I was hoping to bring you a review of Aldi’s 2014 spring range of cycle clothing but this is looking less unlikely now. Following last year’s genuinely positive review, the plan was that they’d send some samples but alas it appears there has been a change in their arrangements.
Nevertheless it might be worth any thrifty cyclists taking a look inside their local Aldi store in the near future as the latest range of clothing is almost out on sale. Do remember these are not continuously stocked; it’s a case of grabbing them when you see them.
Personally I wouldn’t bother with the accessories, such as lights and tools, unless you know different? The clothing, on the other hand, is actually very good value and the quality has been pretty good in the past. The range isn’t that wide and you’ll not find any trendy team names there but for some that is all part of the appeal. Myself, I could be tempted by a bright yellow gilet for increased visibility and some arm warmers (yes we will have some “short sleeves” days coming up!). Arm warmers are good for summer cycling with early starts and I’m wondering if the Coast to Coast might justify investing in some of them – when the temperature rises, you simply take them off and they’re small enough to tuck into a pocket.
As before, there’s a little snobbishness about some cycle clothing around amongst some cyclists. Don’t get me wrong, some upmarket gear is really nice, comfortable and cost effective. So too is Aldi but a whole lot cheaper.
Where are you standing on this issue? Please let me know if you get a chance to try out any of the new range, you could be doing a favour for some other (pragmatic) cyclists.