Mottainai Cycles: Vintage Bicycle Restoration, Custom Builds, Sales and Service

Very light 'Ferrari' frame repainted and converted to a cool single-speed. This one can really fly!

Very light ‘Ferrari’ frame repainted and converted to a cool single-speed. This one can really fly!

Another look at that Ferrari SS conversion

Another look at that Ferrari SS conversion

'Eurostralian' race bike the 'Europa' gets a new lease of life as a hip single-speed whip

‘Eurostralian’ race bike the ‘Europa’ gets a new lease of life as a hip single-speed whip

Classy custom built Centurion with bullies

Classy custom built Centurion with bullies

Sweet 10-speed Apollo commuter. Mudguards essential for Melbourne winter!

Sweet 10-speed Apollo commuter. Mudguards essential for Melbourne winter!

Bring us your old bikes and we'll breathe fresh life into them like we did for this customer.

Bring us your old bikes and we’ll breathe fresh life into them like we did for this customer.

New-old-stock Apollo mixte – over 30 years old and still minty fresh!

New-old-stock Duo mixte – over 30 years old and still minty fresh!

Another restored classic, we got this beautiful lavender Raleigh back on the road for many more years to come

Another restored classic, we got this beautiful lavender Raleigh back on the road for many more years to come

Late 1970s Claud Butler 'Majestic' restoration

Late 1970s Claud Butler ‘Majestic’ restoration

This chap designed this competition-winning paintjob and brought his prize-bike to us to realise the rest of his vision. Classy.

This chap designed this competition-winning paintjob and brought his prize-bike to us to realise the rest of his vision. Classy.

Really awesome Pinarello Gavia resto. Columbus TSX tubing, full Dura-Ace groupset. Hi-end vintage bling

Really awesome Pinarello Gavia resto. Columbus TSX tubing, full Dura-Ace groupset. Hi-end vintage bling

Another look at that Pinarello

Another look at that Pinarello

Classic Gitane restoration – all French and Japanese original parts shined up to a proper bling finish.

Classic Gitane restoration – all French and Japanese original parts shined up to a proper bling finish.

This 1952 English commuter is heading back onto the road as a surprise birthday gift. It's so well made I'm sure it'll do another 60 years easy – definitely the antithesis of the 'landfill bikes' so common today!

This 1952 English commuter is heading back onto the road as a surprise birthday gift. It’s so well made I’m sure it’ll do another 60 years easy – definitely the antithesis of the ‘landfill bikes’ so common today!

Full restoration including paintjob of this Family Star. Factory fresh and with canine approval, woof!

Full restoration including paintjob of this Family Star. Factory fresh and with canine approval, woof!

Restoration of a Reynolds 753 Peugeot with full Campagnolo groupset. A very desirable bike!

Restoration of a Reynolds 753 Peugeot with full Campagnolo groupset. A very desirable bike!

Close-up of that Campag, 753 Peugeot. Lovely.

Close-up of that 753 Peugeot. Jolie.

It doesn’t feel like so long since we last felt the cool grip of winter but sure enough it’s here now. However the cold weather hasn’t stopped Melbourne’s hardcore cycle commuters and it hasn’t stopped Melbourne’s hardcore vintage bike mechanics at Mottainai either! This winter has seen us working on many classic bicycles but seemingly just to coincide with Le Tour de France we’ve had a lot of restorations of French bikes – a few you’ll see above and a few you’ll see next time. We love French bikes and it seems like Melbourne does too!

Our new shop continues to grow and evolve as the weeks pass by – come and see for yourself at 23 Johnston Street, Collingwood (down the cobblestone laneway bound to evoke memories of the Roobaix). We specialise in restorations of vintage bicycles as well as custom builds and affordable repairs/services of any bikes. We’re now open from 8am on weekdays (for all you commuters) and 10.30am on weekends, closing at 6.30 every day. Come by and find yourself a piece of cycling history – see you soon!

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bicycle restoration bike service centre Collingwood Mottainai cycles

Peugeot rebuild service/resoration at Mottainai Cycles

Peugeot rebuild service/restoration at Mottainai Cycles

Beautifully restored early Cecil Walker step-through all original and looking as good as it came out of the shop in the late 50's. Yes we love our work at Mottainai Cycles

Beautifully restored early Cecil Walker step-through all original and looking as good as it came out of the shop in the late 50′s. Yes we love our work at Mottainai Cycles

Ye old faithful Repco traveller restored and moved on to a new life.

Ye old faithful Repco traveler restored and moved on to a new life.

