Save the world…. get a Mottainai Bike! Get your Fitzroy vintage groove on. Re-Cycle.

50 Rose Street entrance
50 Rose Street entrance
Nico truing a little tiny wheel with great concentration
Nico truing a little tiny wheel with great concentration
A great custom build, early 1960's Cecil Walker frame with a 2 speed kick back rear hub (Sturmey Archer).
A great custom build, early 1960’s Cecil Walker frame with a 2 speed kick back rear hub (Sturmey Archer).
Nick teaching a masters class on wheel building
Nick teaching a masters class on wheel building
The Dosa boys open Sat and Sun
The Dosa boys open Sat and Sun
Another sweet custom build just completed. Viner Italian frame with a Suntour ARX groupset. The customer requested the tyres and was pretty happy with the finished product :)
Another sweet custom build just completed. Viner Italian frame with a Suntour ARX groupset. The customer requested the tyres and was pretty happy with the finished product 🙂
A Mom brought in her first bike that she used as a kid and wanted it restored for her son, groovy little Malvern Star. Cool bike for a cool little dude!
A Mom brought in her first bike that she used as a kid and wanted it restored for her son, groovy little Malvern Star. Cool bike for a cool little dude!
Another custom build, Unusually coloured Raleigh built into a single speed.
Another custom build, Unusually coloured Raleigh built into a single speed.
And another single speed conversion just hot out of the Mottainai ovens.
And another single speed conversion just hot out of the Mottainai ovens.

Come in to our store at 41 Kerr Street or 50 Rose Street Fitzroy (same building, different sides) to check out what we do with our vintage bikes. We collect rare and beautiful vintage bikes and restore them, we then offer them to you guys to enjoy on our roads. We love what we do here, we love the concept and practice of recycling these bikes and giving them a new life, we love the balance of form and function that older bikes have, the hand-built quality and details that rarely exist today in our climate of economic rationalism and focus on increasing profits at any cost. We offer an alternative to the cheap and nasty chinese built bikes that are proliferating and polluting the streets, we aptly name them landfill bikes as they are quickly discarded….. i could go on. Back on a positive note, vintage bikes when looked after and serviced a few times a year will last the test of time, they look amazing and when built properly, ride like a dream. Say no to crap and yes to vintage groove….. haha   It’s the Mottainai way, we hate to waste and love to re-purpose. Open every day from 10.30 to 6.30 catrethowan@yahoo.com    0448884051

Melbourne Cycling madness is reaching another high, time to get some new cool arsed wheels under you. Vintage love!!!

Two custom bikes built for this lovely couple and Ummmm a sink?
CLICK ON PICS TO ENLARGE Two custom bikes built for this lovely couple and Ummmm a sink?
The mysterious Max
The mysterious Max
The rear derailleur from the Peugeot we restored, A Simplex super prestige
The rear derailleur from the Peugeot we restored, A Simplex super prestige
Peugeot with Reynolds 531 tubing, Dura-Ace gear levers.
Peugeot with Reynolds 531 tubing, Dura-Ace gear levers.
This bike came up a treat as you can see!
This bike came up a treat as you can see!

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The lucky new owner of the Peugeot.
The lucky new owner of the Peugeot.
Another French bicycle that we built up as a custom, I love the name Gitane, it is roughly translated as wild Gypsy women.
Another French bicycle that we built up as a custom, I love the name Gitane, it is roughly translated as wild Gypsy women.
One of our signs through out little lane-way in Fitzroy
One of our signs through out little lane-way in Fitzroy
Off Fitzroy Street near Industry Beans Cafe, leading bike lovers into one of Fitzroy's much adored eccentric lane-ways
Off Fitzroy Street near Industry Beans Cafe, leading bike lovers into one of Fitzroy’s much adored eccentric lane-ways
Mottainai Cycles   " We love vintage bikes"
CLICK ON PIC TO ENLARGE Mottainai Cycles ” We love vintage bikes”
In our show room space at 50 Rose Street Fitzroy
In our show room space at 50 Rose Street Fitzroy
A Miyata bicycle, a great Japanese bike rides off into the night
A Miyata bicycle, a great Japanese bike rides off into the night
Custom build, the ol' Malvern Star late 70's
Custom build, the ol’ Malvern Star late 70’s
The Lavender ride, Ladies Step-through style
The Lavender ride, Ladies Step-through style
Wheels on walls
Wheels on walls
The Super Elliott has found a good home, these bikes are from South Aust, Adelaide, they were a very important Aust bike company that produced great quality bikes
The Super Elliott has found a good home, these bikes are from South Aust, Adelaide, they were a very important Aust bike company that produced great quality bikes
Another ripper Japanese bicycle, Nishiki made very high quality bikes as this example demonstrates. This also was a custom build
Another ripper Japanese bicycle, Nishiki made very high quality bikes as this example demonstrates. This also was a custom build
A restoration build, 1940's Healing that we restored and built up as a single speed. Cool ride!
A restoration build, 1940’s Healing that we restored and built up as a single speed. Cool ride!

