Mottainai Cycles Collingwood

Hi wonderful people, Mottainai will be closed for a few days due to a vintage bicycle event in Noosa called the https://www.facebook.com/NoosaStradeBianche?fref=ts We will be closed from 5th/8 to 12th/8. See you when we return. Enjoy your week and safe riding.

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Winter bicycle service Melbourne Collingwood Mottainai Cycles

We are offering 10% discount to new customers throughout winter, come and get your bike serviced by our loving team of bike nerds. Just rock up, no need to make an appointment, we offer same day or next day pickups. Full discounted service is $75.

Also,  we happily accept good quality steel bikes as donations if you have old bikes cluttering up your place. Be rest assured they will be treasured, brought back to life and placed in a loving new relationship. Drop off anytime to our shop in Collingwood Melbourne. 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood… open everyday closing time 6.30pm. Thanks

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Vintage custom built bicycles and restorations Mottainai Cycles Melbourne

Beautiful Tommasini being restored and built up with an original campy groupset.

Beautiful Tommasini being restored and built up with an original campy groupset.

The lads fawning over an Italian masterpiece. Prep work before rebuilding.

The lads fawning over an Italian masterpiece. Prep work before rebuilding.

It's not really a job if you love what you do....

It’s not really a job if you love what you do….

A few of the bikes we have for sale in the shop, we have over 100 frames waiting to be built and many complete bikes waiting for their owner to walk in and recognize them.

A few of the bikes we have for sale in the shop, we have over 100 frames waiting to be built and many complete bikes waiting for their owner to walk in and recognize them.

A custom build all finished being picked up, Repco superlite.

A custom build all finished being picked up, Repco superlite.

The unparallelled ecstasy of picking up a custom built bike made especially for you! (Bike Kungfu)

The unparallelled ecstasy of picking up a custom built bike made especially for you! (Bike Kungfu)

Another mixte custom build, single speed conversion finished up and now riding the streets of old Melbourne town. M for Mottainai!

Another mixte custom build, single speed conversion finished up and now riding the streets of old Melbourne town. M for Mottainai!

We tend to lose ourselves sometimes starring at beautiful bikes .... it's our particular form of meditation, I'm sure all bike lovers can relate.

We tend to lose ourselves sometimes starring at beautiful bikes …. it’s our particular form of meditation, I’m sure all bike lovers can relate.

We encourage people wanting to learn about vintage bikes to come in and volunteer until they have a sound foundation of skills. Mottainai is a wonderful family that has spread around the world.

We encourage people wanting to learn about vintage bikes to come in and volunteer until they have a sound foundation of skills. Mottainai is a wonderful family that has spread around the world.

A full restoration completed on this rare PX10 LE

A full restoration completed on this rare PX10 LE

The french know how to combine form and function ..... Stronglight cranks

The french know how to combine form and function ….. Stronglight cranks

details of the PX10 LE resto ..... Simplex prestige blingness

details of the PX10 LE resto ….. Simplex prestige blingness

We have done many restorations on Peugeots, they are very popular in Melbourne

We have done many restorations on Peugeots, they are very popular in Melbourne

A sweet commuter build receiving it's finishing touches.... mixte design

A sweet commuter build receiving it’s finishing touches…. mixte design

mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs

mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs

commuter hub goodness

commuter hub goodness

more mixte blingness

more mixte blingness

getting a bit arty farty in the workshop

getting a bit arty farty in the workshop

fork dropout re-purposed into our trusty bottle opener. We like beer by the way.... just in case anyone wants to bring a smile to our dials ... we accept donation bikes and beers

fork dropout re-purposed into our trusty bottle opener. We like beer by the way…. just in case anyone wants to bring a smile to our dials … we accept donation bikes and beers

A Focus commuter custom build being picked up.

A Focus commuter custom build being picked up.

Full restoration including new chrome on a gorgeous Rebellato, owner seems rather happy with the results

Full restoration including new chrome on a gorgeous Rebellato, owner seems rather happy with the results

A Puch........ well I just like saying PUCH and they are ripper bikes to boot. Puch Puch Puch!

