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Summer clothing & tools at low low prices too from this Sunday

 

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.


Aldi shorts

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.

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VeloPeo [303 posts] 2 years ago
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The workstands are excellent - got one a couple of years ago and it's good enough to have used it to build a bike.

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James Warrener [1082 posts] 2 years ago
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Got some mitts still going strong after about 5 years  1

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James Warrener [1082 posts] 2 years ago
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Got some mitts still going strong after about 5 years  1

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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I don't need one myself, but I'd be very interested in hearing the opinion of anyone who does buy the watch. There's no reason why GPS devices at that price shouldn't hit the market, and whilst they aren't yet eating Garmin's lunch, they're definitely looking to steal a few chips off the plate.

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backflipbedlem [1197 posts] 2 years ago
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Looks great been interested in getting a heart rate monitor, but seem too costly. But to have them all in one device looks awesome. Big Aldi cycling fan, got most of my kit from there, cant fault any of it, especially the work stands, really solid and all the features!
I take it you could upload all the data to strava?

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rugbykiltman [1 post] 2 years ago
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Just an FYI, 3 atmosphere water resistance means it is resistant to about 100 feet so you should be able to swim with it.

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edster99 [336 posts] 2 years ago
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I doubt there is an interface to upload it. You could manually take the data off perhaps...

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edster99 [336 posts] 2 years ago
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rugbykiltman wrote:

Just an FYI, 3 atmosphere water resistance means it is resistant to about 100 feet so you should be able to swim with it.

Theoretically, that is absolutely correct. (1 bar per 10m, so 3bar = 30m = 100ft. If you include the 1 bar at the surface, probably 20m = 60 ft). However, the water resistance claims on most watches are total rubbish. If you've ever seen dive computers you'll realise they are built totally differently. Somewhere I have seen the spec of what the '50m' resistance actually means and it is basically only surface swimming.

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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edster99 wrote:

I doubt there is an interface to upload it. You could manually take the data off perhaps...

Product description -

When you're done, simply connect the watch to upload the data, save your route on a map and then track your progress, and even share with friends.

Route illustration with common internet programs

Includes: Chest Strap, Bike Mount, USB Data Transfer Cable, Program for Data Evaluation and Batteries

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 2 years ago
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edster99 wrote:
rugbykiltman wrote:

Just an FYI, 3 atmosphere water resistance means it is resistant to about 100 feet so you should be able to swim with it.

Theoretically, that is absolutely correct. (1 bar per 10m, so 3bar = 30m = 100ft. If you include the 1 bar at the surface, probably 20m = 60 ft). However, the water resistance claims on most watches are total rubbish. If you've ever seen dive computers you'll realise they are built totally differently. Somewhere I have seen the spec of what the '50m' resistance actually means and it is basically only surface swimming.

diving into a swimming pool (and even vigorous swimming) can subject your watch to pressures of more than 3ATM fairly easily, so you do need to be a bit careful. generally 3ATM means you can wear it in the rain, or the shower, but it's best to take it off for water pursuits.

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mad_scot_rider [581 posts] 2 years ago
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VeloPeo wrote:

The workstands are excellent - got one a couple of years ago and it's good enough to have used it to build a bike.

Agreed - I love mine

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Beatnik69 [320 posts] 2 years ago
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The GPS watch looks very similar to the Ultrasport Navrun 500 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultrasport-GPS-Navrun-500-Heart-Rate/dp/B003XII6YS). I got my wife one of these when she started running then got myself one when I started cycling. If it is the same watch it comes with GPS Master software which uses Google maps and allows data to be exported in various formats which I believe could then be uploaded to Strava (I'm ot on Strava but did have a look at it).

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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Good spot, the Ultrasport Navrun is the watch that Runtastic adapted for their own store.

You can see the similarity to the Audi watch - https://www.runtastic.com/shop/en/runtastic-gps-watch-with-heart-rate-mo...

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divingrob [23 posts] 2 years ago
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vbvb [597 posts] 2 years ago
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The workstand is great. Big, solid, heavy. But better to buy same model on ebay for <£30 incl postage, saves breaking a bungee cord trying to strap it to the bike outside Aldi!

