Mottainai Bicycle heaven

WE love beautiful bikes, we adore building them and of course finding new relationships for them, the relationship between a bicycle and it’s rider is an interesting one. The bicycle in some cases becomes almost an extension of the rider. If you are seriously looking to fall in love with a bike come on in so we can introduce you.

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.00 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051
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Mixte revamp back on the streets with some sweet upgrades
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Malvern Star rebuild
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Very cool Pug custom rat-rod build
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1950’s Braszell track bike from Ballarat, rechromed cockpit.
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Custom touring bike Sportivo, ready for some long hauls
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Sweet arsed urban single speed conversion, Unknown Italian frame.
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Ladies step-through from the 80’s, five speed
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Fluro 6 speed Ricardo
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Olympic 12 full resto back in action
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Very nice Farleigh frame swap
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Darccordi reynolds 653 custom build, Sugino cranks, Shimano 105 group
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Miyata magic, Shimano 105 groupset, Rigida wheelset
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Gaston’s new whip. Cannondale R700 tt 650 wheelset, Shimano 105 sti’s, Ultegra mechs, Sugino cranks, Bespokechainrings, ITA stem and bars and Turbo saddle.
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The British Eagle, Hanna’s little urban whip

Custom built bikes Mottainai Cycles

Mottainai is gearing up for the peak riding seasons. We are ready to offer you the bike you have always been looking for, whether it is a custom build or a restoration or one of the many beautiful bikes we have already restored and are waiting patiently for their new owner to come in.

Life is like riding a bicycle; we have to go ahead before we know we are right. Our knowledge is very limited, and we walk mostly by faith. ~G.R. Dodson, 1908

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.00 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

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

 

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Custom build, Brooks saddle and grips on bull-bars. Happy happy happy. Love this shot!
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Dogarama ….. Mottainai is extremely dog friendly. Nice little whip of a build, sti, rx100 group.
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Farleigh build with Shimano 600 groupset and Shimano Claris sti shifters. Rolls Ti saddle… yumbos
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Same Farleigh build with it’s new owner, stoked
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Europa build, bull-bars, Velocity rims, Shimano groupset etc
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Lovely French Mercier build single speed conversion.
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Sweet hardcore commuter build, Velocity rims, XT Derailleurs, San marco saddle, Avid brakes etc… tough as nails.
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RSW Raleigh late 1960’s restoration. Coolness!
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Peugeot Mixte in great nick came in for some lovin.

Mottainai Cycles: Vintage Bicycle Restoration, Custom Builds, Sales and Service

Very light 'Ferrari' frame repainted and converted to a cool single-speed. This one can really fly!
Very light ‘Ferrari’ frame repainted and converted to a cool single-speed. This one can really fly!
Another look at that Ferrari SS conversion
Another look at that Ferrari SS conversion
'Eurostralian' race bike the 'Europa' gets a new lease of life as a hip single-speed whip
‘Eurostralian’ race bike the ‘Europa’ gets a new lease of life as a hip single-speed whip
Classy custom built Centurion with bullies
Classy custom built Centurion with bullies
Sweet 10-speed Apollo commuter. Mudguards essential for Melbourne winter!
Sweet 10-speed Apollo commuter. Mudguards essential for Melbourne winter!
Bring us your old bikes and we'll breathe fresh life into them like we did for this customer.
Bring us your old bikes and we’ll breathe fresh life into them like we did for this customer.
New-old-stock Apollo mixte – over 30 years old and still minty fresh!
New-old-stock Duo mixte – over 30 years old and still minty fresh!
Another restored classic, we got this beautiful lavender Raleigh back on the road for many more years to come
Another restored classic, we got this beautiful lavender Raleigh back on the road for many more years to come
Late 1970s Claud Butler 'Majestic' restoration
Late 1970s Claud Butler ‘Majestic’ restoration
This chap designed this competition-winning paintjob and brought his prize-bike to us to realise the rest of his vision. Classy.
This chap designed this competition-winning paintjob and brought his prize-bike to us to realise the rest of his vision. Classy.
Really awesome Pinarello Gavia resto. Columbus TSX tubing, full Dura-Ace groupset. Hi-end vintage bling
Really awesome Pinarello Gavia resto. Columbus TSX tubing, full Dura-Ace groupset. Hi-end vintage bling
Another look at that Pinarello
Another look at that Pinarello
Classic Gitane restoration – all French and Japanese original parts shined up to a proper bling finish.
Classic Gitane restoration – all French and Japanese original parts shined up to a proper bling finish.
This 1952 English commuter is heading back onto the road as a surprise birthday gift. It's so well made I'm sure it'll do another 60 years easy – definitely the antithesis of the 'landfill bikes' so common today!
This 1952 English commuter is heading back onto the road as a surprise birthday gift. It’s so well made I’m sure it’ll do another 60 years easy – definitely the antithesis of the ‘landfill bikes’ so common today!
Full restoration including paintjob of this Family Star. Factory fresh and with canine approval, woof!
Full restoration including paintjob of this Family Star. Factory fresh and with canine approval, woof!
Restoration of a Reynolds 753 Peugeot with full Campagnolo groupset. A very desirable bike!
Restoration of a Reynolds 753 Peugeot with full Campagnolo groupset. A very desirable bike!
Close-up of that Campag, 753 Peugeot. Lovely.
Close-up of that 753 Peugeot. Jolie.

It doesn’t feel like so long since we last felt the cool grip of winter but sure enough it’s here now. However the cold weather hasn’t stopped Melbourne’s hardcore cycle commuters and it hasn’t stopped Melbourne’s hardcore vintage bike mechanics at Mottainai either! This winter has seen us working on many classic bicycles but seemingly just to coincide with Le Tour de France we’ve had a lot of restorations of French bikes – a few you’ll see above and a few you’ll see next time. We love French bikes and it seems like Melbourne does too!

Our new shop continues to grow and evolve as the weeks pass by – come and see for yourself at 23 Johnston Street, Collingwood (down the cobblestone laneway bound to evoke memories of the Roobaix). We specialise in restorations of vintage bicycles as well as custom builds and affordable repairs/services of any bikes. We’re now open from 8am on weekdays (for all you commuters) and 10.30am on weekends, closing at 6.30 every day. Come by and find yourself a piece of cycling history – see you soon!