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,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051
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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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There is a Spring in our peddles as the Sun warms the roads. Mottainai Cycles vintage custom bicycles.

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. ~H.G. Wells

My father showed me that the benefits of bicycling run much deeper than physical fitness. What we’ve stumbled across is a basic world rhythm imitated by those pedals spinning round. There’s a youth force living in the suspended energy of that age-old diamond frame. ~Joe Kita, “The Key to Happiness,” Wisdom of Our Fathers, 1999

SPRING SPRING SPRING ride ride ride!

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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Colnago Super original condition late 1970’s

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Colnago Mexico original condition 1980

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3 speed Ladies Step-through 1880’s

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Custom built Clamont Shimano 105 group

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Raleigh Clubman 531 Reynolds single speed conversion….. Jackie showing her paw of approval.

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Alcyon 1950’s full restoration. The owner told us that his grandfather raced this very bike in the Tour De France 6 times.

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Alcyon 1950’s some details…

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Alcyon 1950’s details, shifter lever Simplex

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Alcyon 1950’s Drivetrain….. Alcyon cotterpin cranks, Beautiful delicate cranks.

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Repco Superlight fully restored 1984

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Italian frame (unidentified brand) custom build. Mid 80’s

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Custom build…. unknown Italian frame.

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Peugeot Mixte clear coated metal, Shimano 501’s wheels, Peugeot stem, Exage group

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1940’s Butcher’s Bicycle full restoration, Malvern Star (Johnston). Rechrome, repaint, original basket, Brooks saddle

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Malvern Star full restoration.

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Mottainai Cycles winter edition

Fresh riding season is upon us, the sun has started to grace the roads, time to get that bike sorted out that you have been dreaming of. Bring in your bike that needs restoring or come in and discuss a custom built bike for you or of course if your machine needs a service then swoop on in for a tune up etc. It’s a good time to come in before we become inundated again. Below are some recent pics of bikes that have been restored by us and sold to discerning mottainai customers’ or a few bikes ready for a new home.

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 now 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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Kalavinka Japanese track bikes with Sheriff star hubs and full Dura-ace components.

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Raleigh custom single speed build the new owner.

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Malvern Star Equipe 531 reynolds full restoration back in the hands of it’s owner

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Farleigh PX 10 replica custom single speed conversion, elegant commuter whip.

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1960’s original chrome Monarch campy mechs and hubs with Cinelli stem, Brooks saddle and Stronglight cranks. A real beauty. For sale

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Viscount late 70’s first gen Dura ace (3rd gen forks, the good ones). All original in near perfect condition, amazing bike. For sale in the shop.

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Bridgestone Japanese funky arsed 5 speed bike, only built for Japanese market, this is a truly unique bike for sale in the shop.

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Early 70’s or late 60’s Hillman restored with campy mechs, supermighty cranks, GB stem….. yum, for sale in the shop.

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Lovely Puch in amazing original condition with a delighted new owner.

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Sleek Dawes mixte 531 reynolds back on the road

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Hillman late 70’s 531 Reynolds Shimano 600 Arabesque groupset…. very stylish bike with a happy new owner.

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Full restoration of a Dawes Galaxy 531 reynolds tubing all original parts. Fergus in the background snoozing.

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Dawes Galaxy full resto with Fergus basking in the glow of a bike freshly restored.

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Peugeot full restoration early 80’s.

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What we’ve been up to for the past few months!

Apologies for the multiple email alerts on our previous Blog posts, we’re now reverting back to our classic blog style which should be easier to digest! Here’s some of what we’ve been up to over the past few months 🙂

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 now closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.30 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.30. 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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Full restoration on a 1960’s tricycle. Super pleased with how this beauty turned out!

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The legend that is Bob Farliegh still going strong with this single speed build.

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Australian built Ricardo frame with Shimano 105! Great little road bike.

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Super slick Ivanhoe build. She’s looking fast!

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Another happy grin 🙂

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Real men ride pink.

 

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Gotta love this Kuwahara! Tange 900 tubing. Great Japanese road bike.

 

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Summer rides on sunny days.

 

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Incredible full Hillman restoration. We love how this one came out. Enjoy!

 

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Beautiful Shogun Step-through.

 

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FRESH

 

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Good luck on your tour across Australia bro! We hope the Shogun will serve you well. 

 

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Beauty and the Blucher.

 

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Samurai shorts required.

 

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A perfect match 🙂

 

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Offer now on! Free Bernese Mountain Dog photo with every road bike purchase!

 

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A little pop of red goes a long way. Great Mixte build.

 

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Classic steel single speed build.

 

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Slick. Fast and clean.

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Without struggle, there can be no progress.

 

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This Bike has MS. We’re proud to have been part of such an amazing campaign.   

Check the video below for the full story!

 

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Who needs gears when you look this crisp.

 

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Looking like a summers day.

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Good ol’ Eddy. Beautiful light tourer. 

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50’s KYPO. Race ready. 

 

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Ant and his new whip 🙂

 

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Want a bike to match your beard? Mottainai’s got your back.

 

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The Silver Surfer – Lovely Hillman build

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Big love for the Peugeot tourer

 

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They call me Mellow Yellow

 

 

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