Mottainai Cycles February 2015 – Vintage Bikes, Service, Sales, Restoration, Hire and Accessories

2015 is turning into a big year for Mottainai Cycles, we’re having more interest in our restored bikes and custom builds than ever before – the resurgence of steel is well and truly upon us as people realise it’s both more comfortable and durable than materials like aluminium (not to mention far more beautiful, too)! Also, the idea of recycling and restoring a well-made vintage bicycle rather than buying a cheap, poorly made ‘landfill bike’ is really taking off. They don’t make ‘em like they used to, as they say!

We’ve also further expanded our range of components and accessories. We now offer PRO saddles, full Shimano build kits for custom bikes, Schwalbe tyres and the fantastic locally-made Bespoke Chainrings. Coming soon we have Campagnolo, San Marco saddles, Brooks saddles and more – watch this space! Of course, we still have a large range of vintage and NOS components and groupsets from the likes of Campagnolo, Shimano, Suntour and more.

Bespoke Chainrings Drillium Swallow road rings. Available now at Mottainai Cycles

Bespoke Chainrings Drillium Swallow road rings. Available now at Mottainai Cycles

Bespoke Chainrings Drillium road double. Day of the Dead design

Bespoke Chainrings Drillium road double. Day of the Dead design

This month we’ve had a lot of new arrivals (in the form of bicycles, of course!) at Mottainai, including the Colnago and Gazelle featured below:

A recent arrival at Mottainai. Words can't express....

A recent arrival at Mottainai. Words can’t express….

Detail of the new Colnago – Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset

Detail of the new Colnago – Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset

Just plain wow!

Just plain wow!

Such attention to detail. This will be a cracking bike once restored!

Such attention to detail. This will be a cracking bike once restored!

Another new arrival, a lovely 531 Gazelle. It's a much in demand small size, too.

Another new arrival, a lovely 531 Gazelle. It’s a much in demand small size, too.

Lovely!

Lovely!

As always, we’re restoring and building some of the coolest bikes in town:

Early 1980s Peugeot restoration. New Paint job and decals.

Early 1980s Peugeot restoration. New Paint job and decals.

Mafac Racer brakes and Schwalbe tyres. Check out that minty headbadge, too!

Mafac Racer brakes and Schwalbe tyres. Check out that minty headbadge, too!

Fresh!

Fresh!

Full Simplex shifting, Maillard freewheel on a Normandy hub, Stronglisht TS cranks.

Full Simplex shifting, Maillard freewheel on a Normandy hub, Stronglisht TS cranks.

Here's another 80s Peugeot, restored to order and now flying round Melbourne's inner North!

Here’s another 80s Peugeot, restored to order and now flying round Melbourne’s inner North!

Beautiful Bates single-speed conversion. Definitely one to impress your mates with!

Beautiful Bates single-speed conversion. Definitely one to impress your mates with!

Another Mottainai custom single-speed ready to roll!

Another Mottainai custom single-speed ready to roll!

Here at Mottainai cycles we love vintage steel bicycles. Whether it be a high-end race bike, a bomb-proof hub-geared commuter, a small-wheel runabout (Moulton!) or anything in between it’ll get the care and attention it deserves! We specialise in vintage restorations but we can also service and repair any bikes as well as offering bike hire, paintjobs, parts and accessories.

Mottainai Cycles is open Mon-Fri: 8.30-6.30 Sat-Sun: 10.30, 6.30 at 23 Johnston Street, Collingwood (down the laneway)
Contact: catrethowan at yahoo dot com, mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com, (zero)466670316, (zero)448884051

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Vintage Bikes – Sales, Restorations, Repairs, Services and Hire – Mottainai Cycles Collingwood. February 2015

Here at Mottainai Cycles we love vintage steel bicycles and are passionate about restoring them to their former glory. Whether for commuting, racing, touring, or just cruising around in style, vintage bikes have a beauty that can’t be rivalled. But don’t just take our word for it, see below for a round up of our latest projects:

Here's a lovely 1950s hand-painted Repco built up fixed-gear. It's heaps of fun!

