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Title: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: runsoncake on September 16, 2015, 11:16:58 pm
Heads up for 24th Sept, more cycle related bits and bobs, including the Garmin Edge 500 for under £80, looks like a bit of a bargain.
Might indulge in the merino base layers this time. Anyone had any experience of their cycle toolkits?
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Jakob W on September 17, 2015, 07:35:11 am
I've got the toolkit; decent enough for occasional use. The merino base layers are decent enough - a bit thin, and one's developed the odd small hole, but at the price you can't really complain. Would be nice if they were a bit longer in the body.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Kim on September 17, 2015, 01:26:02 pm
The toolkits are good value:  Buy one, throw the chain tool away, and replace the other tools with Park as they wear out.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: runsoncake on September 17, 2015, 05:51:33 pm
Hmmm! Aldi's web page is not showing stuff for the 24th yet, but it's in the booklet O.H. picked yesterday.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: fuaran on September 18, 2015, 12:59:27 am
On the web page now: https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/thur-24-sep/

Looks like a decent range of stuff - all of the usual winter jerseys, jackets, tights, waterproof socks and lobster gloves. Plus lights and a turbo trainer.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: LEE on September 18, 2015, 10:13:36 am
The toolkits are good value:  Buy one, throw the chain tool away, and replace the other tools with Park as they wear out.

Or... buy the appropriate Park tool as and when you need it.  I wish I'd done just that. 

Now I have some lovely Park Tools amongst some inferior tools that are just not quite annoying enough to throw away and replace with the Park Tool equivalent (except for some cable-cutters (actually cable-manglers) which I replaced with Park Tools immediately).

I have an ancient ALDI winter Jacket (£14) that has served me well.  The new ones (Sep 24th 2015) seem a lot more up-to-date but also twice the price. 
£30 is still cheap for a jacket of course.

I see it as decent enough commuter wear but the prices of their clothing is steadily creeping up to the point that they will soon be competing with DHB/Wiggle clearance items.



Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 18, 2015, 10:32:22 am
I have two of those winter jackets. They were £16 when I get them and pretty good at keeping out wind and a bit of rain. Not too bad looking either – not stylish but not tatty, and they've lasted pretty well. I don't think I'd pay £30 for them though, unless they've changed them quite a lot.

I also have a sort of merino jersey which is quite good. Not so much for cycling, but for eg hanging around a campsite in the evening.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: fuaran on September 18, 2015, 11:08:19 am
I have two of those winter jackets. They were £16 when I get them and pretty good at keeping out wind and a bit of rain. Not too bad looking either – not stylish but not tatty, and they've lasted pretty well. I don't think I'd pay £30 for them though, unless they've changed them quite a lot.
Its 2 different things. They still have a regular winter jacket for £17, and jersey for £10. Its £30 for a "Performance" jacket or jersey or bibtights.

Annoyingly, they don't have the performance kit in men's small sizes. Otherwise, I would probably buy some of it.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 18, 2015, 11:20:44 am
That sounds more sensible than a near doubling of price in a couple of years. I don't remember them having the 'performance' stuff when I got mine (could have just sold out of course). Whether it's worth the extra is hard to say without comparing them.

I wouldn't be tempted to buy any of their tights or shorts again though.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Bledlow on September 18, 2015, 01:04:43 pm
Mrs B loves her 2014 winter tights. My 2013 winter tights (slightly different) are not as good - but acceptable, & good for the price.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Colin. on September 18, 2015, 07:08:23 pm
Does anyone know if the arm and leg warmers are any good ?
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: mattc on September 18, 2015, 07:23:47 pm
The merino base layers are decent enough - a bit thin, and one's developed the odd small hole, but at the price you can't really complain. Would be nice if they were a bit longer in the body.
I get more use out of thin merino than thick!

Any sizing tips? (apart from the length issue ...)
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Jakob W on September 18, 2015, 08:19:44 pm
The one's I've got are not racing cut; I'm 6'5" and 16½ stone, and the XL is a bit loose - not quite T-shirt loose, but not base layer tight. I will probably pick up one or two again, and will go down to an L and see if the length is OK. I don't mind them being a bit short under bib tights, but if I'm wearing them as a thermal layer under civvies it's annoying to have them coming out of my waistband...

(Edited to add: the arm warmers I've got seem fine, if pretty roomy around the upper arm.)
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: fuaran on September 19, 2015, 02:09:25 am
I wonder if the 'premium' lights are any good. They are USB rechargeable, and claim 50 lumens front / 25 lumens rear. Looks very similar to the Moon Comet?
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Kim on September 19, 2015, 09:19:08 am
I wonder if the 'premium' lights are any good. They are USB rechargeable, and claim 50 lumens front / 25 lumens rear. Looks very similar to the Moon Comet?

Looks exactly like a Moon Comet to me, including the annoying mini USB connector.

