Lockdown Stage 4 Update [updated]

Well, here it is, stage four lockdown. Let’s hope that the next six weeks achieve good results at lowering case numbers so we can think about the return to some kind of semblance of normality!

In light of the new restrictions Mottainai Cycles will be closing for six weeks. We will return either on Tuesday 15th September or when it is possible to do so.

It’s been very difficult to make this decision but in the interests of our safety and yours we think it’ll be better to sit this time out. Hopefully the latest restrictions will have the intended effect and we’ll all be able to venture outside without fear of the virus or falling foul of the current rules.

Stay safe and sane out there and wear your mask!

Mottainai Cycles X

 

Coronavirus update

Hello all, hope you’re safe and well and still riding!
In light of the current crisis we will now be open by appointment only. Please call or email with any enquiries before coming in.
Email is mottainaivintagebikes at gmail dot com
Our hours will be the same for calls (Tuesday – Saturday). We are closed on Mondays.
We hope to keep you so riding over the difficult months that lie ahead so to minimise risk please do not show up without contacting us in advance – we are a small shop and can’t practise appropriate distancing measures if we have several people around at once.
That’s all for now, stay safe out there.
Mottainai Cycles x

PS. Contact details via the page listed in the menu above are current and correct, please check dates if you’re reading an old post to make sure the info is correct before calling or emailing.

We are in Northcote!

 
We have finally (just about) finished moving to Northcote from today! A massive thankyou to everyone who helped us today and over the last few weeks – we couldn’t have done it without you!

We will be open from Tuesday around mid day but will be setting up and only able to offer a limited service – we’ll announce a full launch once we’ve finished in the coming weeks so keep an eye on our social media and here for that.

New address is:
12/148 Arthurton Road, Northcote. You can also reach our shop from Woolhouse Street.
Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 8.30-5.30
Saturday 10.30-5.30
Please note that Tuesday 10th March we’ll be opening later at noon.

Ride safe, we’ll see you in Northcote!

[watch this space]

It’s a new year and new decade and a new home in the pipeline for Mottainai. We’ve had a great time here in Collingwood and sadly we must leave to make way for a new luxury apartment development (there goes the neighbourhood!). As of today (25th of January) we’ll no longer be booking jobs in, hiring bikes, or selling from the floor at 23 Johnston. We are planning a garage sale – time permitting – which will be advertised on Facebook and Instagram, so keep an eye out for that!
As for our next home, well, stay tuned for updates here and on the socials. We’ll be announcing a new address and opening day as soon as we’ve got it all locked in. And we will be staying in Melbourne’s inner north!
If you have a bike with us that needs to be picked up or have your eye on one from the shop floor then give us a ring, we will be packing up but still here for around a week.
Sorry for any inconvenience and watch this space for updates.
Thanks for all the good times in Collingwood and hope you all have a great 2020. See you in our new home!

November 2019 – not 2017!

Apologies for any confusion but our ‘fantastic’ WordPress website has some serious issues! It decided to put a very out of date post on the home page, which despite being dated 2017 has caused considerable confusion relating to our opening hours!
Our hours and location can be found on the relevant page above or via Google etc. but to make it simpler I’ll put them here, too.
Tuesday – Saturday, 8.30-5.30 weekdays and 10.30-5.30 Saturday
Anyway, with that out of the way please check our Facebook and Instagram pages for more up to date info (who uses a blog in 2019, anyway?!)…

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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Spring time, riding in style! Mottainai Cycles 2017

Life is way too short to ride shit bikes! Ride with style…… I believe Melbourne in general has a vintage consciousness that evolved through both, Eco awareness and a focus on aesthetics. We are not necessarily bedazzled by the new and recognize that vintage objects often are far better quality and stylish than new things. Mottainai offers an alternative to buying a new bike pumped out of Chinese factories with no regard for the environment nor passion for cycling.

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)481254643 or (zero)448884051

 

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French Vichard frame, Columbus Tubing with Shimano 105 groupset sti shifters, Nito stem, very light.
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Lovely Wheeler frame with RX100 Shimano group sti etc.
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Pretty sweet nude, bare metal clear coat race frame, Sturmey Archer 3 spd rear hub shifting, bull horns, Velocity rims, Sugino cranks, Schwalbe tires
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1950’s Cecil Walker frame, custom build, coaster rear brake, Shimano 105 cranks, very stylish whip.
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Gazelle frame, Full Shimano 105 group, Velocity rims. It’s alive!
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Malvern Star restoration, full ground-up resto keeping the original paintwork with a clearcoat over it. Amazing 5spd Sturmey stick-shift. Happy childhood memories rekindled.
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Gazelle custom-build, Sugino cranks, arx mechs, bar shifters.

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Sunny Winter in Melbourne, Tour de France, Mottainai Cycles July.

The Tour de France is upon us again, inspiring us mere mortals to shrug off the cold and stay steadfast cycling through this winter. Already half way through….. On another tangent: if you don’t love and adore your bike, if it isn’t beautiful, then head into Mottainai Cycles to change your reality. We have a shop full of elegant bikes that embody both form and function. Don’t waste your precious time on a piece of crap, built with no heart.

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)466670316 or (zero)448884051
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A lovely Russian couple from St. Petersburg dig vintage bikes
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Cute Japanese couple picked up two very cool bikes, a Bridgestone 5 speed and a custom Malvern Star 2 speed kickback Sturmey.
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Another cute bike, a 70’s Raleigh 24″
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Nice Hallmark 10 speed build.
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24″ BMX cruiser Kuwahara, wicked cool bike.
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Repco 80’s road bike 10 speed.
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Green Peugeot Mixte 80’s custom singlespeed build.
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2 Star Malvern Star restoration, BSA cranks, sweet frame, notice the derailleur hanger.
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1920/30’s Gazelle 3 speed Sturmey
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Full restoration of this customers childhood bike.
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Bates build with era correct French parts, Simplex, Stronglight etc
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Gorgeous Gazelle, huge frame, massive guy!
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Custom build, concept was colourful 80’s commuter.

 

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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.