Very light ‘Ferrari’ frame repainted and converted to a cool single-speed. This one can really fly!
Another look at that Ferrari SS conversion
‘Eurostralian’ race bike the ‘Europa’ gets a new lease of life as a hip single-speed whip
Classy custom built Centurion with bullies
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.
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
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.
Really awesome Pinarello Gavia resto. Columbus TSX tubing, full Dura-Ace groupset. Hi-end vintage bling
Another look at that Pinarello
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!
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!
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!