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Another batch of cut-price clothing will be launched at the discount supermarket this week.

Form an orderly queue, discount supermarket Aldi are this Thursday (that’s tomorrow) launching some new summer cycle clothing including a brand new Premium Cycling Shirt and Casual Cycling Shorts, plus clipless shoes costing just £20. Yes, you did read that right, £20...

The last time we published a story about Aldi’s Special Buys cycling discount bonanza it went down a storm. Or was it Lidl? Always get the two confused. With spring in full bloom Aldi have a new spring collection and as with all their Special Buys, everything is limited so you’re best to get to your nearest store early because you don’t want to miss out, do you?

No we didn’t think so, because have a look at this new addition, the Premium Cycling Shirt. It actually looks really smart and, best of all, it costs just £14.99. It’s made from a fabric that’s treated with a hydrophilic coating, something you might normally expect to find in jerseys costing many times more. It helps to move sweat and excess moisture from your skin more quickly, keeping you dry.

It’s available in two colours, has reflective details, a dropped tail with anti-slip tape around the hem, and a YKK full-length zipper. We can’t tell from the description, but we’re assuming there’s three regular pockets around the back.

Pair the jersey with the new Casual Cycling Shorts, costing just £11.99. A baggy short that is ideal for wearing over a pair of Lycra shorts, for touring, riding to the office/pub/cafe/university, or mountain biking. Features include a hydrophilic coating, like the jersey above, to help keep you dry, removable inner shorts with a Coolmax seat pad, zip pockets and reflective prints. They’re available for men and women.

What else can we tell you about? Those are the only items flagged up as ‘new’, but we did spot a smart pair of clipless cycling shoes that cost just £19.99. No, they’re not made from Kangaroo leather or anything fancy like that, but they do have a synthetic upper punctuated with mesh panels for cooling. The sole, a rugged design that's designed to make them versatile enough for any cycling, even some light off-roading, is compatible with two-bolt cleat systems. They’re only available in men’s sizing 8-10.

You can’t always guarantee the weather is going to be warm and sunny, and for the days when it’s not, the Cycling Softshell Jacket, just £15.99, is made from a fabric that Aldi describe as breathable. We’ll take a punt at it being a fairly generic polyester. Available for men and women, it has removable sleeves so you can turn it into a gilet and has pockets, elastic cuffs, dropped tail and reflective piping.

They’re also doing geranium’s for £1.79 so you can pick up some nice flowers for the garden while you’re there. For more details of all the Special Buys, head over to www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/offers_week18Thursday13.htm

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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Dr. Ko [181 posts] 3 years ago
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Seems like the same stuff on sale four weeks in southern Germany. Shorts were reasonable. The softshell was poorly made in respect to stiching, and so was returned the very next day.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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The panniers look alright too. As does the foot pump.
Twiglets at 99p too. Better than those poncey gels you lot all eat.

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thelimopit [139 posts] 3 years ago
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Geordies must be perpetually confused that "Aldi" is not open 24 hours a day.

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bikecellar [268 posts] 3 years ago
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Knaa not reet we wud say aalldai but wu divn't wu say aalldi  1

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andynic [70 posts] 3 years ago
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the size of the Lidl shops has always baffled me.

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KiwiMike [1202 posts] 3 years ago
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Got into Newbury at 8am - already lots of cyclist-types fossicking about. Got me a few Ultralight jackets and a Softshell in black too. Both are great bits of kit IMHO, feel much nicer than their price or origin suggest. The zip-off arms on the jacket aren't a gimmick - it makes a good gilet, and has 3 pockets too, so you can pop the arms away. Much lighter even with the arms on than the Lidl gilet from last month. The Ultralight jacket packs down *tiny*, weighs 100g in Large and will be a great caught-out option. Oh, and the £2.99 glasses are good too.

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webby [4 posts] 3 years ago
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why has no one complained about a black jacket yet?

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KiwiMike [1202 posts] 3 years ago
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webby wrote:

why has no one complained about a black jacket yet?

Because black is the new black. Cyclist mag said so, and Hi-Viz looks silly.

[cue 'better silly than dead' comments from people with no appreciation of absolute / relative risk of injury or death on a bike, and also no proof that Hi-Viz makes a smick of difference]

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 3 years ago
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Got in one of the central Manchester ones early doors - nothing like the traumatic free-for-all I experienced last time there was a cycling offer in the Didsbury branch whihc I can only compare to an NCT nearly-new sale *shudder*.

Bit underwhelmed with the stock TBH - some of the kit quite clearly a bit crappy (in the sense of 'cheap' as opposed to 'good value'). The casual shorts looked OK, but they're cut a bit high for my liking; to my mind shorts should reach the top of the knee (at least!) to be acceptable for men to wear in public outside of an explicit sporting context.

I did spend fifteen quid on a pair of (curiously small) panniers though - hardly 'expedition-ready', but can't argue with that price and they'll do nicely for my commute and the weekly shop.

Always thought there was a bit of gap in the market there with panniers anyway - a lot of people will never use them for anything more intensive than the fifteen minutes to shops and back, and yet the market is dominated by mid-range products that are over-specced for this purpose and are therefore more expensive than is necessary. £15 is about right for a pair of relatively robust clip-on bags that are going to be hauled to Tesco, not the Taklamakan.

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vbvb [594 posts] 3 years ago
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David Arthur wrote:

geranium’s for £1.79

Complete with greengrocers' apostrophe!

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michophull [135 posts] 3 years ago
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Got an Aldi just a short walk up the road. Went up this morning and bagged a softshell for £15.99 and indeed two tubs of geraniums.

Just worn the jacket for a 27 mile bright but breezy spin around the north Wirral coast and it's pretty good. I had just a Helly Hansen base layer under it and it was fine. I'm a 38" chest so went for a medium which has plenty of room for extra layers underneath.

I own a couple of things by Rapha and although this is not exactly in the same league it's still damned fine and doesn't cost poncey London prices either. I recommend it without hesitation.  16

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Timsen [71 posts] 3 years ago
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I have 2 softshell jackets (& various other bits) from previous years. Ideal for use on the mtb or commuting but perhaps not a serious club run or when racing !
The problem with some of their stuff is that it's too easily identifiable as being from Aldi for label snobs (myself inc !)

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michophull [135 posts] 3 years ago
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Timsen wrote:

The problem with some of their stuff is that it's too easily identifiable as being from Aldi for label snobs (myself inc !)

All I can add to this is that one of the benefits of Aldi gear imo is that it's NOT covered in bloody writing. The label is on the inside where it belongs.  3

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pedalingparamedic [94 posts] 3 years ago
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I bought a pair of the shoes last year, so I had a spare pair in case my usual clogs got soaked. In my experience buy the shoes with care unless you like to have one cleat 10mm further forward than the other and only attached by one bolt because the other hole wasn't threaded. Took mine back and got a refund.

+1 for the ultralight jackets though - great value.