Bike Stuff at Aldi This Sunday 27/9/20

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mcshroom
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Re: Bike Stuff at Aldi This Sunday 27/9/20

Postby mcshroom » 14 Oct 2020, 10:14am

martin biggs wrote:
mjr wrote:The description for the lights say ". Lights to be used in line with road vehicle lighting regulations" so I guess they're not K marked and so not sufficient to make you legally lit on their own. Shame. I wish they'd take a page from lidl's book.



I have a couple of sets of these lights and they are very good and well worth it in my opinion.

Downside if any i am not sure if you can get replacement rubber straps for the front one


I found that a lezyne Y9 strap works as a direct replacement for the Aldi front light strap. I have one fitted to mine and it's much more solid than the Aldi strap.
https://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/10037 ... black.aspx

The light actually looks very like a Lezyne Micro drive 600xl: -
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Re: Bike Stuff at Aldi This Sunday 27/9/20

Postby AndyK » 14 Oct 2020, 11:01am

mcshroom wrote:
martin biggs wrote:
mjr wrote:The description for the lights say ". Lights to be used in line with road vehicle lighting regulations" so I guess they're not K marked and so not sufficient to make you legally lit on their own. Shame. I wish they'd take a page from lidl's book.



I have a couple of sets of these lights and they are very good and well worth it in my opinion.

Downside if any i am not sure if you can get replacement rubber straps for the front one


I found that a lezyne Y9 strap works as a direct replacement for the Aldi front light strap. I have one fitted to mine and it's much more solid than the Aldi strap.
https://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/10037 ... black.aspx

The light actually looks very like a Lezyne Micro drive 600xl: -


Good tip - thanks. I find the Aldi front light very useful as an emergency backup to my main front light for night rides - not that the main light has ever failed me yet, but I'm paranoid after past sudden-darkness experiences with a MagicShine, and it's been lent several times to fellow riders who forgot to charge their own lights up properly. It's long-lasting and just bright enough to make your way home on country lanes so long as you keep the speed down.

However the strap is literally a weak point - one "rung" of the ladder has already torn through. While it might seem a bit perverse to pay more half the price of the light just to get a new strap, I hate chucking things away when they work fine. And I'm guessing the Lezyne strap will last longer.

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Re: Bike Stuff at Aldi This Sunday 27/9/20

Postby mjr » 14 Oct 2020, 11:58am

AndyK wrote:
mcshroom wrote:
martin biggs wrote:I have a couple of sets of these lights and they are very good and well worth it in my opinion.

Downside if any i am not sure if you can get replacement rubber straps for the front one


I found that a lezyne Y9 strap works as a direct replacement for the Aldi front light strap. [...]

[...] While it might seem a bit perverse to pay more half the price of the light just to get a new strap, I hate chucking things away when they work fine. And I'm guessing the Lezyne strap will last longer.

Unless the material is different or materials science has changed, I don't see why it should last longer.

I've an emergency light which I think used a similar mount, but I mostly use it with one of those silicone 8 straps which are available for about £1 each on ebay. You sandwich the middle of the 8 between the light and bars with one hand, then pull the front of the 8 under the bars and up and over the back of the 8 and back of the light, then the opposite with the back, then wiggle to align. They don't last forever and sometimes you might drop one (the black ones can be hard to spot), but they're £1.

So can any of you purchasers confirm what markings the Aldi lights have on their cases or lenses, please?
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Re: Bike Stuff at Aldi This Sunday 27/9/20

Postby mcshroom » 14 Oct 2020, 1:33pm

The Aldi strap is a softer rubber, and has a ribbed section along the middle of the strap that actually makes it thinner around the holes. The holes are also straight edged.
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The Lezyne strap is a stiffer rubber, and has kidney shaped holes.
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The Aldi one feels weaker, and does snap to the side from the mounting hole if you do it up too tight. The Leyzyne one feels stronger, and I haven't broken it.

On the Aldi light, I can only find the "CREE" logo, A CE marking, two WEEE symbols (one with and one without the box underneath), and the number 4961 inside a circle. The bung is marked "USB", and inside the bung there's another WEEE symbol and another CE marking, these are embossed.

The new light has "bikemate" printed on the right hand side

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Re: Bike Stuff at Aldi This Sunday 27/9/20

Postby GranvilleThomas » 14 Oct 2020, 3:15pm

simonineaston wrote:
GranvilleThomas wrote:I purchased the Aldi light set last year and I think they are very good quality and value for money.
Thanks for the super review, GT - there's a future for you in the cycle-equipment-testing-and-reviewing profession! :wink:


Well don't forget, if you can put in a good word for me, make sure any review samples are sent to the usual address :lol: