Get some Spring in your wheels. Mottainai vintage bikes Sept 2015

Rad Ladies step-through all restored and in the loving embrace of a new owner.
Ladies step-through all restored and in the loving embrace of a new owner.
Ol' Eddy M been built up, cool arse colours.
good Ol’ Eddy  been built up…. cool arse colourway.
Feels a bit posh using Campy tools on Campy parts.
Feels a bit posh using Campy tools on Campy parts.
Our beloved postie bike finally finds the right home.
Our beloved postie bike finally finds the right home.
mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs
mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs
mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs
Beautiful 1980’s Gemini randonneur bike
Delightful original Raleigh grand prix back on the roads of old Melbourne town.
Delightful original Raleigh grand prix back on the roads of old Melbourne town.
Michael and Chris..... Mic did these ripper street murals in our laneway, thanks dude we love them. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Micha%C3%ABl-Husser-Graphic-Illustration/151695661523553?fref=ts
Michael and Chris….. Mic did these ripper street murals in our laneway, thanks dude we love them. facebook page: Husser-Graphic-Illustration
An elegant Puch all gussied-up and hitting the hard streets of Melbourne.
An elegant Puch all gussied-up and hitting the hard streets of Melbourne
A delightful late 1970's Centurion with a Shimano Arabesque group, all original and restored.
A delightful late 1970’s Centurion with a Shimano Arabesque group, all original and restored.
A ripper of a bike. 80's Ken Evans frame with a contemporary Shimano 105 group set with Araya rims... humdinger
A ripper of a bike. 80’s Ken Evans frame with a contemporary Shimano 105 group set with Araya rims… humdinger

The most eagerly awaited Spring for many a long year… A perpetual sigh can be heard on the streets of Melbourne if one listens hard enough. Spring is time for a new bike or to get your existing bike serviced. We are pumped to build new custom bikes for y’all so come in to see what we have. We have a veritable treasure trove of exquisite frames and bikes to customize to your specifications. Our love and passion is building bikes so come in and keep us happily building. Also,  we gladly accept good quality steel bikes as donations if you have old bikes cluttering up your place. Be rest assured they will be treasured, brought back to life and placed in a loving new relationship. Drop off anytime to our shop in Collingwood Melbourne.

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.

Contact:    mail:    catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051

Vintage custom built bicycles and restorations Mottainai Cycles Melbourne

Beautiful Tommasini being restored and built up with an original campy groupset.
Beautiful Tommasini being restored and built up with an original campy groupset.
The lads fawning over an Italian masterpiece. Prep work before rebuilding.
The lads fawning over an Italian masterpiece. Prep work before rebuilding.
It's not really a job if you love what you do....
It’s not really a job if you love what you do….
A few of the bikes we have for sale in the shop, we have over 100 frames waiting to be built and many complete bikes waiting for their owner to walk in and recognize them.
A few of the bikes we have for sale in the shop, we have over 100 frames waiting to be built and many complete bikes waiting for their owner to walk in and recognize them.
A custom build all finished being picked up, Repco superlite.
A custom build all finished being picked up, Repco superlite.
The unparallelled ecstasy of picking up a custom built bike made especially for you! (Bike Kungfu)
The unparallelled ecstasy of picking up a custom built bike made especially for you! (Bike Kungfu)
Another mixte custom build, single speed conversion finished up and now riding the streets of old Melbourne town. M for Mottainai!
Another mixte custom build, single speed conversion finished up and now riding the streets of old Melbourne town. M for Mottainai!
We tend to lose ourselves sometimes starring at beautiful bikes .... it's our particular form of meditation, I'm sure all bike lovers can relate.
We tend to lose ourselves sometimes starring at beautiful bikes …. it’s our particular form of meditation, I’m sure all bike lovers can relate.
We encourage people wanting to learn about vintage bikes to come in and volunteer until they have a sound foundation of skills. Mottainai is a wonderful family that has spread around the world.
We encourage people wanting to learn about vintage bikes to come in and volunteer until they have a sound foundation of skills. Mottainai is a wonderful family that has spread around the world.
A full restoration completed on this rare PX10 LE
A full restoration completed on this rare PX10 LE
The french know how to combine form and function ..... Stronglight cranks
The french know how to combine form and function ….. Stronglight cranks
details of the PX10 LE resto ..... Simplex prestige blingness
details of the PX10 LE resto ….. Simplex prestige blingness
We have done many restorations on Peugeots, they are very popular in Melbourne
We have done many restorations on Peugeots, they are very popular in Melbourne
A sweet commuter build receiving it's finishing touches.... mixte design
A sweet commuter build receiving it’s finishing touches…. mixte design
mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs
mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs
commuter hub goodness
commuter hub goodness
more mixte blingness
more mixte blingness
getting a bit arty farty in the workshop
getting a bit arty farty in the workshop
fork dropout re-purposed into our trusty bottle opener. We like beer by the way.... just in case anyone wants to bring a smile to our dials ... we accept donation bikes and beers
fork dropout re-purposed into our trusty bottle opener. We like beer by the way…. just in case anyone wants to bring a smile to our dials … we accept donation bikes and beers
A Focus commuter custom build being picked up.
A Focus commuter custom build being picked up.
Full restoration including new chrome on a gorgeous Rebellato, owner seems rather happy with the results
Full restoration including new chrome on a gorgeous Rebellato, owner seems rather happy with the results
A Puch........ well I just like saying PUCH and they are ripper bikes to boot. Puch Puch Puch!
A Puch…….. well I just like saying PUCH and they are ripper bikes to boot. Puch Puch Puch!
mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs
mottainai cycles vintage bicycles restoration custom builds service repairs
A restoration build of a Japanese Gemini, very good quality bikes from the 80's
A restoration build of a Japanese Gemini, very good quality bikes from the 80’s
A wonderful restoration of a Paconi team bike being picked up with full Dura ace components, frame is actually a Michalo.. a South Australian builder. Reynolds 753  Heat-Treated Manganese-Molybdenum tubing.
A wonderful restoration of a Paconi team bike being picked up with full Dura ace components, frame is actually a Michalo.. a South Australian builder. Reynolds 753 Heat-Treated Manganese-Molybdenum tubing.
A Concorde custom build being picked up, sweet arsed bike!
A Concorde custom build being picked up, sweet arsed bike!
Old school art ..... great looking Ladies Step through restoration (Superior). 1950's.
Old school art ….. great looking Ladies Step through restoration (Superior). 1950’s.

