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.

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.                                                                   

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Say NO! to buying cheap and nasty Chinese bikes created only for profit rather than for the joy of riding. Mottainai Cycles Fitzroy Melbourne … RECYCLE BEAUTY

This delightful person had been searching for a while for a groovy little 24 inch road bike, we rebuilt it with her as she wanted to learn and be part of the process
CLICK ON ANY PIC FOR ENLARGEMENT This delightful person had been searching for a while for a groovy little 24 inch road bike, we rebuilt it with her as she wanted to learn and be part of the process
Full rest on an Ubeni with full campy record gear
Full resto on an Ubeni with full campy record gear, repainted deep candy apple with metallic flakes
An Amsterdam bicycle labelled The Burger Deverter, we also did a full restoration on this, came out a treat.
An Amsterdam bicycle labelled The Burger Deverter, we also did a full restoration on this, came out a treat.
Lots of polishing gets these results... to bling or not to bling?
Lots of polishing gets these results… to bling or not to bling?
Masa-michi from Japan working hard restoring a beautiful German Ladies bicycle 1950's.
Masa-michi from Japan working hard restoring a beautiful German Ladies bicycle 1950’s.
Front of the warehouse on Rose Street Fitzroy
Front of the warehouse on Rose Street Fitzroy
Nick finishing a full restoration on an Apollo. Nice Japanese bike, came out very well.
Nick finishing a full restoration on an Apollo. Nice Japanese bike, came out very well.

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This is the frame of a very large tricycle with timber tray that we restored recently. These are very very solid frames built to carry heavy loads.
This is the frame of a very large tricycle with timber tray that we restored recently. These are very very solid frames built to carry heavy loads.
Working on the Trike
Working on the Trike
Working late into the night on the trike .... rhythming-----
Working late into the night on the trike …. rhythming hmmm—–
Tricycle tray, this beast most likely came from South East Asian, perhaps Vietnam etc, the timber was very old and came up superbly after a sand and new vanish.
Tricycle tray, this beast most likely came from South East Asian, perhaps Vietnam etc, the timber was very old and came up superbly after a sand and new vanish.

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Didn't take long before there was a box of beer in the tray
Didn’t take long before there was a box of beer in the tray
Our Brunswick St sign bike hand painted by George Rose.
Our Brunswick St sign bike hand painted by George Rose.
Nick riding the finished Trike
Nick riding the finished Trike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

We at Mottainai Cycles professionally restore and recycle beautiful vintage bicycles for our customers, we also sell vintage bikes already restored and service all bikes from our space at 41 Kerr St Fitzroy (just 100 meters off Brunswick St), we are open every day from 9.30-6pm   0448884051 or 042823277  catrethowan@yahoo.com

It’s been a great Winter for riding so far, keep the wheels rolling, Mottainai Cycles.

Custom build
Custom build
Groovy 60's kids tricycle restoration. We usually try to preserve the original paintwork.
Groovy 60’s kids tricycle restoration. We usually try to preserve the original paintwork.
Classic Peugeot after a restoration.
Classic Peugeot after a restoration.

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Very cool custom step through build with NOS (New Ols Stock) frame 1960's.
Very cool custom step through build with NOS (New Old Stock) frame 1960’s.

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This dude was excited to find a Malvern Star 5 star and a Coronation in our vaults.
This dude was excited to find a Malvern Star 5 star and a Coronation in our vaults.
1950's Hartly track bicycle fully restored, Campag hubs, cranks and headset.
1950’s Hartly track bicycle fully restored, Campag hubs, cranks and headset.
Random workshop snapshot.
Random workshop snapshot.
Early 70's or late 60's Raleigh Record mid way through a restoration
Early 70’s or late 60’s Raleigh Record mid way through a restoration

2012_0908AR CLICK ON PIC TO ENLARGE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mottainai Cycles 41 Kerr St Fitzroy (just off Brunswick St) catrethowan@yahoo.com  0448884051  0428232477 Open from 10am till 6pm everyday.                                                  We have some great projects on at the moment, from custom builds to restorations. We are presently restoring a vintage tricycle with a large timber tray, the bike was from Asia and will be used as a promotional object, can’t wait to see the finished bike, I will post up some pics next time. We are also getting a few Keirin track bikes from Japan thanks to Tomo san who just returned home to Melb. Our weird little space is jammed full of beautiful exotic bikes that are for sale, so come in and take a look and have a chat with us. Also don’t forget to get your bike serviced with us, we will make your bike run like magic. Rolling Cheers

I’m sure you will love this as much as I do…….. vintage bikes

A good friend to Mottainai (Ariel) sent me this video:                                                                                http://vimeo.com/65542790