Restoration and custom build (Tange tubing with Shimano parts) from Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood Melbourne

Restoration and custom build (Tange tubing with Shimano parts) from Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood Melbourne

Peugeot Mixte restoration, all original in immaculate condition gone to a deserving new owner.

Peugeot Mixte restoration, all original in immaculate condition gone to a deserving new owner.

Full restoration and 2pak paint build to match his Mustang being restored, custom leather work, single speed conversion at Mottainaicycles.

Full restoration and 2pak paint build to match his Mustang being restored, custom leather work, single speed conversion at Mottainaicycles.

French Mercier in light pink undergoing a full restoration. Mottainai Cycles.

French Mercier in light pink undergoing a full restoration. Mottainai Cycles.

A custom restoration build, 3 speed rear hub, combination of old and new, built as a daily commuter, small 1950's frame with chrome forks, great juxtaposition of patina and bling chrome and polished alloy.

A custom restoration build, 3 speed rear hub, combination of old and new, built as a daily commuter, small 1950′s frame with chrome forks, great juxtaposition of patina and bling chrome and polished alloy.

Gitane restoration, wild Gyspy women.

Gitane restoration, wild Gyspy women.

Paconi team restoration, Suntour and Shimano parts.

Paconi team restoration, Suntour and Shimano parts.

A very sweet team Paconi with Suntour Superb pro hubs, Suntour Spirt mechs and Shimano 600 crankset, tight as a drum. Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood vintage bike restoration and service.

A very sweet team Paconi with Suntour Superb pro hubs, Suntour Spirt mechs and Shimano 600 crankset, tight as a drum. Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood vintage bike restoration and service.

Apollo Japanese step-through all restored with a bemused new owner. Mottainai Cycles Collingwood.

Apollo Japanese step-through all restored with a bemused new owner. Mottainai Cycles Collingwood.

Gilco ride restored and ready to leave the Mottainai stables.

Gilco ride restored and ready to leave the Mottainai stables.

Gilco frameset with campy group set restored.

Gilco frameset with campy group set restored.

Italian Gilco bicycle with full Campagnolo groupset, sweet commuter ride

Italian Gilco bicycle with full Campagnolo groupset, sweet commuter ride

vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com          vintage bicycles in Fitzroy/Collingwood we sell vintage bikes and service all bikes. 23 Johnston Street Collingwood.

vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com vintage bicycles in Fitzroy/Collingwood we sell vintage bikes and service all bikes. 23 Johnston Street Collingwood.

vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com

vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com

vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com   Mottainaicycles bikes in a photo shoot in Fitzroy

vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com Mottainaicycles bikes in a photo shoot in Fitzroy

vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com   The girls from vintage walking and riding tours trying out some of our bikes at Mottainaicycles

vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com The girls from vintage walking and riding tours trying out some of our bikes at Mottainaicycles

Some of our vintage bikes waiting for their next owner to walk in ... love at first sight.

Some of our vintage bikes waiting for their next owner to walk in … love at first sight.

mottainaicycles Collingwood, the lads doing something bike related

mottainaicycles Collingwood, the lads doing something bike related

Mottainai cycles vintage bikes in Collingwood, Raleigh vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com

Mottainai cycles vintage bikes in Collingwood, Raleigh vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com

Late Autumn in Melbourne evokes a magical romance, sunset leaves blanketing the damp roads creating a quilt of extraordinary beauty, riding a bike that equates or mirrors such an aesthetic amplifies the experience. Life is too short to ride a shit bicycle! We are passionate about our bikes at Mottainaicycles.com we live to restore and service beautiful bikes, whether they are from Australia, France, England or Japan, we fetish-ize bikes and well crafted parts and like nothing more than building custom bikes or introducing you to one of our bikes already restored. We are the antithesis of the many bike sellers whom sell cheap, poor quality bikes with a vintage look from China (aptly called landfill bikes). We make restore and build bikes for people to love and that will be treasured. You deserve a beautiful bike!!! Come in to our shop down the cobble-stoned laneway at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood. We also service and repair all bikes in our workshop. Just rock up and we can fit you in after a little chat about your bike, we are open from 10.30 till 6.30 soon opening at 8am. catrethowan@yahoo.com  0448884051  facebook: Mottainai Cycles, vintage bikes  Instagram: mottainaicycles   thanks and see yah at the shop.

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Mottainai in Collingwood ……. vintage bicycles …. bike service centre

Little Fergie sussing out the new workshop, think he gave a little favorable snort of appreciation.

Little Fergie sussing out the new workshop, think he gave a little favorable snort of appreciation.

Ella and her rad Dad built up a sweet bike together, came out a treat.

Ella and her rad Dad built up a sweet bike together, came out a treat.

