£4 sunnies? A track pump for six quid? That's what you'll pay if you head on down to Aldi next Thursday, as the discount supermarket chain are set to launch their Pro Cycling range.
Aldi have stepped up their involvement with sport in the UK recently, partnering with the Team GB olympic team and starting a healthy eating initiative across schools, with triathletes the Brownlee brothers as their most high profile ambassadors.
The Pro Cycling range suggests that Aldi want to be taken seriously as a sporting retailer, and looking at the features of the kit there are all the benefits you'd expect from higher priced gear. The £19.99 jersey has a laser-cut mesh and cuffs, reflective print, YKK zip and a race fit. The bib shorts have an Italian-made gel chamois pad and a laser-cut legs too.
Aldi have men's and women's kit in the Pro range, with the bibs coming in at £24.99 a pair
As well as clothing there's a range of accessories, including a £5.99 track pump, £9.99 set of lights and even electrolyte tabs at £2.99 for 20, cheaper than any we've found online from other brands. It's not the first time shoppers have been able to throw some discounted bike kit in with their fruit and veg at the German-owned supermarket; Aldi's flash sales, such as Garmin GPS computers for as little as £60, have become something of an event when they happen, often selling out of buzz items in hours when the word spreads.
These sunglasses will be just £3.99, coming in a hard case with cleaning cloth
You'll probably have to move fast if you want to grab some bargains when the range hits the shelves on Thursday 6th July. What's more... we're looking to test some of the kit ourselves, so look out for our reviews to see if you really can get style and function at basement prices!
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.