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.
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.
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!!!!!!!
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
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