The Gove, restored ladies step-through early 1970's looks like it just rolled out of the shop new. Love a minty bike.

The Gove, restored ladies step-through early 1970′s looks like it just rolled out of the shop new. Love a minty bike.

Lawrencia custom build, single speed conversion,

Lawrencia custom build, single speed conversion,

60's Malvern Star restoration, built up as a classic single speed with custom leather work.

60′s Malvern Star restoration, built up as a classic single speed with custom leather work.

Beautiful 60's Cecil Walker custom build and single speed conversion, used Shimano golden arrow cranks and brake calipers.

Beautiful 60′s Cecil Walker custom build and single speed conversion, used Shimano golden arrow cranks and brake calipers.

This 80's Gitane came up nicely after a restoration. Gitane is a French bicycle company the name literally means gyspy woman, cool bikes.

This 80′s Gitane came up nicely after a restoration. Gitane is a French bicycle company the name literally means gyspy woman, cool bikes.

The so-called Roy, is a 1950's restoration that came out brilliantly, this is a son restoring his fathers bike narrative, (one of my favorites). Not sure as to the brand of bike but nonetheless it looks the goods with a rear Sturmey Archer 3 speed rear hub.

The so-called Roy, is a 1950′s restoration that came out brilliantly, this is a son restoring his fathers bike narrative, (one of my favorites). Not sure as to the brand of bike but nonetheless it looks the goods with a rear Sturmey Archer 3 speed rear hub.

Just a reminder that at Mottainai we DO service and repair all bicycle types………………… but we specialize in building and restoring vintage bikes.

Ok we have been at our new joint for a few months now and have been building bikes and building our new place simultaneously, it’s quite a show, I would like to thank all those who have generously given their time and expertise in helping us get to this point, there is still a ways to go but the shop is coming together well. We have a vision of supreme vintage coolness, a bicycle heavenly realm where bike lovers can quench their thirst and unabashedly oogle and stare at the incredible beauty of bikes made out of love and not just for profit (ie mass produced bikes from China).   So if you haven’t visited our new location then you are very welcome to pop in and check out what we are doing …. we consider ourselves an alternative bike-shop …. very friendly/chatty (lovers of bikes) and we do not push sales. New place is in Collingwood 23 Johnston Street down the cobblestone laneway, open everyday from 10.30-6.30  catrethowan@yahoo.com  0448884051   We are also on instagram now: mottainaicycles  and facebook: mottainai cycles, vintage bikes

Mottainai (もったいない, 勿体無い) (pronounced moht-tai-nai) is a Japanese term meaning “a sense of regret concerning waste when the intrinsic value of an object or resource is not properly utilized.”[1] The expression “Mottainai!” can be uttered alone as an exclamation when something useful, such as food or time, is wasted, meaning roughly “Oh, what a waste!”

Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai visited Japan at the request of the Mainichi Shimbun for an event related to the Kyoto Protocol in 2005.[4] At this time, she learned this word while discussing ecological issues with the Mainichi Shinbun’s editor-in-chief. She was impressed by the depth of similarity between the Japanese meaning of the word and equivalent concepts in English and Swahili concerning people’s responsibility to respect the earth through frugality and conservation. At the Kyoto Protocols, she wore a shirt with the word “MOTTAINAI” written on it in all capital rōmaji, and asked the audience to use the word in their everyday lives. She became a widely recognized celebrity in Japan for discovering and promoting what is referred to as a “MOTTAINAI” movement. Maathai told Japanese TV that she tried to find equivalent words to mottainai in other languages, so as to spread the concept all over the world, but in vain.

She promoted the concept of mottainai as a term that is roughly equivalent to the English phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” or the proverbial phrase “Waste not, want not”. The term is more closely equivalent to the English phrase “What a waste”. Therefore, she promoted the use of the word mottainai as an international expression.

 

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REAL beautiful vintage bikes, no Chinese fakes Mottainai Cycles Collingwood

Hillman Mixte single speed conversion with bull horns.

Hillman Mixte single speed conversion with bull horns.

This bike was a unique project, the forks are from an early Humber and the frame from Barb both dating from mid 30's to early 40's. Chain ring is also a from Humber. We painted the bicycle 2pak metallic black, used a Sturmey Archer rear 2 speed kick back hub. Recovered leather saddle and leather grips, ornate vintage alloy stem with vintage bars .... a rolling work of Art.

This bike was a unique project, the forks are from an early Humber and the frame from Barb both dating from mid 30′s to early 40′s. Chain ring is also from a Humber. We painted the bicycle 2pak metallic black, used a Sturmey Archer rear 2 speed kick back hub. Recovered leather saddle and leather grips, ornate vintage alloy stem with vintage bars …. a rolling work of Art.

