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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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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