Spring time, riding in style! Mottainai Cycles 2017

Life is way too short to ride shit bikes! Ride with style…… I believe Melbourne in general has a vintage consciousness that evolved through both, Eco awareness and a focus on aesthetics. We are not necessarily bedazzled by the new and recognize that vintage objects often are far better quality and stylish than new things. Mottainai offers an alternative to buying a new bike pumped out of Chinese factories with no regard for the environment nor passion for cycling.

We intend our shop to epitomize old-world charm, our workshop is open, so everyone can see how we work and can chat with the mechanics, we are happy to explain anything and everything about your bicycles. We also help to train mechanics. We believe intensely that good quality vintage bikes are wonderful both aesthetically and functionally and are still very relevant today. We believe in preserving and using beautiful vintage bikes by restoring our own collection for sale and also customers’ bikes that they bring in. We can also upgrade a vintage frame with contemporary parts as a “best of both worlds solution”.

 

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 5.30 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)481254643 or (zero)448884051

 

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French Vichard frame, Columbus Tubing with Shimano 105 groupset sti shifters, Nito stem, very light.

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Lovely Wheeler frame with RX100 Shimano group sti etc.

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Pretty sweet nude, bare metal clear coat race frame, Sturmey Archer 3 spd rear hub shifting, bull horns, Velocity rims, Sugino cranks, Schwalbe tires

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1950’s Cecil Walker frame, custom build, coaster rear brake, Shimano 105 cranks, very stylish whip.

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Gazelle frame, Full Shimano 105 group, Velocity rims. It’s alive!

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Malvern Star restoration, full ground-up resto keeping the original paintwork with a clearcoat over it. Amazing 5spd Sturmey stick-shift. Happy childhood memories rekindled.

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Gazelle custom-build, Sugino cranks, arx mechs, bar shifters.

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Sunny Winter in Melbourne, Tour de France, Mottainai Cycles July.

The Tour de France is upon us again, inspiring us mere mortals to shrug off the cold and stay steadfast cycling through this winter. Already half way through….. On another tangent: if you don’t love and adore your bike, if it isn’t beautiful, then head into Mottainai Cycles to change your reality. We have a shop full of elegant bikes that embody both form and function. Don’t waste your precious time on a piece of crap, built with no heart.

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 5.30 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051
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A lovely Russian couple from St. Petersburg dig vintage bikes

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Cute Japanese couple picked up two very cool bikes, a Bridgestone 5 speed and a custom Malvern Star 2 speed kickback Sturmey.

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Another cute bike, a 70’s Raleigh 24″

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Nice Hallmark 10 speed build.

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24″ BMX cruiser Kuwahara, wicked cool bike.

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Repco 80’s road bike 10 speed.

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Green Peugeot Mixte 80’s custom singlespeed build.

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2 Star Malvern Star restoration, BSA cranks, sweet frame, notice the derailleur hanger.

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1920/30’s Gazelle 3 speed Sturmey

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Full restoration of this customers childhood bike.

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Bates build with era correct French parts, Simplex, Stronglight etc

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Gorgeous Gazelle, huge frame, massive guy!

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Custom build, concept was colourful 80’s commuter.

 

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Melbourne vintage steel bicycles Mottainai Cycles Collingwood

Life is way too short to ride shit bikes! Ride with style……

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.00 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051

 

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1950’s frame Hartley built up with a Sturmey Archer 2 speed kickback rear hub, Brooks saddle….. gorgeous Irish Setter

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Rossin build, campy blingness

Mottainai CyclesLovely Lawrencia originally hand-painted by Ken Dickie, Campagnolo groupset with supermighty cranks.

Mottainai CyclesLittle Peugeot 24″ restoration, missing chain guard unfortunately.

Mottinai CyclesVery minty Cecil Walker restoration. Campy groupset

Mottainai CyclesCool custom bulid, Malvern Star 1960’s built up with cool parts, 2 speed Sturmey Archer  kickback hub.

Mottainai CyclesDesign classic, french Mixte 10speed

Mottainai CyclesBest of both worlds, classic steel frame with contemporary Campagnolo 11 speed groupset, STI brifters.

Mottainai CyclesClassic urban single speed build

Mottainai CyclesCustom Healing 1950’s frame built with Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub and nice alloy parts, great ride.

Mottainai CyclesRob Special 1940’s gorgeous path racer, original paint work brought back to life and preserved, loved this resto.

Mottainai CyclesMalvern Star 12 speed restored being ridden off with a delighted new owner.

Mottainai CyclesBridgestone, Japanese frame with Shimano 105 groupset, Ambrosio rims. Mottainai CyclesRaleigh 12 speed, good looking whip.

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Mid Summer riding in Melbourne, Mottainai Cycles 2017.

There are whispers circulating that Melbourne is becoming one of the Steel bike meccas around the world, particularly vintage steel bikes, I guess we at Mottainai always had an inkling that this was the case but still it’s kinda cool for it to become universal common knowledge. I believe Melbourne in general has a vintage consciousness that evolved through both, Eco awareness and a focus on aesthetics. We are not necessarily bedazzled by the new and recognize that vintage objects often are far better quality and stylish than new things. This is why we (Mottainai Cycles) exist, thanks to this concept and you guys.

Sooooo, if you are tried of cheap shit Chinese bikes that become landfill after one season and you yearn for something created to be as good as it can be rather than a bike made only to make profit, then…… come and see us in Collingwood.

