Value-for-money supermarket Aldi is to unleash a collection of cycling gear again this Sunday, and this time the selection includes the cheapest GPS/heart rate/altimeter watch we’ve ever seen.
Aldi GPS Unisex Watch
For just £65, the snappily-named GPS Unisex Watch features GPS navigation with waypoints; GPS distance and speed measurement; compass; backlight; altimeter; and heart rate measurement with a chest strap. It’s water-resistant to 3 atmospheres (which should mean it’s rainproof, but you wouldn’t want to go swimming in it) and has a three-year warranty.
If you’ve been toying with the idea of adding route recording to your riding, this looks like a bargain.
Aldi summer jerseys
As usual at this time of year, Aldi will also have a range of summer clothing that includes sleeveless base layers for a fiver, gloves for £3.49, and jerseys and shorts for £8.99.
If your bike needs work, you can get a basic home workshop kit for under £60 with a workstand (£30), tool kit (£20) and floor pump (£6). It’s very unlikely the quality is going to keep Park Tool awake at night, but it’ll get you started.
Other items on offer in this round of bike gear include a wireless computer for £6.99 and bike-themed t-shirts for a fiver.
Not everything is the biggest bargain possible, though. Aldi is listing 400ml cans of popular Teflon maintenance spray GT85 for £2.99, but bargain-hunters would be better off popping into their local Halfords, which is doing them for a mere £2.25.
These Aldi bike itens are part of a Special Buys collection that will be available from Sunday June 29. If previous Aldi cycling collections are anything to go buy, they’ll sell out fast, so you might want to go for a later ride this weekend and hit the store smack on 10am.
We've taken a closer look at Aldi's cycling kit before, and you always have plenty to say about it, as a browse through these stories will show. The summary is that some of it is not bad at all considering the bargain-basement prices, but you shouldn't be expecting Assos or Castelli quality.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.