bicycle restoration bike service centre Collingwood Mottainai cycles

Peugeot rebuild service/resoration at Mottainai Cycles
Peugeot rebuild service/restoration at Mottainai Cycles
Beautifully restored early Cecil Walker step-through all original and looking as good as it came out of the shop in the late 50's. Yes we love our work at Mottainai Cycles
Beautifully restored early Cecil Walker step-through all original and looking as good as it came out of the shop in the late 50’s. Yes we love our work at Mottainai Cycles
Ye old faithful Repco traveller restored and moved on to a new life.
Ye old faithful Repco traveler restored and moved on to a new life.
Restoration and custom build (Tange tubing with Shimano parts) from Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood Melbourne
Restoration and custom build (Tange tubing with Shimano parts) from Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood Melbourne
Peugeot Mixte restoration, all original in immaculate condition gone to a deserving new owner.
Peugeot Mixte restoration, all original in immaculate condition gone to a deserving new owner.
Full restoration and 2pak paint build to match his Mustang being restored, custom leather work, single speed conversion at Mottainaicycles.
Full restoration and 2pak paint build to match his Mustang being restored, custom leather work, single speed conversion at Mottainaicycles.
French Mercier in light pink undergoing a full restoration. Mottainai Cycles.
French Mercier in light pink undergoing a full restoration. Mottainai Cycles.
A custom restoration build, 3 speed rear hub, combination of old and new, built as a daily commuter, small 1950's frame with chrome forks, great juxtaposition of patina and bling chrome and polished alloy.
A custom restoration build, 3 speed rear hub, combination of old and new, built as a daily commuter, small 1950’s frame with chrome forks, great juxtaposition of patina and bling chrome and polished alloy.
Gitane restoration, wild Gyspy women.
Gitane restoration, wild Gyspy women.
Paconi team restoration, Suntour and Shimano parts.
Paconi team restoration, Suntour and Shimano parts.
A very sweet team Paconi with Suntour Superb pro hubs, Suntour Spirt mechs and Shimano 600 crankset, tight as a drum. Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood vintage bike restoration and service.
A very sweet team Paconi with Suntour Superb pro hubs, Suntour Spirt mechs and Shimano 600 crankset, tight as a drum. Mottainai Cycles in Collingwood vintage bike restoration and service.
Apollo Japanese step-through all restored with a bemused new owner. Mottainai Cycles Collingwood.
Apollo Japanese step-through all restored with a bemused new owner. Mottainai Cycles Collingwood.
Gilco ride restored and ready to leave the Mottainai stables.
Gilco ride restored and ready to leave the Mottainai stables.
Gilco frameset with campy group set restored.
Gilco frameset with campy group set restored.
Italian Gilco bicycle with full Campagnolo groupset, sweet commuter ride
Italian Gilco bicycle with full Campagnolo groupset, sweet commuter ride
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com          vintage bicycles in Fitzroy/Collingwood we sell vintage bikes and service all bikes. 23 Johnston Street Collingwood.
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com vintage bicycles in Fitzroy/Collingwood we sell vintage bikes and service all bikes. 23 Johnston Street Collingwood.
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com   Mottainaicycles bikes in a photo shoot in Fitzroy
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com Mottainaicycles bikes in a photo shoot in Fitzroy
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com   The girls from vintage walking and riding tours trying out some of our bikes at Mottainaicycles
vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com The girls from vintage walking and riding tours trying out some of our bikes at Mottainaicycles
Some of our vintage bikes waiting for their next owner to walk in ... love at first sight.
Some of our vintage bikes waiting for their next owner to walk in … love at first sight.
mottainaicycles Collingwood, the lads doing something bike related
mottainaicycles Collingwood, the lads doing something bike related
Mottainai cycles vintage bikes in Collingwood, Raleigh vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com
Mottainai cycles vintage bikes in Collingwood, Raleigh vintagewalkingtour@gmail.com

