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I'm looking into doing a triathlon this year and was looking at some basic beginners clothing and came across some Karrimor cycling gear at my local Sports Direct.

IMO not bad for starting off. Karrimor used to be a respected brand - it is now owned by Sports Direct - but for £5 - you can't go wrong.

I'm happy - picked up cycling shorts, cycling shirt. Wanted cycling shell but there was no stock :(

Refuse to buy on-line as the £4.99 postage is a bit of a joke! :o
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Cheap and cheerful for starting off and you can't go wrong at these prices. Got some Karrimor running longs, seem fine. As you get into cycling though you quickly realise you generally get what you pay for... I would never scrimp on shorts though! ;)
If you;re starting out, keep an eye on ALDI and LIDL they do some decent stuff
Go Outdoors have good deals 50% off a few weeks ago on all cycling equipment and clothing
decent gear at a decent price, have yet to get a pair of trousers from them with the padding in the correct place
the aldi/lidl stuff is excellent for the price , i kit the kids out whenever they have it in ,ive found it really hard to get decent quality kids sizes at a reasonable price anywhere else , sports direct is very handy though i needed a baselayer at short notice at the weekend nipped in to sports direct and got change from a tenner, did its job fine and will be a handy spare
Cheers. Picked up a couple of things. Can't argue with £5 shirts.
Karrimor used to be a good name, near the top of outdoor kit but for some years its now down the bottom. Wouldn't touch it
The Aldi stuff is really good

The Karrimoor stuff from Sports Direct is really poor, got a waterproof jacket that got so wet it felt like I was swimming
Quality any good seems good price
aldi gloves are a godsend.

I have paid gloves that cost me £30+ that dont come close to the aldi gloves that cost less than a fiver. Wish I had picked up more!
I looked into Sports Direct a little further - for a corporate perspective looks like a well run organisation - they have hoovered up pretty much the whole of the low end of the sports apparel market. Some surprises actually!

Campri (Skiing)
Carlton (Badminton)
Dunlop (Sport)
Everlast (Boxing)
Goldigga (Chav wear?!)
Karrimor (Walking / Outdoor)
Kangol (Hats!)
LA Gear (Cheap'n'Nasty trainers)
Lonsdale (Boxing)
No Fear (Boarding)
Slazenger (Tennis)
Sondico (Football)

As for my cycling gear - it does the job. It's bright and reflective - for £5, I couldn't argue. One could pay a lot more from a cycling shop and only get marginally better quality.
Thanks, have some heat, just ordered some stuff. Very decent saving on the RRP.
I have Karrimor gear for cycling and for the price its looks very descent and does its job. One thing with cycling is unless you spend literally 100s of pounds on your clothing, it all just sort off tears and wears off. So if it lasts a season for a 5ever consider it a bargain and it generally does. With gloves though always buy the best you can afford as the cheap once last me usually 2 to 3 weeks with daily cycling, i found that (top end 661) and Sealskinz are the best.and . Same apply s to waterproof gear altura and endura are amongst the best. As for colder days consider buying Merino Wool Base Layers they are godsend!! nothing compares to them even the most expensive ones!!!
To summarise a HOT DEAL
Sports Direct buy well-known British brands for cheap (some times out of receivership), and then ship the manufacture out to countries with cheaper labour.

The quality isn't as good as it used to be, as I can testify with some Karrimor boots that have barely lasted a few months -.-
Shame really.
As an alternative, you might want to check out Dare2b, they have some cycling clothes reduced by 70%.
They have some nice windshells too ;)

I am getting these to go out on the town in:

T-shirts and jackets can be used from any sport and if these are decently breathable/waterproof/windprood/etc no need to pay the silly 'cycling' gear prices unless your a pro. The only areaa I wouldnt scrimp on are gloves and your padded liner, especially if you have an aspiration of fathering kids someday, don't know what the knocks do to womens bits though.
Agree with comments about ALDI/LIDL cycling stuff. Very good quality, the recent Merino base layers from ALDI have worked well in my cold house (too mean to heat).
Crane sport gear from Aldi performs really well. got a few pieces that comes up to the mark.

But the old adage of you pay for what you get is truer of cycling clothing than most things

Edited By: gulphisload on Feb 10, 2011 08:26
I hear you on the shorts, spend money on these and scrimp elsewhere, you know they're worth it!

Cheap and cheerful for starting off and you can't go wrong at these prices. Got some Karrimor running longs, seem fine. As you get into cycling though you quickly realise you generally get what you pay for... I would never scrimp on shorts though! ;)

I can also highly reccomend the Aldi (Crane) gear, it's great for thermal layers, well mad and cheap. I've worn it for the last 3 years with no issues over the quality, apart from zips that quite often eat the material, but never fail.
If you have a Decathlon near you, you can sometimes pick up some bargains. Their sale prices is quite considerable (if you are lucky enough to find your size). Picked up a little while ago short and long bib for £19.99 each, and they are pretty good quality. Yes you could spend over £100 for a pair of Assos but not everyone has a bottomless wallet (i certainly haven't), the Aldi stuff is ok too, it won't last long but for the price you can complain. GOod luck with your triathlon, really hard to get all the training in but it is worth it at the end.
I've had lots of karrimor from SD, lots of problems with trousers ( 4 or 5 exchanges in a month)

Aldi stuff also falls apart from my experience(gel saddle covers) then again i cover 300+ miles a week
Anyone got any suggestions to stop my Bum cheeks swelling up?
Last time i rode a bike i ended up with 4 bum cheeks,i have never had so much pain.
It has put me off riding ....bikes that is.
Would padded shorts stop this happening.
Can you get padded long legged pants as i have legs like an African water buffalo and i`m a bit embarrassed by them.

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