They're excellent, and surprisingly bright, be-seen lights.  Not much cop for seeing with, thobut.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: arkle on September 20, 2015, 04:56:38 pm
Does anyone know if the arm and leg warmers are any good ?

I bought some last time they were in and they are quite good. Reasonably fleecy and usable.

I don't remember them having the 'performance' stuff when I got mine (could have just sold out of course). Whether it's worth the extra is hard to say without comparing them.

I wouldn't be tempted to buy any of their tights or shorts again though.

The 'Performance' range is a relatively new idea but just seems fancier and dearer. I can't see that it is more functional.

The basic shorts used to be fairly dire, but have improved this year. The last (bib shorts) I bought there claimed to have an Italian-made pad and were not bad at all. Maybe not the best but again quite usable. For not far off a tenner they were great value. Unfortunately I don't see them in next week's list but I expect they will be back.

The other things I've tried are mitts and winter gloves, cheap as chips and very good for the money, and I have a couple of basic winter jackets from a couple of years ago which are also OK as long as it doesn't rain too much...

Generally their cycling stuff is always worth a look. Not always great but sometimes you can't go wrong for the price. One thing to watch out for is that what they have is the same as the last time they had it, although I think the quality is fairly consistant.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Colin. on September 20, 2015, 05:25:16 pm

(Edited to add: the arm warmers I've got seem fine, if pretty roomy around the upper arm.)

Does anyone know if the arm and leg warmers are any good ?

I bought some last time they were in and they are quite good. Reasonably fleecy and usable.

I don't remember them having the 'performance' stuff when I got mine (could have just sold out of course). Whether it's worth the extra is hard to say without comparing them.

I wouldn't be tempted to buy any of their tights or shorts again though.

The 'Performance' range is a relatively new idea but just seems fancier and dearer. I can't see that it is more functional.

The basic shorts used to be fairly dire, but have improved this year. The last (bib shorts) I bought there claimed to have an Italian-made pad and were not bad at all. Maybe not the best but again quite usable. For not far off a tenner they were great value. Unfortunately I don't see them in next week's list but I expect they will be back.

The other things I've tried are mitts and winter gloves, cheap as chips and very good for the money, and I have a couple of basic winter jackets from a couple of years ago which are also OK as long as it doesn't rain too much...

Generally their cycling stuff is always worth a look. Not always great but sometimes you can't go wrong for the price. One thing to watch out for is that what they have is the same as the last time they had it, although I think the quality is fairly consistant.


Thanks, maybe I will give them a try if I can get into a shop on Thursday  ;D
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Under the arches on September 21, 2015, 08:17:36 am
The winter cycling tights are really good. I had a pair last year and were fine for a days cycling as well as the commute. The micro lights are first class as well.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: spesh on September 21, 2015, 04:27:02 pm
Judging by the picture, the tool kit has been improved - it now has a separate chain whip and HT2 BB cup wrench, unlike previous editions where there was a rather cheap'n'nasty-looking combined tool. The cone spanners could still do with upgrading, though.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: clarion on September 22, 2015, 03:03:43 pm
Any thoughts on that Garmin?  It's very tempting...
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: mattc on September 22, 2015, 03:39:18 pm
The winter cycling tights are really good. I had a pair last year and were fine for a days cycling as well as the commute.
They lasted a whole day?!? Gosh, they HAVE improved recently.

;)
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: fboab on September 22, 2015, 04:23:26 pm
Any thoughts on that Garmin?  It's very tempting...

It's an absolute bargain.
No maps but it does do a breadcrumb trail. More of a training aid than a navigational one, mind.
Unless you're going to actually train and want HR & cadence you're probably better off spending that £70 on an extra cache battery and a good bike mount for your mobile phone if you want something for navigation.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: fuaran on September 22, 2015, 04:49:42 pm
Its the best price I've seen for the Edge 500. It is rather old now (almost 6 years since release), but it seems it is still better than some of the newer models.
Though as fboab says, it depends on what you want to do. If you want navigation, probably better with an Etrex or similar.
If you want something simple to give you speed and distance and record a GPS track, then maybe spend a bit more on the Edge 20 or 25, which are a lot smaller and neater (though shorter battery life).
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: arkle on September 22, 2015, 06:17:54 pm
Any thoughts on that Garmin?  It's very tempting...

I have one. They were cheapish on Amazon last Christmas so I bought one as a backup (I use a Satmap most of the time). As has been said, they are not so hot for navigating, although they will tell you (crudely) when you are off-course. Good enough as a time/distance /speed/elevation device, and also if you want HR data (you would need a chest strap monitor to go with it as I assume the Aldi offering will not include one at that price). It has a barometric altimeter, which I think is pretty impressive at this price level. The battery life is very good. The supplied bar-mount rubber band thingy is crap. All things considered, well worth having if you accept what it is and is not.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Under the arches on September 24, 2015, 03:41:27 pm
The winter cycling tights are really good. I had a pair last year and were fine for a days cycling as well as the commute.
They lasted a whole day?!? Gosh, they HAVE improved recently.