A Puch…….. well I just like saying PUCH and they are ripper bikes to boot. Puch Puch Puch!

mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs

mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs

A restoration build of a Japanese Gemini, very good quality bikes from the 80's

A restoration build of a Japanese Gemini, very good quality bikes from the 80’s

A wonderful restoration of a Paconi team bike being picked up with full Dura ace components, frame is actually a Michalo.. a South Australian builder. Reynolds 753  Heat-Treated Manganese-Molybdenum tubing.

A wonderful restoration of a Paconi team bike being picked up with full Dura ace components, frame is actually a Michalo.. a South Australian builder. Reynolds 753 Heat-Treated Manganese-Molybdenum tubing.

A Concorde custom build being picked up, sweet arsed bike!

A Concorde custom build being picked up, sweet arsed bike!

Old school art ..... great looking Ladies Step through restoration (Superior). 1950's.

Old school art ….. great looking Ladies Step through restoration (Superior). 1950’s.

Mottainai Cycles offers great hire bikes…. we service and repair all bikes and specialize in vintage bike projects. We must be the most hidden bike shop in Aust (taking hole in the wall to new heights), but it suits our eccentric nature and most people seem to appreciate our unique state of existence. Mottainai is an ancient Japanese word describing the awareness of not wasting the earth’s precious materials and respecting the intrinsic value of objects/materials born from our natural environment. We are the only bike shop in Aust that focuses on vintage bicycles, we don’t sell new bikes, we don’t support the mass production of bicycles created only for profits. Mottainai loves bespoke bicycle products and enjoys restoring good quality bikes made out of the love for cycling.  Our team restores bikes and parts to original specifications or we use vintage or good quality contemporary parts to build custom bikes to suit out customers needs.  Mottainai takes great pride in our work. If you haven’t already pop in and check out our shop in Collingwood….. 23 rear Johnston St ….. down the cobblestoned lane-way, opposite the iconic Jim’s Greek Tavern.    Shop hours:    weekdays 8.30-6.30  weekends 10.30-6.30 sometimes closed on Tuedays.

Contact: catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051
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Mottainai Cycles Claud Butler Restoration – The Video!

A couple of months ago we restored a classy Claud Butler and our good friend Luke Shepard shot this video. Starring Dan and with cameos from the rest of us, this video shows the full restoration process at Mottainai Cycles.

I hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoy the work! Remember to like and repost and hopefully we’ll have more videos like this in the months to come!

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Mottainai Cycles May 2015 – Vintage Bicycle Restorations, Sales, Service, Repair and Hire

 As we enter the colder seasons, riding seems to take on a different kind of pleasure, a more introverted journey, beauty and pleasure become more about the juxtaposition of warmth to cold, the body warm under clothing and our legs pumping warmth into us as our faces feel the thrill of the chill sliding against our cheeks and ears. The colours around us more muted and subtle but seemingly mysterious as if hiding something from us. We tend not to meander but have a set purpose and sometimes it feels like we are the only ones riding through this city. We love riding through Winter’s solemn embrace.
Reynolds 531 Gazelle built with Shimano 600 Ultegra groupset. Featuring Melbourne's skyline – nice pic, Dan (and sweet build too!)

Reynolds 531 Gazelle built with Shimano 600 Ultegra groupset. Featuring Melbourne’s skyline – nice pic, Dan (and sweet build too!)

Reynolds 531, England's finest tubing!

Reynolds 531, England’s finest tubing!

One happy customer!

One happy customer!

Beautiful 'Lardner Bros' custom build. This one's a true gem.

Beautiful ‘Lardner Bros’ custom build. This one’s a true gem.

Apollo V resto – this one has Kuwahara quadruple butted cro-mo tubing. Not something you see every day!

Apollo V resto – this one has Kuwahara quadruple butted cro-mo tubing. Not something you see every day!

Mottainai Cycles hub shiner, a must have accessory if we do say so ourselves!

Mottainai Cycles hub shiner, a must have accessory if we do say so ourselves!

Quadruple butted!

Quadruple butted!

Another classic single-speed conversion. Happy riding, bro!

Another classic single-speed conversion. Happy riding, bro!

