Winter bicycle service Melbourne Collingwood Mottainai Cycles

We are offering 10% discount to new customers throughout winter, come and get your bike serviced by our loving team of bike nerds. Just rock up, no need to make an appointment, we offer same day or next day pickups. Full discounted service is $75.

Also,  we happily accept good quality steel bikes as donations if you have old bikes cluttering up your place. Be rest assured they will be treasured, brought back to life and placed in a loving new relationship. Drop off anytime to our shop in Collingwood Melbourne. 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood… open everyday closing time 6.30pm. Thanks

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

bicycle restoration bike service centre Collingwood Mottainai cycles

Peugeot rebuild service/resoration at Mottainai Cycles
Peugeot rebuild service/restoration at Mottainai Cycles
Beautifully restored early Cecil Walker step-through all original and looking as good as it came out of the shop in the late 50's. Yes we love our work at Mottainai Cycles
Beautifully restored early Cecil Walker step-through all original and looking as good as it came out of the shop in the late 50’s. Yes we love our work at Mottainai Cycles
Ye old faithful Repco traveller restored and moved on to a new life.
Ye old faithful Repco traveler restored and moved on to a new life.
Restoration and custom build (Tange tubing with Shimano parts) from Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood Melbourne
Restoration and custom build (Tange tubing with Shimano parts) from Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood Melbourne
Peugeot Mixte restoration, all original in immaculate condition gone to a deserving new owner.
Peugeot Mixte restoration, all original in immaculate condition gone to a deserving new owner.
Full restoration and 2pak paint build to match his Mustang being restored, custom leather work, single speed conversion at Mottainaicycles.
Full restoration and 2pak paint build to match his Mustang being restored, custom leather work, single speed conversion at Mottainaicycles.
French Mercier in light pink undergoing a full restoration. Mottainai Cycles.
French Mercier in light pink undergoing a full restoration. Mottainai Cycles.
A custom restoration build, 3 speed rear hub, combination of old and new, built as a daily commuter, small 1950's frame with chrome forks, great juxtaposition of patina and bling chrome and polished alloy.
A custom restoration build, 3 speed rear hub, combination of old and new, built as a daily commuter, small 1950’s frame with chrome forks, great juxtaposition of patina and bling chrome and polished alloy.
Gitane restoration, wild Gyspy women.
Gitane restoration, wild Gyspy women.
Paconi team restoration, Suntour and Shimano parts.
Paconi team restoration, Suntour and Shimano parts.
A very sweet team Paconi with Suntour Superb pro hubs, Suntour Spirt mechs and Shimano 600 crankset, tight as a drum. Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood vintage bike restoration and service.
A very sweet team Paconi with Suntour Superb pro hubs, Suntour Spirt mechs and Shimano 600 crankset, tight as a drum. Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood vintage bike restoration and service.
Apollo Japanese step-through all restored with a bemused new owner. Mottainai Cycles Collingwood.
Apollo Japanese step-through all restored with a bemused new owner. Mottainai Cycles Collingwood.
Gilco ride restored and ready to leave the Mottainai stables.
Gilco ride restored and ready to leave the Mottainai stables.
Gilco frameset with campy group set restored.
Gilco frameset with campy group set restored.
Italian Gilco bicycle with full Campagnolo groupset, sweet commuter ride
Italian Gilco bicycle with full Campagnolo groupset, sweet commuter ride
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com          vintage bicycles in Fitzroy/Collingwood we sell vintage bikes and service all bikes. 23 Johnston Street Collingwood.
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com vintage bicycles in Fitzroy/Collingwood we sell vintage bikes and service all bikes. 23 Johnston Street Collingwood.
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com   Mottainaicycles bikes in a photo shoot in Fitzroy
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com Mottainaicycles bikes in a photo shoot in Fitzroy
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com   The girls from vintage walking and riding tours trying out some of our bikes at Mottainaicycles
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com The girls from vintage walking and riding tours trying out some of our bikes at Mottainaicycles
Some of our vintage bikes waiting for their next owner to walk in ... love at first sight.
Some of our vintage bikes waiting for their next owner to walk in … love at first sight.
mottainaicycles Collingwood, the lads doing something bike related
mottainaicycles Collingwood, the lads doing something bike related
Mottainai cycles vintage bikes in Collingwood, Raleigh vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com
Mottainai cycles vintage bikes in Collingwood, Raleigh vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com