;)

I was more on about the cushioning of your Harris.  :facepalm: I went for 2more pairs this morning, hopefully they are as good as last years  :-X
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Blodwyn Pig on September 24, 2015, 05:00:46 pm
popped down there, cash in hand......size 8, size 9, size 10, size .....bugga :'(
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: runsoncake on September 24, 2015, 05:13:25 pm
I bought the merino base layers tried then on at home..... perfect fit and they feel really nice  ;D, not what I imagined for woolen undies. Got the cheapo front & rear light set. Getting the batteries into the front light and re-assembling was an absolute pain but for £4.50 the pair they will do me, riding in the dark is not on my agenda.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Pancho on September 24, 2015, 05:31:44 pm
Aldi's marketeers seem to have been working overtime on this one - cycling kit reviews in both the Daily Mail and the Grauniad. That's why they've sold out!
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: runsoncake on September 24, 2015, 05:49:38 pm
Aldi's marketeers seem to have been working overtime on this one - cycling kit reviews in both the Daily Mail and the Grauniad. That's why they've sold out!

Pants!!!! I thought it was me starting this thread wot caused it. Bang goes any chance of me negotiating any freebies .. Grrrr
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: matthew on September 25, 2015, 11:53:03 am
Thank goodness today is a non-working friday, I got the last edge in the Bracknell store!  :thumbsup:

 I also got a back-up be seen light and some long sleeve merino base layers to compliment the short sleeve ones I got a few years back. These should see me through the worst of any winter commutes.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Martin on September 25, 2015, 12:26:50 pm
I got the light set for £4.99; haven't looked at the front one yet but the rear is a faux long Cateye one with LazerDeth brightness, for commuting not Audax! Fluoro arm warmers will be making a debut tomorrow

some good £1.99 orange lens glasses too,

not included in this week's sale but they had some shell jackets reduced to £9.99 from a previous week, not in all stores though
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: marylogic on September 25, 2015, 11:16:05 pm
I had the basic light set from Aldi and accidentally left the front light in the pocket of my cycling jacket when I put it through the wash. Took it out the washing machine, discovered the light, switched it on and it worked immediately! So I can vouch for the waterproofness ( is that a word?) of them anyway. I'll happily use any of the Aldi stuff except the shorts which I only use for little cycles
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Otto on September 27, 2015, 12:30:08 pm
Aldi's marketeers seem to have been working overtime on this one - cycling kit reviews in both the Daily Mail and the Grauniad. That's why they've sold out!

East Grinstead branch still has shit loads of stuff
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: TigaSefi on September 28, 2015, 09:14:51 am
My sister got the last Edge 500 in her local store for my birthday this coming weekend! Excellent! I have now 3 garmin for 3 different bikes!  ;D
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: phantasmagoriana on September 28, 2015, 05:44:50 pm
My sister got the last Edge 500 in her local store for my birthday this coming weekend! Excellent! I have now 3 garmin for 3 different bikes!  ;D

I have 3 mounts for 3 different bikes and just the one Garmin - it's much cheaper. :P
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: essexian on April 15, 2016, 01:24:14 pm
Well that wasn't very good was it......

I used the new online ordering service from Aldi on Wednesday to buy a new pair of cycling shoes: I have brought their cycling shoes before and for less than £20, they are good value.

When I ordered the shoes, there were a couple left in stock but I have just received an email cancelling my order. The  amount I spent has been refunded to me.

Okay, its good to have the money back promptly but to accept an order and then not being able to fulfil it is poor work. Perhaps its as the service is new but I won't be using the online service again in the short term until the service has time to bed in.

Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: shack on April 15, 2016, 01:33:55 pm
Has anyone tried the uber mountainbike light set with the four xrg cree's for £40? I know you can get similar for less on dx.com but these have a 3yr warranty
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Kim on April 04, 2017, 04:56:31 pm
Headsup:  £2.99 Buff (http://www.buffwear.co.uk/) clones are in with the motorcycle gear in Aldi.  Sensible designs, including plain BLACK.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: Whitecitadel on May 15, 2017, 10:34:32 am
Like all "internet rumours" treat this one with the usual scepticism but someone told me at the weekend that the cycling specials might be back Sunday.

The stuff I bought last year is holding up well, I am especially pleased with the Merino mid-layer, so will be back for more of the same if available. The COB LED lights (moon style) I used all winter for commuting and despite not being "Aldi cheap" are a real bargain for what you get in my view.
Title: Re: Aldi bike things coming soon
Post by: phantasmagoriana on May 15, 2017, 03:12:15 pm
It's due in on the 21st: https://totalwomenscycling.com/news/first-look-aldis-new-summer-cycling-collection