We are basically all about beautiful bikes….. we love good quality hand built bikes that were crafted out of passion, we sell and build custom bikes out of high quality vintage steel frames. We can build bikes with original vintage parts or use contemporary groupsets/parts depending on your needs and desires. We also specialize in restoring vintage bikes … there are many options that we can accommodate, we always tell our customers to come in with your ideas or your bike and we can give you some options to choose from and a budget to work in.  We believe cycling is one of the most wonderful activities in this crazy world of ours and we want to add value by making sure people are riding bikes that they love.
We have a shop that is full of truly amazing bicycles, you are very welcome to just come in to take a look or have a chat. Our workshop is very friendly. We also service and repair all manner of bicycles and offer a 24 hour turn around for a service (depending on replacement parts availability).
Also, don’t forget the Melburn Roobaix on the 28th of June and the Noosa Strade Bianche on the 8th – 9th of August. We’ve got the perfect bikes for these events so come check us out if you need a new whip to ride in style!
Mottainai Cycles is located at 23 rear Johnston St Collingwood 3066, not far from Smith St Fitzroy. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am-6.30pm & Sat/Sun 10.30am-6.30pm.
We also hire bicycles for those that don’t have a bike in Melbourne.
Contact: catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051
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Mottainai Cycles April 2015 – Cycle Messenger World Champs, Classic Restorations, Beautiful Customs, Quality Services and T-shirts!

If you don’t know what we do…… we restore bicycles, we also build custom bicycles to suit your needs and we also service and repair all types of bikes. We are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 6.30 and weekends from 10.30 to 6.30. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood up the laneway.

Summer may be slowly giving way to autumn here in Melbourne but things are still hotting up at Mottainai Cycles. We’ve had a large influx of frames and complete bikes over the last month or so and we’re still expanding our range of products. We’ve also just had our first run of T-shirts printed featuring our good friend Daisy‘s design, we’ll be selling these at the Cycle Messenger World Championships this weekend and in the shop from next week. This weekend we will be having a stall at the CMWC down in docklands and we’re really excited about seeing the world’s best messenger-racers competing in our fair city!  We look forward to seeing you in store and at the CMWC, also don’t miss the Bespoke Chainrings Goldsprints event on 7pm Friday 3rd at the Baron Said (83 Kerr St Fitzroy)! Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to recently…

Basking in the warm glow of a new bike!

Basking in the warm glow of a new bike!

Really nice Carlton custom build. The perfect marriage of form and function.

Really nice Carlton custom build. The perfect marriage of form and function.

A modern take on the vintage single-speed build with this 70s Cecil Walker

A modern take on the vintage single-speed build with this 70s Cecil Walker

Another trademark Mottainai single-speed conversion on this Raleigh Team 12. Minimal, light and quick!

Another trademark Mottainai single-speed conversion on this Raleigh Team 12. Minimal, light and quick!

Beautiful Carrera with Campagnolo Veloce groupo. A new addition to our stable

Beautiful Carrera with Campagnolo Veloce groupo. A new addition to our stable

Campag Record hub and Mavic MA2 rim... The ultimate combo

Campag Record hub and Mavic MA2 rim… The ultimate combo

This minty fresh Raleigh Grand Prix is another new addition here at Mottainai Cycles

This minty fresh Raleigh Grand Prix is another new addition here at Mottainai Cycles

This fantastic Olmo is another recent arrival at Mottainai. Check out those wooden rims!

This fantastic Olmo is another recent arrival at Mottainai. Check out those wooden rims!

Campagnolo Gran Sport cranks on the Olmo

Campagnolo Gran Sport cranks on the Olmo

Columbus Gilco tubeset Colnago. This is a recent arrival at Mottainai

Columbus Gilco tubeset Colnago. This is a recent arrival at Mottainai

Gilco Design Columbus tubing

Gilco Design Columbus tubing

Italy's finest!

Italy’s finest!

Staff bikes at Mottainai Cycles: fixie, mtb, road and single-speed – we ride it all!

Staff bikes at Mottainai Cycles: fixie, mtb, road and single-speed – we ride it all!

Another new arrival is this Moser frame and our new t-shirts!

Another new arrival is this Moser frame and our new t-shirts!

Here at Mottainai Cycles we have a passion for restoring vintage steel bicycles. We also offer custom builds, friendly and affordable services and repairs, sell parts and accessories as well as housing The Humble Vintage bike rental. 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 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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