My Apollo Himalaya (circa 1991) had seen better days after approx 30 000km on original gears and chain. Not wanting to throw it away nor spend too much money on it I thought a single speed conversion would be the way to go, and it would shed some weight. I've removed original stickers, sanded paintwork then sprayed a primer, 3 coats of metallic charcoal and 2 coats of clear, not a perfect job but looks ok and only cost $45. 2nd hand Maxxis tyres were $2 each, a new set of bearings for the headset and a riser bar have been the other changes. I have cranks, chain and spacer kit on order from Velo Solo so it shouldn't be too long before it's on the road, of course I'm on the look out for a new saddle. Will update this post when more progress is made.