Here’s a lovely 1950s hand-painted Repco built up fixed-gear. It’s heaps of fun!

Really cool custom built Super Elliott

Really cool custom built Super Elliott

Simple yet stylish single-speed build, the rear coaster brake is still going strong even in the era of disc brakes. They certainly don't make 'em like they used to!

Simple yet stylish single-speed build, the rear coaster brake is still going strong even in the era of disc brakes. They certainly don’t make ‘em like they used to!

Another classic Repco step-thru restored and ready to roll

Another classic Repco step-thru restored and ready to roll

1970s Peugeot mixte restoration – French bikes of this era are such a great fusion of style and function. Good for years to come

1970s Peugeot mixte restoration – French bikes of this era are such a great fusion of style and function. Good for years to come

We converted this Moulton TSR-2 into a smart looking ebike for our Moultoneering friend here. You'll see some more Moultons soon, so watch this space...

We converted this Moulton TSR-2 into a smart looking ebike for our Moultoneering friend here. You’ll see some more Moultons soon, so watch this space…

Close up of the Hidden Power ebike conversion. Pretty smart looking and very well functioning, and it had to be to convince us fans of conventional self-powered riding!

Close up of the Moulton ebike conversion. Pretty smart looking and very well functioning, and it had to be to convince us!

Painting the Dutch colours on a Campagnolo seat post for a Gazelle build (of course!)

Painting the Dutch colours on a Campagnolo seat post and crankset for a Gazelle build (of course!)

Custom leather bar tape for the Gazelle build... And a special mention to Dan's beard!

Custom leather bar tape for the Gazelle build… And a special mention to Dan’s beard!

Here's that Gazelle build: Full custom-painted in the Dutch colours Campy groupset, Mavic wheelset, custom leather tape and vintage Brooks saddle

Here’s that Gazelle build: Full custom-painted in the Dutch colours Campy groupset, Mavic wheelset, custom leather tape and vintage Brooks saddle

Bike mechanics can still have nails!

Bike mechanics can still have nails!

Can't beat a good selfie.... Thanks Jimmyjams!

Can’t beat a good selfie…. Thanks Jimmyjams!

Our new(ish) mechanic, Coralie, giving away one of our secrets: steel wool. Don't tell anyone!

Our new(ish) mechanic, Coralie, giving away one of our secrets: steel wool. Don’t tell anyone!

Seireadan photobombing a Moulton magnificently!

Seireadan photobombing a Moulton magnificently!

One of our new mechanics, Ryan, fitting in very well with the Mottainai vibe as you can see!

One of our new mechanics, Ryan, fitting in very well with the Mottainai vibe as you can see!

An oft mentioned name in vintage bike circles, Kenn Dickie came to visit the other day, here's a couple of frames he painted. Such fantastic work – truly one of the reasons why we love vintage bikes so much. Thanks for visiting, Kenn!

An oft mentioned name in vintage bike circles, Kenn Dickie came to visit the other day, here’s a couple of frames he painted. Such fantastic work –  one of the reasons why we love vintage bikes so much. Thanks for visiting, Kenn!

That's us

That’s us

At Mottainai Cycles we specialise in restoring vintage bikes as well as offering fast, friendly services and repairs (of all bikes), bike hire and a range of parts and accessories including Bespoke Chainrings, Shimano, Sturmey Archer and more.

Mottainai Cycles is open Mon-Fri: 8.30-6.30 Sat-Sun: 10.30, 6.30 at 23 Johnston Street, Collingwood (down the laneway)
Contact: catrethowan at yahoo dot com, mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com, (zero)466670316, (zero)448884051

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Mottainai Cycles – Vintage Restorations, Service, Repairs, Hire

Happy New Year from Mottainai Cycles, we hope you’ve all had a good holiday as well as a great start to 2015. Here at Mottainai we’ve barely stopped over the last month so we’re well prepared for a long summer of cycling! We’ve got more exotic bikes than ever before, more exciting parts, and for summer we have a good number of rental bikes so you don’t have to be local to enjoy riding one of our bikes in and around Melbourne.

