This week, on Sunday 21st May Aldi, are launching their latest cycling range. We always look out for their cycling clothes as they are great quality and a fraction of the price of gear from specialist cycling brands. We still wear the jackets and leggings that I bought a couple of years ago and the boys have a couple of tops as well. Considering the number of times they have been worn and washed they are still looking good with plenty more miles of cycling in them.
The new women's range looks great, I love the berry stripe on the shorts and it goes well with the black. The big advantage of the colour is that no one will "borrow" my cycling gear as it's too girly for William and Mark!! I especially like the bib shorts, I wear my bib tights a lot but they are a bit warm for summer so I will be going to Aldi on Sunday to buy these.
I received the Crane ladies printed cycling shorts and the ladies all weather cycling jacket to try out. The printed 4-way stretch cycling shorts have an elasticated waistband with a drawstring and are very comfortable to wear. The all important Dolomiti seat pad has a perforated gel insert to help absorb the vibration of the road and the shorts are suitable for 4-5 hours' riding which is ample for me. They have reflective details on the leg which I like as we do go out at night on our bikes so these help ensure we are visible to other road users. The shorts are available in M (size 12-14 ) and L (size 16-18) and cost £7.99.
The jacket is available in S,M and L and is perfect for this time of year when you need an extra layer for cool mornings or a lightweight breathable waterproof "just in case". It comes with a handy pouch that you can stuff it into once you are warm which easily fitted into my bike bag. A lightweight 2.5-layer cycling jacket it is windproof, waterproof and breathable and has taped seams and a reflective print. There is a zipped pocket on the back, it isn't huge but will easily fit a phone or snack in it. The elongated back means you don't get that annoying gap between top and bottoms which being tall tends to happen to me a lot. I have worn the jacket on a couple of short rides this week and it is really comfortable to wear, I haven't been able to test it out in the rain yet but I am sure I won't have long to wait! I am confident that it will be fine as my other Aldi jacket is great in the rain so I have no reason to think this will be any different. It costs £19.99 which I think is very reasonable for a jacket.
As well as these clothes there are some other great offers this week that cyclists should be checking out.
Softshell Cycling Jacket (£16.99) available in black or red for men and or berry for women
Cycling Jersey (£7.99) comes in blue and red colour varieties with a reflective detail.
Aldi’s Child and Adult Helmets (£9.99)
Rechargeable Bike Light Set (£9.99) with built in 5x 0.5W super bright white and red SMD LEDS
Premium Floor Pump (£14.99) 11 bar gauge (160psl), twisted lock and a choice of carpet or rubber options
Disclaimer - I received the jacket and shorts for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own.