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  • FOFFA @ CHELSEA HARBOUR DESIGN CENTRE, LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2017

    Foffa Bikes have collaborated with luxury lifestyle retailer Chaplins.  Chaplins will display one of our Plume models in the shop window of the Chaplins Design Centre Chelsea Harbour store for the London Design Week 2017.

     

    london design week

  • PASTA AND CYCLING

    pasta and bikes

    There’s a reason pasta has always been a go-to fuel for athletes: It’s low in fat and delivers quick energy in the form of easy-to-digest carbohydrates. The production of energy from carbs is also affected by the type of carbs you’re taking in. You can control the rate at which your energy supply flows by eating certain types of carbohydrate.

    Energy-containing foods are now classed by their position on the glycaemic index (GI). This is a rating of food types that gives each one a score according to its effect on the body’s glucose levels as it’s digested over a two-hour time span. The carbs that are rapidly digested so that their glucose is quickly fed into the blood stream have the highest glycaemic index (high GI foods score over 70).

    Pasta is a high-GI option when it comes to carbohydrate, so the next question, as its National Pasta Day, whole grain or refined?

    Whole grains are rich in fibre, protein, and other nutrients (including B vitamins and iron) that reduce the risks of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

    But refined pasta still has a place in the cyclist’s diet. It’s a better choice pre-ride, says D. Enette Larson-Meyer, PhD, RD, CSSD, director of nutrition and exercise at the University of Wyoming. Too much fibre before exercise can upset your stomach, she says. As for whole-grain pastas? They’re best for refilling your tank post ride and repairing sore muscles.

    We asked our pasta expert what he would recommend. Dani would recommend Amatriciana, it’s full of proteins so really good to aid recovery after a long ride!

    Here’s a link to the recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/11704/amatriciana/

  • Urban Cycling

    Urban Cycling

     

    Now we have our 2017 samples, its testing time. What a great excuse to spend the last days of summer cycling round the city. Don’t let traffic put you off, so cities have canal paths and cycle routes that avoid heavy traffic.

     

    The Regents canal path has been a regular route for the new Dandy Premium. Hackney Wick to Angel without breaking a sweat, that’s mainly thanks to the hub gears and a number of really good coffee stops, why wouldn’t you stop to enjoy the view?

     

    A challenge we’ve had with the FOFFA Black is finding enough hills to test the NuVinci hub gears,

    Avid BB7 disc brakes and Gates belt drive. We’ve been regulars at Harrow Weald Common, Hampstead Heath (North End) and Shooter’s Hill in Greenwich. When hills are this much fun you can’t help but be excited!

     

    The new FOFFA accessories have meant we’ve been able to fit trays and racks to all but our fixies. No longer are we all arriving with sticky backs and over filled ruck sacks.

     

    If you haven’t already seen our new 2017 bikes check out our social media pages

  • Family Health & Fitness Day

    Family on a bicycle

     

    Family Health & Fitness Day is a national health and fitness event for families always held the last Saturday in September. This year’s event falls on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

     

    The day’s purpose is obvious, health and fitness. Cycling is great for all the family as it’s a low impact activity. This means it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.

     

    Unlike so many other fitness activities learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for every kid and once you learn, you don’t forget.

     

    It’s fun! The adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors, require special times or places.

     

    Cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness. It’s an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level.

     

    The health benefits of regular cycling include:

    • increased cardiovascular fitness
    • increased muscle strength and flexibility
    • improved joint mobility
    • decreased stress levels
    • improved posture and coordination
    • strengthened bones
    • decreased body fat levels
    • prevention or management of disease
    • reduced anxiety and depression

     

    Bike Radar earlier in the year listed 30 reasons why cycling is good for you:

     

    1. You’ll get there faster
    2. Sleep more deeply
    3. Look younger
    4. Boost your bowels
    5. Increase your brain power
    6. Beat illness
    7. Live longer
    8. Save the planet
    9. Improve your sex life
    10. It’s good breeding
    11. Heal your heart
    12. Your boss will love you
    13. Cycle away from the big C
    14. Lose weight in the saddle
    15. You’ll make more money
    16. Avoid pollution
    17. It means guilt-free snacks
    18. Enjoy healthy family time
    19. Get better at any sport
    20. Make creative breakthroughs
    21. You’re helping others
    22. You can get fit without trying too hard
    23. Boost your bellows
    24. Burn more fat
    25. You’re developing a positive addiction
    26. Get (a legal) high
    27. Make friends and stay healthy
    28. Be happy
    29. Feeling tired? Go for a ride
    30. Spend quality time with your partner

     

     

  • National Wife Appreciation Day

    Wife appreciation day

    Like Mother’s Day it would seem the usual way to observe Wife Appreciation Day is to present your fabulous wife with a gift of flowers or chocolates. Well why not move away from the garage sourced gifts this year or even better, why not add to them, and give your gorgeous wife a FOFFA Plume this year.

     

    Have you seen our Plumes? They come in a choice of matte colours, Ghost Grey, Mint and Black.

    The small is perfect for those wives between 4ft6 and 5ft2 the medium fits those wives 5ft2 to 5ft10.

     

    Did you know our Plume is lightweight, unlike other vintage style step through bikes? Our Plume is lighter than our fixie!