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.00 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051
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Really rare Japanese bike restored with loads of stainless steel all through it, 1970’s, has the stickers on it from high school, great surprise present!

 

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
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British Holland, entitled Suzanne, British lightweight built up with mainly Campagnolo gear. Lovely single speed, one of the best we have built gone to a good home.

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70’s Puch custom build, the brief was to create a sturdy bike that could carry long bits of timber etc as the owner is a furniture designer. Front rack is attached to the headtube so when the handlebars are turned the rack stays straight.

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&0’s Viscount made in England custom build single speed conversion. Shimano 105 cranks, Velocity deep rimes, very clean lines.

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Pink Blutcher Tange 3 built up with nice Japanese alloy parts, sweet mixte!

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Fully restored but original paint, Peugeot PR-10L very very nice piece of steel.

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Groovy AF single speed conversion Silverton Shimano 105 cranks NBS (No bull shit) Velocity rims etc

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Full restoration on this 1930’s Hartley, came out a treat. Full repaint and re-chrome. Pic doesn’t do it justice

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As we call them ….Pug or Peugeot restored, all original 1980’s Japanese alloy parts, new owner seems rather chuffed.

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French Meral (rare in OZ), Nevar cranks, Hurret mechs, Mavic rims etc. Nice finessed roadie.

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Another Pug (Peugeot) Stunning condition and colour-way, hitting the summer tar.

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Silly season, bicycle mania in Melbourne 2016 Dec

If you love beautiful bikes then you will adore our shop. We have created an oasis of aesthetic velo delights. We believe a bike should be an equal balance of form and function. We delight in being able to build our creations and to collaborate with our customers building custom bikes. Below are pictures of customers picking up their new rides.

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.00 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051

 

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Lovely customer now mobile on her Repco de-ville, 10speed

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Full restoration on this Malvern Star Moscow, bunch of mates got together to return a childhood bike to it’s owner fully restored as a surprise.

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Another restoration maintaining original paintwork etc. Bike is Porshe early 80’s.

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Single speed conversion build 1970’s Madison, pin-stripped.

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Cool young chap wanted a vintage bike with just the right patina, this Raleigh caught his eye, 3 speed Sturmey Archer reconditioned.

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One of our sweetest frames, 1960’s Bates hand painted, absolutely stunning, custom build…. Sturmey Archer recondition 3 speed rear hub, Hplusons b14 rims, Shimano arabesque 600 cranks etc etc….

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Detail from the Bates custom build, Shimano 600 Arabesque cranks, Sugino drilled Chainring

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Gorgeous Peugeot Mixte custom build, all upgraded LX derailleurs, Shimano crankset, original Normandy hubs, stem shifters.

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Our favorite touring bike custom build to date. Dawes 531 reynolds touring frame, Sakae triple crank set, tx733 Araya hybrid rims, mavic hubs, touring bars, LX Shimano canti brakes……. Ready for the long haul

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Classic 80’s Ladies Step-through bicycle has found a new home with her delighted new owner.

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Mottainai Bicycle heaven

WE love beautiful bikes, we adore building them and of course finding new relationships for them, the relationship between a bicycle and it’s rider is an interesting one. The bicycle in some cases becomes almost an extension of the rider. If you are seriously looking to fall in love with a bike come on in so we can introduce you.

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.00 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051
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Mixte revamp back on the streets with some sweet upgrades

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Malvern Star rebuild

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Very cool Pug custom rat-rod build

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1950’s Braszell track bike from Ballarat, rechromed cockpit.

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Custom touring bike Sportivo, ready for some long hauls

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Sweet arsed urban single speed conversion, Unknown Italian frame.

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Ladies step-through from the 80’s, five speed

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Fluro 6 speed Ricardo

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Olympic 12 full resto back in action

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Very nice Farleigh frame swap

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Darccordi reynolds 653 custom build, Sugino cranks, Shimano 105 group

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Miyata magic, Shimano 105 groupset, Rigida wheelset

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Gaston’s new whip. Cannondale R700 tt 650 wheelset, Shimano 105 sti’s, Ultegra mechs, Sugino cranks, Bespokechainrings, ITA stem and bars and Turbo saddle.

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The British Eagle, Hanna’s little urban whip

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Custom built bikes Mottainai Cycles

Mottainai is gearing up for the peak riding seasons. We are ready to offer you the bike you have always been looking for, whether it is a custom build or a restoration or one of the many beautiful bikes we have already restored and are waiting patiently for their new owner to come in.

Life is like riding a bicycle; we have to go ahead before we know we are right. Our knowledge is very limited, and we walk mostly by faith. ~G.R. Dodson, 1908

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.00 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051

 

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Custom build, Brooks saddle and grips on bull-bars. Happy happy happy. Love this shot!

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Dogarama ….. Mottainai is extremely dog friendly. Nice little whip of a build, sti, rx100 group.

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Farleigh build with Shimano 600 groupset and Shimano Claris sti shifters. Rolls Ti saddle… yumbos

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Same Farleigh build with it’s new owner, stoked

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Europa build, bull-bars, Velocity rims, Shimano groupset etc

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Lovely French Mercier build single speed conversion.

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Sweet hardcore commuter build, Velocity rims, XT Derailleurs, San marco saddle, Avid brakes etc… tough as nails.

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RSW Raleigh late 1960’s restoration. Coolness!

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Peugeot Mixte in great nick came in for some lovin.

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