mottainaicycles.com Check out our beautiful vintage bikes in Fitzroy

late sixties Japanese custom built frame Naniwa tubing converted single speed with all alloy Japanese parts.
late sixties Japanese custom built frame Naniwa tubing converted single speed with all alloy Japanese parts.
Here we have Jessica working on a beloved Peugeot both originally from France
Here we have Jessica working on a beloved Peugeot both originally from France
A lovely Japanese step-through bicycle late 1970's with a lovely new owner
A lovely Japanese step-through bicycle late 1970’s with a lovely new owner
Marek with his new custom built 2 speed kick back pacemaker early 1950's frame, sweet ride
Marek with his new custom built 2 speed kick back pacemaker early 1950’s frame, sweet ride
A closer inspection of the Pacemaker, we are also making our own leather work including bar tape and also recovering seats
A closer inspection of the Pacemaker, we are also making our own leather work including bar tape and also recovering seats

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A vintage Legnano that we restored, was the gents fathers bike, raw metal coated in a rust prevention sealant, using a recovered seat and our Mottainai leather bar tape
A vintage Legnano that we restored, was the gents fathers bike, raw metal coated in a rust prevention sealant, using a recovered seat and our Mottainai leather bar tape
Nico, viewing the world through the wheel of life,,,,,,,,, or just me taking a snap of Nico through a wheel....
Nico, viewing the world through the wheel of life,,,,,,,,, or just me taking a snap of Nico through a wheel….

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Thom our resident womble mechanic, some of our lady customers are often overheard commenting on how beautiful and deep his eyes are…..

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Simon, nothing else to say! Man of Meditation

Big yellow cro-mo bicycle restored to original specs
Big yellow cro-mo bicycle restored to original specs

Mottainai Cycles is in high gear making, restoring and servicing bikes for you guys, we love what we do and would just like to thank all our customers for giving us the opportunity to be able to do what we are passionate about. We have been restoring and servicing vintage bikes for more than 3 years now and we are continuing to grow in many little ways. We now produce our own leather work, bar tape and we recover seats that are damaged. Come into our store at 50 Rose Street or 41 Kerr (same building) and check out our finished bikes or order a custom bike, prices starting at 500 for a fully restored rebuilt bike. We use only good quality parts (not cheap crap from China) and lovingly restore each bike to a level that we are proud of. Everyone is welcome to just have a look around and perv at our beautiful bikes, we are open every day from 10.30 to 6.30. catrethowan@yahoo.com   FACEBOOK: “mottainaicycles” call on 0448884051   50 Rose Street Fitzroy or 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy (same building). No hard sell just cool bikes.

Say NO! to buying cheap and nasty Chinese bikes created only for profit rather than for the joy of riding. Mottainai Cycles Fitzroy Melbourne … RECYCLE BEAUTY

This delightful person had been searching for a while for a groovy little 24 inch road bike, we rebuilt it with her as she wanted to learn and be part of the process
CLICK ON ANY PIC FOR ENLARGEMENT This delightful person had been searching for a while for a groovy little 24 inch road bike, we rebuilt it with her as she wanted to learn and be part of the process
Full rest on an Ubeni with full campy record gear
Full resto on an Ubeni with full campy record gear, repainted deep candy apple with metallic flakes
An Amsterdam bicycle labelled The Burger Deverter, we also did a full restoration on this, came out a treat.
An Amsterdam bicycle labelled The Burger Deverter, we also did a full restoration on this, came out a treat.
Lots of polishing gets these results... to bling or not to bling?
Lots of polishing gets these results… to bling or not to bling?
Masa-michi from Japan working hard restoring a beautiful German Ladies bicycle 1950's.
Masa-michi from Japan working hard restoring a beautiful German Ladies bicycle 1950’s.
Front of the warehouse on Rose Street Fitzroy
Front of the warehouse on Rose Street Fitzroy
Nick finishing a full restoration on an Apollo. Nice Japanese bike, came out very well.
Nick finishing a full restoration on an Apollo. Nice Japanese bike, came out very well.

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This is the frame of a very large tricycle with timber tray that we restored recently. These are very very solid frames built to carry heavy loads.
This is the frame of a very large tricycle with timber tray that we restored recently. These are very very solid frames built to carry heavy loads.
Working on the Trike
Working on the Trike
Working late into the night on the trike .... rhythming-----
Working late into the night on the trike …. rhythming hmmm—–
Tricycle tray, this beast most likely came from South East Asian, perhaps Vietnam etc, the timber was very old and came up superbly after a sand and new vanish.
Tricycle tray, this beast most likely came from South East Asian, perhaps Vietnam etc, the timber was very old and came up superbly after a sand and new vanish.

