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Aldi’s latest cycling bargains include shorts, jerseys, & convertible jacket/gilets, on sale Sunday

Latest selection of cheap but surprisingly good bike kit from German supermarket chain


Supermarket chain Aldi is about to unleash one of its occasional offers of amazingly inexpensive cycling kit. The selection this time includes Lycra shorts  for £8, jerseys for #15, shoes for £20 and a softshell jacket that converts into a gilet for just £16.

The new kit goes on sale on Sunday, May 4 and will almost certainly sell out fast if previous Aldi cycling specials are any guide.

Typically, Aldi’s kit is surprisingly good for the money. For these prices you don’t expect Rapha or Assos, but our experience and that of many readers has been that it’s not the total rubbish you’d expect for little more than pound shop prices.

The highlight of the selection this time round looks to be the £15.99 softshell jacket. And it’s not just a jacket: the sleeves unzip so you can use the body on its own as a gilet. It has a dropped tail, grip tape at the back, elasticated panels for a snug fit and it’s claimed to be breathable, waterproof and wind resistant. There are men’s version in black and blue, and a women’s version in pink.

If buying a softshell at this time of year is too pessimistic for you, just eight quid gets you a pair of shorts and for £15 you can pick up a short-sleeved jersey.

The shorts come in men’s and women’s cuts and have a Coolmax pad. There’s also a three-quarter-length version of the women’s shorts, a style that’s a perennial favourite among women who find having a mid-thigh elastic band uncomfortable or just unstylish.

The jerseys have full-length zips and are also available in men’s and women’s styles. They have rear pockets, reflective piping and highlights for those few days a year when its warm enough to wear short sleeves after dusk, and flatlock seams.

We’ll end with the shoes which are available in two versions: with laces and with three Velcro straps. Both have mountain bike style SPD soles, so could be ideal for commuting, and readers report good durability from previous Aldi shoes. Unfortunately, they’re only available in sizes 8 to 10.

There are plenty of other items on offer too from socks to windproof base layers and from helmets to LED lights. 

Check out the full range on Aldi's website.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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