What’s your view of the budget priced Aldi supermarket? Is it just for people who can’t afford to shop at Waitrose or M&S? Is it for people living in deprived areas where poverty looms along with all the usual social problems? Or is it for the savvy shopper with keen eye for a bargain, or for cyclists who aren’t snobs about their clothing?
One of my friends reminded me it’s not a bad idea to check out Aldi’s current range of cycling gear. He suggested there’s no point in spending £80 on each piece of cycling-specific clothing if £20 will get you something as good, or pretty near as good. Point well made and I decided to take a look in the local Aldi (and we even invested in some more clothing!)…..
- I got a pair of winter cycling trousers for under £20. They’re more like tights than trousers but let’s not get hung up on that. They are excellent. Thoughtful design with water resistant panels where you need it (tops of legs and shins), followed by a more stretchy Lycra-type material which is more breathable. You get a few bits of highly reflective details and zips at the ankles. The padded seat is a bit weird to start with but settles into place sooner or later. Pretty good all in all.
- Rachel bought me some leg warmers for, we think, under £10. These are useful for extending your shorts when it’s cold and then peeling them off when warmer conditions arrive. Ideal for early starts and useful if you don’t want to get arrested for undressing and redressing on the side of the road. Again, pretty good from Aldi.
- Friends that have cycling jackets (see photo above) all report pleasure with their bargains and enjoy being thrifty.
- You need to grab these things when you can. They’re not stocked all the time.
- While you can try on jackets etc (well, I did) you can’t really stand there in the shop trying on shorts etc. Well, I wouldn’t…..
There is something nice about grabbing a bargain which works. You can enjoy a certain smugness. That’s nice.
One of the other nice things about this range is that it isn’t pretending to be top-of-the-range exquisite kit. It is clearly at the “value” end of the range and yet it’s still very respectable. So don’t be afraid to pop in when you’re next passing on your carbon fibre dream machine – you might have a pleasant surprise.
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Let me know if you agree / disagree!