Mottainai Cycles: Looking Back at 2014 and forward to 2015 – Vintage Bicycle Restoration, Sales, Service, Repair, Hire and Custom Builds

We’re nearing the end of 2014 and what a year it’s been for us. Early this year we moved from our old location on Rose Street to our funky new digs on Johnston Street (Collingwood). While it was sad to be leaving our groovy warehouse behind, moving to a new space offered the opportunity to take Mottainai to the next level.
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Our workshop
Our workshop
Polishing and wheel truing corner
Polishing and wheel truing corner
Here's some of our frames, ready to be picked out and built up...
Here’s some of our frames, ready to be picked out and built up…
NOS National Aero II literally hangin' out with some Zipp wheels
NOS National Aero II literally hangin’ out with some Zipp wheels

2014 has seen us working on the finest bikes we have ever done to date – we’ve restored some absolute rippers this year; from classic lightweights to cool single speed conversions, ladies step-throughs to speedy tandems and all steel bicycles in between.
We’ve also been busy servicing all bikes to keep Collingwood rolling. We can now offer same- or next-day turnaround on most jobs plus our famous friendly and relaxed service. No job is too big or small for us so come down today and get your bike spruced up for summer!

We are also happy to announce that we’ve expanded our range of products and accessories to include pumps, lights, helmets, Sturmey Archer parts, Shimano parts (full range available) and the fabulous Melbourne-made Bespoke Chainrings. Over 2015 we are planning to further expand our range so check back frequently to see what’s in store.

Some of our new parts for sale and a rad new lightbox
Some of our new parts for sale and a rad new lightbox
Bespoke Chainrings and Shimano catalogues. All ready to pimp out your bike!
Bespoke Chainrings and Shimano catalogues. All ready to pimp out your bike!
Hubs, hubs huuuuubs!
Hubs, hubs huuuuubs!

Here’s some of our recent builds:

Funky single speed conversion with custom cut bullhorns
Funky single speed conversion with custom cut bullhorns
Cool Apollo mixte – a sturdy all rounder for every day rolling
Cool Apollo mixte – a sturdy all rounder for every day rolling
Gotty Hansen Reynolds 501 racer with added inline brake levers. This one's quick!!
Gotty Hansen Reynolds 501 racer with added inline brake levers. This one’s quick!!
An English classic, Claud Butler – Restored to original spec and sweet as a nut!
An English classic, Claud Butler – Restored to original spec and sweet as a nut!
Here's a sweet build of a (Melbourne's very own) Cecil Walker. Very stylish!
Here’s a sweet build of a (Melbourne’s very own) Cecil Walker. Very stylish!

Mottainai Cycles is Melbourne’s only bicycle shop specialising in vintage bicycles; we offer restored steel bicycles, custom builds, parts and accessories, fast and friendly service and repair as well as hire bikes.
Mottainai Cycles, 23 Johnston St Collingwood. Contact: catrethowan at yahoo dot com, mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com, (zero)466670316, (zero)448884051

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Vintage Restorations, Custom Builds, Service, Repair and Hire – Mottainai Cycles December 2014

November has been another busy month for us here at Mottainai – we’ve been relentlessly restoring really rad rides! Here’s a few pics of some recent builds and a couple of detail shots of one of our classiest custom builds yet CLICK ON PIC TO ENLARGE:

This Nishiki Repco Superlight with Tange ∞ tubing is another of our single speed conversions – making it even more superlight than before! Really rad bare metal look, too.
This Nishiki Repco Superlight with Tange ∞ tubing is another of our single speed conversions – making it even more superlight than before! Really rad bare metal look, too.
Another custom single speed build fusing classic and modern styles.
Another custom single speed build fusing classic and modern styles.
80s Malvern Star Triathlete with Tange 900 tubing. Gotta love that colour scheme!
80s Malvern Star Triathlete with Tange 900 tubing. Gotta love that colour scheme!
That's a reaction we love to see!
That’s a reaction we love to see!
Here's some detail from the JA Holland custom build from a while back. Lovely lovely Campagnolo Gran Sport cranks...
Here’s some detail from the JA Holland custom build from a while back. Lovely lovely Campagnolo Gran Sport cranks…
JA Holland detail: Cyclo dropouts and Campagnolo Record hub...
JA Holland detail: Cyclo dropouts and Campagnolo Record hub…
More from the JA Holland: killer Campagnolo pedals...
More from the JA Holland: killer Campagnolo pedals…
JA Holland: Campagnolo Record hub featuring our own hub shiner. Available now at Mottainai
JA Holland: Campagnolo Record hub featuring our own hub shiner. Available now at Mottainai

Here at Mottainai Cycles we love restoring and building beautiful hand-built steel bikes. We are the antithesis to the shops that sell mass-produced ‘landfill’ bikes for profit alone – we do it for the love! Come check us out at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood (down the laneway next to Studio 52) where we have a collection of some of the coolest bikes in Melbourne! Don’t forget we also service and repair any bike with a same or next day turnaround as well as hiring classy vintage bikes at a competitive price.

Sunday Vintage rides are still continuing, meeting at 9am (to leave at 9.30) at the shop for a casual (no drop) ride to enjoy the thrill of riding vintage roadies. Please RSVP to mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com so we can get an idea of numbers for each week.

Contact: catrethowan at yahoo dot com, mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com, (zero)466670316, (zero)448884051