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.

Contact: catrethowan (at) yahoo.com or mottainaivintagebikes (at) gmail.com,
PH: (zero)466670316 or (zero)448884051

mottainaicycles has a new location in Collingwood

The harsh Melbourne sun shines down on this new owner of a single speed conversion black mixte 80's Madison
The harsh Melbourne sun shines down on this new owner of a single speed conversion black mixte 80’s Madison
Spencer tries to expand upon his 15 mins of canine fame next to a fella picking up his restored bike.
Spencer tries to expand upon his 15 mins of canine fame next to a fella picking up his restored bike.
A funky custom build, late 1970's Raleigh built up with mostly original Raleigh parts but converted into a single speed for urban efficiency.
A funky custom build, late 1970’s Raleigh built up with mostly original Raleigh parts but converted into a single speed for urban efficiency.
Some last shots taken in our old shop on Rose Street Fitzroy, it was demolished 3 hours after us moving out, making progress for more prefab apartments. The beuiful Bates track bike and stunning Moser in shocking pink are still for sale in our new shop at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood in the rear down the laneway.
Some last shots taken in our old shop on Rose Street Fitzroy, it was demolished 3 hours after us moving out, making progress for more prefab apartments. The beautiful Bates track bike and stunning Moser in shocking pink are still for sale in our new shop at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood in the rear down the laneway.
The Mottainai lads waiting for me before heading out to the Brunswick velodrome for a spin.
The Mottainai lads waiting for me before heading out to the Brunswick velodrome for a spin.
A 1970's Malvern Star restoration and single speed conversion
A 1970’s Malvern Star restoration and single speed conversion
A beautiful 1960's Deanne Toseland restoration built with era correct parts, click on pic to enlarge for detail, also our custom leather work on the bars and the saddle. This is one ripper of a bike.
A beautiful 1960’s Deanne Toseland restoration built with era correct parts, click on pic to enlarge for detail, also our custom leather work on the bars and the saddle. This is one ripper of a bike.
We are aiming at building up a cheaper range of bikes that require less restoration work but still fulfill our aesthetic and quality of mechanical workmanship, this is one example. This was also a custom build, hence the milk crate.
We are aiming at building up a cheaper range of bikes that require less restoration work but still fulfill our aesthetic and quality of mechanical workmanship, this is one example. This was also a custom build, hence the milk crate.
A good fit. This was a restoration and single speed conversion, these Peugeots always turn out well, ah the french and their sense of style!
A good fit. This was a restoration and single speed conversion, these Peugeots always turn out well, ah the french and their sense of smiles….. I mean style!
This lovely bike came in the other day, a chap brought it over from Europe after living there, very cool details, this is a good example of why we love vintage bikes at Mottainai, The Tebag! haha
This lovely bike came in the other day, a chap brought it over from Europe after living there, very cool details, this is a good example of why we love vintage bikes at Mottainai, The Tebag! haha

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A Claude Butler 531 Reynolds for sale, make a great commuter or randonneur.

 

Come and check out our new bike cave at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood (only a few minutes ride from our last place), in the rear down the laneway. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30. We service all bikes and restore and sell beautiful vintage bikes and of course we also build custom bikes for you to suit any need or desire. We truly love our bikes and this is what we are all about. In the next blog there will be pics of our new digs that we are presently building and designing to be a wonderland of bikes and a remarkable workshop. We are just 50 meters down from the intersection of Smith St and Johnston down the laneway next to everyday coffee/99 problems, Magic Johnston creative offices etc. Come in to show your support for our efforts to recycle and offer an alternative to shit Chinese bikes that become landfill after a year, say NO to fake vintage bikes haha, better get of the soapbox we probably need the timber for our new place. Cheers and ride on. Mottainai Spirit!!!!!!!

Your turn (via LittleBikeBlog)

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.

Your turn 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

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Mottainai recycled vintage bicycles, Fitzroy Melbourne.

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

Melbourne vintage bikes cruising the hood.

Random pics taken of inner city dwellers rolling on old groovy wheels.

Vintage retro style in abundance on Smith St as a normal day takes on nostalgic elegance.

Bike lovers abound, meandering through the mornings warm possibilities. Vintage bikes Melbourne.