/ Aldi bike stuff Thursday
I'm going to get that for my carbon roadie and put pretty flowers in it and everyfink.
Hope they do the blue or black track mitts in my size -- whilst the red ones match my bikes colour scheme they clash with my club kit.
Been using Aldi track mitts for a couple of years now -- I normally get 2 pairs and they last me for the season. I just chuck them away when they get too manky as Lady Starkness won't let them anywhere near her washing machine as the dye runs out of the leather palms!
anyone got one?
> anyone got one?
Dunno about that particular model of softshell -- but I bought a different style top in a previous offer and it's great for cold damp days in the winter. I've also got their rain jacket -- cheap as chips but perfectly serviceable -- packs so small that it's also handy as an emergency rain jacket when you go on holiday and want to keep luggage to a minimum.
I may be tempted to have a look at a £4.99 track pump.
I've had one of those for about 3 years now, works fine. I was warned that the pressure guage on cheap track pumps shouldn't be relied upon, but it's certainly ok for normal riding.
I'm a little disappointed that it only comes in white/pink for ladies but at that price I might be able to cope with looking like a gurl. It doesn't go with my white/turquise colour scheme on the bike though...
Spotted some Gore Windstopper softshell cycle jackets for £24 and non Gore at £18 in TKmax tnite, made by 'Brilkko'? Look good for. Chilly weather/spring.
> I may be tempted to have a look at a £4.99 track pump.
I've had two of them in recent years -- they might be OK for general use for MTB's and Hybrids where tyre pressures are lower, but both of mine fell apart after about 6 - months use at road (110psi) pressures. The epoxy glue holding the top to the barrel failed. You get what you pay for.
I've now got a different one costing under £20 from my LBS -- it's the model he uses in his workshop - even though he sells pumps costing over twice the price. I know Bill and he doesn't give me any BS.
Jeez...you're not one for comfort then. I generally have mine at 90-100 and the aldi pump is fine for that.
A common soundbite, unfortunately sometimes you don't get what you pay for, sometimes you pay too much for things, and occasionally you get good value, they all apply equally as soundbites sometimes.
Windjackets for £10 are great - pack really small and only used once in a while anyway.
I was going to get the softshell jacket last year, but the fit didn't feel right across the shoulders (medium too tight, Large too baggy).
Other bits like the saddlebag (£5) are great for kids and general pootling.
> Jeez...you're not one for comfort then.
My tyres recommended pressures are 100 to 130psi - but if it's wet I'll drop the pressures to 90. If I'm riding a 10 or a 25 I'll go up to 120. I found I picked up more punctures at less than 90 - particularly snakebites due to the shocking state of the lanes round our way!
I do have a comfy saddle and well padded shorts, and the curves in my Ribble Gran Fondo frame are pretty good at ironing out road chatter.
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