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

Feeling the love for vintage bikes ……

A bunch of vintage discoveries at Mottainai vintage bicycles, the above piccies document some of our bikes that have left the nest this week. We have a great selection of vintage bikes at the moment and we are only open until Christmas so you had better pop over pretty quick before we close for several weeks over Dec/Jan. Same location at 41 Kerr St down the little lane off Kerr in Fitzroy Melbourne. We do everything from selling vintage bikes to servicing any bikes and we also do custom builds, including wheels etc,  we also have some very cool old parts to compliment your steed. Ok, cheers for now.  Ph: 0448884051    catrethowan@yahoo.com

Rolling through Summer days, vintage chic at Mottainai recycled cycles.

At Mottainai bikes we restore neglected vintage bikes, two of the above pics demostrate a before and after wheel rim, one all rusty and the next pic all shiny and ready to lace up to another hub. We use lemon juice firstly and then metal polish to make the metal sparkle. In the other pics we have some proud new owners and their new rides and also a pic of a lovely Lady we met on Smith St and her beloved Gazelle (Dutchie). If your a vintage bicycle lover you are welcome to pop in to our shed at 41 Kerr St Mon-Fri and also on Sundays together with the Rose Street Artist Market. You can contact me via text or call on 0448884051.

Oh, don’t forget ‘tiny Glen, the gentle mechanic’, services all kinds of bikes Mon=Fri.

Warm regards.