Mottainai Cycles wants to help you. Nov 2017 Melbourne the riding city.

When you think about it, there is really no downside to riding bikes, in many ways it is the future and reclaiming/recycling bicycles makes perfect sense.

We intend our shop to epitomize old-world charm, our workshop is open, so everyone can see how we work and can chat with the mechanics, we are happy to explain anything and everything about your bicycles. We also help to train mechanics. We believe intensely that good quality vintage bikes are wonderful both aesthetically and functionally and are still very relevant today. We believe in preserving and using beautiful vintage bikes by restoring our own collection for sale and also customers’ bikes that they bring in. We can also upgrade a vintage frame with contemporary parts as a “best of both worlds solution”.

 

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 5.30 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 four)66670316 or (zero)448884051

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCF3239Dawes Mixte reynolds 531 tubing, perfect touring bicycle.

DSCF3241Unknown (probably Italian) lightweight frame built up with full Campagnolo groupset Sti shifters etc, pretty pimp bike!

DSCF3246Peugeot single speed conversion and a zippy Shogun

DSCF3251Guerciotti track frame, Columbus tubing, Campy cranks, hubs etc. super light.

DSCF3254Vintage Oakley sticker, Shimano 105/rx100 groupset

DSCF3257Peugeot singlespeed conversion

DSCF3260Classic restored 80’s Ladies stepthrough DeCarlo

DSCF3263Superlight Repco build, Shimano 105 groupset

DSCF3266Lawrencia single speed resto build.

DSCF3269Blurry arty pic, floating bike, single speed custom build

DSCF3271One of the regular characters that frequent Mottainai

DSCF3276Cool touring custom bike with canti brakes etc Shimano deore/105 groupset

DSCF3279Colnago Super late 70’s with Campy groupset Nuovo record, original paint

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Lovely burnt orange Gitane (Gypsy women) French late 70’s all original restoration.

 

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Melbourne vintage steel bicycles Mottainai Cycles Collingwood

Life is way too short to ride shit bikes! Ride with style……

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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1950’s frame Hartley built up with a Sturmey Archer 2 speed kickback rear hub, Brooks saddle….. gorgeous Irish Setter

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Rossin build, campy blingness

Mottainai CyclesLovely Lawrencia originally hand-painted by Ken Dickie, Campagnolo groupset with supermighty cranks.

Mottainai CyclesLittle Peugeot 24″ restoration, missing chain guard unfortunately.

Mottinai CyclesVery minty Cecil Walker restoration. Campy groupset

Mottainai CyclesCool custom bulid, Malvern Star 1960’s built up with cool parts, 2 speed Sturmey Archer  kickback hub.

Mottainai CyclesDesign classic, french Mixte 10speed

Mottainai CyclesBest of both worlds, classic steel frame with contemporary Campagnolo 11 speed groupset, STI brifters.

Mottainai CyclesClassic urban single speed build

Mottainai CyclesCustom Healing 1950’s frame built with Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub and nice alloy parts, great ride.

Mottainai CyclesRob Special 1940’s gorgeous path racer, original paint work brought back to life and preserved, loved this resto.

Mottainai CyclesMalvern Star 12 speed restored being ridden off with a delighted new owner.

Mottainai CyclesBridgestone, Japanese frame with Shimano 105 groupset, Ambrosio rims. Mottainai CyclesRaleigh 12 speed, good looking whip.

December at Mottainai Cycles, bicycle restoration and custom steel bikes

Our new Mottainai Promo Vid

 

 

We reopen the shop on the 4th of Jan…… we have serviced a bunch of cheaper bikes for around the 250 price range that we will be selling in the new year.

Some very sweet bikes have been through the Mottainai doors in the last few weeks, Beasley 1950’s track bike, Vetta custom build using Shimano 105 contemporary groupset, Hillman custom, Basso resto, Ladies Hallmark resto and R. J Quinn resto.

Check out our new Mottainai Cycles promo Vid by Alleykat productions.

