Mottainai Cycles Vintage Bicycle Clearance Sale!

Mottainai Cycles has been in its new location (23 Johnston Street Collingwood down the laneway at the rear) for a while now and we’re getting very settled in. Breaking news: Mottainai Cycles is closed to the public on Tuesdays starting this week (Melbourne cup) This week we’ve been doing some spring cleaning (and further shop construction) and this weekend we’re finishing the cleaning off with a clearance sale. We’ll be selling bikes from $50 and frames from $25 so come by and grab a bargain and check out our new and improved shop space. The sale will be from 10.30 on Johnston Street just near the end of our laneway.

Aside from our spring cleaning the usual wheels are turning with classy restorations and cool customs galore coming through our doors, here’s a little selection to whet your appetite and there’ll be more to follow soon!

Fantastic restoration of a classic Italian Olmo roadie
Fantastic restoration of a classic Italian Olmo roadie
Peugeot Aubisque restored faithfully and saddle upgraded to the ubiquitous Brooks
Peugeot Aubisque restored faithfully and saddle upgraded to the ubiquitous Brooks
This J.A Holland "L'etoile" with 531 tubing and Nervex lugs has been custom built as a single speed with Campagnolo and Weinmann gear, a classic Brooks B17 and custom leather tape. More detail shots of this one to come!
This J.A Holland “L’etoile” with 531 tubing and Nervex lugs has been custom built as a single speed with Campagnolo and Weinmann gear, a classic Brooks B17 and custom leather tape. More detail shots of this one to come!
Custom 3-speed Peugeot build – French frame, English parts (isn't it usually the other way around?!) An all round lovely ride
Custom 3-speed Peugeot build – French frame, English parts (isn’t it usually the other way around?!) An all round lovely ride
Murray's just joined us and here he is pictured with our 70s Mercier, top-of-the-line in its heyday and still plenty fast enough today!
Murray’s just joined us and here he is pictured with our 70s Mercier, top-of-the-line in its heyday and still plenty fast enough today!
Here's Dan with one of his shop floor favourites: a 1970s custom built Cecil Walker.
Here’s Dan with one of his shop floor favourites: a 1970s custom built Cecil Walker.
Another new member of our krew Luke here with Honda's 'suicide scooter' the Kick'n'Go.... it's still got two wheels!
Another new member of our krew Luke here with Honda’s ‘suicide scooter’ the Kick’n’Go…. it’s still got two wheels!

Contact us on 0448884051 or 0466670316, catrethowan [at] yahoo.com mottainaivintagebikes [dot] gmail.com  23 Johnston Street Collingwood down the laneway at the rear.
or just come into the shop and say hello!

Mottainai Cycles Restored Vintage Bikes and Custom Builds October 2014

Spring is finally here and as the weather starts to heat up again so does Melbourne’s thriving bicycle scene. Here at Mottainai Cycles we’ve been busily restoring some of the classiest vintage whips in town: hi-end steel race bikes, robust three-speed commuters, simple and elegant single speeds and pretty much everything else that was made for the joy of cycling rather than mass produced for profit. Speaking of the joy of cycling we are restarting our Sunday vintage rides for spring at the revised time of 9am (rolling at 9.30) so why not grab your steel roadie and come join us!

For those that don’t know us already Mottainai Cycles is Melbourne’s only bike shop specialising in vintage restorations and we exist purely because of our love of bicycles. We also custom build bikes, offer hire bikes as well as service and repair any bikes. We are located at 23 Johnston Street (down the laneway), open every day 8.30-6.30 weekdays and 10.30-6.30 weekends. Contact (zero four)66670316 mottainaivintagebikes@gmail.com

Keep on pedalling, Melbourne!

All original (right down to NOS tyres) Raleigh Sports single speed.
All original (right down to NOS tyres) Raleigh Sports single speed.
This cool lightweight Cecil Walker is set up to be both comfortable and quick
This cool lightweight Cecil Walker is set up to be both comfortable and quick
One of the oldest bikes we've restored lately – over 50 but still going strong!
One of the oldest bikes we’ve restored lately – over 50 but still going strong!
Steele Bishop race bike converted into a swift urban single speed
Steele Bishop race bike converted into a swift urban single speed
World Champion stripes and interrupter brake levers. No messin' about
World Champion stripes and interrupter brake levers. No messin’ about
Another elegant single-speed conversion for inner-urban commuting in style.
Another elegant single-speed conversion for inner-urban commuting in style.
Classic Raleigh 3 speed restoration – this bike will be rolling for at least another 40 years!
Classic Raleigh 3 speed restoration – this bike will be rolling for at least another 40 years!
Another classic Raleigh 3 speed resto. Testament to the quality and enduring popularity of these sturdy machines!
Another classic Raleigh 3 speed resto. Testament to the quality and enduring popularity of these sturdy machines!
Single speed conversion of a Classic Gitane, complete with Benotto tape
Single speed conversion of a Classic Gitane, complete with Benotto tape
Nervar cranks on the Gitane
Nervar cranks on the Gitane
Malvern Star Two Star – a Victorian classic restored to its former glory
Malvern Star Two Star – a Victorian classic restored to its former glory
Malvern Star Two Star with Brooks B17 saddle and custom made leather bar tape – twine fixed!
Malvern Star Two Star with Brooks B17 saddle and custom made leather bar tape – twine fixed!
This custom built 3 speed with Reynolds 531 has got to be lightest 3 speed we've ever done. It's a ripper!
This custom built 3 speed with Reynolds 531 has got to be lightest 3 speed we’ve ever done. It’s a ripper!
Here's a beautiful 1970s Peugeot road bike. These are very popular again at the moment and it's not hard to see why
Here’s a beautiful 1970s Peugeot road bike. These are very popular again at the moment and it’s not hard to see why
This 531 Paconi has been custom built for speed and functionality with a full Shimano 105 groupset and Mavic rims. Defo could give the carbon-fiber roadies a run for their money!
This 531 Paconi has been custom built for speed and functionality with a full Shimano 105 groupset and Mavic rims. Defo could give the carbon-fiber roadies a run for their money!
Reynolds 531 Paconi
Reynolds 531 Paconi
It might have been a rainy day but this couple have the right bikes for it. A Raleigh Cameo ten speed and a classic Rob Special Single speed. They don't make 'em like they used to!
It might have been a rainy day but this couple have the right bikes for it. A Raleigh Cameo ten speed and a classic Rob Special Single speed. They don’t make ’em like they used to!