The Aldi bike sale is back. Looks like some decent value gear there. Be interested to hear people's feedback on previous sales.
is there anything there that is a genuine bargain though?
bike pump seems like a good price
Yep, even for a crap stand pump that's a good price. Knicks are cheap and would be good for someone with none. But I wager the padding in them is going to be pretty thin. Probably better spending a bit more and stop your ass going numb :)
I bought the hybrid 700c bike last year and have had a few niggling issues with it including trouble with the rear derailleur. (I can't say if I busted it by lying it down on the roof racks to take it home - despite the warning: do not lie flat). Unfortunately the 60day return had expired before we found the problems. The instructions recommend setup by a bike mechanic and in some ways I now wish that we had paid a bit more for a bike from a store so we could get the support.
The Crane passenger wagon could not be connected as designed despite the bike also being a Crane brand, so I recommend checking connections carefully if you are expecting to add kit to the bike. I managed to re-bend a connector to wrangle a solution, but the help desk were not helpful.
Anyone bought cycling gear from them before? How are they?
I'm interested in the shorts and wireless comp. Good deal?
Both are great or comparable of what you would buy from Cell Bikes.
Bought a lot of the cycling shorts, really good for me.
I bought a cheap wireless cycle computer from Aldi a while back and had interference issues, especially when on electric trains - the computer thought I was doing 99kmh the whole time.
That's an issue with any wireless computer though - they suffer interference so many prefer wired computers. (Same thing with keyboards and mouses, not trendy, but wired works better).
I bought a cycling jacket and a wired cycling computer from Aldi before. Both are very good value for money and very happy purchases. As other people said, unless you only ride bicycle once in a year (in which case you don't need to buy a bicycle in the first place, save the money for the fat camp), you'd be better off spend some more money and buy better quality bicycles somewhere else. There's an eBay listing recommended by many people here before. Bad bicycles take the joy out of cycling completely.
Agree with Tali, the bike pump for $15 is a good deal.
I've bought a bike from Aldi a few years ago and it should be noted that their bikes are not assembled. It took me a while to put together the bike. After 3 or 4 years, the brakes constantly squealed and the wheels wouldn't rotate (dirt in the mechanism I think). Eventually sold it to Cash Converters for $20.
The bike tool kit is a great price.
yep, i bought one a year or two ago. almost everything you need
the bike light set seems okay for $10
The gear is ok - nothing spesh but good for the price. However steer well clear of the bikes themselves, they're shyte and should be avoided at all costs. Cheap, nasty crap that doesn't suit normal users e.g double suspension for Mom/Dad weekend riders??????? Completely illogical.
But it has MORE suspension. More is always better isnt it????
joking btw Though it is pretty funny watching people go down the road bouncing up and down with each peddle press. You could argue the energy lost to the suspension makes it better excercise.
Got two of the bike light kits last time, the clips on the rear light mounting bracket broke on both of them by now. Not happy chappy.
I bought one, did not last even one day
Have bought a bit of cycling stuff from aldi in the last 12 months and most of it has been good value for money. Bought a couple of jerseys and some nicks but don't really like the way the foam padding sits up on the nicks. I am in need of a repair kit as I am getting into doing my own repairs has anyone bought the aldi one before was it any good? There isn't much detail on the website but doesn't sound like you could do that much with a 37 piece kit.
Guys, who tried aldi cycling shorts and knicks- what's the difference? Should wear one with and other without underwear?
Bought a bike light last time it was in catalogue and the clips also broke, but I think it was my fault, so gonna buy another one.
the shorts look like shorts on the outside and are made out of cloth. the knicks will be made of lycra. both have a pad.
So I can do both-with or without underwear? That's good)
Just not feeling comfortable without undies during cycling))
You should not wear knicks with underwear. The folds and elastic of the underwear will rub against the seat and increase your discomfort, which is why you are wearing knicks in the first place and you will sweat a lot more down there with undies on. It is also easier for the men to make adjustments. But by all means, try with and without and see how you go. A lot of people start riding wearing undies, but once you go free you never go back.
As someone said, I'd avoid their bikes unless you want something peculiar you can't find elsewhere, like the fold-up one. A few years ago they had reasonably decent bikes that had the higher-quality disc type brakes. Even a close inspection of the tig welding of the frames was impressive. But they've never had quality bikes again since I saw those (mens & womens).
China really is the pits. Aldi and every other pathetic, greedy importer of JUNK could add just a few $ and provide quality items. But no. They encourage china to produce the cheapest rubbish possible, that is rarely fit for it's purpose (like Aldi tools!), and when you do need to use it, it breaks - people think it's them at fault, not the tool - and since it's out of warranty before they use it, it goes to landfill.
Every week Aldi imports a new container ship of refuse. And people still keep buying it. But if a bike shop sells rubbish, they go out of business. (Actually if there's an Aldi in their suburb they might still go out of business.) I see people carrying rubbish out Aldi's doors and shake my head. I think if it keeps up, one day Australia will sink.
