If you follow Fitartist regularly, you will know that I am already a fan of the Aldi Specialbuys range. I have previously tried out running gear and triathlon gear, all of which are still in regular use and still going strong. I was invited recently to take a look at the upcoming cycling range, to be rolled out in stores on September 24th. It was quite handy really, because the launch was taking place at the Olympic Velodrome in Stratford, where I had a planned training session 🙂 As I had already finished my session and had to rush back for the school run, I didn’t join the rest of the testers on the circuit, but layered up and have been testing the kit on my rides since.
You might be familiar with the cycling range that comes out every so often, with good basics at really unbeatable prices. All of this is on offer, but this time Aldi have gone a step further and are offering some ‘Pro-Cycling Gear’ for the keen cyclist who might like to push it a bit further on longer rides, and look for something a bit more from their kit. In this range, I tried out the Ladies’ Pro-Cycling Performance Jersey (£29.99), which is a really lovely fit (I wore a small, 8-10) and true to size, with a nice long body and details such a stand-up collar, breathable fabric and built-in ‘dry-faster’ panels in the areas you need them most (I wore this jersey on a day where maybe I didn’t need long sleeves and I really did feel the benefit of some ventilation down the back). Another useful feature are the really deep pockets at the back, including a nice big zip-up pocket, big enough to put a phone and some money, you could also fit a pretty good selection of snacks in there if need be!
Next I tried on some Ladies’ Pro-Cycling Performance Bib Tights (£29.99). Since I tried the Aldi bib shorts a few months ago, I’m a convert to the wrestler look, finding them far comfier than regular tights/shorts that slip down mid-ride. These tights are true to size again and even fit me in the leg – I usually have lots of fabric gathering around my ankles (if you have long legs, maybe try them against you for length). A great feature about these tights and the jacket shown in the picture here is the reflective detailing in the fabric itself, you really will be seen on those dark winter days. Again, the jacket has good deep pockets and a handy feature for when you get a bit hot and want to strip down, inside the rear of the jacket is a large pocket to fold it into, it can then be stowed in your jersey until you need it again 🙂 One thing to note though is that the jersey fabric is quite stretchy, so if you do pack your pockets full of extra stuff, you might find some overhang on your saddle so don’t get carried away!
If you’re looking for a real bargain, these women’s cycling tights are really good, lovely and warm – very soft – with a nice cut and good reflective detailing. Both these and the bib-tights have a zip at the ankle which is helpful when you’re pulling them on. They have a draw-string waist, a decent chamois and are a very reasonable £13.99.
You might just be needing some extra bits and bobs for your winter commute and you can’t beat these two items: lovely fleece-lined hi-viz gloves and a simple cap to go under your helmet, both at just £4.99.
As we haven’t really hit the cold weather fully yet, I haven’t had a chance to really test the warmth of these products, but I can see that the design is good, the fabrics seem tough enough to survive the seasons ahead and the details make them just as good as more pricey brands on the market. Also available from September 24th are a range of items including energy gels at just 89p, lights at £2.99, Muc-Off bike cleaning spray for £3.99, jerseys and tights at £9.99 and £13.99, the performance kit mentioned above and even a turbo trainer for £49.99 and a Garmin Edge 500 at £79.99.
Get yourself to your nearest Aldi from September 24th because the items generally sell out quickly and are only in store while stocks last.