Late Autumn in Melbourne evokes a magical romance, sunset leaves blanketing the damp roads creating a quilt of extraordinary beauty, riding a bike that equates or mirrors such an aesthetic amplifies the experience. Life is too short to ride a shit bicycle! We are passionate about our bikes at Mottainaicycles.com we live to restore and service beautiful bikes, whether they are from Australia, France, England or Japan, we fetish-ize bikes and well crafted parts and like nothing more than building custom bikes or introducing you to one of our bikes already restored. We are the antithesis of the many bike sellers whom sell cheap, poor quality bikes with a vintage look from China (aptly called landfill bikes). We make restore and build bikes for people to love and that will be treasured. You deserve a beautiful bike!!! Come in to our shop down the cobble-stoned laneway at 23 Johnston Street Collingwood. We also service and repair all bikes in our workshop. Just rock up and we can fit you in after a little chat about your bike, we are open from 10.30 till 6.30 soon opening at 8am. catrethowan@yahoo.com  0448884051  facebook: Mottainai Cycles, vintage bikes  Instagram: mottainaicycles   thanks and see yah at the shop.

Mottainai in Collingwood ……. vintage bicycles …. bike service centre

Little Fergie sussing out the new workshop, think he gave a little favorable snort of appreciation.
Little Fergie sussing out the new workshop, think he gave a little favorable snort of appreciation.
Ella and her rad Dad built up a sweet bike together, came out a treat.
Ella and her rad Dad built up a sweet bike together, came out a treat.
The Gove, restored ladies step-through early 1970's looks like it just rolled out of the shop new. Love a minty bike.
The Gove, restored ladies step-through early 1970’s looks like it just rolled out of the shop new. Love a minty bike.
Lawrencia custom build, single speed conversion,
Lawrencia custom build, single speed conversion,
60's Malvern Star restoration, built up as a classic single speed with custom leather work.
60’s Malvern Star restoration, built up as a classic single speed with custom leather work.
Beautiful 60's Cecil Walker custom build and single speed conversion, used Shimano golden arrow cranks and brake calipers.
Beautiful 60’s Cecil Walker custom build and single speed conversion, used Shimano golden arrow cranks and brake calipers.
This 80's Gitane came up nicely after a restoration. Gitane is a French bicycle company the name literally means gyspy woman, cool bikes.
This 80’s Gitane came up nicely after a restoration. Gitane is a French bicycle company the name literally means gyspy woman, cool bikes.
The so-called Roy, is a 1950's restoration that came out brilliantly, this is a son restoring his fathers bike narrative, (one of my favorites). Not sure as to the brand of bike but nonetheless it looks the goods with a rear Sturmey Archer 3 speed rear hub.
The so-called Roy, is a 1950’s restoration that came out brilliantly, this is a son restoring his fathers bike narrative, (one of my favorites). Not sure as to the brand of bike but nonetheless it looks the goods with a rear Sturmey Archer 3 speed rear hub.

Just a reminder that at Mottainai we DO service and repair all bicycle types………………… but we specialize in building and restoring vintage bikes.

Ok we have been at our new joint for a few months now and have been building bikes and building our new place simultaneously, it’s quite a show, I would like to thank all those who have generously given their time and expertise in helping us get to this point, there is still a ways to go but the shop is coming together well. We have a vision of supreme vintage coolness, a bicycle heavenly realm where bike lovers can quench their thirst and unabashedly oogle and stare at the incredible beauty of bikes made out of love and not just for profit (ie mass produced bikes from China).   So if you haven’t visited our new location then you are very welcome to pop in and check out what we are doing …. we consider ourselves an alternative bike-shop …. very friendly/chatty (lovers of bikes) and we do not push sales. New place is in Collingwood 23 Johnston Street down the cobblestone laneway, open everyday from 10.30-6.30  catrethowan@yahoo.com  0448884051   We are also on instagram now: mottainaicycles  and facebook: mottainai cycles, vintage bikes

Mottainai (もったいない, 勿体無い) (pronounced moht-tai-nai) is a Japanese term meaning “a sense of regret concerning waste when the intrinsic value of an object or resource is not properly utilized.”[1] The expression “Mottainai!” can be uttered alone as an exclamation when something useful, such as food or time, is wasted, meaning roughly “Oh, what a waste!”

Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai visited Japan at the request of the Mainichi Shimbun for an event related to the Kyoto Protocol in 2005.[4] At this time, she learned this word while discussing ecological issues with the Mainichi Shinbun’s editor-in-chief. She was impressed by the depth of similarity between the Japanese meaning of the word and equivalent concepts in English and Swahili concerning people’s responsibility to respect the earth through frugality and conservation. At the Kyoto Protocols, she wore a shirt with the word “MOTTAINAI” written on it in all capital rōmaji, and asked the audience to use the word in their everyday lives. She became a widely recognized celebrity in Japan for discovering and promoting what is referred to as a “MOTTAINAI” movement. Maathai told Japanese TV that she tried to find equivalent words to mottainai in other languages, so as to spread the concept all over the world, but in vain.

She promoted the concept of mottainai as a term that is roughly equivalent to the English phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” or the proverbial phrase “Waste not, want not”. The term is more closely equivalent to the English phrase “What a waste”. Therefore, she promoted the use of the word mottainai as an international expression.

 

Mottainai Cycles has moved!!!

Hi, we have recently moved to Collingwood, we are off Johnston Street just past Smith at 23 Johnston Street down the alleyway, we are part of Magic Johnston Art & Design Complex. We are still setting up but you are welcome to pop in and get your bikes serviced/restored and check out our new home. Cheers

Mottainai Vintage restored Vintage Bikes Janurary 2014

Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.
Our new Mottainai Logo created by Daisy our resident Tattoo artist.

Looks like the bizarre Melbourne weather fluctuations have stabilized somewhat, enough to allow even fair weather cyclists a go. Anyways more about us, we are having a bit of a clearance sale of restored vintage bikes as we have to move soonishly, don’t worry though, we are looking at a few options very close to our current abode in Fitzroy. However it’s always good to try and clear a little stock before a move as to allow space for some cool new bikes.                                                                                                                                 Mottainai Cycles for those that have not visited us is a bike shop that specializes in restoring very good quality vintage bikes, we sell bikes, we build custom bikes and we also restore your bikes as well as servicing all bikes even on occasions a moped or a vintage lawn mower etc, haha I’m sure you get the picture, we love good quality vintage bikes and stuff, we denounce Chinese made bicycles produced only for profit as we all love bikes and cycling at Mottainai and feel cheap mass produced Chinese bikes add no value to the wonderful experience of cycling. We are open everyday from 10.30 to 6.30pm at 50 Rose Street or 41 Kerr St (same building). Come in and check out our beautiful bikes or bring in your beautiful bikes for a spruce-up. Cheers and safe riding.  Click on any pic for more detail!!!

Part of the Mottainai crew outside the shop on a summers eve watching Tomosan
Part of the Mottainai crew outside the shop on a summers eve watching Tomosan
And a fixed wheel conversion, a Repco Monaco upgraded on every level to make a good little urban whip.
And a fixed wheel conversion, a Repco Monaco upgraded on every level to make a good little urban whip.
The green Apollo, blinged up to the nines. Steady commuter with panache.
The green Apollo, blinged up to the nines. Steady commuter with panache.
Ohhhh the stunning Abeni, built as a custom ride, single speed conversion with Sturmey Archer hubs, Sugino cranks etc. A wow ride again gone to a lovely customer with pretty rad taste.
Ohhhh the stunning Abeni, built as a custom ride, single speed conversion with Sturmey Archer hubs, Sugino cranks etc. A wow ride again gone to a lovely customer with pretty rad taste.
One of the most smooth and comfy bikes any of us has ever ridden, a 1940/early 50's German bicycle brand name Phaenomen, gone to a very discerning customer.
One of the most smooth and comfy bikes any of us has ever ridden, a 1940/early 50’s German bicycle brand name Phaenomen, gone to a very discerning customer.
Another nice build a customer brought in for us to finish.
Another nice build a customer brought in for us to finish.
Single speed conversion done to a beautiful Rossin, the owner choose all the parts wisely, note the Phil hubs etc.
Single speed conversion done to a beautiful Rossin, the owner choose all the parts wisely, note the Phil hubs etc.
The ritual of installing the hanging bike at 50 Rose Street Mottainai
The ritual of installing the hanging bike at 50 Rose Street Mottainai
Nico hanging out a new sign from the roof at 50 Rose Street.
Nico hanging out a new sign from the roof at 50 Rose Street.
The newly finished Bates 1940's track bike at the Brunswick velodrome for a test, pic and build by Alex at Mottainai
The newly finished Bates 1940’s track bike at the Brunswick velodrome for a test, pic and build by Alex at Mottainai

