Silly season, bicycle mania in Melbourne 2016 Dec

If you love beautiful bikes then you will adore our shop. We have created an oasis of aesthetic velo delights. We believe a bike should be an equal balance of form and function. We delight in being able to build our creations and to collaborate with our customers building custom bikes. Below are pictures of customers picking up their new rides.

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 closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.00 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051

 

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Lovely customer now mobile on her Repco de-ville, 10speed
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Full restoration on this Malvern Star Moscow, bunch of mates got together to return a childhood bike to it’s owner fully restored as a surprise.
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Another restoration maintaining original paintwork etc. Bike is Porshe early 80’s.
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Single speed conversion build 1970’s Madison, pin-stripped.
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Cool young chap wanted a vintage bike with just the right patina, this Raleigh caught his eye, 3 speed Sturmey Archer reconditioned.
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One of our sweetest frames, 1960’s Bates hand painted, absolutely stunning, custom build…. Sturmey Archer recondition 3 speed rear hub, Hplusons b14 rims, Shimano arabesque 600 cranks etc etc….
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Detail from the Bates custom build, Shimano 600 Arabesque cranks, Sugino drilled Chainring
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Gorgeous Peugeot Mixte custom build, all upgraded LX derailleurs, Shimano crankset, original Normandy hubs, stem shifters.
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Our favorite touring bike custom build to date. Dawes 531 reynolds touring frame, Sakae triple crank set, tx733 Araya hybrid rims, mavic hubs, touring bars, LX Shimano canti brakes……. Ready for the long haul
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Classic 80’s Ladies Step-through bicycle has found a new home with her delighted new owner.

Custom built bicycles, vintage bikes and restorations…. Mottainai Cycles Collingwood Melbourne

You guessed it, a Peugeot single speed conversion in accumulate condition
You guessed it, a Peugeot single speed conversion in immaculate condition


A very rare Peroni build, not many of these Italian rides getting around
A very rare Peroni build, not many of these Italian rides getting around
Very pretty Cecil Walker build
Very pretty Cecil Walker build
Supreme headquarters of bike loveliness
Supreme headquarters of bike loveliness
Record custom build, yamaguchi frame
Record custom build, yamaguchi frame
Clean metal frame clear coated custom build
Clean metal frame clear coated custom build
Another Peugeot single speed conversion urban style
Another Peugeot fixed wheel conversion urban style
Beautifully built up Montagner
Beautifully built up Montagner
Nicely polished 600 Shimano cranks wearing a bespokechainrings necklace
Nicely polished 600 Shimano cranks wearing a bespokechainrings necklace
His and Hers Gracecross steeds
His and Hers Gracecross steeds
Very nice Guerciotti single speed conversion
Very nice Guerciotti single speed conversion
Peugeot single speed conversion
Peugeot single speed conversion

                                                                                                                                                             CLICK ON IMAGES FOR ENLARGEMENT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           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 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

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.

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.

 

mottainaicycles has a new location in Collingwood

The harsh Melbourne sun shines down on this new owner of a single speed conversion black mixte 80's Madison
The harsh Melbourne sun shines down on this new owner of a single speed conversion black mixte 80’s Madison
Spencer tries to expand upon his 15 mins of canine fame next to a fella picking up his restored bike.
Spencer tries to expand upon his 15 mins of canine fame next to a fella picking up his restored bike.
A funky custom build, late 1970's Raleigh built up with mostly original Raleigh parts but converted into a single speed for urban efficiency.
A funky custom build, late 1970’s Raleigh built up with mostly original Raleigh parts but converted into a single speed for urban efficiency.
Some last shots taken in our old shop on Rose Street Fitzroy, it was demolished 3 hours after us moving out, making progress for more prefab apartments. The beuiful Bates track bike and stunning Moser in shocking pink are still for sale in our new shop at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood in the rear down the laneway.
Some last shots taken in our old shop on Rose Street Fitzroy, it was demolished 3 hours after us moving out, making progress for more prefab apartments. The beautiful Bates track bike and stunning Moser in shocking pink are still for sale in our new shop at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood in the rear down the laneway.
The Mottainai lads waiting for me before heading out to the Brunswick velodrome for a spin.
The Mottainai lads waiting for me before heading out to the Brunswick velodrome for a spin.
A 1970's Malvern Star restoration and single speed conversion
A 1970’s Malvern Star restoration and single speed conversion
A beautiful 1960's Deanne Toseland restoration built with era correct parts, click on pic to enlarge for detail, also our custom leather work on the bars and the saddle. This is one ripper of a bike.
A beautiful 1960’s Deanne Toseland restoration built with era correct parts, click on pic to enlarge for detail, also our custom leather work on the bars and the saddle. This is one ripper of a bike.
We are aiming at building up a cheaper range of bikes that require less restoration work but still fulfill our aesthetic and quality of mechanical workmanship, this is one example. This was also a custom build, hence the milk crate.
We are aiming at building up a cheaper range of bikes that require less restoration work but still fulfill our aesthetic and quality of mechanical workmanship, this is one example. This was also a custom build, hence the milk crate.
A good fit. This was a restoration and single speed conversion, these Peugeots always turn out well, ah the french and their sense of style!
A good fit. This was a restoration and single speed conversion, these Peugeots always turn out well, ah the french and their sense of smiles….. I mean style!
This lovely bike came in the other day, a chap brought it over from Europe after living there, very cool details, this is a good example of why we love vintage bikes at Mottainai, The Tebag! haha
This lovely bike came in the other day, a chap brought it over from Europe after living there, very cool details, this is a good example of why we love vintage bikes at Mottainai, The Tebag! haha

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A Claude Butler 531 Reynolds for sale, make a great commuter or randonneur.

 

Come and check out our new bike cave at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood (only a few minutes ride from our last place), in the rear down the laneway. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30. We service all bikes and restore and sell beautiful vintage bikes and of course we also build custom bikes for you to suit any need or desire. We truly love our bikes and this is what we are all about. In the next blog there will be pics of our new digs that we are presently building and designing to be a wonderland of bikes and a remarkable workshop. We are just 50 meters down from the intersection of Smith St and Johnston down the laneway next to everyday coffee/99 problems, Magic Johnston creative offices etc. Come in to show your support for our efforts to recycle and offer an alternative to shit Chinese bikes that become landfill after a year, say NO to fake vintage bikes haha, better get of the soapbox we probably need the timber for our new place. Cheers and ride on. Mottainai Spirit!!!!!!!

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