Older bikes are often pretty amazing, hand made or made from high quality materials etc, especially compared to the bikes being pumped out of the factories of China (which have repeatedly being shown to have horrendous working conditions).
We at Mottainai attempt to find as many of these great pre-loved bikes as possible and resurrect them through full restorations, whilst trying to keep them as original as we can. We are intoxicated with the aesthetic and quality/performance of our bikes and feel a responsibility to bring them back to life in a way that holds an integrity and respect for the origins of the bicycle. Most people seem addicted to the concept of the new, however if new means inferior materials and workmanship then why are people buying these products. Furthermore why are so many throwing out bikes that are often far better than those offered in many shops or online.
A good quality bike should last more than a lifetime and can be a beautiful object to pass on to others. We believe that bicycles should not be created just to make profits using the cheapest methods and materials possible but instead created with the knowledge and attitude that riding a bike is one of the wonderful joys in life.
The pic below is the newish showroom on 50 Rose Street Fitzroy early evening
We also do bicycle repairs and servicing at Mottainai Cycles at 41 Kerr St Fitzroy, our prices are very affordable and we usually offer same same service, i.e if you drop off your bike early we can finish it the same day depending on the work involved. Come in from 11am-5.50pm Mon-Fri or on Sundays. Cheers 0448884051
Hi, I am having a vintage bike sale on Sunday the 17th April (tomorrow) from 3pm -6pm. I have a lot of vintage bikes I need to sell, prices start at $150. All the bikes are used and will need a service.
You can contact me on 0448884051 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Address is : Highett Place Fitzroy, ( it will be easy to find once on Highett Place).
One thing I have noticed over a couple of years collecting and selling vintage bikes is that the people who are interested in these bikes are all really nice people and a delight to meet and chat with about bikes and life. The above pics and many in this blog are a documentation of these wonderful people and their bikes.
You can contact me on 0448884051 with any questions regarding vintage bicycles etc. Cheers …… from ……… Fitzroy, Melbourne.
Many of these pics were of people purchasing bicycles from Mottainai recycled bikes but also some are of locals who ride cool bikes, such as the green Raleigh Men’s bike and the black BSA etc. Thanks to all those who willingly participate, cheers.
So many great bikes are rolling again, it’s fantastic to see all the vintage bikes back in use and looking so damn cool. The concept of the ‘slow rider’ on a vintage bicycle is an interesting one if we compare that genre to the lycra racer style, it’s just cool to see different bike cultures and watch them develop and become part of our visual social fabric.