Anyway… I bought two aluminium frame BMX bikes from a bike shop for my sons. Yeah, still made in china - and about the same price as Aldi - but at least 4 times the quality. That was four years ago. They still look like new and no rust.
"They encourage china to produce the cheapest rubbish possible"
yes, this is the real issue. So we as consumers are to blame for continuing to buy this cheap crap.
The challenge is to find and support suppliers who sell the stuff that does cost a few bucks more to make because it's made to a better standard of quality.
Heh - sounds like someone else has watched www.thestoryofstuff.org - it used to be you could choose to buy the cheap junk, or, pay 3x more and get something quality. Thanks to china/aldi/kmart/etc., the better manufacturers go out of business. It's difficult to find quality products. Tools are my biggest gripe. I have to look high and low to find decent tools. Anyone that's handy and fixes things knows the mountain of junk you have to sift through, before finding a tool that won't break and will actually DO what it's meant to do when you get it home. In the 1970s everyone jokingly complained about Japanese junk lasting five minutes. But the junk back then was better than chinese stuff is today.
People say Japan got better and so will China. Well it's been years and I'm still waiting. We've had toys not last long enough to even get them out of the packaging. Car parts that DON'T FIT. And I just bought two castorboards for my children, and the wheels are locked - because some kid on an assembly line in china didn't punch the axles in the right place. One wheel is 1cm clear of its bracket. The other 3 are locked tight against it. They have to wear the wheels down before they can ride them.
And you're right - Australian sellers should be boycotted. Because I specifically asked they CHECK the wheels spun freely before sending - and they said they would! :-(
Enough from me.
You get what you pay for. Don't put the blame on a "made in China" product. If you look carefully most things - good or bad - are made in China. It is because people choose to purchase products at the cheapest prices which has driven retailers to source the cheapest manufacturers to produce their products. It is just pure logic that if you purchase products from a bargain supermarket outlet - in this case Aldi, that you get Aldi quality products. Simple. Don't buy something dirt cheap and then complain that it is cheap crap. We as consumers make the final decision to purchase products to whatever quality we deem fit for the purpose.
These comments are extremely subjective.
BTW The hybrid bike has a heavy steel frame, right? Not an aluminium (around 12 Kg.) Thanks.
dude they are objective, the reality is that these things are junk.
The subjective thing is that "you" believe they have value because you don't realise, or are not concious of what mindless consumption means for the limited and finite resources (or nature as I like to call it) of this glorious planet we live on…
It would be great if Oz Bargain could have a "dead planet" tag, this would indicate that the item is pure crap, destined to go straight from delivery package to bin.
Anyway feedback on the product, I bought the bike lights a while back, as well as excessive packaging the front one crapped out pretty quick, I don't actually remember it working (lost receipt). So basically it cost me $10 for the rear light, the bike lights from Anaconda are better when on special
These deals seem to go in an annual cycle…
I bought a bike and a lot of gear last year. The bike went back as it was too hard to put together, especially as the Aldi tool set didn't seem to fit any of the bolts. As a newbie I didn't want to risk anything not being put together properly. I went to the local bike shop and bought a cheapie ($499 still) and am very happy with it. The pants (ladies) I wore for a while but found the padding uncomfortable. The smallest helmet was too big so went back. The clip on the light broke, but the light was not nearly bright enough to cycle on unlit bicycle paths at night. The heavy duty bicycle lock from last year was too heavy to carry around, and the helmet light had a heavy battery attachment, so both those went to the Sally's, most of the rest I returned. The only things I use are the fluoro water resistant jacket, which I use all the time, and the fingerless gloves. The jacket has zip off sleeves, which is very handy. I will be checking out the waterproof jacket this time, but for everything else I now buy on special from Cellbikes.
Ha - after my post above, I saw an Aldi catalogue - and saw they finally have the disc-brake bikes again. (Pity about the frame tension spring though. Don't like those.)
Went there at about 12 PM today. Everything got cleaned up!
Just stopped by the Brunswick VIC one. Not sure about the bikes but plenty of bike gear there. Picked up the pump.
Anyone pick up a S in the lightweight jacket and want to swap it for an M in Melbourne? Bit too big on me.
Last call, going to return it Sat arvo.
bought a 700c bike yesterday, broke today, lucky with 60 days refund i got it back to spend on a better bike next time.
I went to few Aldi stores (Western Sydney) yesterday and there are no bikes there. All sold out.
Also picked up a 700C men's bike on Wednesday. Queue outside Aldi at 8:30am in the morning, and all gone (3x men's and 3x lady's for the store) by the time we checked out.
Pretty heavy bike, and breaks and derailleur need quite a bit of adjustment. Suits me fine though, as I've not rode a bike for 15 years and always had crappy bikes when I was young :P
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