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.

Fitzroy Bike service and repairs: Vintage bikes for sale: Mottainai Cycles :)

2012_0328AA 2012_0328AP 2012_0328AR 2012_0328AV 2012_0330AA 2012_0402AB 2012_0403AB 2012_0403AF                 2012_0409AA 2012_0410AB     Greetings lovers of real vintage bikes! The pics above depict some people who have bought bikes from us recently or we thought would look super cool with a particular bike like that last piccy. We at Mottainai Cycles are a little obsessed with older style bikes although we do service and repair all types of bicycles that roll in to our funny little shed. We pride ourselves on performing high quality repairs on all bikes and try to do that little bit extra that is rarely seen these days. We believe our bikes are works of art and can often be caught staring vacantly at one of these bikes, lost in a form of reverie. Most of the bikes in our shed are for sale and we are happy for any one to take them for a test ride around the block. We are even happy to just talk about bikes with you because to be honest that’s pretty much all we ever do anyway.  So please come in so we can talk more about bikes and come and admire our vintage bikes for sale, as we have quite a selection available. Okydoky that’s it for now, ride safe!!! We are at 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy (mob 0448884051), down the lane-way …. just follow the signs. Cheers                                                                                                                                                           P.S. Please consider before buying a cheap Chinese bike, and support a sustainable environment, and help spread the word.

vintage bikes Melbourne Mottainai recycles

Howdy lovers of classic bikes, we at Mottainai cycles have moved back to 41 Kerr St Fitzroy after a wonderful time at Napier St where we met many great beings and their magnanimous steeds. Emile and Chillieman have been doing miraculous work bringing bikes back to life. Please come and visit us for a new/old bike and for any servicing on any bikes. Cheers

Call Emile on 0478821208

Melbourne restored rebuilt recycled used bikes at Mottainai Cycles Fitzroy.

Mottainai vintage cycles: We sell vintage bikes and repair/service all bikes at our funny little place, come and meet us at 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy. Mon-Fri 10.30-5.30pm  Sunday from 10am-5pm 0448884051 We really love vintage, classic and old bikes.

rebuilt vintage bikes Melbourne, Mottainai Cycles.

Some blissed-out new Mottainai customers with their new/old rides. The pics of bikes are a small selection of fully restored, rebuilt bikes that we have for sale in our funny little hole in the wall shop nestled in the heart of Fitzroy. Come in and please mention if you found us through this blog. 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy, we do repairs and service all bikes but secretly prefer older style bikes 😉 0448884051 Ride on time!!!  Check out a crap video (my first one) taken of our crazy hole in the wall shop below.

What’s cold and wet and lives in a cave? Get your Vintage on!

A wise person once said,”the only constant is change”, well Melbourne certainly embraces that maxim unabashedly (in weatherly terms), I would like to add, the only constant is the turn of the wheel:) Regardless of external conditions getting on a bike is food for the soul and to my mind the older the bike the more soul…… or something like that. We have just experienced the Bike Fest which was great and much enjoyed by all that participated.

Tomorrow (Sunday) should be a lovely day to visit the Rose Street Artist market, down some coffee and check out some old rides and groovy bicycles in our shed, be nice to see you there. See yah.

41 Kerr St Fitzroy.  0448884051 Sun 10.30-5.30pm (weekdays 12 noon-6pm) Cheers     http://www.facebook.com/groups/109955705727639/   or    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mottainai-Cycles-vintage-bikes/239885272702935

Gotta love Feb, it’s such a cruisey time to ride around. Mottainai vintage bicycles Fitzroy.

We have been written up in a Webazine:

http://www.melhotornot.com/hot-mottainai-cycles-41-kerr-st-fitzroy/

Just so there is no confusion, we do not produce ‘cheap bikes’ at Mottainai Cycles ….. We love bicycles and spend our days bringing the bikes back into use, it is a labour intensive, act of passion. We respect the intrinsic nature of older bikes and actually thrive on working with them and in so doing, giving the bike another opportunity to bond with their human counterpart. We are inspired when a person comes in and falls in love with one of our bikes, this is why we keep going and really enjoy the process from start to finish. Oh, the pics depicting a seat and some tube thingy is a cool recycled device, shown to me by Henrik (little Jimmy) who works with us, it is a saddle lock to prevent precious saddles from being stolen. It’s basically a recycled bike chain joined under a recycled 700c tire tube which encases the chain. Niffty eh?

41 Kerr St Mon-Fri 12-6pm and on Sundays 10am-5.30pm with the Rose St artist market in Fitzroy. Call me on 0448884051 Cheers