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The new performance-focussed gear from budget supermarket chain Aldi includes race fit jerseys, sunglasses and even hydration tabs...

£4 sunnies? A track pump for six quid? That's what you'll pay if you head on down to Aldi next Thursday, as the discount supermarket chain are set to launch their Pro Cycling range. 

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Aldi have stepped up their involvement with sport in the UK recently, partnering with the Team GB olympic team and starting a healthy eating initiative across schools, with triathletes the Brownlee brothers as their most high profile ambassadors. 
The Pro Cycling range suggests that Aldi want to be taken seriously as a sporting retailer, and looking at the features of the kit there are all the benefits you'd expect from higher priced gear. The £19.99 jersey has a laser-cut mesh and cuffs, reflective print, YKK zip and a race fit. The bib shorts have an Italian-made gel chamois pad and a laser-cut legs too. 

 

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Aldi have men's and women's kit in the Pro range, with the bibs coming in at £24.99 a pair

As well as clothing there's a range of accessories, including a £5.99 track pump, £9.99 set of lights and even electrolyte tabs at £2.99 for 20, cheaper than any we've found online from other brands. It's not the first time shoppers have been able to throw some discounted bike kit in with their fruit and veg at the German-owned supermarket; Aldi's flash sales, such as Garmin GPS computers for as little as £60, have become something of an event when they happen, often selling out of buzz items in hours when the word spreads. 

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These sunglasses will be just £3.99, coming in a hard case with cleaning cloth

 

You'll probably have to move fast if you want to grab some bargains when the range hits the shelves on Thursday 6th July. What's more... we're looking to test some of the kit ourselves, so look out for our reviews to see if you really can get style and function at basement prices! 

 

 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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Freddy56 [262 posts] 1 month ago
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I think the girl is on fire....

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Welsh boy [367 posts] 1 month ago
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I think she looks hot too. I will probably have to apologise to the ASO now for that comment but hey ho.

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Toast [53 posts] 1 month ago
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Welsh boy wrote:

I will probably have to apologise to the ASO now for that comment but hey ho.

Well you *definitely* shouldn't call her that!!  3

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Duncann [1046 posts] 1 month ago
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Freddy56 wrote:

I think the girl is on fire....

She's smokin'...

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cyclisto [223 posts] 1 month ago
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Cycling kit that is made from plastic derivatives and made in China?
No thanks, I prefer to pay 5 times more but at least I will have genuine plastic cycling kit from China.

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CXR94Di2 [1695 posts] 1 month ago
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Does that mean Epo is about to become bargain discount, for those looking for performance benefits on the cheap  1

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MartyMcCann [269 posts] 1 month ago
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Interesting- judging by the first few comments on this thread, you can definitely tell it is coming up to school holidays time with all those pre-adolescent teenage boys being allowed unsupervised access to the internet....

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SingleSpeed [316 posts] 1 month ago
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MartyMcCann wrote:

Interesting- judging by the first few comments on this thread, you can definitely tell it is coming up to school holidays time with all those pre-adolescent teenage boys being allowed unsupervised access to the internet....

 

Wow, someones going to get laid when they go to college.

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Yorkshire wallet [1252 posts] 1 month ago
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MartyMcCann wrote:

Interesting- judging by the first few comments on this thread, you can definitely tell it is coming up to school holidays time with all those pre-adolescent teenage boys being allowed unsupervised access to the internet....

I know it's a bit odd these days but some of us are still heterosexuals. I'm married though so I'm probably just hetero these days. 

Back to the Aldi stuff, I'm not sure I'd pay £25 for the bib shorts. They're using the pad that they're putting in everything now including the £5 ones and it is NOT comfortable for 4 hours as they claim. Maybe I've got the wrong combination of arse and seat for them but I've had enough after an hour and really wanting to get off after two. My chinese Rock Racing rep stuff with a generic pad is miles comfier. 

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srchar [541 posts] 1 month ago
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MartyMcCann wrote:

Interesting- judging by the first few comments on this thread, you can definitely tell it is coming up to school holidays time with all those pre-adolescent teenage boys being allowed unsupervised access to the internet....

Yeah. Everyone knows the grown-ups prefer Assos Woman.

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Adriano55 [1 post] 1 month ago
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Welsh boy wrote:

I think she looks hot too. I will probably have to apologise to the ASO now for that comment but hey ho.

I was going to say not on that skeletal frame, but for ASO.
By the way, what is ASO?

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dglsdms [29 posts] 1 month ago
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I wonder why so many women find male dominated cycling clubs so intimidating. 

 

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srchar [541 posts] 1 month ago
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dglsdms wrote:

I wonder why so many women find male dominated cycling clubs so intimidating. 

Somehow, I doubt it's because some of the members are openly heterosexual. I know plenty of men who find "male-dominated" cycling clubs intimidating.

How many women do you know (in real life, not on Twitter or C4 news) who take genuine offence at a man commenting that a woman in a photo is attractive?  Mrs srchar would not bat an eyelid; in fact she'd probably point her out in the first place.

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Duncann [1046 posts] 1 month ago
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dglsdms wrote:

I wonder why so many women find male dominated cycling clubs so intimidating. 

Because they take themselves too seriously??

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dglsdms [29 posts] 1 month ago
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Duncann wrote:
dglsdms wrote:

I wonder why so many women find male dominated cycling clubs so intimidating. 

Because they take themselves too seriously??

It's not the 80s anymore mate. We don't tell women to 'smile' or 'cheer up'.

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dglsdms [29 posts] 1 month ago
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srchar wrote:
dglsdms wrote:

I wonder why so many women find male dominated cycling clubs so intimidating. 

