There is a Spring in our peddles as the Sun warms the roads. Mottainai Cycles vintage custom bicycles.

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. ~H.G. Wells

My father showed me that the benefits of bicycling run much deeper than physical fitness. What we’ve stumbled across is a basic world rhythm imitated by those pedals spinning round. There’s a youth force living in the suspended energy of that age-old diamond frame. ~Joe Kita, “The Key to Happiness,” Wisdom of Our Fathers, 1999

SPRING SPRING SPRING ride ride ride!

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) or mottainaivintagebikes (at),
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051




Colnago Super original condition late 1970’s
Colnago Mexico original condition 1980
3 speed Ladies Step-through 1880’s
Custom built Clamont Shimano 105 group
Raleigh Clubman 531 Reynolds single speed conversion….. Jackie showing her paw of approval.
Alcyon 1950’s full restoration. The owner told us that his grandfather raced this very bike in the Tour De France 6 times.
Alcyon 1950’s some details…
Alcyon 1950’s details, shifter lever Simplex
Alcyon 1950’s Drivetrain….. Alcyon cotterpin cranks, Beautiful delicate cranks.
Repco Superlight fully restored 1984
Italian frame (unidentified brand) custom build. Mid 80’s
Custom build…. unknown Italian frame.
Peugeot Mixte clear coated metal, Shimano 501’s wheels, Peugeot stem, Exage group
1940’s Butcher’s Bicycle full restoration, Malvern Star (Johnston). Rechrome, repaint, original basket, Brooks saddle
Malvern Star full restoration.