Many of these pics were of people purchasing bicycles from Mottainai recycled bikes but also some are of locals who ride cool bikes, such as the green Raleigh Men’s bike and the black BSA etc. Thanks to all those who willingly participate, cheers.
It’s time to respect the style and craftsmanship of old bikes, there is no reason why we have to keep buying new bikes and discarding our used ones. Most new ones are mass produced in China which just fuels the blind monster of consumerism, these new ones just don’t last the distance and are not made to endure. Alternatively, the old stuff reeks of retro coolness and are embedded with the traces of the past, every scratch a story. Why are we so obsessed with the ‘new’ the perfect paint job etc? A vintage bike with the original paint, faded with scratches compels me to imagine it’s history and at the same time enjoy the design and craftsmanship.
The first three pics are chosen from the net as examples of the wonderful aesthetic of people with their vintage bikes. The other shots were taken around Melbourne, illustrating the growing pattern of folks out on their old used bikes going about their business. And the remaining ones are of some nice locals who bought a few bikes from Mottainai cycles. 🙂 0448884051
Michael’s exquisite leather work is breathtaking. You can check out his work on busymanbicycles.blogspot.com
Summer is upon us and riders proliferate on the streets like a swarm of happy bees. Shots taken around the ‘Roy’ Fitzroy. Enjoy and you can contact me on 0448884051 if you have any questions regarding bikes. Cheers
Mottainai (もったいない, 勿体無い) 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.