Thom our resident womble mechanic, some of our lady customers are often overheard commenting on how beautiful and deep his eyes are…..
Simon, nothing else to say! Man of Meditation
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. email@example.com FACEBOOK: “mottainaicycles” call on 0448884051 50 Rose Street Fitzroy or 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy (same building). No hard sell just cool bikes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!!!
CLICK ON ANY PIC TO ENLARGE 🙂 Mottainai Cycles at 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy 3065 0448884051 open everyday 10.30 – 6pm closed on days experiencing horrible weather. We sell restored vintage bicycles and also service and repair all your bikes (any shape, size, era or genre) plus we restore your bikes and also create custom vintage bicycles according to your needs, considering both aesthetics and functionality. The above pics depict some of the bikes we have recently restored and sold, pop in to see what we have and chat to one of the Mottainai crew. Our aim is to build bikes that people can fall in love with.
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.
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.
Greetings lovers of real vintage bikes! The pics above depict some people who have bought bikes from us recently or we thought would look super cool with a particular bike like that last piccy. We at Mottainai Cycles are a little obsessed with older style bikes although we do service and repair all types of bicycles that roll in to our funny little shed. We pride ourselves on performing high quality repairs on all bikes and try to do that little bit extra that is rarely seen these days. We believe our bikes are works of art and can often be caught staring vacantly at one of these bikes, lost in a form of reverie. Most of the bikes in our shed are for sale and we are happy for any one to take them for a test ride around the block. We are even happy to just talk about bikes with you because to be honest that’s pretty much all we ever do anyway. So please come in so we can talk more about bikes and come and admire our vintage bikes for sale, as we have quite a selection available. Okydoky that’s it for now, ride safe!!! We are at 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy (mob 0448884051), down the lane-way …. just follow the signs. Cheers P.S. Please consider before buying a cheap Chinese bike, and support a sustainable environment, and help spread the word.
This combines 3 of my favorite things; dogs, art and bicycles…..! Great sculptures of dogs made from recycled bicycle parts, very cool stuff, perhaps you may have to cut and paste the blog info below to see. Don’t forget to bring your bikes in to get them serviced at Mottainai Cycles in Fitzroy 41 Kerr Street 0448884051 Enjoy! http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/nirit-levav-packer-how-wow
More and more bikes seem to be emerging out of the woodwork, dotting the warming, slightly sticky tar streets. Have you ever noticed the difference between the look on a riders face compared to a person driving a car. Many bike riders have almost joyous, benign expressions naturally adorning their faces whilst car drivers usually encapsulate an intensity, a detached but slightly agitated format. Riders are engaged with their surroundings and delight in the wonderment that is constantly pulsating around us. We have the fast riders and we also have the slow riders, I reckon I’m a slow to medium (medium rare tofu). Anyways ….. just rambling today, must be the warm winds. Come in to see us for a service or if your looking for a new/old bike that is totally rad! We do customs builds as well, so don’t be shy, come and suss out our wheels 41 Kerr St Fitzroy 0448884051 open most days unless it’s really horrible weather 🙂
Mottainai (もったいない, 勿体無い) (pronounced moht-tai-nai) is a Japanese term meaning “a sense of regret concerning waste when the intrinsic value of an object or resource is not properly utilized.” The expression “Mottainai!” can be uttered alone as an exclamation when something useful, such as food or time, is wasted, meaning roughly “Oh, what a waste!”
Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai visited Japan at the request of the Mainichi Shimbun for an event related to the Kyoto Protocol in 2005. At this time, she learned this word while discussing ecological issues with the Mainichi Shinbun’s editor-in-chief. She was impressed by the depth of similarity between the Japanese meaning of the word and equivalent concepts in English and Swahili concerning people’s responsibility to respect the earth through frugality and conservation. At the Kyoto Protocols, she wore a shirt with the word “MOTTAINAI” written on it in all capital rōmaji, and asked the audience to use the word in their everyday lives. She became a widely recognized celebrity in Japan for discovering and promoting what is referred to as a “MOTTAINAI” movement. Maathai told Japanese TV that she tried to find equivalent words to mottainai in other languages, so as to spread the concept all over the world, but in vain.
She promoted the concept of mottainai as a term that is roughly equivalent to the English phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” or the proverbial phrase “Waste not, want not”. The term is more closely equivalent to the English phrase “What a waste”. Therefore, she promoted the use of the word mottainai as an international expression.