This was an amazing frame, from all research it appeared to be a custom made Peugeot frame, Campagnolo drop outs and super light, early 60's style drop-outs. Our Customer wanted it built up as city bike with cruiser bars and comfy saddle.

This was an amazing frame, from all research it appeared to be a custom made Peugeot frame, Campagnolo drop outs and super light, early 60′s style drop-outs. Our Customer wanted it built up as city bike with cruiser bars and comfy saddle.

A Nishiki 5 speed built up using some nice Japanese parts.

A Nishiki 5 speed built up using some nice Japanese parts.

A Yamaguchi Record built up as a single speed with a Sturmey Archer rear track hub.

A Yamaguchi Record built up as a single speed with a Sturmey Archer rear track hub.

A Silverton, Japanese made bike converted to an urban single speed using quality Japanese parts.

A Silverton, Japanese made bike converted to an urban single speed using quality Japanese parts.

The new Mottainai Shop in Collingwood, slowly getting organized. 23 Johnston Street down the laneway.......

The new Mottainai Shop in Collingwood, slowly getting organized. 23 Johnston Street down the laneway…….

James holding a beautiful Raleigh Record, late 60's in our new laneway.

James holding a beautiful Raleigh Record, late 60′s in our new laneway.

 

As our beautiful Summer draws to a close, we have been crazily busy moving and setting up our new shop in Collingwood 23 Johnston Street down the lane-way. We still have a ways to go but the metamorphosis is well and truly underway. So to all our old customers and friends, come in to check out our digs and to any new prospective customers and friends come on in and be bedazzled by our super cool bikes and friendly manner. We service all bikes and restore vintage bikes and also sell restored bikes. We %100 love bikes and are attempting to offer a great alternative to the horrible cheap Chinese bikes that are littering our great Melbourne Streets. We love to recycle and re-purpose and get quality bikes back in loving hands and on the streets. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30pm. mail  catrethowan@yahoo.com 0448884051  23 Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way.

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mottainaicycles has a new location in Collingwood

The harsh Melbourne sun shines down on this new owner of a single speed conversion black mixte 80's Madison

The harsh Melbourne sun shines down on this new owner of a single speed conversion black mixte 80′s Madison

Spencer tries to expand upon his 15 mins of canine fame next to a fella picking up his restored bike.

Spencer tries to expand upon his 15 mins of canine fame next to a fella picking up his restored bike.

A funky custom build, late 1970's Raleigh built up with mostly original Raleigh parts but converted into a single speed for urban efficiency.

A funky custom build, late 1970′s Raleigh built up with mostly original Raleigh parts but converted into a single speed for urban efficiency.

Some last shots taken in our old shop on Rose Street Fitzroy, it was demolished 3 hours after us moving out, making progress for more prefab apartments. The beuiful Bates track bike and stunning Moser in shocking pink are still for sale in our new shop at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood in the rear down the laneway.

Some last shots taken in our old shop on Rose Street Fitzroy, it was demolished 3 hours after us moving out, making progress for more prefab apartments. The beautiful Bates track bike and stunning Moser in shocking pink are still for sale in our new shop at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood in the rear down the laneway.

The Mottainai lads waiting for me before heading out to the Brunswick velodrome for a spin.

The Mottainai lads waiting for me before heading out to the Brunswick velodrome for a spin.

A 1970's Malvern Star restoration and single speed conversion

A 1970′s Malvern Star restoration and single speed conversion

A beautiful 1960's Deanne Toseland restoration built with era correct parts, click on pic to enlarge for detail, also our custom leather work on the bars and the saddle. This is one ripper of a bike.

A beautiful 1960′s Deanne Toseland restoration built with era correct parts, click on pic to enlarge for detail, also our custom leather work on the bars and the saddle. This is one ripper of a bike.

We are aiming at building up a cheaper range of bikes that require less restoration work but still fulfill our aesthetic and quality of mechanical workmanship, this is one example. This was also a custom build, hence the milk crate.

We are aiming at building up a cheaper range of bikes that require less restoration work but still fulfill our aesthetic and quality of mechanical workmanship, this is one example. This was also a custom build, hence the milk crate.

A good fit. This was a restoration and single speed conversion, these Peugeots always turn out well, ah the french and their sense of style!

A good fit. This was a restoration and single speed conversion, these Peugeots always turn out well, ah the french and their sense of smiles….. I mean style!

