Mottainai Cycles offers great hire bikes…. we service and repair all bikes and specialize in vintage bike projects. We must be the most hidden bike shop in Aust (taking hole in the wall to new heights), but it suits our eccentric nature and most people seem to appreciate our unique state of existence. Mottainai is an ancient Japanese word describing the awareness of not wasting the earth’s precious materials and respecting the intrinsic value of objects/materials born from our natural environment. We are the only bike shop in Aust that focuses on vintage bicycles, we don’t sell new bikes, we don’t support the mass production of bicycles created only for profits. Mottainai loves bespoke bicycle products and enjoys restoring good quality bikes made out of the love for cycling. Our team restores bikes and parts to original specifications or we use vintage or good quality contemporary parts to build custom bikes to suit out customers needs. Mottainai takes great pride in our work. If you haven’t already pop in and check out our shop in Collingwood….. 23 rear Johnston St ….. down the cobblestoned lane-way, opposite the iconic Jim’s Greek Tavern. Shop hours: weekdays 8.30-6.30 weekends 10.30-6.30 sometimes closed on Tuedays.
This is such a quaint blog, I dig the intimacy between the author and the bikes that are discovered, the descriptions and the mood conveyed.
I hope the person who owns this bike doesn't mind that I snuck through their gate to take this shot, but how could I resist a folding Gitane in such tip top condition? Otherwise it would I would only have been a shot of it behind bars… in which case, how could we appreciate the fine detail, such as the front carrier, which I haven't seen before, or the perfectly preserved in-built lights? This got me thinking. I have been pondering the idea of … Read More