     

    Lightweight, retro style, gorgeous matte colours the perfect gift for #NationalWifeAppreciationDay

     

  • National Green Peace Day

    Greenpeace bikeGreenpeace was founded on September 15, 1971, when 17 activists set sail on the Phyllis Cormack in hopes of stopping the nuclear testing about to take place off the shores of Alaska. While the testing proceeded, the protest set in motion a movement still growing today. In honour of Greenpeace, Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson proclaimed Greenpeace Day in 2011

     

    #GreenpeaceDay a worthy day we wanted to recognise. The Greenpeace website lists their key principles as

    • protect biodiversity in all its forms
    • prevent pollution and abuse of the earth’s ocean, land, air and fresh water
    • end all nuclear threats
    • promote peace, global disarmament and non-violence

     

    We know it’s a romantic idea but it’s one of the reasons FOFFA was born. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone had access to a simple, good quality bike? Then they wouldn’t have to drive or ride the bus or tube……less traffic on our roads more people getting more out of cycling, wouldn’t that be wonderful?

     

    So we’re embracing today and hope you will stand with us to promote peace and prevent pollution. Leave the car behind today; take some time to research a good safe route and ride to work or the shops or to meet friends. Get on your FOFFA!

     

    Here are some sites to help you plan your route:

    http://cycle.travel/map

    http://www.cycle-route.com/

    http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/national-cycle-network

  • Our FOFFA Family

    Every third Thursday of each quarter is Get To Know Your Customers Day.

    We try hard to provide the best customer service, excellent customer service. Your feedback is always welcomed, your posts on social media are always a joy to see.

    The customer loyalty of FOFFA owners is so much more, as we so often see on Instagram. This is why our owners are more than owners, they’re family #FOFFAfamily

    So even though there’s four days a year to focus on getting to know our customers, we spend every day getting to know our customer because they’re our family.

    #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay

     

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    Spencer always posts the best pictures of his Fixie in New York.

     

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    Tom Sweeney shares with us some amazing photos of his adventures. Tom recently raised money for the Alzheimer’s society by cycling to each of the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

     

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    Posts of our bikes in London always warm our hearts, often we’re cycling past as people are taking these snaps.

     

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    London Parks and lakes are a must in this gorgeous weather #HottestDayOfTheYear.

     

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    It’s not just London Parks that enjoy the sunshine.

     

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    Posts sharing amazing local street art are a Foffa family must.

     

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    It’s not just the American and UK Foffa family members that share awesome streetart.

     

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    One of our favourite summer posts so far.

  • Looking good at Warner Brothers with David Allday

    So we understand the new Tarzan movie is due to open in the UK on July 6th, after its London premier on the 5th. We’re all very excited.

    How were you involved in the making of the film?
    I am a Senior Art Director

    So what does that mean?
    I help to head up the Design Team for the movie. I am responsible for making sure the look of the movie is delivered as the Production Designer has envisaged, in this case, Stuart Craig – the maestro of the Harry Potter films.
    It involves an acute awareness of scheduling, budgetary considerations and also an expertise in the various skilled disciplines that make up the design team.

    How long have you been doing what you’ve been doing?
    I have been fortunate enough to have been working in feature film and television design departments for over 40 years. And I still feel about 29.

    We thought you were (as we give a flirtatious grin)
    We know you’re a cyclist, what do you typically ride?

    I am a club cyclist who manages a few sportives a year end the occasional trip to the cols of the Alps. In summer I ride a Specialized S-works Tarmac.
    For commuting and winter I have a Charge Juicer with mudguards. I also have a Specialized Hardrock for occasional blasts around the countryside in winter.

    You had a FOFFA Single Speed to use while filming, is having use of a bike on set useful?
    I have been working at Warner Brothers, Leavesden for the last few years.
    It’s a huge site and typically I move around it all day long when we are building and shooting sets. Having my Foffa single speed is the perfect way of getting around. Oh, and as an Art Director – it’s important that it looks good.

    Do you take the FOFFA Single Speed on to other sets?
    It is absolutely Top Secret that I am just helping to complete filming on the latest David Yates directed movie – ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

    David Allday

  • Our Favourite Music Videos featuring bikes

    To date we’ve found over 100 music videos featuring bicycles. Typically the first that comes to people’s minds are Queen Bicycle Race, Kraftwerk Tour de France, Flobots Handlebars and, of course, Sesame Street ride a bike.

    Robin Thicke’s When I Get You Alone pays homage to 80’s and early 90’s New York Bike Messenger’s as dose the film and sound track video for Quicksilver. The film tells the story of a young stock trader (played by Kevin Bacon), who, after a bad day on the market, during which he manages to lose a fortune for his company as well as his parents’ savings, abandons Yuppiedom, and takes a job as a bicycle courier. He uncovers a sinister web of murder and intrigue in this exhilarating urban mystery.

    The Smiths Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before and Style Council’s My Ever Changing Moods reminds us of cycling in England in the 80’s.

    Though we may not understand the lycrics when it comes to favourite videos featuring bicycles it’s hard not to love Tare Lugnt 4 Hejdå (Cleo) That’s a lot of chicks on bikes, or are they ducks?

    Doomtree Drumsticks with cruisers, BMX’s, fixes, dutch bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, thin and fat tyres and old skool clunkers proves together we can all ride.

    Mark Ronson, The Business Intl. The Bike Song gives us great fun spotting local London streets we know well.

    Personally I love Flight of the Conchords Ep 7 Mutha Uckers I love the humour as well as the fact that they are putting safety first, helmets are important folks!!

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