Mottainai Cycles October 2015

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are now closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.30 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.30. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the laneway and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051
Mottainai service in progress..... lovely 70's Bianchi
Mottainai service in progress….. lovely 70’s Bianchi

Mottainai in Collingwood ……. vintage bicycles …. bike service centre

Little Fergie sussing out the new workshop, think he gave a little favorable snort of appreciation.
Little Fergie sussing out the new workshop, think he gave a little favorable snort of appreciation.
Ella and her rad Dad built up a sweet bike together, came out a treat.
Ella and her rad Dad built up a sweet bike together, came out a treat.
The Gove, restored ladies step-through early 1970's looks like it just rolled out of the shop new. Love a minty bike.
The Gove, restored ladies step-through early 1970’s looks like it just rolled out of the shop new. Love a minty bike.
Lawrencia custom build, single speed conversion,
Lawrencia custom build, single speed conversion,
60's Malvern Star restoration, built up as a classic single speed with custom leather work.
60’s Malvern Star restoration, built up as a classic single speed with custom leather work.
Beautiful 60's Cecil Walker custom build and single speed conversion, used Shimano golden arrow cranks and brake calipers.
Beautiful 60’s Cecil Walker custom build and single speed conversion, used Shimano golden arrow cranks and brake calipers.
This 80's Gitane came up nicely after a restoration. Gitane is a French bicycle company the name literally means gyspy woman, cool bikes.
This 80’s Gitane came up nicely after a restoration. Gitane is a French bicycle company the name literally means gyspy woman, cool bikes.
The so-called Roy, is a 1950's restoration that came out brilliantly, this is a son restoring his fathers bike narrative, (one of my favorites). Not sure as to the brand of bike but nonetheless it looks the goods with a rear Sturmey Archer 3 speed rear hub.
The so-called Roy, is a 1950’s restoration that came out brilliantly, this is a son restoring his fathers bike narrative, (one of my favorites). Not sure as to the brand of bike but nonetheless it looks the goods with a rear Sturmey Archer 3 speed rear hub.

Just a reminder that at Mottainai we DO service and repair all bicycle types………………… but we specialize in building and restoring vintage bikes.

Ok we have been at our new joint for a few months now and have been building bikes and building our new place simultaneously, it’s quite a show, I would like to thank all those who have generously given their time and expertise in helping us get to this point, there is still a ways to go but the shop is coming together well. We have a vision of supreme vintage coolness, a bicycle heavenly realm where bike lovers can quench their thirst and unabashedly oogle and stare at the incredible beauty of bikes made out of love and not just for profit (ie mass produced bikes from China).   So if you haven’t visited our new location then you are very welcome to pop in and check out what we are doing …. we consider ourselves an alternative bike-shop …. very friendly/chatty (lovers of bikes) and we do not push sales. New place is in Collingwood 23 Johnston Street down the cobblestone laneway, open everyday from 10.30-6.30  catrethowan@yahoo.com  0448884051   We are also on instagram now: mottainaicycles  and facebook: mottainai cycles, vintage bikes

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.

 

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.

Happy new year from the Mottainai Crew Fitzroy Vintage recycle restorations

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A full ground up restoration with custom black leather saddle/grips and vanished timber rear seat, some kid had a wonderful Chrissy morning eh?

The bigger tricycle is a late 1950's aussie bike with a Koala embossed in the leather saddle, all hand painted, pretty coolio.
The bigger tricycle is a late 1950’s aussie bike with a Koala embossed in the leather saddle, all hand painted, pretty coolio.
Beautifully restored 1970's Raleigh with custom leather saddle and bar grips, these bikes are very popular.
Beautifully restored 1970’s Raleigh with custom leather saddle and bar grips, these bikes are very popular.
Single speed conversion black Gemini with good quality Japanese alloy parts.
Single speed conversion black Gemini with good quality Japanese alloy parts.
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Michelle grooving on a 1970's Japanese Bridgestone tron-esque bike.
Michelle grooving on a 1970’s Japanese Bridgestone tron-esque bike.
The actual physical manifestation of the new Mottainai Logo made by Daisy the resident Tattoo artist.
The actual physical manifestation of the new Mottainai Logo made by Daisy the resident Tattoo artist.
A great surprise Chrissy present being picked up.
A great surprise Chrissy present being picked up.
Another great Chrissy present being picked up after a restoration, a Canadian CCM, not sure how it found it's way to Melbourne but it's story gets to continue which is pretty cool. By the way we accept gratitude donations of beer at any point or any time, we like to encourage the great virtue of gratitude etc....... very nice customer ***** (five star customer in fact)..
Another great Chrissy present being picked up after a restoration, a Canadian CCM, not sure how it found it’s way to Melbourne but it’s story gets to continue which is pretty cool. By the way we accept gratitude donations of beer at any point or any time, we like to encourage the great virtue of gratitude etc……. very nice customer ***** (five star customer in fact)..
A Mixte single speed (mixed gender use) Speedwell with super cool decals dated early 1970's and built up to customer specifications.
A Mixte single speed (mixed gender use) Speedwell with super cool decals dated early 1970’s and built up to customer specifications.
Micheal our very nice and lanky bike mechanic putting on a brave face for a Mottainai portrait.
Micheal our very nice and lanky bike mechanic putting on a brave face for a Mottainai portrait.
Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.
Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.

