Aldi will be offering a ‘when it’s gone, it’s gone’ cycling range later this month that includes winter clothing, a turbo trainer and lights, as well as the Garmin Edge 500 GPS bike computer for £79.99 that we told you about last week. It all comes at very low prices.
The Pro-Cycling Performance Cycling Winter Jacket, for example, is priced at £29.99. Most of the panels are made from a stretchy and windproof/waterproof fabric with thermal fleece used on underside of the arms, where you don’t need as much protection. A breathable fabric used down the centre of the back is designed to shift moisture effectively.
The jacket has some good features like a high collar, a YKK front zip with a neck guard at the top, and a zipped valuables pocket around the back in addition to the three standard pockets. There’s also plenty of reflectivity from all angles.
We’ve not used the jacket in the temperatures for which it’s intended – it just hasn’t be cold enough – but we do have one here at road.cc HQ so we can tell you that the build quality certainly looks up to scratch. The cut is fairly roomy. Like the rest of the clothing, it’s available in both men’s and women’s versions.
The Pro-Cycling Performance Jersey is also £29.99. It’s mainly made from a polyamide/elastane fleecy fabric and it’s super-stretchy so it’ll comfortably fit a whole range of sizes. It offers similar features to the jacket along with extra-breathable panels along the sides and down the centre of the back.
I’ve ridden in this jersey a couple of times on cold mornings and it feels pretty good, although all that stretch in the fabric means the back can sag down if you load the pockets right up with heavy bits and pieces.
The Pro-Cycling Performance Bib Tights are £29.99 too. These come with panels down the front that are made from a windproof and waterproof fabric (the same material that’s used in the jacket), and the seatpad is way better than you’d expect at this price. It’s a deep gel pad with a Coolmax facing and it’s genuinely very good. The knees are anatomically shaped, you get YKK zips at the ankles, and there’s good reflectivity.
I must say that I struggled with the fit of the tights. I’m tall and pretty slim (my enemies might use the word ‘lanky’), and I found that I couldn’t get the leg length I needed. If I sized up, the tights were too loose around the middle. If you’re of a similar build, I’d suggest you check out the sizing carefully.
Aldi will also be stocking Waterproof Lobster Gloves (£7.99) and wool blend socks (£3.99) in the Pro-Cycling range. On top of that, there will be a whole range of standard cycling clothing at even lower prices, such as tights (£13.99), jackets (£16.99), base layers (£9.99), and waterproof socks (£12.99).
Plus, there are plenty of accessories on offer, including the Garmin Edge 500 GPS bike computer for £79.99, and a turbo trainer for £49.99 (we’ve not used it so can’t comment on the performance). There’s a range of cleaning/maintenance products from Muc-Off, tyre sealant, lights/LEDs, energy gels, and loads more.
The whole range will be in Aldi stores nationwide on Thursday 24 September and will be available while stocks last, so you might want to arrive early to ensure you get what you want.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.