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.
Hi wonderful people, Mottainai will be closed for a few days due to a vintage bicycle event in Noosa called the https://www.facebook.com/NoosaStradeBianche?fref=ts We will be closed from 5th/8 to 12th/8. See you when we return. Enjoy your week and safe riding.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.” 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.
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 email@example.com 0448884051 23 Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way.
A full ground up restoration with custom black leather saddle/grips and vanished timber rear seat, some kid had a wonderful Chrissy morning eh?
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 0448884051 FACEBOOK: Mottainai Cycles, vintage bikes
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 email@example.com check out our facebook page at ‘Mottainai Cycles’!!! Catch yar.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Nick 0428232477 or 0448884051 Please enjoy the Vid, and catch you at the shop.
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 email@example.com
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!!!
A good friend to Mottainai (Ariel) sent me this video: http://vimeo.com/65542790