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Didn't take long before there was a box of beer in the tray
Didn’t take long before there was a box of beer in the tray
Our Brunswick St sign bike hand painted by George Rose.
Our Brunswick St sign bike hand painted by George Rose.
Nick riding the finished Trike
Nick riding the finished Trike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

We at Mottainai Cycles professionally restore and recycle beautiful vintage bicycles for our customers, we also sell vintage bikes already restored and service all bikes from our space at 41 Kerr St Fitzroy (just 100 meters off Brunswick St), we are open every day from 9.30-6pm   0448884051 or 042823277  catrethowan@yahoo.com

Riding the slow descent in to Winter’s cavern. Mottainai Cycles, bicycle service & vintage bikes Fitzroy

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Peugeot pimped with Shimano 600 gear groupset.
Peugeot pimped with Shimano 600 gear groupset.
Great little Sturmey 2 speed kick back coaster brake cruiser bike.
Great little Sturmey 2 speed kick back coaster brake cruiser bike.

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Gorgeous 70's track bicycle
Gorgeous 70’s track bicycle
50's frame, built with sturmey cranks and a 2 speed kick back coaster brake
50’s frame, built with sturmey cranks and a 2 speed kick back coaster brake
Classic 60's single speed, pimped with some great parts, Galli cranks, Dura-ace brakes etc
Classic 60’s single speed, pimped with some great parts, Galli cranks, Dura-ace brakes etc
Nick and Nico, in their own worlds
Nick and Nico, in their own worlds

photo-42 Click on any pic to enlarge for detail.                                                                                                                                                               Mottainai cycles 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy   0448884051 or  042823277             Interestingly, usually at this time of year things begin to slow down a little, however, not this year, I imagine it is because of the increase in the critical mass of Melbourne riders/commuters and the general renaissance of bike love pulsating through the vein-like streets of inner Melbourne. Many more people have been asking us to build them custom bikes from the many parts and frames that we house and also there has been a steady increase in the amount of people bringing in their own bikes to be restored. We love to hear stories of our customers bikes …… a son restoring his father’s old bike, a Mother restoring her bike for a surprise present for her daughter etc. Oh and don’t forget we also service and repair all types of bikes everyday and I believe we are the least expensive in our area and I would like to think the friendliest. Everyone is welcome to drop by to see what we do. Cheers to beautiful recycled bikes!!!

I’m sure you will love this as much as I do…….. vintage bikes

A good friend to Mottainai (Ariel) sent me this video:                                                                                http://vimeo.com/65542790

The deep embrace of winter fills our lungs; Mottainai Cycles vintage bikes and bike repairs Melbourne

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Mottainai Bicycle Service Centre, vintage bikes for sale at Fitzroy Kerr Street. Fading Summer

Saying farewell to Summer is synonymous to saying goodbye to an old friend, a sweet sadness pervades coupled with nostalgic flashes, a kaleidoscope of bright colours and euphoric feelings. The onset of Autumn heralds a more contemplative time, riding through sun-burnt discarded leaves and the recognizable smell of earth, as the leaves metamorphose returning back to soil. The wheel of life continues it’s cycle as do we here at Mottainai. We are still engrossed in building supercool vintage bikes for you and also servicing all bikes from our quaint space at 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy, just a short stroll from Brunswick St. We aim to offer less expensive servicing and faster than most around us. And our hours are 10.30-7pm everyday barring severe weather events, call me on 0448884051 cheers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2012_0612AD 2012_0613AD 2012_0512AF 2012_0604AA 2012_0604AF 2012_0608AC 2012_0612AJ 2012_0612AO

Vintage bikes, classic bicycles and repair/restorations at Mottainai Fitzroy Melbourne

2012_0421AH 2012_0424AA 2012_0425AC 2012_0425AI 2012_0427AA 2012_0428AC 2012_0428AH 2012_0430AA 2012_0502AS 2012_0502AT                                                                                                          All the bikes in the above pics were restored by the Mottainai crew in the last few weeks, we have vintage bikes for sale but we also restore your bikes and get them back on the roads where they belong. We of course service all bicycles at our workshop (even started to service old lawn mowers as seen in pic above) but we specialize in older style ones, as many bikes shops these days don’t want to know about them and can even be a little condescending when brought in to some shops so I’ve been told. Anyways, we adore them. We also accept donation bikes if you wish to offload some bikes that you no longer have space for, we are totally into recycling bikes and parts. Please feel welcome to drop by for a chat about bikes, our place can be considered slightly eccentric compared to most bike shops as sales is not our first priority, bikes take the focus. ….. Nearly forgot, we also build many custom bikes according to particular specifications and budgets, this is a very enjoyable process both for us but also for you as you become part of the procedure and are able to choose everything from the frame to what kind of parts you desire according to your style of riding. We are open every day including weekends from 10.30-7pm  0448884051  Thanks  🙂 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy Melb.