Come in and chat to our friendly bike loving staff, we have vintage bikes for sale and we can restore your bike or build you a custom vintage bike of your dreams, open every day from 11am to 6.30pm at 50 Rose Street next to the Rose Street Artist artist market in Fitzroy.                                                                                                              catrethowan@yahoo.com              0448884051                                                           FACEBOOK: Mottainai Cycles, vintage bikes

 

Check out our (Mottainai’s) new shop front at 50 Rose Street Fitzroy

Japanese Kuwahara frame built for Apollo.
Japanese Kuwahara frame built for Apollo.
Another good quality Japanese bicycle, 'National', restored and sold.
Another good quality Japanese bicycle, ‘National’, restored and sold.
A groovy custom single speed we recently built up 'The Carl'. Big bike for a tall dude.
A groovy custom single speed we recently built up ‘The Carl’. Big bike for a tall dude.
A lovely couple swept through the shop and grabbed a couple of sweet 80's racer style bicycles.
A lovely couple swept through the shop and grabbed a couple of sweet 80’s racer style bicycles.
Nico doing his favorite thing, eating another Dosa from OverDosa which is open in our shop on Sat and Sundays, vegan Indian street food, very yums.
Nico doing his favorite thing, eating another Dosa from OverDosa which is open in our shop on Sat and Sundays, vegan Indian street food, very yums.
A shot of our new shop front at 50 Rose Street Fitzroy.
A shot of our new shop front at 50 Rose Street Fitzroy.
Green, Posty bike with Little creatures beer and a sweet 1940 large fully restored Hartly Track bike
Green, Posty bike with Little creatures beer and a sweet 1940 large fully restored Hartly Track bike
Another shot of the new digs, 50 Rose Street Fitzroy Mottainai Cycles
Another shot of the new digs, 50 Rose Street Fitzroy Mottainai Cycles
Grab a delicious Dosa (3 flavours to choose from) on Sat/Sundays  vege/vegan South Indian street food  'Overdosa'.
Grab a delicious Dosa (3 flavours to choose from) on Sat/Sundays vege/vegan South Indian street food ‘Overdosa’.

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Jay took this pic of some of the bikes for sale.
Jay took this pic of some of the bikes for sale.
Another Jay snap of some of our vintage leather saddles that we put on custom builds etc.
Another Jay snap of some of our vintage leather saddles that we put on custom builds etc.

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A beautiful Cecil Walker with Campagnolo groupset, this just screams coolness..
A beautiful Cecil Walker with Campagnolo groupset, this just screams coolness..
And 50 Rose Street, just around the corner from 41 Kerr St. BTW George Rose does our signs you can catch her at https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeRoseIllustration
And 50 Rose Street, just around the corner from 41 Kerr St. BTW George Rose does our signs you can catch her at https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeRoseIllustration
This bike left the shop this morning, 1950's frame, 2paked black, Sturmey Archer 2 speed kick back hub, Sturmey cranks, rare old Japanese Stem, Shimano high flange front hub, Bell vintage leather saddle with embossed lyrebird matching the leather grips.
This bike left the shop this morning, 1950’s frame, 2paked black, Sturmey Archer 2 speed kick back hub, Sturmey cranks, rare old Japanese Stem, Shimano high flange front hub, Bell vintage leather saddle with embossed lyrebird matching the leather grips.

Mottainai Cycles are pumped up to invite you to our new shop front at 50 Rose Street, we think it looks pretty radness and we share the space on the weekends with Overdosa (explained above). We are next to the Rose Street Artist markets. Come in and check out our bikes, we are open everyday from 10.30am to 6.30pm. We truly love bikes and also service all types of bicycles for you. If you have an old bike that needs restoring we are happy to perform that service, we have restored hundreds of bikes over the years and continue to do so with great passion and pride. If you love bikes you most likely will dig our place. 0448884051  catrethowan@yahoo.com      check out our facebook page at ‘Mottainai Cycles’!!! Catch yar.

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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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