Late Autumn in Melbourne evokes a magical romance, sunset leaves blanketing the damp roads creating a quilt of extraordinary beauty, riding a bike that equates or mirrors such an aesthetic amplifies the experience. Life is too short to ride a shit bicycle! We are passionate about our bikes at Mottainaicycles.com we live to restore and service beautiful bikes, whether they are from Australia, France, England or Japan, we fetish-ize bikes and well crafted parts and like nothing more than building custom bikes or introducing you to one of our bikes already restored. We are the antithesis of the many bike sellers whom sell cheap, poor quality bikes with a vintage look from China (aptly called landfill bikes). We make restore and build bikes for people to love and that will be treasured. You deserve a beautiful bike!!! Come in to our shop down the cobble-stoned laneway at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood. We also service and repair all bikes in our workshop. Just rock up and we can fit you in after a little chat about your bike, we are open from 10.30 till 6.30 soon opening at 8am. catrethowan@yahoo.com  0448884051  facebook: Mottainai Cycles, vintage bikes  Instagram: mottainaicycles   thanks and see yah at the shop.

REAL beautiful vintage bikes, no Chinese fakes Mottainai Cycles Collingwood

Hillman Mixte single speed conversion with bull horns.
Hillman Mixte single speed conversion with bull horns.
This bike was a unique project, the forks are from an early Humber and the frame from Barb both dating from mid 30's to early 40's. Chain ring is also a from Humber. We painted the bicycle 2pak metallic black, used a Sturmey Archer rear 2 speed kick back hub. Recovered leather saddle and leather grips, ornate vintage alloy stem with vintage bars .... a rolling work of Art.
This bike was a unique project, the forks are from an early Humber and the frame from Barb both dating from mid 30’s to early 40’s. Chain ring is also from a Humber. We painted the bicycle 2pak metallic black, used a Sturmey Archer rear 2 speed kick back hub. Recovered leather saddle and leather grips, ornate vintage alloy stem with vintage bars …. a rolling work of Art.
This was an amazing frame, from all research it appeared to be a custom made Peugeot frame, Campagnolo drop outs and super light, early 60's style drop-outs. Our Customer wanted it built up as city bike with cruiser bars and comfy saddle.
This was an amazing frame, from all research it appeared to be a custom made Peugeot frame, Campagnolo drop outs and super light, early 60’s style drop-outs. Our Customer wanted it built up as city bike with cruiser bars and comfy saddle.
A Nishiki 5 speed built up using some nice Japanese parts.
A Nishiki 5 speed built up using some nice Japanese parts.
A Yamaguchi Record built up as a single speed with a Sturmey Archer rear track hub.
A Yamaguchi Record built up as a single speed with a Sturmey Archer rear track hub.
A Silverton, Japanese made bike converted to an urban single speed using quality Japanese parts.
A Silverton, Japanese made bike converted to an urban single speed using quality Japanese parts.
The new Mottainai Shop in Collingwood, slowly getting organized. 23 Johnston Street down the laneway.......
The new Mottainai Shop in Collingwood, slowly getting organized. 23 Johnston Street down the laneway…….
James holding a beautiful Raleigh Record, late 60's in our new laneway.
James holding a beautiful Raleigh Record, late 60’s in our new laneway.

