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

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.

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

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.                                                                                                                                                 66458_555371567831536_656950875_n