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.

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Peugeot rebuild service/resoration at Mottainai Cycles
Peugeot rebuild service/restoration at Mottainai Cycles
Beautifully restored early Cecil Walker step-through all original and looking as good as it came out of the shop in the late 50's. Yes we love our work at Mottainai Cycles
Beautifully restored early Cecil Walker step-through all original and looking as good as it came out of the shop in the late 50’s. Yes we love our work at Mottainai Cycles
Ye old faithful Repco traveller restored and moved on to a new life.
Ye old faithful Repco traveler restored and moved on to a new life.
Restoration and custom build (Tange tubing with Shimano parts) from Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood Melbourne
Restoration and custom build (Tange tubing with Shimano parts) from Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood Melbourne
Peugeot Mixte restoration, all original in immaculate condition gone to a deserving new owner.
Peugeot Mixte restoration, all original in immaculate condition gone to a deserving new owner.
Full restoration and 2pak paint build to match his Mustang being restored, custom leather work, single speed conversion at Mottainaicycles.
Full restoration and 2pak paint build to match his Mustang being restored, custom leather work, single speed conversion at Mottainaicycles.
French Mercier in light pink undergoing a full restoration. Mottainai Cycles.
French Mercier in light pink undergoing a full restoration. Mottainai Cycles.
A custom restoration build, 3 speed rear hub, combination of old and new, built as a daily commuter, small 1950's frame with chrome forks, great juxtaposition of patina and bling chrome and polished alloy.
A custom restoration build, 3 speed rear hub, combination of old and new, built as a daily commuter, small 1950’s frame with chrome forks, great juxtaposition of patina and bling chrome and polished alloy.
Gitane restoration, wild Gyspy women.
Gitane restoration, wild Gyspy women.
Paconi team restoration, Suntour and Shimano parts.
Paconi team restoration, Suntour and Shimano parts.
A very sweet team Paconi with Suntour Superb pro hubs, Suntour Spirt mechs and Shimano 600 crankset, tight as a drum. Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood vintage bike restoration and service.
A very sweet team Paconi with Suntour Superb pro hubs, Suntour Spirt mechs and Shimano 600 crankset, tight as a drum. Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood vintage bike restoration and service.
Apollo Japanese step-through all restored with a bemused new owner. Mottainai Cycles Collingwood.
Apollo Japanese step-through all restored with a bemused new owner. Mottainai Cycles Collingwood.
Gilco ride restored and ready to leave the Mottainai stables.
Gilco ride restored and ready to leave the Mottainai stables.
Gilco frameset with campy group set restored.
Gilco frameset with campy group set restored.
Italian Gilco bicycle with full Campagnolo groupset, sweet commuter ride
Italian Gilco bicycle with full Campagnolo groupset, sweet commuter ride
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com          vintage bicycles in Fitzroy/Collingwood we sell vintage bikes and service all bikes. 23 Johnston Street Collingwood.
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com vintage bicycles in Fitzroy/Collingwood we sell vintage bikes and service all bikes. 23 Johnston Street Collingwood.
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vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com   Mottainaicycles bikes in a photo shoot in Fitzroy
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com Mottainaicycles bikes in a photo shoot in Fitzroy
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com   The girls from vintage walking and riding tours trying out some of our bikes at Mottainaicycles
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com The girls from vintage walking and riding tours trying out some of our bikes at Mottainaicycles
Some of our vintage bikes waiting for their next owner to walk in ... love at first sight.
Some of our vintage bikes waiting for their next owner to walk in … love at first sight.
mottainaicycles Collingwood, the lads doing something bike related
mottainaicycles Collingwood, the lads doing something bike related
Mottainai cycles vintage bikes in Collingwood, Raleigh vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com
Mottainai cycles vintage bikes in Collingwood, Raleigh vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com

Late Autumn in Melbourne evokes a magical romance, sunset leaves blanketing the damp roads creating a quilt of extraordinary beauty, riding a bike that equates or mirrors such an aesthetic amplifies the experience. Life is too short to ride a shit bicycle! We are passionate about our bikes at Mottainaicycles.com we live to restore and service beautiful bikes, whether they are from Australia, France, England or Japan, we fetish-ize bikes and well crafted parts and like nothing more than building custom bikes or introducing you to one of our bikes already restored. We are the antithesis of the many bike sellers whom sell cheap, poor quality bikes with a vintage look from China (aptly called landfill bikes). We make restore and build bikes for people to love and that will be treasured. You deserve a beautiful bike!!! Come in to our shop down the cobble-stoned laneway at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood. We also service and repair all bikes in our workshop. Just rock up and we can fit you in after a little chat about your bike, we are open from 10.30 till 6.30 soon opening at 8am. catrethowan@yahoo.com  0448884051  facebook: Mottainai Cycles, vintage bikes  Instagram: mottainaicycles   thanks and see yah at the shop.