 

As our beautiful Summer draws to a close, we have been crazily busy moving and setting up our new shop in Collingwood 23 Johnston Street down the lane-way. We still have a ways to go but the metamorphosis is well and truly underway. So to all our old customers and friends, come in to check out our digs and to any new prospective customers and friends come on in and be bedazzled by our super cool bikes and friendly manner. We service all bikes and restore vintage bikes and also sell restored bikes. We %100 love bikes and are attempting to offer a great alternative to the horrible cheap Chinese bikes that are littering our great Melbourne Streets. We love to recycle and re-purpose and get quality bikes back in loving hands and on the streets. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30pm. mail  catrethowan@yahoo.com 0448884051  23 Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way.

Mottainai Cycles has moved!!!

Hi, we have recently moved to Collingwood, we are off Johnston Street just past Smith at 23 Johnston Street down the alleyway, we are part of Magic Johnston Art & Design Complex. We are still setting up but you are welcome to pop in and get your bikes serviced/restored and check out our new home. Cheers

Mottainai Vintage restored Vintage Bikes Janurary 2014

Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.
Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.

Looks like the bizarre Melbourne weather fluctuations have stabilized somewhat, enough to allow even fair weather cyclists a go. Anyways more about us, we are having a bit of a clearance sale of restored vintage bikes as we have to move soonishly, don’t worry though, we are looking at a few options very close to our current abode in Fitzroy. However it’s always good to try and clear a little stock before a move as to allow space for some cool new bikes.                                                                                                                                 Mottainai Cycles for those that have not visited us is a bike shop that specializes in restoring very good quality vintage bikes, we sell bikes, we build custom bikes and we also restore your bikes as well as servicing all bikes even on occasions a moped or a vintage lawn mower etc, haha I’m sure you get the picture, we love good quality vintage bikes and stuff, we denounce Chinese made bicycles produced only for profit as we all love bikes and cycling at Mottainai and feel cheap mass produced Chinese bikes add no value to the wonderful experience of cycling. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30pm at 50 Rose Street or 41 Kerr St (same building). Come in and check out our beautiful bikes or bring in your beautiful bikes for a spruce-up. Cheers and safe riding.  Click on any pic for more detail!!!

Part of the Mottainai crew outside the shop on a summers eve watching Tomosan
Part of the Mottainai crew outside the shop on a summers eve watching Tomosan
And a fixed wheel conversion, a Repco Monaco upgraded on every level to make a good little urban whip.
And a fixed wheel conversion, a Repco Monaco upgraded on every level to make a good little urban whip.
The green Apollo, blinged up to the nines. Steady commuter with panache.
The green Apollo, blinged up to the nines. Steady commuter with panache.
Ohhhh the stunning Abeni, built as a custom ride, single speed conversion with Sturmey Archer hubs, Sugino cranks etc. A wow ride again gone to a lovely customer with pretty rad taste.
Ohhhh the stunning Abeni, built as a custom ride, single speed conversion with Sturmey Archer hubs, Sugino cranks etc. A wow ride again gone to a lovely customer with pretty rad taste.
One of the most smooth and comfy bikes any of us has ever ridden, a 1940/early 50's German bicycle brand name Phaenomen, gone to a very discerning customer.
One of the most smooth and comfy bikes any of us has ever ridden, a 1940/early 50’s German bicycle brand name Phaenomen, gone to a very discerning customer.
Another nice build a customer brought in for us to finish.
Another nice build a customer brought in for us to finish.
Single speed conversion done to a beautiful Rossin, the owner choose all the parts wisely, note the Phil hubs etc.
Single speed conversion done to a beautiful Rossin, the owner choose all the parts wisely, note the Phil hubs etc.
The ritual of installing the hanging bike at 50 Rose Street Mottainai
The ritual of installing the hanging bike at 50 Rose Street Mottainai
Nico hanging out a new sign from the roof at 50 Rose Street.
Nico hanging out a new sign from the roof at 50 Rose Street.
The newly finished Bates 1940's track bike at the Brunswick velodrome for a test, pic and build by Alex at Mottainai
The newly finished Bates 1940’s track bike at the Brunswick velodrome for a test, pic and build by Alex at Mottainai