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Aldi doing their cheap cycling gear again. Jackets, shorts, shirts and loads of tools/equipment.
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#1
Beat me to it, just spotted this and was about to post.... might as well add my comments here :)

The cycling stuff is usually pretty decent quality from Aldi, a great chance to stock up on some necessities at bargain prices! Amongst the items on sale:

Soft shell jacket £15
Gloves £3.50
Helmet £9
Shirt £8
Shorts £8
Compression underwear £10
Computer £5
Track pump £5

I've previously bought a bike computer, gloves, socks and a jacket, pretty pleased with all of them. I bought a pair of gloves from Lidl last month, but will probably buy a pair from Aldi too. I knew they were coming but desperately needed a new pair last month!

The bike computer looks slightly different (last years was 'pro cycle' this year it's 'bikemate') but it looks to have exactly the same functions and I'd imagine will probably be wireless though the website doesn't specify.

One slight disappointment, there are no sunglasses this year, usually one of the best buys.
#2
Cheers for posting, I need a new pair of shorts although the old ones are still going strong.
#3
Agree their cycling gear is good. I've bought shirts, shorts, jackets, socks and gloves. All well made and wear well. Thanks for posting.
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In Deutschland everyvon muss cycle jeden tag fur der heathiness und der bestern sex!
#5
what's the helmet like, I've abstained from buying one up until about now - but I'm going out mountain biking at midnight recently on my own and maybe it'd be a good idea?
#6
good stuff, have done a london to paris on the shoes as well as over 1500 miles of training and I've got a jacket that I use almost daily that I 've had for over 4 years
#7
I got the bike computer last year and was pleased with it until I bought a 'bell' branded one, for a few quid more, from Asda. The Bikemate one is quite inaccurate. It reported 11.5 miles as 12.1 miles. I'd been kidding myself for quite some time that I was doing 60 miles a week. Mind you, it was only a fiver and once you know it exaggerates you can make allowance.
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Loopijuce
The Bikemate one is quite inaccurate. It reported 11.5 miles as 12.1 miles.
That's not my experience. Using google (gmaps pedometer) a common route I use is 4.8 miles, my old cateye computer recorded it as 4.4, the bikemate/aldi computer records 4.7 miles. I know which computer I prefer!
#9
Loopijuce
I got the bike computer last year and was pleased with it until I bought a 'bell' branded one, for a few quid more, from Asda. The Bikemate one is quite inaccurate. It reported 11.5 miles as 12.1 miles. I'd been kidding myself for quite some time that I was doing 60 miles a week. Mind you, it was only a fiver and once you know it exaggerates you can make allowance.


The computer is as accurate as the wheel circumference information you give it!

stubar
what's the helmet like, I've abstained from buying one up until about now - but I'm going out mountain biking at midnight recently on my own and maybe it'd be a good idea?


While to be sold in the UK it must meet EN1078, for a helmet to do its job properly, it must fit well. If you're not experienced in helmet fitting, either get help from someone who is, or go to your local independent bike shop instead.
#10
thanks for this info on the helmet :)
#11
The computer is as accurate as the wheel circumference information you give it!

In an ideal world. Seriously, it's inaccurate.
#12
Loopijuce
The computer is as accurate as the wheel circumference information you give it!

In an ideal world. Seriously, it's inaccurate.


All it does is time the magnet passing the sensor. If it's consistently under-reading, then the distance it thinks it's covered in the time is too low. Wheel and tyre combinations vary. What value did you enter as your wheel size?
#13
Duggie_22
Loopijuce
The computer is as accurate as the wheel circumference information you give it!

In an ideal world. Seriously, it's inaccurate.


All it does is time the magnet passing the sensor. If it's consistently under-reading, then the distance it thinks it's covered in the time is too low. Wheel and tyre combinations vary. What value did you enter as your wheel size?

700x35 which is WS 2205

It over reads. I only noticed it last October when I treaed myself to a new Orbea. I was going to swap the computer over, but splashed out a further £7 on a 'bell' computer which is spot on.
#14
The computer is not wireless. I took it out the packaging and it had a wire and cable ties with it.
#15
Shorts and tops were £4.99 up til a couple of years ago. Still good value tho..mines still going strong... Ebay will be full of this stuff by now!
#16
Shorts and tops were £4.99 up til a couple of years ago

Banks were still nominally solvent then too!
#17
I bought the some items yesterday including the cycle computer - I fitted it last night and rode to work on the bike today - the cycle computer shows the trip distance as 10.59 miles, tracing the route on google maps shows it at 10.57 - thats acurate enough for me :)

I did actually measure the distance traveled by the wheel in one revolution rather than using one of the tyre size guides when I configured it
#18
Aldi and Lidl stuff is very good value. As has been said the computer is only as good as the info. given to it.
#19
Loopijuce
Duggie_22
Loopijuce
The computer is as accurate as the wheel circumference information you give it!

