Bargain hunter red alert! Lidl launch spring clothing range this week

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

by David Arthur   March 18, 2013  

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

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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 Smile

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posted by PJ McNally [581 posts]
19th March 2013 - 11:30

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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).

posted by Steven_L [48 posts]
19th March 2013 - 11:34

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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.

posted by farrell [1319 posts]
19th March 2013 - 12:02

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Oh. Wait. 50% of the population is female ...

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

posted by BigDummy [280 posts]
19th March 2013 - 12:26

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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/

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [264 posts]
19th March 2013 - 12:58

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had 2 Gillets from them and both zips lasted about a week.
probably okay for things without moving parts but

posted by mrchrispy [282 posts]
19th March 2013 - 13:24

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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.

posted by Some Fella [722 posts]
19th March 2013 - 13:41

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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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posted by Gizmo_ [764 posts]
19th March 2013 - 13:47

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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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posted by giff77 [1040 posts]
19th March 2013 - 14:02

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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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19th March 2013 - 14:07

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It's all good untl you want a small.....

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posted by Cooks [481 posts]
19th March 2013 - 14:32

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Girls, have you seen all the pink there is for the ladies range? BLEAUGH! Sick It's cheap but it's not attractive.

posted by Myriadgreen [89 posts]
19th March 2013 - 14:33

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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...

posted by robert_obrien [117 posts]
19th March 2013 - 14:51

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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.

posted by pmr [163 posts]
19th March 2013 - 15:06

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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.

posted by farrell [1319 posts]
19th March 2013 - 15:26

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Plebs! I only wear the base layers. The rest is either Vermarc club kit or Rapha. Big Grin

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1031 posts]
19th March 2013 - 16:40

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BlackblackblackblackBLACK and , oh, & black.
*sighs and hopes drivers are keeping a good lookout*

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posted by daviddb [120 posts]
19th March 2013 - 19:10

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mick intherain wrote:
I would challenge anyone to find a genuine ethical company - they all manufacture in these places because the labour is dirt cheap.

There are some, Patagonia is a well known example, but your comment suggests you don't really want to know.

Lidl prices are very likely to mean sweatshop conditions and an absence of even basic safety precautions for the people who make the garments. Equally, you can pay a lot more and still have no idea whether any of the premium means the workers benefit from it. Nike, Adidas and many others have charged top prices yet exploit workers all around the world.

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posted by Simon E [1916 posts]
19th March 2013 - 22:06

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pwake wrote:
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?

Of course. My mistake. Thought it was too good to be true!

posted by Some Fella [722 posts]
19th March 2013 - 22:41

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Alison_Smiles wrote:
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 ...

Lidl normally does ladies kit. In fact isn't that a lady in the pic wearing the long shorts? I'll also vouch for the base layer. I also have a gilet that makes an appearence every now and then and a saddle bag that has lasted a loooong time.

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20th March 2013 - 9:14

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daviddb wrote:
BlackblackblackblackBLACK and , oh, & black.
*sighs and hopes drivers are keeping a good lookout*

It actually shows up pretty well (I was thinking as much following a chap with a black jacket on into work today).

As I've said before, if the jacket was a sort of light, greenish grey, with a small stone chip pattern, you'd have a point.

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posted by John_the_Monkey [418 posts]
20th March 2013 - 10:39

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I have bought a few cycle cloting bits from Aldi, and Lidl. I can't remember which was which, but I bought a waterproof jacket for £9.99 which turned out to be anything but, and a jersey, which the zip broke on the third or fourth time I used it. Now, I know many people will say,"silly fool" You get what you pay for, but I thought it would at least be OK in a light shower for a few minutes, even if it was just five or ten minutes, you would expect some degree of water proofing at least. I was not expecting Gore, or Berghaus levels of performance. I left my Berghaus jacket in London and this would do me unitl I got back to London. It started leaking water pretty much as soon as started raining. It said water proof jacket. it wasn't and I felt I had been lied to and that the Purchasing person hadn't checked wether it was or not. The padded shorts I bought were actually quite good, not much padding but ok with under shorts.

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posted by tommy2p [84 posts]
20th March 2013 - 15:50

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I wear the aldi/lidl base layers every day. Also have a softshell from one/other, which I wear to commute on all but the wettest days, all good stuff.
Getting someone to pick me up some 3/4 shorts tomorrow....

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posted by rich22222 [107 posts]
20th March 2013 - 17:20

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I have long & short sleeved Lidl base layer tops & a couple of big brand long sleeved tops. The Lidl ones are superior in every way! I've had various other items which are OK, but the base layers are excellent.

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posted by Grizzerly [116 posts]
20th March 2013 - 19:30

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Popped in early and grabbed a base layer set - seems like an improvement on my last ones, so well worth the £13 for vest and shorts. Coupla pairs of socks as well. Not much else to recommend though. I remember falling for the £5 track pump one year - it exploded the second time I used it!

posted by Spatulala [36 posts]
21st March 2013 - 13:58

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I bought some of the vest & Short base layers this morning on the commute in, on 1st inspection they are very good & seem very warm.
The gilet however is reacting to me like some sort of static making machine! I'm worried that this might be a lightning conductor when out & about...
Oh & the socks are very nice aswell...
I'm happy to wear these as they're going under shirts & shorts anyway so will only get wet & smelly...

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posted by Noelieboy [86 posts]
21st March 2013 - 15:09

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Nothing but L and XL in my local store. Lidl run by idiots.

posted by chokofingrz [260 posts]
21st March 2013 - 16:26

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Two lots of base layers for me, one for the missus, a gilet and waterproof for myself. The sizings are rubbish. XL base layer tops but M shorts. Got an XL waterproof and gilet. Gilet fits nice, but the waterproof was HUGE. Exchanged it for the last L in the shop! Big Grin Also picked up a workstand. Been after one for a while. Seems sturdy enough.

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posted by carlosjenno [37 posts]
21st March 2013 - 20:35

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OK, despite myself I am now the not-so-proud owner of a base layer and a gilet. I also got a bottle of prosecco so I can try a Guinness / prosecco / gin concoction which was in last week's paper. That way I won't care when the zip breaks on the gilet.

posted by robert_obrien [117 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 17:32

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Well, I popped in to buy the gillet (body warmer in old money) but they only had size massive. So I spent £6.99 on a set of glasses.

Now, they're not Oakley etc, etc, but they came with three sets of lenses which all seem ok. Orange, dark and sort of bluey, iridiumy. Best of all, you can pop the arms off and clip in an elasticated headband so you've got cheap-as-chips ski goggles as well as cheap-as-chips sunglasses. And there's this sort of spongy plate that fits behind the lenses to stop them rattling against your face.

I've tried running up and down the stair in them and they didn't move a millimetre. But my knees hurt a bit. Could that be connected?

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23rd March 2013 - 4:51

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