Some of our bikes

Some of our bikes (including PX10LE!)

Hard at work at Mottainai

Hard at work at Mottainai

Restoration plus custom paintjob

Restoration plus custom paintjob

Sweet 10 speed city bike

Sweet 10 speed city bike

Another resto with custom paint work

Another resto with custom paint work

At Mottainai Cycles we restore vintage, hand built steel bicycles as well as servicing any bicycle. We also offer affordable bike hire as well as selling parts and accessories (over this year our range is expanding but currently includes Sturmey Archer and Shimano among others). Also, on Sundays we have a vintage road ride (email mottainaivintagebikes(at)gmail.com to join the mailing list for the rides or check our page on Strava).

Mottainai Cycles is open Mon-Fri: 8.30-6.30 Sat-Sun: 10.30, 6.30 at 23 Johnston Street, Collingwood (down the laneway)
Contact: catrethowan at yahoo dot com, mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com, (zero)466670316, (zero)448884051

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Mottainai Cycles: Looking Back at 2014 and forward to 2015 – Vintage Bicycle Restoration, Sales, Service, Repair, Hire and Custom Builds

We’re nearing the end of 2014 and what a year it’s been for us. Early this year we moved from our old location on Rose Street to our funky new digs on Johnston Street (Collingwood). While it was sad to be leaving our groovy warehouse behind, moving to a new space offered the opportunity to take Mottainai to the next level.
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Our workshop

Our workshop

Polishing and wheel truing corner

Polishing and wheel truing corner

Here's some of our frames, ready to be picked out and built up...

Here’s some of our frames, ready to be picked out and built up…

NOS National Aero II literally hangin' out with some Zipp wheels

NOS National Aero II literally hangin’ out with some Zipp wheels

2014 has seen us working on the finest bikes we have ever done to date – we’ve restored some absolute rippers this year; from classic lightweights to cool single speed conversions, ladies step-throughs to speedy tandems and all steel bicycles in between.
We’ve also been busy servicing all bikes to keep Collingwood rolling. We can now offer same- or next-day turnaround on most jobs plus our famous friendly and relaxed service. No job is too big or small for us so come down today and get your bike spruced up for summer!

We are also happy to announce that we’ve expanded our range of products and accessories to include pumps, lights, helmets, Sturmey Archer parts, Shimano parts (full range available) and the fabulous Melbourne-made Bespoke Chainrings. Over 2015 we are planning to further expand our range so check back frequently to see what’s in store.

Some of our new parts for sale and a rad new lightbox

Some of our new parts for sale and a rad new lightbox

Bespoke Chainrings and Shimano catalogues. All ready to pimp out your bike!

Bespoke Chainrings and Shimano catalogues. All ready to pimp out your bike!

Hubs, hubs huuuuubs!

Hubs, hubs huuuuubs!

Here’s some of our recent builds:

Funky single speed conversion with custom cut bullhorns

Funky single speed conversion with custom cut bullhorns

Cool Apollo mixte – a sturdy all rounder for every day rolling

Cool Apollo mixte – a sturdy all rounder for every day rolling

Gotty Hansen Reynolds 501 racer with added inline brake levers. This one's quick!!

Gotty Hansen Reynolds 501 racer with added inline brake levers. This one’s quick!!

An English classic, Claud Butler – Restored to original spec and sweet as a nut!

An English classic, Claud Butler – Restored to original spec and sweet as a nut!

Here's a sweet build of a (Melbourne's very own) Cecil Walker. Very stylish!

Here’s a sweet build of a (Melbourne’s very own) Cecil Walker. Very stylish!