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jollygoodvelo [1422 posts] 2 years ago
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Sport Pursuit have Garmin Forerunner 110 + HRM sets for £89.70... I'd pay the extra I think.

Tempted by a workstand though.

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Deac [163 posts] 2 years ago
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Re Garmin the blue shirt looks familiar.  39

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 2 years ago
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Another fan of the workstand. I did do a bit of looking around before buying, and for anything less than £100-odd you're looking at only 2 or 3 legs and less stability. Make sure to check the tightness of the clamp though before gripping your carbon frame with it!

The tyre levers in the toolkit didn't last 5 minutes though. One tyre change with a tight-fitting tyre/rim combo and that was that. Just a shame they aren't doing a torque wrench!

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robert posts child [79 posts] 2 years ago
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Anyone any experience of the wirless computers? I just want some basic speed/ distance info . I am a newbie and just want to see improvement.

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parksey [343 posts] 2 years ago
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It'll do the job with no particular fuss, seems to be the general ethos of the Aldi gear. Your phone will likely do the same via GPS too though...

I'm not so fussed about anything on offer this time round. The watch is admittedly something of a bargain, but the clothing seems a bit naff with the faux team kit look (not least the one in the blatant Garmin colours!).

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choddo [38 posts] 2 years ago
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I got HRMs from Aldi last year for the wife & kids - 1 out of 4 worked. Absolute tat. I hope the GPS watch is better quality.

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antonio [1124 posts] 2 years ago
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I too have an Ultrasport Navrun, it does more than I need or want, great to track my regular circuits and monitor my fitness.

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Shamblesuk [146 posts] 2 years ago
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I bought the same workstand from Aldi a few weeks ago. My bike is red and the stand is blue. So I had to buy an R3 to match.

Damnit. Could have saved a fortune by just waiting.

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LJM [21 posts] 2 years ago
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A watch of 3atm/30m water resistance will withstand "splashes and brief immersion" ie you can wear it in the shower but it is not suitable for swimming. a 5atm/50m watch is suitable for swimming.

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Rich71 [52 posts] 2 years ago
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Id recommend the Garmin Forerunner 10 over this supposed cheap option from Aldi,the Garmin is only 10pound extra and looks nicer,has a better display,very easy to use and uploads to Strava with no niggles or problems
I would be very hesitant before i spent 65 on this one
As for the cycling gear,i found the last shorts i bought from Aldi to have a very stretchy material although the padding was comfortable for longer rides,the shirt was fine though
I dont understand some of the typical snobbish comments about the faux Garmin colours though,its fine if you are on a budget

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Cooks [491 posts] 2 years ago
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NOtice how the shorts are loose at the hem... yikes

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horizontal dropout [270 posts] 2 years ago
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Actually the bike stand is not that strong and stable. Mine (Lidl but the same) broke within a week. I fixed it and it's still going. It's fine as long as you treat it with a bit of care but not as sturdy as Park, Edinburgh bike co-op etc. Also no good for a Brompton, they are too tail heavy and the clamp is not strong enough to hold it horizontal. Don't let that stop you buying one, just don't expect too much of it.

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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Rich71 wrote:

Id recommend the Garmin Forerunner 10 over this supposed cheap option from Aldi,the Garmin is only 10pound extra and looks nicer,has a better display,very easy to use and uploads to Strava with no niggles or problems
I would be very hesitant before i spent 65 on this one
As for the cycling gear,i found the last shorts i bought from Aldi to have a very stretchy material although the padding was comfortable for longer rides,the shirt was fine though
I dont understand some of the typical snobbish comments about the faux Garmin colours though,its fine if you are on a budget

You can now find the Garmin 10 at a good discount, but no HRM, and as it doesn't have ANT+ you can't add one.

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 2 years ago
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Does it tell the time?

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Beatnik69 [320 posts] 2 years ago
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The Aldi or the Garmin 10. The Aldi one does. In fact it can show dual times.

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