REAL beautiful vintage bikes, no Chinese fakes Mottainai Cycles Collingwood

Hillman Mixte single speed conversion with bull horns.
Hillman Mixte single speed conversion with bull horns.
This bike was a unique project, the forks are from an early Humber and the frame from Barb both dating from mid 30's to early 40's. Chain ring is also a from Humber. We painted the bicycle 2pak metallic black, used a Sturmey Archer rear 2 speed kick back hub. Recovered leather saddle and leather grips, ornate vintage alloy stem with vintage bars .... a rolling work of Art.
This bike was a unique project, the forks are from an early Humber and the frame from Barb both dating from mid 30’s to early 40’s. Chain ring is also from a Humber. We painted the bicycle 2pak metallic black, used a Sturmey Archer rear 2 speed kick back hub. Recovered leather saddle and leather grips, ornate vintage alloy stem with vintage bars …. a rolling work of Art.
This was an amazing frame, from all research it appeared to be a custom made Peugeot frame, Campagnolo drop outs and super light, early 60's style drop-outs. Our Customer wanted it built up as city bike with cruiser bars and comfy saddle.
This was an amazing frame, from all research it appeared to be a custom made Peugeot frame, Campagnolo drop outs and super light, early 60’s style drop-outs. Our Customer wanted it built up as city bike with cruiser bars and comfy saddle.
A Nishiki 5 speed built up using some nice Japanese parts.
A Nishiki 5 speed built up using some nice Japanese parts.
A Yamaguchi Record built up as a single speed with a Sturmey Archer rear track hub.
A Yamaguchi Record built up as a single speed with a Sturmey Archer rear track hub.
A Silverton, Japanese made bike converted to an urban single speed using quality Japanese parts.
A Silverton, Japanese made bike converted to an urban single speed using quality Japanese parts.
The new Mottainai Shop in Collingwood, slowly getting organized. 23 Johnston Street down the laneway.......
The new Mottainai Shop in Collingwood, slowly getting organized. 23 Johnston Street down the laneway…….
James holding a beautiful Raleigh Record, late 60's in our new laneway.
James holding a beautiful Raleigh Record, late 60’s in our new laneway.

 

As our beautiful Summer draws to a close, we have been crazily busy moving and setting up our new shop in Collingwood 23 Johnston Street down the lane-way. We still have a ways to go but the metamorphosis is well and truly underway. So to all our old customers and friends, come in to check out our digs and to any new prospective customers and friends come on in and be bedazzled by our super cool bikes and friendly manner. We service all bikes and restore vintage bikes and also sell restored bikes. We %100 love bikes and are attempting to offer a great alternative to the horrible cheap Chinese bikes that are littering our great Melbourne Streets. We love to recycle and re-purpose and get quality bikes back in loving hands and on the streets. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30pm. mail  catrethowan@yahoo.com 0448884051  23 Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way.

mottainaicycles has a new location in Collingwood

The harsh Melbourne sun shines down on this new owner of a single speed conversion black mixte 80's Madison
The harsh Melbourne sun shines down on this new owner of a single speed conversion black mixte 80’s Madison
Spencer tries to expand upon his 15 mins of canine fame next to a fella picking up his restored bike.
Spencer tries to expand upon his 15 mins of canine fame next to a fella picking up his restored bike.
A funky custom build, late 1970's Raleigh built up with mostly original Raleigh parts but converted into a single speed for urban efficiency.
A funky custom build, late 1970’s Raleigh built up with mostly original Raleigh parts but converted into a single speed for urban efficiency.
Some last shots taken in our old shop on Rose Street Fitzroy, it was demolished 3 hours after us moving out, making progress for more prefab apartments. The beuiful Bates track bike and stunning Moser in shocking pink are still for sale in our new shop at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood in the rear down the laneway.
Some last shots taken in our old shop on Rose Street Fitzroy, it was demolished 3 hours after us moving out, making progress for more prefab apartments. The beautiful Bates track bike and stunning Moser in shocking pink are still for sale in our new shop at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood in the rear down the laneway.
The Mottainai lads waiting for me before heading out to the Brunswick velodrome for a spin.
The Mottainai lads waiting for me before heading out to the Brunswick velodrome for a spin.
A 1970's Malvern Star restoration and single speed conversion
A 1970’s Malvern Star restoration and single speed conversion
A beautiful 1960's Deanne Toseland restoration built with era correct parts, click on pic to enlarge for detail, also our custom leather work on the bars and the saddle. This is one ripper of a bike.
A beautiful 1960’s Deanne Toseland restoration built with era correct parts, click on pic to enlarge for detail, also our custom leather work on the bars and the saddle. This is one ripper of a bike.
We are aiming at building up a cheaper range of bikes that require less restoration work but still fulfill our aesthetic and quality of mechanical workmanship, this is one example. This was also a custom build, hence the milk crate.
We are aiming at building up a cheaper range of bikes that require less restoration work but still fulfill our aesthetic and quality of mechanical workmanship, this is one example. This was also a custom build, hence the milk crate.
A good fit. This was a restoration and single speed conversion, these Peugeots always turn out well, ah the french and their sense of style!
A good fit. This was a restoration and single speed conversion, these Peugeots always turn out well, ah the french and their sense of smiles….. I mean style!
This lovely bike came in the other day, a chap brought it over from Europe after living there, very cool details, this is a good example of why we love vintage bikes at Mottainai, The Tebag! haha
This lovely bike came in the other day, a chap brought it over from Europe after living there, very cool details, this is a good example of why we love vintage bikes at Mottainai, The Tebag! haha

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A Claude Butler 531 Reynolds for sale, make a great commuter or randonneur.