Mottainai Cycles is Melbourne’s only bicycle shop specialising in vintage bicycles; we offer restored steel bicycles, custom builds, parts and accessories, fast and friendly service and repair as well as hire bikes.
Mottainai Cycles, 23 Johnston St Collingwood. Contact: catrethowan at yahoo dot com, mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com, (zero)466670316, (zero)448884051

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Vintage Restorations, Custom Builds, Service, Repair and Hire – Mottainai Cycles December 2014

November has been another busy month for us here at Mottainai – we’ve been relentlessly restoring really rad rides! Here’s a few pics of some recent builds and a couple of detail shots of one of our classiest custom builds yet CLICK ON PIC TO ENLARGE:

This Nishiki Repco Superlight with Tange ∞ tubing is another of our single speed conversions – making it even more superlight than before! Really rad bare metal look, too.

This Nishiki Repco Superlight with Tange ∞ tubing is another of our single speed conversions – making it even more superlight than before! Really rad bare metal look, too.

Another custom single speed build fusing classic and modern styles.

Another custom single speed build fusing classic and modern styles.

80s Malvern Star Triathlete with Tange 900 tubing. Gotta love that colour scheme!

80s Malvern Star Triathlete with Tange 900 tubing. Gotta love that colour scheme!

That's a reaction we love to see!

That’s a reaction we love to see!

Here's some detail from the JA Holland custom build from a while back. Lovely lovely Campagnolo Gran Sport cranks...

Here’s some detail from the JA Holland custom build from a while back. Lovely lovely Campagnolo Gran Sport cranks…

JA Holland detail: Cyclo dropouts and Campagnolo Record hub...

JA Holland detail: Cyclo dropouts and Campagnolo Record hub…

More from the JA Holland: killer Campagnolo pedals...

More from the JA Holland: killer Campagnolo pedals…

JA Holland: Campagnolo Record hub featuring our own hub shiner. Available now at Mottainai

JA Holland: Campagnolo Record hub featuring our own hub shiner. Available now at Mottainai

Here at Mottainai Cycles we love restoring and building beautiful hand-built steel bikes. We are the antithesis to the shops that sell mass-produced ‘landfill’ bikes for profit alone – we do it for the love! Come check us out at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood (down the laneway next to Studio 52) where we have a collection of some of the coolest bikes in Melbourne! Don’t forget we also service and repair any bike with a same or next day turnaround as well as hiring classy vintage bikes at a competitive price.

Sunday Vintage rides are still continuing, meeting at 9am (to leave at 9.30) at the shop for a casual (no drop) ride to enjoy the thrill of riding vintage roadies. Please RSVP to mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com so we can get an idea of numbers for each week.

Contact: catrethowan at yahoo dot com, mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com, (zero)466670316, (zero)448884051

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Vintage Bicycles: Restoration, Sales and Service. Mottainai Cycles November 2014

It’s been a busy month for us at Mottainai Cycles, we’ve had more custom builds and restorations to do than ever before which we’ve been flying through as well as making improvements to the shop and riding our beautiful steel bikes!

If you don’t know already at Mottainai Cycles we restore vintage bicycles and build custom bikes to order from our collection of steel frames. We have a large amount of sizes and styles so come in and check out some of nicest bikes you’ll find in Melbourne – we’re starting to get Xmas orders in already (I know it’s only November!) so if you are after a pre-xmas build then come by soon to avoid disappointment! We also offer affordable and friendly bike services, just bring your bike in to the shop (no need to pre-book) and we’ll give you a quote on the spot – most bikes are next or same day return and courtesy bikes are available for longer jobs.

Now here’s a look at some of our recent builds CLICK ON PICS TO ENLARGE:

Tange no 1 Centurion Triathlete built up with Shimano 600 groupset.

Tange no 1 Centurion Triathlete built up with Shimano 600 groupset.

