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Foffa Bikes?
« on: January 12, 2016, 10:01:24 am »
I was looking at getting a new commuting bike and I came across Foffa bikes Urban premium bike

Has anybody bought one, ridden one or seen one in person. I looked online the reviews are positive   

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Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2016, 11:30:49 am »
Some of the discussion on the internet has been less than positive as you can see over in London Fixed Gear and Shouty Swearing - https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/160861/

clarion

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Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2016, 04:06:26 pm »
Gaspipe bikes you can 'customise' by having it a different colour.  See also...
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Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2016, 11:53:56 pm »
I have a bit of inside knowledge on them and they have a history of being badly put together, verging on dangerous at times.  Without a doubt they had poor quality control, no idea what it's like these days mind.

I did once hire a bike from them for a few days in London.  It came with a child's seat which wobbled fore and aft on the seat post and the bottom bracket creaked and groaned.  It did rather spoil what should have a been more of a fun cycling experience.

Add to that the owner is a certified grade A twat.
Up the hills and round the bends

Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2016, 12:04:32 pm »
I just came across a photo of the bike I hired from foffa:



Check out the alignment of the rear brake block!
Up the hills and round the bends

Samuel D

Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2016, 05:37:28 pm »
The front brake pad looks a bit high, too. And the cable ends are weirdly long, especially for a poser bike.

By the way, how did you make the photo clickable to get to the large version? Mine don’t do that.

Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2016, 06:36:53 pm »
The front brake pad looks a bit high, too. And the cable ends are weirdly long, especially for a poser bike.

yes, good spot!  All indicative of foffa's quality control (or lack thereof).  The brakes look like cheap pressed metal ones too.

By the way, how did you make the photo clickable to get to the large version? Mine don’t do that.

Basically wrap the IMG in an URL tag.  Using curly brackets instead of square brackets to demonstrate:

{url=http://cl.ly/f67b/foffa-0002.jpg}{img}http://cl.ly/f67b/foffa-0002.jpg{/img}{/url}
Up the hills and round the bends

Samuel D

Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2016, 09:26:12 pm »
Thankee kindly.

Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2016, 01:20:03 pm »
I have a bit of inside knowledge on them and they have a history of being badly put together, verging on dangerous at times.  Without a doubt they had poor quality control, no idea what it's like these days mind.

I did once hire a bike from them for a few days in London.  It came with a child's seat which wobbled fore and aft on the seat post and the bottom bracket creaked and groaned.  It did rather spoil what should have a been more of a fun cycling experience.

Add to that the owner is a certified grade A twat.
I saw 'em at a bike show a few years ago. Lifted a frame & was surprised by the weight. Looked at the components & the price & wondered who'd buy 'em except hipsters who bought purely on appearance. The bloke overseeing them seemed like a generic salesman.
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Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2016, 07:03:32 pm »
Just strayed across this thread - rather entertaining.

I know someone who had one - don't know how it's getting on.

Checked out the foffa web site - the "about us" bit was kinda interesting - features a list of company achievements/landmarks,

including this:

>>2010 – August – Foffa takes frame customisation to the next level with the introduction of its range of designer stickers.

Has my irony detector fried?

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Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2016, 07:32:01 pm »
Just strayed across this thread - rather entertaining.

I know someone who had one - don't know how it's getting on.

Checked out the foffa web site - the "about us" bit was kinda interesting - features a list of company achievements/landmarks,

including this:

>>2010 – August – Foffa takes frame customisation to the next level with the introduction of its range of designer stickers.

Has my irony detector fried?

Ah Dani got a bit of a reputation over on LFGSS.  Firstly selling bikes horizontal drop out bikes as track bikes....the bikes were expensive, badly assembled with very cheap parts.  He even admitted to price fixing in an article.

Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2016, 07:37:37 pm »
And they used to employ a mechanic who was a stoner and had a penchant for allowing bikes out of the workshop in an unsafe state - pedals not tightened that sort of thing.

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Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2016, 07:47:54 pm »
And they used to employ a mechanic who was a stoner and had a penchant for allowing bikes out of the workshop in an unsafe state - pedals not tightened that sort of thing.

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Was that the one that threatened someone on LGFSS and gave her a few late night abusive and threaten phone phone calls

Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2016, 08:26:40 pm »
That mechanic was by all accounts a nice chap, and even a good mechanic when not stoned.

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Re: Foffa Bikes?
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2017, 09:04:40 pm »
And they used to employ a mechanic who was a stoner and had a penchant for allowing bikes out of the workshop in an unsafe state - pedals not tightened that sort of thing.

When younger and more prone to bad decisions I bought a bike from Halfords.

The stem bolts weren't tight, and I rode home along a ship canal wall - separated from a 20 foot drop into freezing water by a low rail.

Thankfully I fell to the right, not the left.