Vintage custom built bicycles and restorations Mottainai Cycles Melbourne

Beautiful Tommasini being restored and built up with an original campy groupset.

Beautiful Tommasini being restored and built up with an original campy groupset.

The lads fawning over an Italian masterpiece. Prep work before rebuilding.

The lads fawning over an Italian masterpiece. Prep work before rebuilding.

It's not really a job if you love what you do....

It’s not really a job if you love what you do….

A few of the bikes we have for sale in the shop, we have over 100 frames waiting to be built and many complete bikes waiting for their owner to walk in and recognize them.

A few of the bikes we have for sale in the shop, we have over 100 frames waiting to be built and many complete bikes waiting for their owner to walk in and recognize them.

A custom build all finished being picked up, Repco superlite.

A custom build all finished being picked up, Repco superlite.

The unparallelled ecstasy of picking up a custom built bike made especially for you! (Bike Kungfu)

The unparallelled ecstasy of picking up a custom built bike made especially for you! (Bike Kungfu)

Another mixte custom build, single speed conversion finished up and now riding the streets of old Melbourne town. M for Mottainai!

Another mixte custom build, single speed conversion finished up and now riding the streets of old Melbourne town. M for Mottainai!

We tend to lose ourselves sometimes starring at beautiful bikes .... it's our particular form of meditation, I'm sure all bike lovers can relate.

We tend to lose ourselves sometimes starring at beautiful bikes …. it’s our particular form of meditation, I’m sure all bike lovers can relate.

We encourage people wanting to learn about vintage bikes to come in and volunteer until they have a sound foundation of skills. Mottainai is a wonderful family that has spread around the world.

We encourage people wanting to learn about vintage bikes to come in and volunteer until they have a sound foundation of skills. Mottainai is a wonderful family that has spread around the world.

A full restoration completed on this rare PX10 LE

A full restoration completed on this rare PX10 LE

The french know how to combine form and function ..... Stronglight cranks

The french know how to combine form and function ….. Stronglight cranks

details of the PX10 LE resto ..... Simplex prestige blingness

details of the PX10 LE resto ….. Simplex prestige blingness

We have done many restorations on Peugeots, they are very popular in Melbourne

We have done many restorations on Peugeots, they are very popular in Melbourne

A sweet commuter build receiving it's finishing touches.... mixte design

A sweet commuter build receiving it’s finishing touches…. mixte design

mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs

mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs

commuter hub goodness

commuter hub goodness

more mixte blingness

more mixte blingness

getting a bit arty farty in the workshop

getting a bit arty farty in the workshop

fork dropout re-purposed into our trusty bottle opener. We like beer by the way.... just in case anyone wants to bring a smile to our dials ... we accept donation bikes and beers

fork dropout re-purposed into our trusty bottle opener. We like beer by the way…. just in case anyone wants to bring a smile to our dials … we accept donation bikes and beers

A Focus commuter custom build being picked up.

A Focus commuter custom build being picked up.

Full restoration including new chrome on a gorgeous Rebellato, owner seems rather happy with the results

Full restoration including new chrome on a gorgeous Rebellato, owner seems rather happy with the results

A Puch........ well I just like saying PUCH and they are ripper bikes to boot. Puch Puch Puch!

A Puch…….. well I just like saying PUCH and they are ripper bikes to boot. Puch Puch Puch!

mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs

mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs

A restoration build of a Japanese Gemini, very good quality bikes from the 80's

A restoration build of a Japanese Gemini, very good quality bikes from the 80’s

A wonderful restoration of a Paconi team bike being picked up with full Dura ace components, frame is actually a Michalo.. a South Australian builder. Reynolds 753  Heat-Treated Manganese-Molybdenum tubing.

A wonderful restoration of a Paconi team bike being picked up with full Dura ace components, frame is actually a Michalo.. a South Australian builder. Reynolds 753 Heat-Treated Manganese-Molybdenum tubing.

A Concorde custom build being picked up, sweet arsed bike!

A Concorde custom build being picked up, sweet arsed bike!

Old school art ..... great looking Ladies Step through restoration (Superior). 1950's.

Old school art ….. great looking Ladies Step through restoration (Superior). 1950’s.

Mottainai Cycles offers great hire bikes…. we service and repair all bikes and specialize in vintage bike projects. We must be the most hidden bike shop in Aust (taking hole in the wall to new heights), but it suits our eccentric nature and most people seem to appreciate our unique state of existence. Mottainai is an ancient Japanese word describing the awareness of not wasting the earth’s precious materials and respecting the intrinsic value of objects/materials born from our natural environment. We are the only bike shop in Aust that focuses on vintage bicycles, we don’t sell new bikes, we don’t support the mass production of bicycles created only for profits. Mottainai loves bespoke bicycle products and enjoys restoring good quality bikes made out of the love for cycling.  Our team restores bikes and parts to original specifications or we use vintage or good quality contemporary parts to build custom bikes to suit out customers needs.  Mottainai takes great pride in our work. If you haven’t already pop in and check out our shop in Collingwood….. 23 rear Johnston St ….. down the cobblestoned lane-way, opposite the iconic Jim’s Greek Tavern.    Shop hours:    weekdays 8.30-6.30  weekends 10.30-6.30 sometimes closed on Tuedays.

Contact: catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051
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