In an ideal world. Seriously, it's inaccurate.


All it does is time the magnet passing the sensor. If it's consistently under-reading, then the distance it thinks it's covered in the time is too low. Wheel and tyre combinations vary. What value did you enter as your wheel size?

700x35 which is WS 2205

It over reads. I only noticed it last October when I treaed myself to a new Orbea. I was going to swap the computer over, but splashed out a further £7 on a 'bell' computer which is spot on.


In theory it should just add the circumfernce figure you've programmed to the distance travelled every time the magnet passes the sensor .... may be being a bit over precise but (partly because I'd lost the instruction leaflet with the figures to use) I rolled my bike alongside a tape measure and measured the distance travelled in one rotation and used that. Of course, if you've programmed the same figure into both computers and they give different values on same routes then something is wrong with (at least!) one of them!
#20
thanks there im going to ALDI now :D
#21
deshepherd
Loopijuce
Duggie_22
Loopijuce
The computer is as accurate as the wheel circumference information you give it!
In an ideal world. Seriously, it's inaccurate.

All it does is time the magnet passing the sensor. If it's consistently under-reading, then the distance it thinks it's covered in the time is too low. Wheel and tyre combinations vary. What value did you enter as your wheel size?
700x35 which is WS 2205

It over reads. I only noticed it last October when I treaed myself to a new Orbea. I was going to swap the computer over, but splashed out a further £7 on a 'bell' computer which is spot on.

In theory it should just add the circumfernce figure you've programmed to the distance travelled every time the magnet passes the sensor .... may be being a bit over precise but (partly because I'd lost the instruction leaflet with the figures to use) I rolled my bike alongside a tape measure and measured the distance travelled in one rotation and used that. Of course, if you've programmed the same figure into both computers and they give different values on same routes then something is wrong with (at least!) one of them!

Possible problem with missing rotation if magnet and detector not lined up properly (will under estimate distance) or something like "switch bounce" when may detect 2 or more passes instead of 1 (will over estimate distance).
#22
Cheaper computers tend to offer less chance of entering an accurate tyre circumference (i.e. they have preset values for common sizes that you are unable to over-ride, so you end up selecting one that is near and consequently get inaccurate speed/distance readings).
I bought two of the Lidl ones a couple of years ago - the one on my wife's bike was fine - the one on mine would go blank above 20mph so it was scrapped pretty quickly. I've since changed to Cateye wireless models which I've set by rolling out a couple of rotations and working out an accurate circumference - you pay your money and you take your choice.....
#23
I've got an old Aldi BikeMate wireless computer that I have only just got working again (after changing the batteries) and a Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS watch.

I checked the Aldi computer against my Garmin this morning after my ride to work. After 9.5 miles they were within 0.016 mile of each other. That's about 0.16% difference!

I can set up the exact circumference in the Aldi computer to the nearest mm, which will be as good as you could measure it. The Aldi computer also does heart rate, air temperature, is wireless and only cost £10 about 7 years ago!

Regarding the previous comment, I think in this case paying more on a cycle computer won't guarantee it will be any better.
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Besford posted this deal earlier and it reached 194 before being spammed. I wonder if this post can match it.
#25
Just got back from Aldi, got the gloves, shorts, tool kit, trip computer and a seat.

Noticed on the underside of the seat itself it's actually a Selle Royale (the brand they do in Halfords), and they generally get decent reviews, so for £9.99 in 3 different types- Touring, lesiure and racing it's a good bargain. Will report back on how comfy it is!
#26
Is any of this stuff actually genuinely useful for cycling, apart from the helmet and possibly gloves? Compression underwear?? Soft shell jacket? Shirt!?

I've cycled most of my life in between and with motorcycles and cars and never felt the need for anything other than the protection of a helmet after being hospitalised -and only that when chancing the road with car drivers, rather than cycle paths.

Are these things for some kind of specialised (sporting) cycling where normal shirt, shorts, socks and underpants are inappropriate for cycling and a computer is required?
#27
stubar
what's the helmet like, I've abstained from buying one up until about now - but I'm going out mountain biking at midnight recently on my own and maybe it'd be a good idea?


Safety glasses should be your top priority
#28
I bought the hand pump today and it's quite solid. Worked well when I pumped both tyres up.
#29
word of warning, I bought 2 of the dual cylinder footpumps at £4.99 but neither work as in the thumb lock valve thingy is very hard to get on the valve, & when you do get it on, the thumb lock does nothing, so the pressure blows it off & you end up a couple of psi down :-(

I have to decide whether to return them or buy a couple of thumb locks and cut the duff ones off & replace them.And replacements are £4 inc P&P
#30
Thanks - just stocked up!
#31
Does anyone know if they're selling them bike hoist/pulley thingys again?

Thanks!
#32
I can't get my aldi wireless computer to give any readings, it turns on but no speed comes up

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