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Ok, so being "fortunate" enough to live close to both an Aldi and a Lidl, I noticed that the latter is doing a sale on cycling gear next week (17 March).

http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/SID-B24A5B45-B768B774/www_lidl_uk/hs.xsl/o...

The stuff on offer certainly seems to sit at the cheapest end of the spectrum, making the Aldi kit look like Rapha, but may be of interest to someone...

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veseunr [260 posts] 3 years ago
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Loving that basket .... now how am I going to fix it to my Canyon SLX?  4

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Leviathan [2550 posts] 3 years ago
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veseunr wrote:

how am I going to fix it to my Canyon SLX?  4

Oh, I have no Canyon SLX  2 Wish I had that problem, answer; don't.

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bikebot [2120 posts] 3 years ago
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Lidl used to sell a cheap rip-off version of the Canyon SLX, but an investigation last year exposed it as a scam. A journalist had one examined and it turned out to be 98% horse.

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AAN [13 posts] 3 years ago
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I bought one of their track pumps four or five years ago and it's still going strong, easily achieving high pressures. In fact, I've just chucked out the expensive (Trek or Specialized) track pump that failed to work properly.
I'll certainly take a look at their latest offerings, though I'll have to pass on the basket as I've no shoes to match..

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Dunluce [53 posts] 3 years ago
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I bought their track pump last time it was on offer. It was total crap!

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andyp [1495 posts] 3 years ago
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Track pumps are all the same, they only vary in shinyness. This has been proven on another thread.

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IngloriousLou [139 posts] 3 years ago
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Dunno.

I bought a cheap beko pump and the valve adaptor came off the hose rendering it useless.

I think there are good and bad designs out there.

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ajmarshal1 [417 posts] 3 years ago
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It's too cheap. Rapha is just as good and costs much more. Etc, etc.

Hang on, I've got this the wrong way round haven't I?

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jollygoodvelo [1614 posts] 3 years ago
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Nothing in that little lot looks tempting at all. You might as well go to Tesco / Sports Direct / the Range and buy their cheapo kit.

Aldi stuff is actually half decent... my 'winter' softshell (£15) has paid for itself many times over.

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parksey [342 posts] 3 years ago
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^ That was my thinking, but then I guess we're all doing this with different budgets and so it may be of interest to someone. I do need some cheap glasses mind...

Agree though about the Aldi kit, couple of bits I've bought have fared well, particularly compared against own brand gear from the likes of Wiggle and Decathlon.

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giff77 [1262 posts] 3 years ago
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Have found that the Aldi kit is a bit better than the Lidl. Though on saying that. It feels like both aim at the weekly, cycle round the park leisure cyclist. If using on a daily basis for big miles the stuff just doesn't last. And is literally a season only purchase. Their socks are sound though, as are the base layers

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userfriendly [610 posts] 3 years ago
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Gizmo_ wrote:

Aldi stuff is actually half decent... my 'winter' softshell (£15) has paid for itself many times over.

I grabbed that one when it was down £8  4 Indeed one of my best cycle clothing related investments.

Also got a pair of their 'winter' tights - very comfy, and after using it all winter long, for a daily 35 mile commute, it's showing very few signs of wear.

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Comrade [217 posts] 3 years ago
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A couple of years ago I went into lidl for some cheese and came out with a track pump ... it still works fine and reaches over 100psi ( the track pump, not the cheese ).

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numbercruncher [28 posts] 3 years ago
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Comrade wrote:

A couple of years ago I went into lidl for some cheese and came out with a track pump ... it still works fine and reaches over 100psi ( the track pump, not the cheese ).

Instead of or as well as?
Vision of getting home to an ear-bending from the other half, along the lines of 'well the kids can't eat that on toast, can they?'. The response of 'yes, but it goes over 100psi' was later offered as just cause in the divorce courts. Although the counter-argument that the medical procedure to remove said item from back passage caused great distress was dismissed.

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bikebot [2120 posts] 3 years ago
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Lidl cycling offers are on again from tomorrow (3rd April), and there's actually something I might take a look at.

