Welcome to our world of beautiful bikes. Melbourne is the capital of cool aesthetics, of vintage style and culture, we embrace bespoke quality and objects being created out of love rather than just for profit. We enjoy bringing special bikes back to life and offer a custom service that is lacking in other bike shops or online. We believe that riding a bike is one of the most delightful acts we can do, it has such positive effects. Mottainai offers an alternative to buying a new bike pumped out of Chinese factories with no regard for the environment nor passion for cycling.
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 lane-way 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.
The whizzing freewheels zipping past, the swooshing sensation almost flying — a sense of freedom from the bodies limits, accessing the child, no thoughts, just a kaleidoscope of colours and smells passing by, every moment born anew. Each time I swing over my bike I trigger the same wonder; what keeps me from doing this most of my time like when I was a kid, just cruising around, perfectly content with the movement of my ride?
Anyway, as explained in the heading, we really do love old bikes and are more than happy to take care of yours and bring it back to health or if your in the market for a new bike not made in China, a bike that has been recycled and has a story to tell and which holds a magnificently beautiful aesthetic ……. ummm then come in an check out our seriously cool vintage bikes. 41 Kerr St Fitzroy, just off Brunswick St. 0448884051
Our new pop-up shop is going great guns, especially for servicing the commuters on Napier St. All are welcome to cruise in to see the vintage bikes we have for sale or to get your bike a once over or even just for a chat. We are on the corner of Napier and Johnston Streets in Fitzroy. Call Emile on 0478821208