mottainaicycles.com Check out our beautiful vintage bikes in Fitzroy

late sixties Japanese custom built frame Naniwa tubing converted single speed with all alloy Japanese parts.
late sixties Japanese custom built frame Naniwa tubing converted single speed with all alloy Japanese parts.
Here we have Jessica working on a beloved Peugeot both originally from France
Here we have Jessica working on a beloved Peugeot both originally from France
A lovely Japanese step-through bicycle late 1970's with a lovely new owner
A lovely Japanese step-through bicycle late 1970’s with a lovely new owner
Marek with his new custom built 2 speed kick back pacemaker early 1950's frame, sweet ride
Marek with his new custom built 2 speed kick back pacemaker early 1950’s frame, sweet ride
A closer inspection of the Pacemaker, we are also making our own leather work including bar tape and also recovering seats
A closer inspection of the Pacemaker, we are also making our own leather work including bar tape and also recovering seats

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A vintage Legnano that we restored, was the gents fathers bike, raw metal coated in a rust prevention sealant, using a recovered seat and our Mottainai leather bar tape
A vintage Legnano that we restored, was the gents fathers bike, raw metal coated in a rust prevention sealant, using a recovered seat and our Mottainai leather bar tape
Nico, viewing the world through the wheel of life,,,,,,,,, or just me taking a snap of Nico through a wheel....
Nico, viewing the world through the wheel of life,,,,,,,,, or just me taking a snap of Nico through a wheel….

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Thom our resident womble mechanic, some of our lady customers are often overheard commenting on how beautiful and deep his eyes are…..

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Simon, nothing else to say! Man of Meditation

Big yellow cro-mo bicycle restored to original specs
Big yellow cro-mo bicycle restored to original specs

Mottainai Cycles is in high gear making, restoring and servicing bikes for you guys, we love what we do and would just like to thank all our customers for giving us the opportunity to be able to do what we are passionate about. We have been restoring and servicing vintage bikes for more than 3 years now and we are continuing to grow in many little ways. We now produce our own leather work, bar tape and we recover seats that are damaged. Come into our store at 50 Rose Street or 41 Kerr (same building) and check out our finished bikes or order a custom bike, prices starting at 500 for a fully restored rebuilt bike. We use only good quality parts (not cheap crap from China) and lovingly restore each bike to a level that we are proud of. Everyone is welcome to just have a look around and perv at our beautiful bikes, we are open every day from 10.30 to 6.30. catrethowan@yahoo.com   FACEBOOK: “mottainaicycles” call on 0448884051   50 Rose Street Fitzroy or 41 Kerr Street Fitzroy (same building). No hard sell just cool bikes.

The juxtaposition of a vintage bike workshop and an Indian street food eatery, it works!

Restored single speed conversion with the magical Kunal (aka Supreme grandpoohbar Dosa Master).
Restored single speed conversion with the magical Kunal (aka Supreme grandpoohbar Dosa Master).

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The Kunal factor, the supreme grandpoohbar of the Dosa, equally exuding coolness and attractiveness. Try his vegetarian street food on Sat/Sundays.

