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!

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One Response to Mottainai Cycles Restored Vintage Bikes and Custom Builds October 2014

  1. steve says:

    hi there i have a rob special 1950,s i would love to get it restored , would you be interested.please call steve 0422235341

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