 

Come and check out our new bike cave at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood (only a few minutes ride from our last place), in the rear down the laneway. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30. We service all bikes and restore and sell beautiful vintage bikes and of course we also build custom bikes for you to suit any need or desire. We truly love our bikes and this is what we are all about. In the next blog there will be pics of our new digs that we are presently building and designing to be a wonderland of bikes and a remarkable workshop. We are just 50 meters down from the intersection of Smith St and Johnston down the laneway next to everyday coffee/99 problems, Magic Johnston creative offices etc. Come in to show your support for our efforts to recycle and offer an alternative to shit Chinese bikes that become landfill after a year, say NO to fake vintage bikes haha, better get of the soapbox we probably need the timber for our new place. Cheers and ride on. Mottainai Spirit!!!!!!!

Mottainai Cycles has moved!!!

Hi, we have recently moved to Collingwood, we are off Johnston Street just past Smith at 23 Johnston Street down the alleyway, we are part of Magic Johnston Art & Design Complex. We are still setting up but you are welcome to pop in and get your bikes serviced/restored and check out our new home. Cheers

Mottainai Vintage restored Vintage Bikes Janurary 2014

Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.
Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.

Looks like the bizarre Melbourne weather fluctuations have stabilized somewhat, enough to allow even fair weather cyclists a go. Anyways more about us, we are having a bit of a clearance sale of restored vintage bikes as we have to move soonishly, don’t worry though, we are looking at a few options very close to our current abode in Fitzroy. However it’s always good to try and clear a little stock before a move as to allow space for some cool new bikes.                                                                                                                                 Mottainai Cycles for those that have not visited us is a bike shop that specializes in restoring very good quality vintage bikes, we sell bikes, we build custom bikes and we also restore your bikes as well as servicing all bikes even on occasions a moped or a vintage lawn mower etc, haha I’m sure you get the picture, we love good quality vintage bikes and stuff, we denounce Chinese made bicycles produced only for profit as we all love bikes and cycling at Mottainai and feel cheap mass produced Chinese bikes add no value to the wonderful experience of cycling. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30pm at 50 Rose Street or 41 Kerr St (same building). Come in and check out our beautiful bikes or bring in your beautiful bikes for a spruce-up. Cheers and safe riding.  Click on any pic for more detail!!!

Part of the Mottainai crew outside the shop on a summers eve watching Tomosan
Part of the Mottainai crew outside the shop on a summers eve watching Tomosan
And a fixed wheel conversion, a Repco Monaco upgraded on every level to make a good little urban whip.
And a fixed wheel conversion, a Repco Monaco upgraded on every level to make a good little urban whip.
The green Apollo, blinged up to the nines. Steady commuter with panache.
The green Apollo, blinged up to the nines. Steady commuter with panache.
Ohhhh the stunning Abeni, built as a custom ride, single speed conversion with Sturmey Archer hubs, Sugino cranks etc. A wow ride again gone to a lovely customer with pretty rad taste.
Ohhhh the stunning Abeni, built as a custom ride, single speed conversion with Sturmey Archer hubs, Sugino cranks etc. A wow ride again gone to a lovely customer with pretty rad taste.
One of the most smooth and comfy bikes any of us has ever ridden, a 1940/early 50's German bicycle brand name Phaenomen, gone to a very discerning customer.
One of the most smooth and comfy bikes any of us has ever ridden, a 1940/early 50’s German bicycle brand name Phaenomen, gone to a very discerning customer.
Another nice build a customer brought in for us to finish.
Another nice build a customer brought in for us to finish.
Single speed conversion done to a beautiful Rossin, the owner choose all the parts wisely, note the Phil hubs etc.
Single speed conversion done to a beautiful Rossin, the owner choose all the parts wisely, note the Phil hubs etc.
The ritual of installing the hanging bike at 50 Rose Street Mottainai
The ritual of installing the hanging bike at 50 Rose Street Mottainai
Nico hanging out a new sign from the roof at 50 Rose Street.
Nico hanging out a new sign from the roof at 50 Rose Street.
The newly finished Bates 1940's track bike at the Brunswick velodrome for a test, pic and build by Alex at Mottainai
The newly finished Bates 1940’s track bike at the Brunswick velodrome for a test, pic and build by Alex at Mottainai

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.
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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