Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2018 update

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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby Sweep » 18 Jul 2017, 5:27am

You aren't by any chance the attractive young blond woman who told me I was a hero on the final run into Dunwich?

Actually it was 165 miles of cycling by the time i bivvied down on a verge near caister/great yarmouth on sunday evening.
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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby mercalia » 31 Jul 2017, 8:38pm

no
at lidl streatham over week end got 3 pairs of their so called "sweat shorts" for only £4.20 each reduced from £7 with their 30% off deal in their junk bin. I thought might be useful cycling in as reasonably thick and close fitting. certainly nice to wear in general and quite warm as not simple cotton as in jeans m#ore what track suits are made off. So a good deal. Their sizing is rubbish these were XL XXl maybe why un sold but in reality not that at all.

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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby rjb » 31 Jul 2017, 8:54pm

Taunton Lidl's have 28" (700c) innertubes at half price. Twin pack for £1.99. Schrader valve only. :(
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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby mercalia » 22 Aug 2017, 4:34pm

I see Lidl have some cycling gear back in - the stands at £25, but the lithium cycle light set now £13 where once was £10? Glad I bought my lights when I did. Even if bargin bin reduced would be more than the £10 previously?

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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby mjr » 22 Aug 2017, 5:23pm

mercalia wrote:I see Lidl have some cycling gear back in - the stands at £25, but the lithium cycle light set now £13 where once was £10? Glad I bought my lights when I did. Even if bargin bin reduced would be more than the £10 previously?

I think this is yet another different version because it claims to be "auto adjusting". I don't think I want that, but if you've not got any legal lights, it could be good.
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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby Sweep » 22 Aug 2017, 8:47pm

Yes. I think the best version was the one I got two of - aa batteries. I don't need a light to tell me how dark it is or whether I am in town or country.

Pointless "improvement" has hit even lidl stuff.
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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby Postboxer » 22 Aug 2017, 11:29pm

Front light with integrated Li-Ion battery (1300 mAh) max. light duration 10 hrs
Rear light with integrated Li-Ion battery (300mAh) max. light duration: 3-6 hrs

I do wonder why the batteries in the front and rear lights, in a set of lights, aren't designed to last the same length of time.

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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby mercalia » 22 Aug 2017, 11:47pm

Postboxer wrote:Front light with integrated Li-Ion battery (1300 mAh) max. light duration 10 hrs
Rear light with integrated Li-Ion battery (300mAh) max. light duration: 3-6 hrs

I do wonder why the batteries in the front and rear lights, in a set of lights, aren't designed to last the same length of time.


oh the rear is now inbuilt lithium? - the previous was 2 aa 's
bad move dead end.

seems like later isnt better. glad i got a few sets at the time of the originals

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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby james01 » 23 Aug 2017, 10:20am

Postboxer wrote:Front light with integrated Li-Ion battery (1300 mAh) max. light duration 10 hrs
Rear light with integrated Li-Ion battery (300mAh) max. light duration: 3-6 hrs

I do wonder why the batteries in the front and rear lights, in a set of lights, aren't designed to last the same length of time.


I've got the previous Li-Ion set, with AAAs in the rear light and non-automatic front light, but it looks just the same as the current model. Good front light which holds its charge well, the downside is some water ingress after heavy downpours leading to internal misting.

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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby mercalia » 26 Aug 2017, 9:28pm

its a shame they didnt upgrade the lithium battery to say 2000mah then it would have been a real winner

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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby mjr » 26 Aug 2017, 10:27pm

mercalia wrote:its a shame they didnt upgrade the lithium battery to say 2000mah then it would have been a real winner

Yeah, it'd be almost the same capacity as my light that takes standard replaceable rechargeable batteries :lol:
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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby mercalia » 27 Aug 2017, 10:26am

mjr wrote:
mercalia wrote:its a shame they didnt upgrade the lithium battery to say 2000mah then it would have been a real winner

Yeah, it'd be almost the same capacity as my light that takes standard replaceable rechargeable batteries :lol:


well the laugh is on you as atleast the old lithium front light uses a usb charger and you can plug in a storage bank of any size you want to extend the lights time - I have an external 5000mah bank & I get 11.5 hrs at MAX output :lol: :wink: Still the light should have had a larger internal battery to deal with cell aging, 1300mah is very stingy these days, Poundlander has such a size power bank for just £1.

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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby mjr » 27 Aug 2017, 10:39am

mercalia wrote:
mjr wrote:
mercalia wrote:its a shame they didnt upgrade the lithium battery to say 2000mah then it would have been a real winner

Yeah, it'd be almost the same capacity as my light that takes standard replaceable rechargeable batteries :lol:


well the laugh is on you as atleast the old lithium front light uses a usb charger and you can plug in a storage bank of any size you want to extend the lights time - I have an external 5000mah bank & I get 11.5 hrs at MAX output :lol: :wink: Still the light should have had a larger internal battery to deal with cell aging, 1300mah is very stingy these days, Poundlander has such a size power bank for just £1.

And I can plug in spare batteries of any size to extend the light time, without the drawback of charging one battery from another over USB which tends to be very inefficient with all the conversions between 3.7 and 5 volts and back.

The Lidl rechargeable lights are better than some in that at least they'll run while USB powered, but it's still not much of a move forwards from where we were when LEDs started getting brighter. I wish they'd focus on ease of use and stop skimping on capacity to get the weight down.
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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby mercalia » 28 Aug 2017, 2:57pm

I see lidl have some small vaccum flasks at £4 approx 420ml could be useful in touring or day rides for keeping milk cool to make a cuppa when out, using your wood burner? has a fancy release top and also a small cup to protect the top. I got one so will report back how cool they keep things for how long

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Re: Lidl cycling gear

Postby Sweep » 28 Aug 2017, 7:10pm

mercalia wrote:its a shame they didnt upgrade the lithium battery to say 2000mah then it would have been a real winner

Simples.
Get/use the one which takes AA rechargeables. Choose your own batteries.
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