables. The front pads and caliper are adjusted and done. Can’t adjust the rear brake until I have a rear wheel in the frame. 🙁 I think I’ll hold off on wrapping the bars until after I’ve taken a few rides.
Cleaned the chainrings and installed the crankset and pedals – rotating smoothness is the result. I won’t be able to blame a slow pace on BB friction any time soon.
Bid on a Sansin rear hub on ebay, hoping that it will be able to donate a cup so that I can save the existing hub. Even if the cups are usable, there is still the task of removing the donor cup and the existing cup, and pressing in the replacement. Not inherently an impossible task, but needs to be done carefully.
Cleaned up the FD, and figured out how the FD connects to the mounting clamp. Installed the FD and spaced it a penny’s thickness above the big chainring. Run the shift cable and left it a bit long, just in case. No housing for this one, just the cable from the downtube shifter around the BB and up to the FD. About as simple as it gets.
If (and that’s a big if at this point) I could get the rear hub reassembled, the rest of this will only take a few minutes. All that’s left is the RD and chain, and a few derailleur adjustments to be ready for the maiden voyage.