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 now closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.30 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.30. 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

Custom built bicycles, vintage bikes and restorations…. Mottainai Cycles Collingwood Melbourne

You guessed it, a Peugeot single speed conversion in accumulate condition
You guessed it, a Peugeot single speed conversion in immaculate condition


A very rare Peroni build, not many of these Italian rides getting around
A very rare Peroni build, not many of these Italian rides getting around
Very pretty Cecil Walker build
Very pretty Cecil Walker build
Supreme headquarters of bike loveliness
Supreme headquarters of bike loveliness
Record custom build, yamaguchi frame
Record custom build, yamaguchi frame
Clean metal frame clear coated custom build
Clean metal frame clear coated custom build
Another Peugeot single speed conversion urban style
Another Peugeot fixed wheel conversion urban style
Beautifully built up Montagner
Beautifully built up Montagner
Nicely polished 600 Shimano cranks wearing a bespokechainrings necklace
Nicely polished 600 Shimano cranks wearing a bespokechainrings necklace
His and Hers Gracecross steeds
His and Hers Gracecross steeds
Very nice Guerciotti single speed conversion
Very nice Guerciotti single speed conversion
Peugeot single speed conversion
Peugeot single speed conversion

                                                                                                                                                             CLICK ON IMAGES FOR ENLARGEMENT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           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 now closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.30 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.30. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the laneway and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

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

Mottainai Cycles October 2015

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 now closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.30 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.30. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the laneway and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051
Mottainai service in progress..... lovely 70's Bianchi
Mottainai service in progress….. lovely 70’s Bianchi

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

Happy new year from the Mottainai Crew Fitzroy Vintage recycle restorations

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A full ground up restoration with custom black leather saddle/grips and vanished timber rear seat, some kid had a wonderful Chrissy morning eh?

The bigger tricycle is a late 1950's aussie bike with a Koala embossed in the leather saddle, all hand painted, pretty coolio.
The bigger tricycle is a late 1950’s aussie bike with a Koala embossed in the leather saddle, all hand painted, pretty coolio.
Beautifully restored 1970's Raleigh with custom leather saddle and bar grips, these bikes are very popular.
Beautifully restored 1970’s Raleigh with custom leather saddle and bar grips, these bikes are very popular.
Single speed conversion black Gemini with good quality Japanese alloy parts.
Single speed conversion black Gemini with good quality Japanese alloy parts.
clouds
clouds
Michelle grooving on a 1970's Japanese Bridgestone tron-esque bike.
Michelle grooving on a 1970’s Japanese Bridgestone tron-esque bike.
The actual physical manifestation of the new Mottainai Logo made by Daisy the resident Tattoo artist.
The actual physical manifestation of the new Mottainai Logo made by Daisy the resident Tattoo artist.
A great surprise Chrissy present being picked up.
A great surprise Chrissy present being picked up.
Another great Chrissy present being picked up after a restoration, a Canadian CCM, not sure how it found it's way to Melbourne but it's story gets to continue which is pretty cool. By the way we accept gratitude donations of beer at any point or any time, we like to encourage the great virtue of gratitude etc....... very nice customer ***** (five star customer in fact)..
Another great Chrissy present being picked up after a restoration, a Canadian CCM, not sure how it found it’s way to Melbourne but it’s story gets to continue which is pretty cool. By the way we accept gratitude donations of beer at any point or any time, we like to encourage the great virtue of gratitude etc……. very nice customer ***** (five star customer in fact)..
A Mixte single speed (mixed gender use) Speedwell with super cool decals dated early 1970's and built up to customer specifications.
A Mixte single speed (mixed gender use) Speedwell with super cool decals dated early 1970’s and built up to customer specifications.
Micheal our very nice and lanky bike mechanic putting on a brave face for a Mottainai portrait.
Micheal our very nice and lanky bike mechanic putting on a brave face for a Mottainai portrait.
Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.
Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.

Come in and chat to our friendly bike loving staff, we have vintage bikes for sale and we can restore your bike or build you a custom vintage bike of your dreams, open every day from 11am to 6.30pm at 50 Rose Street next to the Rose Street Artist artist market in Fitzroy.                                                                                                              catrethowan@yahoo.com              0448884051                                                           FACEBOOK: Mottainai Cycles, vintage bikes