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Form an orderly queue! New range of keenly priced clothing available from this Thursday

Like the ying to Rapha's yang and hot on the heels of the top end brand's City Range launch comes news that this Thursday 21 March supermarket chain Lidl will launch a new spring range of cycle clothing, including an £11.99 waterproof jacket. Lidl have built up a reputation for their very affordable cycle clothing, but it isn’t always available so unless you shop there regularly you could easily miss out. And there’s some bargains to be had, as the highlights below show. You won’t get cycle clothing much cheaper than this.

The men’s waterproof jacket (£11.99) is made from a lightweight material finished with a Bionic Finish Eco that gives it water repellency and wind resistance. All seams are sealed so there’s nowhere for water to seep in. There’s a hood that can be rolled up and out of the way, the cuffs are adjustable, the rear is dropped and there’s several pockets. It’s sold with a small storage pouch.

The Men’s Performance Gilet (£9.99) is made from a lightweight and breathable fabric with a wind resistant front panel. There’s reflective details, a dropped tail and several zipped pockets. Gilets are very useful for changeable weather, allowing you to quickly adapt to whatever the weather is doing. They’re also useful for early morning rides or later evening commutes.

The Cycling Shorts and Trousers - actually three quarter shorts - (£7.99) are made from Lycra Sport with a freshFX chamois, with an antimicrobial and odour-inhibiting Coolmax finish. The leg seams are elasticated with silicone gripper details to keep them in place. There’s a small pocket on the inside front for keeping spare change.

Both the shorts and three quarters are finished with reflective details. Available in men and women’s sizes.

The Base Layer Cycling Top (£6.99) features a H2Port Performance fabric designed to keep you dry, at the ideal body temperature and minimise pongs during hard exercise and long rides. They’re made with a seamless construction and there’s cool zones - a more breathable fabric - under the arms and around the back, while a warmer fabric is used over the kidney.

See the full range at www.lidl.co.uk

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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Those models arent moody looking enough. Could do with more open mouth.

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Denzil Dexter [140 posts] 2 years ago
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yes, and you'd think they'd have more to be moody and indeed open mouthed about wearing £8 shorts

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ricolek [40 posts] 2 years ago
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I bought the shorts, softshell jacket and the base layer (top and shorts) here in Czech Republic last week, haven't give it a try yet but the jacket looks very nice for the money.

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localsurfer [197 posts] 2 years ago
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The base layers are VERY good. I use them for kayaking as well as cycling.

The waterproof jacket is good too, mine has just broken its zip after a years daily hard use, but it's still waterproof. Time to get another one!

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TheSpaniard [89 posts] 2 years ago
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So when can we expect to see the official road.cc review of said new range of cycle clothing.....?

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a.jumper [845 posts] 2 years ago
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Lidl are not members of http://www.ethicaltrade.org/about-eti/our-members unlike Tchibo and Rohan. ETI isn't great, but at least it's a start and Lidl don't seem to have done even that. Lidl - cheap, but with added worker tears? If you can afford it, please buy better.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 2 years ago
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a.jumper wrote:

Lidl are not members of http://www.ethicaltrade.org/about-eti/our-members unlike Tchibo and Rohan. ETI isn't great, but at least it's a start and Lidl don't seem to have done even that. Lidl - cheap, but with added worker tears? If you can afford it, please buy better.

Interesting - after all the fuss made over Gap using slave labour, and apparently them not suggesting it was going to change, they are listed as members of ETI?  39

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Alison_Smiles [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Nice to see they haven't felt obliged to make a token gesture in the direction of women's gilets, jerseys or jackets. I so hate special treatment. Oh. Wait. 50% of the population is female ...

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londonplayer [620 posts] 2 years ago
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I've previously looked at both Lidl and Aldi gear. I could be wrong BUT I reckon if you're after some bargain kit, you're a lot better off heading to Decathlon.

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rockfield [67 posts] 2 years ago
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I had one of those lidl gilets a couple of years ago. It was pretty decent till the zip jammed right at the top. I had to get my better half to cut it off me with scissors! Not sure i'd take the risk with Lidl zips again, but those base layers look pretty good.

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mattheww385 [46 posts] 2 years ago
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I got a jersey last summer and it's still my go to short sleeve.

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James Warrener [1080 posts] 2 years ago
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londonplayer wrote:

I've previously looked at both Lidl and Aldi gear. I could be wrong BUT I reckon if you're after some bargain kit, you're a lot better off heading to Decathlon.

