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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Easter hols

Mottainai is closed Fri, Sun and Monday. Have a safe Easter y’all!!!

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Summer time and the living is easy (with a cool bike) Mottainai Cycles Jan

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Meditating on the joy of a new bike! 1970’s Peugeot

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Mixte Pug restored bringing style to streets of Melbourne town

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A couple of our cheaper bikes fully serviced snapped up by these two lovely customers.

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Another stately Pug after a cleanup rebuild

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Full custom build including new paint and decals, bespokechainring cat chainring, beautiful stronglight cranks, rolls saddle and Araya rims.

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Bespokechainring cat chain ring with french stronglight cranks….. Araya rims…… yumyum

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A custom single speed bare metal clear coat

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Nice little 90’s Avanti steel race bike in incredible condition heading out with a happy new owner

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James weaving his magic on a custom restoration nearing completion.

 

We have serviced a bunch of cheaper vintage bikes for around the $250-500 price range that we are selling this new year.

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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December at Mottainai Cycles, bicycle restoration and custom steel bikes

Our new Mottainai Promo Vid

 

 

We reopen the shop on the 4th of Jan…… we have serviced a bunch of cheaper bikes for around the 250 price range that we will be selling in the new year.

Some very sweet bikes have been through the Mottainai doors in the last few weeks, Beasley 1950’s track bike, Vetta custom build using Shimano 105 contemporary groupset, Hillman custom, Basso resto, Ladies Hallmark resto and R. J Quinn resto.

Check out our new Mottainai Cycles promo Vid by Alleykat productions.

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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Melbourne steel lugged bike oasis .. Mottainai Cycles: bike restoration, custom builds, repairs/service and vintage bike sales

Welcome to our world of beautiful bikes. Melbourne is the capital of cool aesthetics, of vintage style and culture, we embrace bespoke quality and objects being created out of love rather than just for profit. We enjoy bringing special bikes back to life and offer a custom service that is lacking in other bike shops or online. We believe that riding a bike is one of the most delightful acts we can do, it has such positive effects. Mottainai offers an alternative to buying a new bike pumped out of Chinese factories with no regard for the environment nor passion for cycling.

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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