A knowledge of taking apart and putting back together bikes is probably needed here... My boyfriend helped with that. I found this 10 speed bike used for cheap, we took it apart Jasco'd the paint off (be careful that will burn your skin off!) I dremmel'd off all the break cable guides and gear cables guides and just picked out the spray paint colors I liked and away I went with painting... My bike is now a single speed fixed gear bike with just a front break! it took me a little over a week to finish and I'm still tweaking it a little just because I'm picky! I will have an after picture soon :) thanks for looking! I'm proud!