Aldi stuff has been ok for me, but Decathlon takes some beating.

I was in their Lakeside shop the other day and there is some great kit out on the BTwin label.

Jersey's with mesh and grippers. Really good looking kit.

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mick intherain [14 posts] 2 years ago
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Looks great for the price especially base layers and gilet. Jacket looks ok as well but not as good as the guy in castelli thermo suit I saw this morning - very very nice! And I would challenge anyone to find a genuine ethical company - they all manufacture in these places because the labour is dirt cheap.

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PJ McNally [589 posts] 2 years ago
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Aldi stuff seems good and hard wearing, bonkers sizes though. I'm never in there often enough, but sometimes get lucky with e.g. £1.99 clearance legwarmers.

They also have a £9.99 "motorcycle" chain lock at the moment, which I'll be leaving attached to the bike stands at work  1

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Steven_L [45 posts] 2 years ago
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I've the baselayer in retina-melting lime and can attest to it's warmth. Very good bargain pick.

I would also go with everyone else and say that Decathlon's gear is tops. If you go for their 7 or 9 lines, you're getting some very good quality items, in particular bib shorts and jerseys (which are being used by FDJ this year).

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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Are BTwin actually providing the kit for FDJ? From what I have seen they are sponsoring them but the kit I've seen for sale appears to be MOA.

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BigDummy [314 posts] 2 years ago
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Oh. Wait. 50% of the population is female ...

And just adores a nice £9.99 pink bin-bag.  3

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badback [302 posts] 2 years ago
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"Are BTwin actually providing the kit for FDJ? From what I have seen they are sponsoring them but the kit I've seen for sale appears to be MOA."

It was MOA last year. Now it's B'Twin: http://www.equipecyclistefdj.fr/partenaires/

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mrchrispy [434 posts] 2 years ago
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had 2 Gillets from them and both zips lasted about a week.
probably okay for things without moving parts but

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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The ALDI stuff ive had in the past is made by Craft so its quality stuff. Cant vouch for Lidl stuff but it all looks about the level of quality one would expect at this price.

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Gizmo_ [1332 posts] 2 years ago
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I've been wearing my softshell to ride all winter. Looks like new.

Must see if I can get over there on Thursday...

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giff77 [1191 posts] 2 years ago
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Will now only get socks and base layers from either aldi or lidl as the quality of their kit seems to have deteriated over the last few seasons. I suppose you get what you pay for. Any way. Spring? Has anyone seen the weather out there? Still thawing out from yesterday.

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pwake [374 posts] 2 years ago
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Some Fella wrote:

The ALDI stuff ive had in the past is made by Craft so its quality stuff. Cant vouch for Lidl stuff but it all looks about the level of quality one would expect at this price.

I thought Aldi's 'in-house' brand was Crane? Is it really made by Craft?

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Cooks [490 posts] 2 years ago
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It's all good untl you want a small.....

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Myriadgreen [96 posts] 2 years ago
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Girls, have you seen all the pink there is for the ladies range? BLEAUGH!  31 It's cheap but it's not attractive.

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robert_obrien [118 posts] 2 years ago
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I have bought so much Lidl stuff in the past. The best items were the jackets but the zips ALWAYS break. I have never worn / used about a third of the other stuff. My advice would be to save up and buy something you like. Did anyone know anyone who bought one of their Ultegra-groupset road bikes (a few years ago)?
http://www.bikeradar.com/gallery/article/lidl-to-sell-ultegra-equipped-r...

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pmr [196 posts] 2 years ago
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I wouldnt use the shorts for anything but turbo sess or the shortest of rides, but the gilet for £10 is interesting.
The jackets might be worthwhile for some too. Also I got the base layer compression tops last time they had the offers and they've been ok, done the job.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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badback wrote:

"Are BTwin actually providing the kit for FDJ? From what I have seen they are sponsoring them but the kit I've seen for sale appears to be MOA."

It was MOA last year. Now it's B'Twin: http://www.equipecyclistefdj.fr/partenaires/

On that link, when you scroll on from the bike it still references Moa although it does have a link to btwin underneath it in the suppliers bit.

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WolfieSmith [1244 posts] 2 years ago
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Plebs! I only wear the base layers. The rest is either Vermarc club kit or Rapha.  4

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daviddb [132 posts] 2 years ago
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BlackblackblackblackBLACK and , oh, & black.
*sighs and hopes drivers are keeping a good lookout*

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