They have a workstand listed for £30, and if it can hold a bike up in the air without falling over, that's pretty much all I need. Unfortunately the picture on their website don't show the legs.

Oh, they also have a cable lock for £2.49 if anyone is interested  21

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pakennedy [170 posts] 3 years ago
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A replacement D-lock would be handy. Ta

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Saint Mikie 41 [61 posts] 3 years ago
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The Lidl work stands are all right, I bought one a couple of years ago and it is still going strong. Might just go and get myself a spare one at that price. Anyone know if the lights are okay?

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Shamblesuk [164 posts] 3 years ago
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Plus a chain cleaner for less than £4...including solution.

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bashthebox [752 posts] 3 years ago
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I've got the stand too; it's good. Very solid, though the clamp could be a little better.

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Rovert [11 posts] 3 years ago
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Work stand is great, I picked up a toolkit that included a chain whip, cassette tool etc for next to nothing. Very pleased.

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bikebot [2120 posts] 3 years ago
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Well, I popped over to Lidl this morning, picked up the stand and I'm looking at it now. Thanks for the endorsements from those who bought one previously, I'm happy so far.

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archie gordon [7 posts] 3 years ago
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me to, tried it out on my old steel bike and its solid a bargain at 30 quid

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KiwiMike [1286 posts] 3 years ago
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fukawitribe [1923 posts] 3 years ago
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archie gordon wrote:

me to, tried it out on my old steel bike and its solid a bargain at 30 quid

+1 Good looking quality for the money, nice and rigid, packs up small - feels pretty good. Only time will tell on durability (but 3 year guarantee anyway) but i'm genuinely and pleasantly surprised.

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sodit [93 posts] 3 years ago
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I have had one of those stands From Lidel for about a year best 26 Euros I have ever spent. Only thing I found was that the whole clamp head could come off the arm. Just drilled a hole through the lot an used a nut and bolt no problems since.
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Just had a look at the stand in the link and they seem to have done the same as I did with the clamp head.  16

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parksey [342 posts] 3 years ago
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Hadn't realised there'd been such renewed interest in this thread, or a further Lidl sale either.

I'm on holiday at the moment but have spotted a fairly large Lidl nearby so will take a look. Will cover it by saying I'm off to buy a cheap bottle of wine or something!

Multi-tool looks like a bargain at the price, thanks KiwiMike for your blog on the bits you picked up.

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Shamblesuk [164 posts] 3 years ago
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Just picked up a work stand and it's absolutely SOLID. Can hold the bike horizontally or at 45 degree angle. Comes with additional front wheel brace. Base is huge for extra stability

Multitool looked pretty good too. It has a chain tool which is an added bonus. Also some giblets in there plus socks. I've had the socks before. Again no complaints.

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guitarpete247 [2 posts] 2 years ago
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I have several bits of kit from both Aldi and Lidl. I have the Lidl work-stand (about 3 years ago) and toolkit (4 years). Both are well worth looking at. The Aldi work-stand looks to be very similar and same price (£30). The toolkit is of decent quality but some bits like the spoke key, chain tool are very basic and you'll need to upgrade. I am using it as a starting point for building up my bike tools. I find that the Aldi clothing is slightly better quality than Lidl but both are worth a punt especially the mitts, at the price they sell them, buy a new pair every time they have them on offer  16 .

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bamilton wackad... [64 posts] 2 years ago
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I picked up a few of the Aldi bits and pieces the last time around and the quality has gone downhill since the the previous run. The best thing I picked up was a cheap multitool which has actually served me well - and the gloves and socks were ok so I grabbed some of those. Otherwise, the clothing was pretty rubbish. You're better heading to Decathlon and getting the B Twin stuff which is much better quality and not much more expensive.

One thing I wish I hadn't missed was the Aldi merino tops last winter. They were great value. Sadly I think that was the last of the decent stuff.

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Beatnik69 [380 posts] 2 years ago
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Lidl cycling gear on sale again on Monday 25th August. Comparing the UK/NI/ROI websites it looks like there are shoes on sale in Ireland, north and south but not in mainland UK.  39

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