Somehow, I doubt it's because some of the members are openly heterosexual. I know plenty of men who find "male-dominated" cycling clubs intimidating.

How many women do you know (in real life, not on Twitter or C4 news) who take genuine offence at a man commenting that a woman in a photo is attractive?  Mrs srchar would not bat an eyelid; in fact she'd probably point her out in the first place.

Being heterosexual doesn't mean being an unreconstructed sexist, you realise. Pretty sure my wife (and most other women in my life) would agree with me too.

The women I've spoken to about club cycling all find the macho bullshit unwelcoming, the same thing that puts lots of men off probably. I've been on many club rides where men have commented on the (un)attractiveness of women on the street or on bikes - it creates a toxic environment which women find it very hard to enter. Your views are out of date and belong in the bin with casual racism and homophobia.

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Yorkshire wallet [1252 posts] 1 month ago
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The biggest haters of women are other women if my office environment is anything to go by. It's rarely men doing the bullying, then again the employment split is probably 70/30 in favour of women.

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KendalRed [74 posts] 1 month ago
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Anyway, getting away from the schoolboys giggling over the lingerie catalogue...

I always find the Aldi (and Lidl) stuff false economy - I would buy it because it's cheap and reasonable quality, but then always go and buy more higher priced but better looking gear instead, and leaving this stuff hanging in the wardrobe. Plus they have really reduced the mens stuff they do in size small, which narrows it down for (li'l ol') me.

Good heads up about the pad though, just because it's made in Italy doesn't mean it's great. And I am really put off by the track pump given the last I got frm Aldi lasted about three months.

The one great bargain I still use is the Garmin Edge 25 which they were selling for £80, but things like this tend to be few and far between. The go-pro copy I got for £50 has sat around the house for the past six months, just too damned clunky to use.

Might buy the hydration tabs though, surely they can't bugger those up?

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alansmurphy [599 posts] 1 month ago
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"The women I've spoken to about club cycling all find the macho bullshit unwelcoming"

 

Could you give us a little more background on the sample size and the clubs they have attempted to join? The cycling 'club' I am a part of has generally formed as friends got into cycling, then the odd work colleague has joined in, two chaps with the foulest mouts and least morals invited their daughters and a wife has subsequently joined the fun. The latest lady in question drops the odd f-bomb, was impressed by a topless male cycling the other way recently and enjoyed Sir Hoy's legs on Sunday.

 

As for the images used, I think Aldi has actually gone a little less sexual than many, the lady and man are certainly above average looking but more in the 'nice family next door' mode, certainly less sexualised than a recent photoshoot between Mr and Mrs Kenny. The males on here that are offended on the behalf of feminists are ridiculous, as is any suggestion of sexism or relations drawn to racism. Commenting on the looks of a a person selected based on a look that matches some strange brand value is not sexist and I'm not sure that if dottigirl (for example) commented on the male in this picture I would be offended, or worry about the plight of native americans 300 years ago... You're also assuming those commenting are heterosexual and thus supposedly sexualising the image - this is extremely narrow minded!

 

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alansmurphy [599 posts] 1 month ago
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As per my comment above Stom it is likely a demographic thing, who are the readership of the site? If a female or male for that matter wished to comment on the man, so be it.

 

As I have been happily married for 3 years, married for 15 (I'm here all week), I am now a-sexual. On first glance of each picture I was worried about that seam running right up the spine*

 

* For clarity, just above that sweet sweet booty

 

Damn, fail!

 

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dglsdms [29 posts] 1 month ago
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alansmurphy wrote:

"The women I've spoken to about club cycling all find the macho bullshit unwelcoming"

 

Could you give us a little more background on the sample size and the clubs they have attempted to join? The cycling 'club' I am a part of has generally formed as friends got into cycling, then the odd work colleague has joined in, two chaps with the foulest mouts and least morals invited their daughters and a wife has subsequently joined the fun. The latest lady in question drops the odd f-bomb, was impressed by a topless male cycling the other way recently and enjoyed Sir Hoy's legs on Sunday.

 

As for the images used, I think Aldi has actually gone a little less sexual than many, the lady and man are certainly above average looking but more in the 'nice family next door' mode, certainly less sexualised than a recent photoshoot between Mr and Mrs Kenny. The males on here that are offended on the behalf of feminists are ridiculous, as is any suggestion of sexism or relations drawn to racism. Commenting on the looks of a a person selected based on a look that matches some strange brand value is not sexist and I'm not sure that if dottigirl (for example) commented on the male in this picture I would be offended, or worry about the plight of native americans 300 years ago... You're also assuming those commenting are heterosexual and thus supposedly sexualising the image - this is extremely narrow minded!

 

 

So you're saying you haven't spoken to any women about club cycling then basically? Established clubs are intimidating to many, particularly women. Women are either patronised and expected to join 'wobbly women on wheels', women's only clubs, or 'just deal with' the casual sexism that is ever present in male dominated club cycling. I have no reason to make it up, I'm just telling you what I've witnessed. I don't know what other people think makes clubs intimidating to men as well, but I suspect it's similar things. I'm a man and find aggression, sexism and general macho behaviour pretty fucking boring, but thankfully cycling is the only time I really have to deal with it. Women are subjected to it every day, everywhere they go. 

Suggesting that I'm offended 'on behalf of feminists' says a lot about your understanding of gender politics. What other cliches are you going to wheel out on that tired old cart of yours? Perhaps that I must only be sticking up for women so they'll let me shag them? Having a 'foul mouth' and 'dropping the f bomb' are different to making derogatory comments ("But I was complimenting them, they should appreciate it!") about women and the fact you don't understand that shows that we have a way to go yet.