The 'SJH' a 1960s classic reborn as a relaxed single speed with supreme style

The ‘SJH’ a 1960s classic reborn as a relaxed single speed with supreme style

Closer look at the SJH

Closer look at the SJH

This lightweight Speedwell gets a new lease of life

This lightweight Speedwell gets a new lease of life

This restored Repco looks like it did the day it rolled out the factory!

This restored Repco looks like it did the day it rolled out the factory!

A bicycle built for two! This Hillman tandem was restored for the pictured couple's wedding

A bicycle built for two! This Hillman tandem was restored for the pictured couple’s wedding

Restoration of a beautiful Raleigh Cameo. Form and function married supremely

Restoration of a beautiful Raleigh Cameo. Form and function married supremely

Action! Once a race bike, now a stealthy single speed. Although it still flies I can tell you for sure!

Action! Once a race bike, now a stealthy single speed. Although it still flies I can tell you for sure!

Contact us on 0448884051 or 0466670316, catrethowan [at] yahoo.com mottainaivintagebikes [dot] gmail.com  23 Johnston Street Collingwood down the laneway at the rear.
or just come into the shop and say hello!
Open 8.30-6.30 weekdays, 10.30-6.30 weekends (closed Tuesdays)

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Mottainai Cycles Vintage Bicycle Clearance Sale!

Mottainai Cycles has been in its new location (23 Johnston Street Collingwood down the laneway at the rear) for a while now and we’re getting very settled in. Breaking news: Mottainai Cycles is closed to the public on Tuesdays starting this week (Melbourne cup) This week we’ve been doing some spring cleaning (and further shop construction) and this weekend we’re finishing the cleaning off with a clearance sale. We’ll be selling bikes from $50 and frames from $25 so come by and grab a bargain and check out our new and improved shop space. The sale will be from 10.30 on Johnston Street just near the end of our laneway.

Aside from our spring cleaning the usual wheels are turning with classy restorations and cool customs galore coming through our doors, here’s a little selection to whet your appetite and there’ll be more to follow soon!

Fantastic restoration of a classic Italian Olmo roadie

Fantastic restoration of a classic Italian Olmo roadie

Peugeot Aubisque restored faithfully and saddle upgraded to the ubiquitous Brooks

Peugeot Aubisque restored faithfully and saddle upgraded to the ubiquitous Brooks

This J.A Holland "L'etoile" with 531 tubing and Nervex lugs has been custom built as a single speed with Campagnolo and Weinmann gear, a classic Brooks B17 and custom leather tape. More detail shots of this one to come!

This J.A Holland “L’etoile” with 531 tubing and Nervex lugs has been custom built as a single speed with Campagnolo and Weinmann gear, a classic Brooks B17 and custom leather tape. More detail shots of this one to come!

Custom 3-speed Peugeot build – French frame, English parts (isn't it usually the other way around?!) An all round lovely ride

Custom 3-speed Peugeot build – French frame, English parts (isn’t it usually the other way around?!) An all round lovely ride

Murray's just joined us and here he is pictured with our 70s Mercier, top-of-the-line in its heyday and still plenty fast enough today!

Murray’s just joined us and here he is pictured with our 70s Mercier, top-of-the-line in its heyday and still plenty fast enough today!

Here's Dan with one of his shop floor favourites: a 1970s custom built Cecil Walker.

Here’s Dan with one of his shop floor favourites: a 1970s custom built Cecil Walker.

Another new member of our krew Luke here with Honda's 'suicide scooter' the Kick'n'Go.... it's still got two wheels!

Another new member of our krew Luke here with Honda’s ‘suicide scooter’ the Kick’n’Go…. it’s still got two wheels!

Contact us on 0448884051 or 0466670316, catrethowan [at] yahoo.com mottainaivintagebikes [dot] gmail.com  23 Johnston Street Collingwood down the laneway at the rear.
or just come into the shop and say hello!

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