About Mottainai Vintage bikes.

Greetings bike lovers, we at Mottainai Cycles have a funny little hole in the wall shop in Collingwood where we sell vintage bikes and service all kinds of bikes. We specialize in building custom bikes and restoring beautiful old bicycles. We are quite different to most bike shops you may have visited before, we consider ourselves to be very friendly and relaxed, definitely not a sales orientated venture but a place where we love to hang out and transform pre-90’s bikes. You are all welcome to pop in for a chat about bikes or bring in your bike for a service. For a fully restored bike our prices start at $650 and rise according to the actual bike (rarity etc) and components. We love our work and feel pretty fortunate to be able to recycle these beautiful objects and introduce them to new owners. Drop in at 23 (rear) Johnston Street Collingwood 3066 (down the laneway), most days from 8.30am (10.30 weekends) till 6.30. Cheers

Contact me  on mob (zero four)66670316  Collingwood, Melbourne.


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35 Responses to About Mottainai Vintage bikes.

  1. Hi, nice to meet you !

  2. Kerry says:

    This blog is bicycle HEAVEN!! I have a complete bike-photo obsession, check them out: http://kerrymurrayphotography.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/the-bicycle-fetish/

  3. Alexandra says:

    Nice blog you’ve got there.. I’m from Copenhagen, but going to Melbourne in january for 5 months.. I might just give you a call if I feel like I can handle the traffic in Melbourne on a bike..

    This page might interest you – we danes know how to bike 🙂


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  5. KATJA / BAK says:

    Love it. Will be keeping a keen eye on this blog. Am a slow rider myself, massive bike fan and thinking of designing my own bikes in the future. Moving to the northside of Melbourne soon, too.

  6. Steve C says:

    Know anything about a 70’s or 80’s Roadstar 3000 single speed bicycle? Writing looks Korean but not sure. Excellent condition. headlight generator, rear drum brake, space-age looking horn. Bike has “3000” stamped everywhere, on rear rack, kickstand, seat, light etc. Know anything about this brand of bike?

  7. Kim says:

    Hi. I am from S.Korea & supposed to back to monash next month.
    hope to get my first bike here at reasonable price!
    Thx for the cool pics!

  8. Kate says:

    Hey! Where abouts are you in Fitzroy?
    I moved to Melbourne a month ago and I’m after a bike around $150-200??


  9. Rebecca says:

    Hi, I’d like to contact you but I’m now living overseas so I can’t call. Do you have an email address?


  10. Jojo Maes says:

    Greetings from Germany – we´re doing very much the same here. It´s fun!
    Nice to see classic bikes down under!


  11. Thorsten says:

    Really good blog with nice fotos
    You are on facebook?

    Best greeting from Madrid

  12. Jimmy Phoenix says:

    Hi, just stumbled across your blog. It looks like we have the same taste in bikes; the older the better!

    Here’s the story of a vintage Coventry Eagle I’ve just saved: http://wp.me/P2ji4e-Y Enjoy!

  13. Lisa says:

    amazing, can’t wait to go and give myself a late b’day present!
    do i have to make an appointment?

  14. Jackie says:

    I have a ladies Malvern Star that I picked up from an op-shop for about $20 years ago but have never ridden. Would love to start but it’s in serious need of restoration. Brakes seem okay but it doesn’t ride very smoothly and needs to be beautified, it’s pretty rusty. What price ranges would I be looking at if I brought it to you guys?

    • Hi Jackie,
      Well it’s a little difficult to say without looking at it as there are so many variables with restoration. But usually somewhere between $100 -300 it really depends on how many hours of labour and also on replacement parts. It’s best if you bring your bike in and we can chat about it and find a budget that suits what you want. Cheers Cam

  15. wk says:

    Hi, do you guys have a fixed gear with a flip-flop hub for sale? With drop bars hopefully. Just arrived in Melbourne not too long ago and need a bike. What price range would I be looking at?

  16. Jarlath Bleach says:

    Hello there,
    My wife has an old Dutch bike that we brought back from Holland.
    With different wheel sizes etc.to Australia, she has not used it in a long time.
    I am thinking of getting it fixed up for her birthday (July 7th), the alternative is to get her a new one.
    What do you suggest? Is it worth doing? How much and how quick do you think that it would take?
    I would not be that fussy about part replacement so I am happy to go with what you would recommend. They are well engineered these Dutch Bikes.
    If you think that it is worthwhile, I can bring it around…

  17. Harry Isles says:

    Hey guys,

    i’m a student doing a short photography course and the first brief is Melbourne cycling and i was wondering if I could take some snaps of the shop? i am trying to capture the passion and restoration of vintage bikes in melbourne.

    Cheers, Harry

  18. Marty says:

    Is the old Shed @ Kerr St Fitzroy still going?

  19. Robert Biddle says:

    I’ve recently found a BSA Paratrooper Bicycle in the grandparents shed, i was wondering if i brought it into your shop if you’d be able to tell me a little bit more about it?

  20. Mikku says:

    I’ve just arrived here via your sweet collection of Kuwaharas on the BMX Museum. I love what you’re doing and will definitely pop in for a closer look if I ever find myself in Melbourne. All the best!

  21. Utku says:

    Hello ı want to ask you something
    can you ship bikes with fed ex I want a bike from you can you give me your mail adress please.

  22. Hi Good Day to You
    I am an American living in Japan and restore vintage (1950’s) utility and carrier bicycles. I run a blog Vintage Japanese Bicycles http://chikutakurinrin.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/ and alternate posts in English then Japanese.

    I am curious, where you got the name Mottainai Cycles. I love it, as Japan used to be Mottainai-Shugi (Don’t waste anything, too good to toss out). Did you spend time in Japan?

    Happy wheels!

  23. Tracey Justin says:

    Morning, I have a 50yr old tricycle which I would like to have restored and wonder if that is something you would able to help with?

    • Yes we do restore vintage tricycles, however from past experience they are quite problematic and labour intensive, as a result our minimum price for a restoration starts at $2000. Cheers

  24. Wes says:

    Hi there,
    I’m planning on touring Melbourne and most likely check out some trails outside the city by June.

    Came across this blog and I’m impressed with your work! Would it be too much to ask if you have any restored touring bikes for a budget of about $500 – $600? It’ll be good if it can climb hills, take a few beatings off road and still do all that with a load on the rack? Oh, I’m kind of small-sized too.

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