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

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

 

mottainaicycles.com Check out our beautiful vintage bikes in Fitzroy

late sixties Japanese custom built frame Naniwa tubing converted single speed with all alloy Japanese parts.
late sixties Japanese custom built frame Naniwa tubing converted single speed with all alloy Japanese parts.
Here we have Jessica working on a beloved Peugeot both originally from France
Here we have Jessica working on a beloved Peugeot both originally from France
A lovely Japanese step-through bicycle late 1970's with a lovely new owner
A lovely Japanese step-through bicycle late 1970’s with a lovely new owner
Marek with his new custom built 2 speed kick back pacemaker early 1950's frame, sweet ride
Marek with his new custom built 2 speed kick back pacemaker early 1950’s frame, sweet ride
A closer inspection of the Pacemaker, we are also making our own leather work including bar tape and also recovering seats
A closer inspection of the Pacemaker, we are also making our own leather work including bar tape and also recovering seats

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A vintage Legnano that we restored, was the gents fathers bike, raw metal coated in a rust prevention sealant, using a recovered seat and our Mottainai leather bar tape
A vintage Legnano that we restored, was the gents fathers bike, raw metal coated in a rust prevention sealant, using a recovered seat and our Mottainai leather bar tape
Nico, viewing the world through the wheel of life,,,,,,,,, or just me taking a snap of Nico through a wheel....
Nico, viewing the world through the wheel of life,,,,,,,,, or just me taking a snap of Nico through a wheel….

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Thom our resident womble mechanic, some of our lady customers are often overheard commenting on how beautiful and deep his eyes are…..

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Simon, nothing else to say! Man of Meditation

Big yellow cro-mo bicycle restored to original specs
Big yellow cro-mo bicycle restored to original specs

Mottainai Cycles is in high gear making, restoring and servicing bikes for you guys, we love what we do and would just like to thank all our customers for giving us the opportunity to be able to do what we are passionate about. We have been restoring and servicing vintage bikes for more than 3 years now and we are continuing to grow in many little ways. We now produce our own leather work, bar tape and we recover seats that are damaged. Come into our store at 50 Rose Street or 41 Kerr (same building) and check out our finished bikes or order a custom bike, prices starting at 500 for a fully restored rebuilt bike. We use only good quality parts (not cheap crap from China) and lovingly restore each bike to a level that we are proud of. Everyone is welcome to just have a look around and perv at our beautiful bikes, we are open every day from 10.30 to 6.30. catrethowan@yahoo.com   FACEBOOK: “mottainaicycles” call on 0448884051   50 Rose Street Fitzroy or 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy (same building). No hard sell just cool 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.

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.

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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