So far so good. The bike is nearing its final stages, for me anyway. There's a limit to how much you can improve a low-end bike like this, and I'm rapidly reaching it. It's already a better bike than its captain is a rider. The bike has gone from 52 pounds to 47. Maybe I should quit while I'm ahead.
Probably the only remaining change to make: Putting on the Shimano Megarange 13-34 freewheel when it gets here from halfway around the world.