Another year is nearly over, they just keep rolling by like good quality wheels on a bike. We invite all our readers to pop in to our shop to check out what we have been up to. Emile, one of our key members and long time Mottainai mechanic is getting married this weekend, the day after the end of the world in-fact. So, congrats Emile.
On another note: please turn your minds away from horrible MADE in CHINA bikes that are littering our streets and becoming landfill after a short time, stop fueling the fires of a foreign government that has extremely negative human rights records and that is now beginning to flex it’s muscles in the Asian region, a region we belong to. Recycle, there are so many cool bikes out there already that just need a new lease on life and some love. Peace, love and fresh Mung beans!!! Cheerio
More and more bikes seem to be emerging out of the woodwork, dotting the warming, slightly sticky tar streets. Have you ever noticed the difference between the look on a riders face compared to a person driving a car. Many bike riders have almost joyous, benign expressions naturally adorning their faces whilst car drivers usually encapsulate an intensity, a detached but slightly agitated format. Riders are engaged with their surroundings and delight in the wonderment that is constantly pulsating around us. We have the fast riders and we also have the slow riders, I reckon I’m a slow to medium (medium rare tofu). Anyways ….. just rambling today, must be the warm winds. Come in to see us for a service or if your looking for a new/old bike that is totally rad! We do customs builds as well, so don’t be shy, come and suss out our wheels 41 Kerr St Fitzroy 0448884051 open most days unless it’s really horrible weather 🙂
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.” 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. 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.
Autumn’s glorious leaves flutter in excitement as our wheels slice through the nests of red and yellow. I have always loved riding in Autumn and I’m sure many others would agree. We are having a pop up shop not far from our normal place, it’s virtually on the corner of Napier Street and Johnston Street in Fitzroy (opposite McCoppins bottle shop), we will be servicing bikes and also have some beautiful bikes for sale of course (hopefully coffee as well). So come and visit us from the 25th, just a few days away. Will will still be at 41 Kerr St on Sundays with the Rose St Artist market. Ph 0448884051
The above bike is a two-star Malverstar full restoration that was recently completed for a wonderful guy, he seems pretty chuffed with it 🙂
The above bicycle is a BSA that was recently purchased by this sweet lady, she took one look at it and totally fell in love, she said she even dreamed about it. I love these stories.
This purple Hallmark is actually my next door neighbors newly restored steed, he came to show me on it’s maiden voyage. Wonderful job!!!
The above Cecil Walker was a full restoration that is now available, The leather work was completed by the magnificent Ella, you can commission her through our shop to do any bicycle leather work including grips, shoulder hangers, bar dressings …. in fact you name it, she does it and her work is next to none (excellent!!!).
Love the pose, he was a cool dude!!
Anyone looking for a groovy vintage bike or even a service pop in to out shop at 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy, just off Brunswick St. Mon=Fri 12-6pm and all day Sundays. Cheers 0448884051 RIDE-ON!
We will at the market today from 10am today (actually every Sunday) till 5pm, you can access us through the market or from the normal Kerr St laneway, should be great weather today. We have lots of super groovy bikes available and you are welcome to pop in for a chat about old bikes. Cheers
Some happy customers that prefer to find a recycled cool vintage bike and support us rather than buy some Chinese made (POS) that becomes landfill in a years time and supports cheap labour and an autocratic regime rather than a sustainable business model. Jumps down from the soapbox lol! But seriously, I really don’t understand these people who purchase these cheap fake/retro copies made in China, when they are such poor quality and don’t support local people or the environment by recycling, I mean come on what’s not to get?? Ok ok now for some groovy pics of some vintage Peugeot adverts from back in the day.
Come and check out our bikes, 41 Kerr St Fitzroy, (0448884051) Mon-Fri and Sundays with the Rose St Artist Market
We also hire out great vintage bikes everyday, contact the Rose St Artist market. Cheers