Mottainai Cycles February 2015 – Vintage Bikes, Service, Sales, Restoration, Hire and Accessories

2015 is turning into a big year for Mottainai Cycles, we’re having more interest in our restored bikes and custom builds than ever before – the resurgence of steel is well and truly upon us as people realise it’s both more comfortable and durable than materials like aluminium (not to mention far more beautiful, too)! Also, the idea of recycling and restoring a well-made vintage bicycle rather than buying a cheap, poorly made ‘landfill bike’ is really taking off. They don’t make ’em like they used to, as they say!

We’ve also further expanded our range of components and accessories. We now offer PRO saddles, full Shimano build kits for custom bikes, Schwalbe tyres and the fantastic locally-made Bespoke Chainrings. Coming soon we have Campagnolo, San Marco saddles, Brooks saddles and more – watch this space! Of course, we still have a large range of vintage and NOS components and groupsets from the likes of Campagnolo, Shimano, Suntour and more.

Bespoke Chainrings Drillium Swallow road rings. Available now at Mottainai Cycles
Bespoke Chainrings Drillium Swallow road rings. Available now at Mottainai Cycles
Bespoke Chainrings Drillium road double. Day of the Dead design
Bespoke Chainrings Drillium road double. Day of the Dead design

This month we’ve had a lot of new arrivals (in the form of bicycles, of course!) at Mottainai, including the Colnago and Gazelle featured below:

A recent arrival at Mottainai. Words can't express....
A recent arrival at Mottainai. Words can’t express….
Detail of the new Colnago – Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset
Detail of the new Colnago – Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset
Just plain wow!
Just plain wow!
Such attention to detail. This will be a cracking bike once restored!
Such attention to detail. This will be a cracking bike once restored!
Another new arrival, a lovely 531 Gazelle. It's a much in demand small size, too.
Another new arrival, a lovely 531 Gazelle. It’s a much in demand small size, too.
Lovely!
Lovely!

As always, we’re restoring and building some of the coolest bikes in town:

Early 1980s Peugeot restoration. New Paint job and decals.
Early 1980s Peugeot restoration. New Paint job and decals.
Mafac Racer brakes and Schwalbe tyres. Check out that minty headbadge, too!
Mafac Racer brakes and Schwalbe tyres. Check out that minty headbadge, too!
Fresh!
Fresh!
Full Simplex shifting, Maillard freewheel on a Normandy hub, Stronglisht TS cranks.
Full Simplex shifting, Maillard freewheel on a Normandy hub, Stronglisht TS cranks.
Here's another 80s Peugeot, restored to order and now flying round Melbourne's inner North!
Here’s another 80s Peugeot, restored to order and now flying round Melbourne’s inner North!
Beautiful Bates single-speed conversion. Definitely one to impress your mates with!
Beautiful Bates single-speed conversion. Definitely one to impress your mates with!
Another Mottainai custom single-speed ready to roll!
Another Mottainai custom single-speed ready to roll!

Here at Mottainai cycles we love vintage steel bicycles. Whether it be a high-end race bike, a bomb-proof hub-geared commuter, a small-wheel runabout (Moulton!) or anything in between it’ll get the care and attention it deserves! We specialise in vintage restorations but we can also service and repair any bikes as well as offering bike hire, paintjobs, parts and accessories.

Mottainai Cycles is open Mon-Fri: 8.30-6.30 Sat-Sun: 10.30, 6.30 at 23 Johnston Street, Collingwood (down the laneway)
Contact: catrethowan at yahoo dot com, mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com, (zero)466670316, (zero)448884051

Vintage Bikes – Sales, Restorations, Repairs, Services and Hire – Mottainai Cycles Collingwood. February 2015

Here at Mottainai Cycles we love vintage steel bicycles and are passionate about restoring them to their former glory. Whether for commuting, racing, touring, or just cruising around in style, vintage bikes have a beauty that can’t be rivalled. But don’t just take our word for it, see below for a round up of our latest projects:

Here's a lovely 1950s hand-painted Repco built up fixed-gear. It's heaps of fun!
Here’s a lovely 1950s hand-painted Repco built up fixed-gear. It’s heaps of fun!
Really cool custom built Super Elliott
Really cool custom built Super Elliott
Simple yet stylish single-speed build, the rear coaster brake is still going strong even in the era of disc brakes. They certainly don't make 'em like they used to!
Simple yet stylish single-speed build, the rear coaster brake is still going strong even in the era of disc brakes. They certainly don’t make ’em like they used to!
Another classic Repco step-thru restored and ready to roll
Another classic Repco step-thru restored and ready to roll
1970s Peugeot mixte restoration – French bikes of this era are such a great fusion of style and function. Good for years to come
1970s Peugeot mixte restoration – French bikes of this era are such a great fusion of style and function. Good for years to come
We converted this Moulton TSR-2 into a smart looking ebike for our Moultoneering friend here. You'll see some more Moultons soon, so watch this space...
We converted this Moulton TSR-2 into a smart looking ebike for our Moultoneering friend here. You’ll see some more Moultons soon, so watch this space…
Close up of the Hidden Power ebike conversion. Pretty smart looking and very well functioning, and it had to be to convince us fans of conventional self-powered riding!
Close up of the Moulton ebike conversion. Pretty smart looking and very well functioning, and it had to be to convince us!
Painting the Dutch colours on a Campagnolo seat post for a Gazelle build (of course!)
Painting the Dutch colours on a Campagnolo seat post and crankset for a Gazelle build (of course!)
Custom leather bar tape for the Gazelle build... And a special mention to Dan's beard!
Custom leather bar tape for the Gazelle build… And a special mention to Dan’s beard!
Here's that Gazelle build: Full custom-painted in the Dutch colours Campy groupset, Mavic wheelset, custom leather tape and vintage Brooks saddle
Here’s that Gazelle build: Full custom-painted in the Dutch colours Campy groupset, Mavic wheelset, custom leather tape and vintage Brooks saddle
Bike mechanics can still have nails!
Bike mechanics can still have nails!
Can't beat a good selfie.... Thanks Jimmyjams!
Can’t beat a good selfie…. Thanks Jimmyjams!
Our new(ish) mechanic, Coralie, giving away one of our secrets: steel wool. Don't tell anyone!
Our new(ish) mechanic, Coralie, giving away one of our secrets: steel wool. Don’t tell anyone!
Seireadan photobombing a Moulton magnificently!
Seireadan photobombing a Moulton magnificently!
One of our new mechanics, Ryan, fitting in very well with the Mottainai vibe as you can see!
One of our new mechanics, Ryan, fitting in very well with the Mottainai vibe as you can see!
An oft mentioned name in vintage bike circles, Kenn Dickie came to visit the other day, here's a couple of frames he painted. Such fantastic work – truly one of the reasons why we love vintage bikes so much. Thanks for visiting, Kenn!
An oft mentioned name in vintage bike circles, Kenn Dickie came to visit the other day, here’s a couple of frames he painted. Such fantastic work –  one of the reasons why we love vintage bikes so much. Thanks for visiting, Kenn!
That's us
That’s us

At Mottainai Cycles we specialise in restoring vintage bikes as well as offering fast, friendly services and repairs (of all bikes), bike hire and a range of parts and accessories including Bespoke Chainrings, Shimano, Sturmey Archer and more.

Mottainai Cycles is open Mon-Fri: 8.30-6.30 Sat-Sun: 10.30, 6.30 at 23 Johnston Street, Collingwood (down the laneway)
Contact: catrethowan at yahoo dot com, mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com, (zero)466670316, (zero)448884051