This lovely bike came in the other day, a chap brought it over from Europe after living there, very cool details, this is a good example of why we love vintage bikes at Mottainai, The Tebag! haha

This lovely bike came in the other day, a chap brought it over from Europe after living there, very cool details, this is a good example of why we love vintage bikes at Mottainai, The Tebag! haha

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A Claude Butler 531 Reynolds for sale, make a great commuter or randonneur.

 

Come and check out our new bike cave at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood (only a few minutes ride from our last place), in the rear down the laneway. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30. We service all bikes and restore and sell beautiful vintage bikes and of course we also build custom bikes for you to suit any need or desire. We truly love our bikes and this is what we are all about. In the next blog there will be pics of our new digs that we are presently building and designing to be a wonderland of bikes and a remarkable workshop. We are just 50 meters down from the intersection of Smith St and Johnston down the laneway next to everyday coffee/99 problems, Magic Johnston creative offices etc. Come in to show your support for our efforts to recycle and offer an alternative to shit Chinese bikes that become landfill after a year, say NO to fake vintage bikes haha, better get of the soapbox we probably need the timber for our new place. Cheers and ride on. Mottainai Spirit!!!!!!!

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Mottainai Cycles has moved!!!

Hi, we have recently moved to Collingwood, we are off Johnston Street just past Smith at 23 Johnston Street down the alleyway, we are part of Magic Johnston Art & Design Complex. We are still setting up but you are welcome to pop in and get your bikes serviced/restored and check out our new home. Cheers

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Mottainai Vintage restored Vintage Bikes Janurary 2014

Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.

Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.

Looks like the bizarre Melbourne weather fluctuations have stabilized somewhat, enough to allow even fair weather cyclists a go. Anyways more about us, we are having a bit of a clearance sale of restored vintage bikes as we have to move soonishly, don’t worry though, we are looking at a few options very close to our current abode in Fitzroy. However it’s always good to try and clear a little stock before a move as to allow space for some cool new bikes.                                                                                                                                 Mottainai Cycles for those that have not visited us is a bike shop that specializes in restoring very good quality vintage bikes, we sell bikes, we build custom bikes and we also restore your bikes as well as servicing all bikes even on occasions a moped or a vintage lawn mower etc, haha I’m sure you get the picture, we love good quality vintage bikes and stuff, we denounce Chinese made bicycles produced only for profit as we all love bikes and cycling at Mottainai and feel cheap mass produced Chinese bikes add no value to the wonderful experience of cycling. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30pm at 50 Rose Street or 41 Kerr St (same building). Come in and check out our beautiful bikes or bring in your beautiful bikes for a spruce-up. Cheers and safe riding.  Click on any pic for more detail!!!

Part of the Mottainai crew outside the shop on a summers eve watching Tomosan

Part of the Mottainai crew outside the shop on a summers eve watching Tomosan

And a fixed wheel conversion, a Repco Monaco upgraded on every level to make a good little urban whip.

And a fixed wheel conversion, a Repco Monaco upgraded on every level to make a good little urban whip.

The green Apollo, blinged up to the nines. Steady commuter with panache.

The green Apollo, blinged up to the nines. Steady commuter with panache.

Ohhhh the stunning Abeni, built as a custom ride, single speed conversion with Sturmey Archer hubs, Sugino cranks etc. A wow ride again gone to a lovely customer with pretty rad taste.

Ohhhh the stunning Abeni, built as a custom ride, single speed conversion with Sturmey Archer hubs, Sugino cranks etc. A wow ride again gone to a lovely customer with pretty rad taste.

One of the most smooth and comfy bikes any of us has ever ridden, a 1940/early 50's German bicycle brand name Phaenomen, gone to a very discerning customer.

One of the most smooth and comfy bikes any of us has ever ridden, a 1940/early 50′s German bicycle brand name Phaenomen, gone to a very discerning customer.

Another nice build a customer brought in for us to finish.

Another nice build a customer brought in for us to finish.

Single speed conversion done to a beautiful Rossin, the owner choose all the parts wisely, note the Phil hubs etc.

Single speed conversion done to a beautiful Rossin, the owner choose all the parts wisely, note the Phil hubs etc.

The ritual of installing the hanging bike at 50 Rose Street Mottainai

The ritual of installing the hanging bike at 50 Rose Street Mottainai

Nico hanging out a new sign from the roof at 50 Rose Street.

Nico hanging out a new sign from the roof at 50 Rose Street.

The newly finished Bates 1940's track bike at the Brunswick velodrome for a test, pic and build by Alex at Mottainai

The newly finished Bates 1940′s track bike at the Brunswick velodrome for a test, pic and build by Alex at Mottainai

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