Mottainai Vintage restored Vintage Bikes Janurary 2014

Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.
Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.

Looks like the bizarre Melbourne weather fluctuations have stabilized somewhat, enough to allow even fair weather cyclists a go. Anyways more about us, we are having a bit of a clearance sale of restored vintage bikes as we have to move soonishly, don’t worry though, we are looking at a few options very close to our current abode in Fitzroy. However it’s always good to try and clear a little stock before a move as to allow space for some cool new bikes.                                                                                                                                 Mottainai Cycles for those that have not visited us is a bike shop that specializes in restoring very good quality vintage bikes, we sell bikes, we build custom bikes and we also restore your bikes as well as servicing all bikes even on occasions a moped or a vintage lawn mower etc, haha I’m sure you get the picture, we love good quality vintage bikes and stuff, we denounce Chinese made bicycles produced only for profit as we all love bikes and cycling at Mottainai and feel cheap mass produced Chinese bikes add no value to the wonderful experience of cycling. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30pm at 50 Rose Street or 41 Kerr St (same building). Come in and check out our beautiful bikes or bring in your beautiful bikes for a spruce-up. Cheers and safe riding.  Click on any pic for more detail!!!

Part of the Mottainai crew outside the shop on a summers eve watching Tomosan
Part of the Mottainai crew outside the shop on a summers eve watching Tomosan
And a fixed wheel conversion, a Repco Monaco upgraded on every level to make a good little urban whip.
And a fixed wheel conversion, a Repco Monaco upgraded on every level to make a good little urban whip.
The green Apollo, blinged up to the nines. Steady commuter with panache.
The green Apollo, blinged up to the nines. Steady commuter with panache.
Ohhhh the stunning Abeni, built as a custom ride, single speed conversion with Sturmey Archer hubs, Sugino cranks etc. A wow ride again gone to a lovely customer with pretty rad taste.
Ohhhh the stunning Abeni, built as a custom ride, single speed conversion with Sturmey Archer hubs, Sugino cranks etc. A wow ride again gone to a lovely customer with pretty rad taste.
One of the most smooth and comfy bikes any of us has ever ridden, a 1940/early 50's German bicycle brand name Phaenomen, gone to a very discerning customer.
One of the most smooth and comfy bikes any of us has ever ridden, a 1940/early 50’s German bicycle brand name Phaenomen, gone to a very discerning customer.
Another nice build a customer brought in for us to finish.
Another nice build a customer brought in for us to finish.
Single speed conversion done to a beautiful Rossin, the owner choose all the parts wisely, note the Phil hubs etc.
Single speed conversion done to a beautiful Rossin, the owner choose all the parts wisely, note the Phil hubs etc.
The ritual of installing the hanging bike at 50 Rose Street Mottainai
The ritual of installing the hanging bike at 50 Rose Street Mottainai
Nico hanging out a new sign from the roof at 50 Rose Street.
Nico hanging out a new sign from the roof at 50 Rose Street.
The newly finished Bates 1940's track bike at the Brunswick velodrome for a test, pic and build by Alex at Mottainai
The newly finished Bates 1940’s track bike at the Brunswick velodrome for a test, pic and build by Alex at Mottainai

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

 

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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.

The juxtaposition of a vintage bike workshop and an Indian street food eatery, it works!

Restored single speed conversion with the magical Kunal (aka Supreme grandpoohbar Dosa Master).
Restored single speed conversion with the magical Kunal (aka Supreme grandpoohbar Dosa Master).

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The Kunal factor, the supreme grandpoohbar of the Dosa, equally exuding coolness and attractiveness. Try his vegetarian street food on Sat/Sundays.

A full restoration on a 190's Hercules a British bicycle, repainted pearl white with custom made box and Brooks saddle with Sturmey Archer cranks and Sturmey A. 2 speed kick back rear hub. Pure vintage style.
A full restoration on a 1950’s Hercules a British bicycle, repainted pearl white with custom made box and Brooks saddle with Sturmey Archer cranks and Sturmey A. 2 speed kick back rear hub. Pure vintage style.
The owner of the Hercules project picks up her restored bike.
The owner of the Hercules project picks up her restored bike.
High End Tange cromo Apollo single speed conversion
High End Tange cromo Apollo single speed conversion

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1980’s Paletti road bike built up with a Suntour Superb Pro groupset. Work of art!

Paletti
Paletti
Single speed conversion
Single speed conversion
This young lady brought in her Mother's bike for a restoration so she could continue to use it. We love projects that have a bit of a story behind them.
This young lady brought in her Mother’s bike for a restoration so she could continue to use it. We love projects that have a bit of a story behind them.
A Peugeot in extremely good condition from the 1970's, all original parts.
A Peugeot in extremely good condition from the 1970’s, all original parts.
The Dudes bike, single speed conversion, black and fast!
The Dudes bike, single speed conversion, black and fast!
One of my favorite bikes, a Japanese Nishiki road master, restored and converted into a urban single speed with class.
One of my favorite bikes, a Japanese Nishiki road master, restored and converted into a urban single speed with class.
A restored Apollo, also in great original condition.
A restored Apollo, also in great original condition.

Get yourself a Mottainai bike! We build custom bikes and also have an amazing collection of rare and exotic bicycles in our store. We are open every day from 10.30-6.30 at either 41 Kerr Street or 50 Rose Street Fitzroy.

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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  

 

Mottainai Cycles “let us build you a beautiful bike”.

  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

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We are at either 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy or now also around the corner on 50 Rose Street Fitzroy. Open from 10am to 6pm everyday. Call Nick on 0428232477 catrethowan@yahoo.com    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mottainai-Cycles-vintage-bikes/239885272702935 🙂 Have a ripper ride.