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Omega early 1960's track bike, nervex lugging, very ornate track frame.
Omega early 1960’s track bike, nervex lugging, very ornate track frame.
A tidy custom built 12 speed
A tidy custom built 12 speed
Another custom built 12 speed
Another custom built 12 speed
Custom single speed
Custom single speed
Mottainai front on Rose Street, Saturdays and Sundays we also have a Vegetarian Indian Street food inside with our bikes.
Mottainai front on Rose Street, Saturdays and Sundays we also have a Vegetarian Indian Street food inside with our bikes.
Overdosa, Dosa's are wonderful healthy guten free Indian street food, like a crepe with filling, very yum
Overdosa, Dosa’s are wonderful healthy guten free Indian street food, like a crepe with filling, very yum
Sat and Sun get a bike and a Dosa haha
Sat and Sun get a bike and a Dosa haha
Newly restored and ready to ride.
Newly restored and ready to ride.

2012_1128AAThis dude snapped up this newly restored Peugeot, looks amazing and is a very tight ride

Mottainai Cycles has endured a bike friendly winter and is geared up to restore, service and make you super cool custom bikes, check our selection of restored vintage bikes or just come in for a chat. If you like beauty and bikes then you will adore our weird place jammed full of gorgeous rides. Say no to ugly cheap bikes made with no love in China and yes to handmade vintage bikes that are works of art and are made using high quality materials combining both function and form. Visit us, we are open every day in Fitzroy at either 41 Kerr St or around the corner at 50 Rose Street (same building facing different streets). Check out our face book page  Mottainai Cycles.   Contact us on 0448884051 or catrethowan@yahoo.com  (we open from 10am to 6.30pm) Cheerio  

 

Mottainai Cycles “let us build you a beautiful bike”.

  Older bikes are often pretty amazing, hand made or made from high quality materials etc, especially compared to the bikes being pumped out of the factories of China (which have repeatedly being shown to have horrendous working conditions).

 We at Mottainai attempt to find as many of these great pre-loved bikes as possible and resurrect them through full restorations, whilst trying to keep them as original as we can. We are intoxicated with the aesthetic and quality/performance of our bikes and feel a responsibility to bring them back to life in a way that holds an integrity and respect for the origins of the bicycle. Most people seem addicted to the concept of the new, however if new means inferior materials and workmanship then why are people buying these products. Furthermore why are so many throwing out bikes that are often far better than those offered in many shops or online.

 A good quality bike should last more than a lifetime and can be a beautiful object to pass on to others. We believe that bicycles should not be created just to make profits using the cheapest methods and materials possible but instead created with the knowledge and attitude that riding a bike is one of the wonderful joys in life.

The pic below is the newish showroom on 50 Rose Street Fitzroy early evening

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We are at either 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy or now also around the corner on 50 Rose Street Fitzroy. Open from 10am to 6pm everyday. Call Nick on 0428232477 catrethowan@yahoo.com    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mottainai-Cycles-vintage-bikes/239885272702935 🙂 Have a ripper ride.

Mottainai Bike Shop Fitzroy Melbourne vintage bikes for sale

The wonderful Ella found this great little video exploring the theme of Mottainai, we at Mottainai Cycles adore this concept and the re-purposesing of discarded or unused bikes, restoring them and building them up for you guys. Also servicing bikes follows the Mottainai way, keeping peoples bikes working well so they can enjoy riding. We have a new shop front around the corner of our workshop, so pop in the see us and our bikes at 50 Rose St Fitzroy or just pop in at the regular spot at 41 Kerr Street, down the lane-way. mail: catrethowan@yahoo.com   Nick 0428232477  or 0448884051                                    Please enjoy the Vid, and catch you at the shop.                                                                   

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It’s been a great Winter for riding so far, keep the wheels rolling, Mottainai Cycles.

Custom build
Custom build
Groovy 60's kids tricycle restoration. We usually try to preserve the original paintwork.
Groovy 60’s kids tricycle restoration. We usually try to preserve the original paintwork.
Classic Peugeot after a restoration.
Classic Peugeot after a restoration.

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Very cool custom step through build with NOS (New Ols Stock) frame 1960's.
Very cool custom step through build with NOS (New Old Stock) frame 1960’s.

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This dude was excited to find a Malvern Star 5 star and a Coronation in our vaults.
This dude was excited to find a Malvern Star 5 star and a Coronation in our vaults.
1950's Hartly track bicycle fully restored, Campag hubs, cranks and headset.
1950’s Hartly track bicycle fully restored, Campag hubs, cranks and headset.
Random workshop snapshot.
Random workshop snapshot.
Early 70's or late 60's Raleigh Record mid way through a restoration
Early 70’s or late 60’s Raleigh Record mid way through a restoration

2012_0908AR CLICK ON PIC TO ENLARGE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mottainai Cycles 41 Kerr St Fitzroy (just off Brunswick St) catrethowan@yahoo.com  0448884051  0428232477 Open from 10am till 6pm everyday.                                                  We have some great projects on at the moment, from custom builds to restorations. We are presently restoring a vintage tricycle with a large timber tray, the bike was from Asia and will be used as a promotional object, can’t wait to see the finished bike, I will post up some pics next time. We are also getting a few Keirin track bikes from Japan thanks to Tomo san who just returned home to Melb. Our weird little space is jammed full of beautiful exotic bikes that are for sale, so come in and take a look and have a chat with us. Also don’t forget to get your bike serviced with us, we will make your bike run like magic. Rolling Cheers

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.

recycled vintage bikes, Mottainai Cycles Melbourne. Fitzroy bike shop.

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.”[1] 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.[4] 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.