Everyone’s favourite budget supermarket chain*, Lidl, is having one of its seasonal cycling special offer week… so if you like a bargain it might be worth a look.
As usual with Lidl’s special offers, when it’s gone it’s gone, so you’ll need to get in there bright and early if you want to have your pick of the kit.
What’s on offer? Funny you should ask… There’s quite a big range this time around.
There’s a cycle top – a short sleeve jersey, to you and me – for the princely sum of £6.99. Yes, that’s £6.99. Lidl say that it’s made from a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric with an antibacterial, odour-inhibiting Silverplus finish. It comes in various colours and in both men’s and women’s versions.
The 20L rucksack is £7.99, the cycling rain trousers are £7.99, and kids’ helmets are £7.99.
Basically, it’s all ridiculously cheap. There’s an aluminium floor pump, for example, priced at £4.99. We can’t vouch for the quality of any of these products – we’ve not seen them – but the pump comes with a pressure gauge, a dual head, and a two-year warranty.
Guess how much the 31-piece bike tool kit costs. It’s a little saddle pack containing a multi-tool, tyre levers, puncture repair kit and a couple of bulbs.
Wrong! It’s £4.99.
We bought a jersey last time Lidl did a cycling special offer and it actually looked okay. It wasn’t Rapha, Assos or Gore quality, admittedly – it was mostly acrylic but there was merino wool in the mix, and it cost about 15 quid. Mind you, we gave it away in a Schwag Grab so we’re not sure how it stood up to the test of time.
Anyway, check it all out at www.lidl.co.uk
* With the possible exception of Aldi.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.