A full restoration on a 190's Hercules a British bicycle, repainted pearl white with custom made box and Brooks saddle with Sturmey Archer cranks and Sturmey A. 2 speed kick back rear hub. Pure vintage style.
A full restoration on a 1950’s Hercules a British bicycle, repainted pearl white with custom made box and Brooks saddle with Sturmey Archer cranks and Sturmey A. 2 speed kick back rear hub. Pure vintage style.
The owner of the Hercules project picks up her restored bike.
The owner of the Hercules project picks up her restored bike.
High End Tange cromo Apollo single speed conversion
High End Tange cromo Apollo single speed conversion

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1980’s Paletti road bike built up with a Suntour Superb Pro groupset. Work of art!

Paletti
Paletti
Single speed conversion
Single speed conversion
This young lady brought in her Mother's bike for a restoration so she could continue to use it. We love projects that have a bit of a story behind them.
This young lady brought in her Mother’s bike for a restoration so she could continue to use it. We love projects that have a bit of a story behind them.
A Peugeot in extremely good condition from the 1970's, all original parts.
A Peugeot in extremely good condition from the 1970’s, all original parts.
The Dudes bike, single speed conversion, black and fast!
The Dudes bike, single speed conversion, black and fast!
One of my favorite bikes, a Japanese Nishiki road master, restored and converted into a urban single speed with class.
One of my favorite bikes, a Japanese Nishiki road master, restored and converted into a urban single speed with class.
A restored Apollo, also in great original condition.
A restored Apollo, also in great original condition.

Get yourself a Mottainai bike! We build custom bikes and also have an amazing collection of rare and exotic bicycles in our store. We are open every day from 10.30-6.30 at either 41 Kerr Street or 50 Rose Street Fitzroy.

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Save the world…. get a Mottainai Bike! Get your Fitzroy vintage groove on. Re-Cycle.

50 Rose Street entrance
50 Rose Street entrance
Nico truing a little tiny wheel with great concentration
Nico truing a little tiny wheel with great concentration
A great custom build, early 1960's Cecil Walker frame with a 2 speed kick back rear hub (Sturmey Archer).
A great custom build, early 1960’s Cecil Walker frame with a 2 speed kick back rear hub (Sturmey Archer).
Nick teaching a masters class on wheel building
Nick teaching a masters class on wheel building
The Dosa boys open Sat and Sun
The Dosa boys open Sat and Sun
Another sweet custom build just completed. Viner Italian frame with a Suntour ARX groupset. The customer requested the tyres and was pretty happy with the finished product :)
Another sweet custom build just completed. Viner Italian frame with a Suntour ARX groupset. The customer requested the tyres and was pretty happy with the finished product 🙂
A Mom brought in her first bike that she used as a kid and wanted it restored for her son, groovy little Malvern Star. Cool bike for a cool little dude!
A Mom brought in her first bike that she used as a kid and wanted it restored for her son, groovy little Malvern Star. Cool bike for a cool little dude!
Another custom build, Unusually coloured Raleigh built into a single speed.
Another custom build, Unusually coloured Raleigh built into a single speed.
And another single speed conversion just hot out of the Mottainai ovens.
And another single speed conversion just hot out of the Mottainai ovens.

Come in to our store at 41 Kerr Street or 50 Rose Street Fitzroy (same building, different sides) to check out what we do with our vintage bikes. We collect rare and beautiful vintage bikes and restore them, we then offer them to you guys to enjoy on our roads. We love what we do here, we love the concept and practice of recycling these bikes and giving them a new life, we love the balance of form and function that older bikes have, the hand-built quality and details that rarely exist today in our climate of economic rationalism and focus on increasing profits at any cost. We offer an alternative to the cheap and nasty chinese built bikes that are proliferating and polluting the streets, we aptly name them landfill bikes as they are quickly discarded….. i could go on. Back on a positive note, vintage bikes when looked after and serviced a few times a year will last the test of time, they look amazing and when built properly, ride like a dream. Say no to crap and yes to vintage groove….. haha   It’s the Mottainai way, we hate to waste and love to re-purpose. Open every day from 10.30 to 6.30 catrethowan@yahoo.com    0448884051