Silly season, bicycle mania in Melbourne 2016 Dec

If you love beautiful bikes then you will adore our shop. We have created an oasis of aesthetic velo delights. We believe a bike should be an equal balance of form and function. We delight in being able to build our creations and to collaborate with our customers building custom bikes. Below are pictures of customers picking up their new rides.

Mottainai Cycles is a bicycle workshop, we service and repair all bicycles and specialize in restoring and building vintage steel lugged bikes. We sell restored bikes and love to build custom bikes for you. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open Monday, Wed, Thurs and Fridays from 8.30 to 6.00 and open weekends Sat and Sundays from 10.30 to 6.00. Find us at 23 rear Johnston Street Collingwood, down the lane-way and opposite Jim’s Greek Tavern.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) or mottainaivintagebikes (at),
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051


Lovely customer now mobile on her Repco de-ville, 10speed
Full restoration on this Malvern Star Moscow, bunch of mates got together to return a childhood bike to it’s owner fully restored as a surprise.
Another restoration maintaining original paintwork etc. Bike is Porshe early 80’s.
Single speed conversion build 1970’s Madison, pin-stripped.
Cool young chap wanted a vintage bike with just the right patina, this Raleigh caught his eye, 3 speed Sturmey Archer reconditioned.
One of our sweetest frames, 1960’s Bates hand painted, absolutely stunning, custom build…. Sturmey Archer recondition 3 speed rear hub, Hplusons b14 rims, Shimano arabesque 600 cranks etc etc….
Detail from the Bates custom build, Shimano 600 Arabesque cranks, Sugino drilled Chainring
Gorgeous Peugeot Mixte custom build, all upgraded LX derailleurs, Shimano crankset, original Normandy hubs, stem shifters.
Our favorite touring bike custom build to date. Dawes 531 reynolds touring frame, Sakae triple crank set, tx733 Araya hybrid rims, mavic hubs, touring bars, LX Shimano canti brakes……. Ready for the long haul
Classic 80’s Ladies Step-through bicycle has found a new home with her delighted new owner.

Mottainai Bicycle Service Centre, vintage bikes for sale at Fitzroy Kerr Street. Fading Summer

Saying farewell to Summer is synonymous to saying goodbye to an old friend, a sweet sadness pervades coupled with nostalgic flashes, a kaleidoscope of bright colours and euphoric feelings. The onset of Autumn heralds a more contemplative time, riding through sun-burnt discarded leaves and the recognizable smell of earth, as the leaves metamorphose returning back to soil. The wheel of life continues it’s cycle as do we here at Mottainai. We are still engrossed in building supercool vintage bikes for you and also servicing all bikes from our quaint space at 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy, just a short stroll from Brunswick St. We aim to offer less expensive servicing and faster than most around us. And our hours are 10.30-7pm everyday barring severe weather events, call me on 0448884051 cheers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2012_0612AD 2012_0613AD 2012_0512AF 2012_0604AA 2012_0604AF 2012_0608AC 2012_0612AJ 2012_0612AO

vintage bikes Melbourne. Mottainai Restored Cycles

Here we have a few choice piccaronies of our Mottainai gang doing what we love to do, we recently had to say bon-voyage to a much loved member Julian, who is now back in France trying to find us some cool French bikes for us to restore. In the other pics are some delightful people who came in and found some love in our shed of bike dreams lol! Well you know what I mean. We roll on old wheels at Mottainai Cycles. Come in for a service or some new/old bikes. Cheers

41 Kerr Street Fitzroy 0448884051 Open Mon-Fri 11am-6pm and all day Sundays…….. Melbourne vintage retro bikes.

vintage bikes Melbourne, get your vintage coolness and recycle a beautiful bicycle with us.

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!

Vintage bikes Melbourne, some romantic snaps of seekers finding their trusty wheelie friends at Mottainai Cycles, Fitzroy.

Some of the shots also depict random cyclists around Fitzroy getting their ‘vintage cool on’. And you can’t stop me sneaking in the occasional dog piccy, these are some of the dogs we take care of and we love them to pieces. Ahhhhhhh vintage bikes and dogs ……. It’s the simple things:)

Mottainai Cycles will be at Melbourne Central Level 1 from Wednesday 20th-31st July for the State of Design Festival, come and check out some of our bikes. Cheers

Melbourne Vintage Bikes Mottainai, Arctic weather doesn’t perturb Melbournites from finding and riding their retro rides.

More fantastic people coming to visit Mottainai recycle bikes in Fitzroy and discovering their retro-rig or does it happen the other way? Also included are a couple of happy snaps taken around inner city Melbourne, locals getting around on their bikes.

Contact info: 0448884051   mail:


Vintage bikes in Australia, Melbourne.

The pictures taken outside the off-white cottage are bikes sold to their new owners from Mottainai Cycles in Fitzroy (0448884051). The remaining shots were taken around the Fitzroy/Collingwood areas recently.

Beautiful vintage bicycles *** Melbourne Fitzroy.

Top snaps were appropriated from the net.

And below, a lady finds her perfect metal steed, a friend shows her beautifully restored 50’s wheels.

Recycled vintage bicycles are in epidemic proportions in the inner city.

These pic were randomly taken in Fitzroy over the last few days, one of them show a Lady with her newly acquired  vintage bike, others explore the theme of cute dogs and cool bikes. Enjoy. Any inquiries about vintage bikes can be made to 0448884051, cheers.

Recycled vintage bicycles Melbourne, random net pics of some bikes etc.

Just a selection of net piccies with some nice bikes and spunky ppls on them. Enjoy:)