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Aldi pannier rack OK?

Discussion in 'Cycling Accessories and Services' started by mrmacmusic, 1 Oct 2011.

  1. mrmacmusic

    mrmacmusic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tillicoultry
    Popped in to local branch earlier - the pannier rack seems to need a fair bit of bolting together and didn't seem particularly light, but it strikes me as great value.

    Can anyone who's bought one confirm if it goes together OK and is sturdy enough? I'm concerned with all the nuts and bolts it might rattle big time and fall to bits after half an hour!
  2. Hacienda71

    Hacienda71 Mancunian in self imposed exile in leafy Cheshire

    Location:
    Wilmslow, Cheshire
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    I have just fitted mine to my old rigid MTB and it does seem very sturdy. Excellent value at a tenner :thumbsup:
  3. smokeysmoo

    smokeysmoo What the deuce?

    Location:
    Bolton, Lancashire
    No idea TBH, but I see what you mean about the bolting it together. I use a Tortec Tour rack like THIS

    I bought a silver one on here, but then decided a black one would look better :whistle: Anyhoo, my LBS had them in stock, brand new for £15 :thumbsup:

    If you can find one for the right money I'd recommend you do as Tortec are a very well regarded brand :thumbsup:
  4. mrmacmusic

    mrmacmusic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tillicoultry
    Thanks - hadn't come across Tortec before.

    Initially I was taken by the Topeak MTX system with its clipped in bags, but that would work out very expensive... I still think if it works (and doesn't rattle to bits) that the Aldi rack can't be beat for value for money.

    At the end of the day, I'm just looking for a cost-effective commuting rack/bag solution that means I don't need to use a backpack on the days I have "luggage".
  5. smokeysmoo

    smokeysmoo What the deuce?

    Location:
    Bolton, Lancashire
    Ditto, (as was I). £15 for rack, £17 for full panniers from Lidl a few weeks ago. More storage space than I could ever need. I don't even use the top bag of the panniers, just the two main ones :thumbsup:
  6. mrmacmusic

    mrmacmusic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tillicoultry
    I saw pannier bags in Poundstretchers of all places today as well - half price at £7.50, but TBH I think (for me) dual side pannier bags and an expanding top section are overkill!
  7. Bobtoo

    Bobtoo Active Member

    My friend has been using an Aldi rack for a while (it's not the first time they've sold them) and it's been fine.
  8. albion

    albion Über Member

    Location:
    South Tyneside
    Mentioned in the Aldi thread.Zero chance of any rattle and becomes 85g lighter with the steel non aluminium top spring flap removed.Quality looks very high with wider aluminium tubing.Also has a universal 3 setting fitting system, the steel bit here should also protect this main breaking point.
  9. Lee-p

    Lee-p Active Member

    Location:
    Peterlee/Durham
    Does anyone know if this will fit a bike with rear disc brakes ?.....thanks
  10. mrmacmusic

    mrmacmusic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tillicoultry
    Thanks everyone - ended up buying and fitting the Aldi rack earlier today, although I've not removed the spring (yet) :whistle:

    Can't say for sure if it'll fit a disc-equipped bike Lee-P, although I'm sure others will confirm. Does seem fairly sturdy, and despite the nuts and bolts not being the best I've ever seen, it assembled easily enough and fits well :thumbsup:

    Now I just need to decide which trunk bag and/or panniers to go for!
  11. lilolou

    lilolou New Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    It fits mine with rear disk brakes. Found it a bit tricky to fit but got there in the end.
  12. Lee-p

    Lee-p Active Member

    Location:
    Peterlee/Durham
    Any chance of a pic?
  13. albion

    albion Über Member

    Location:
    South Tyneside
    Can't believe my very minor obsession with saving weight stopped me from fitting a rack for so long.And at my speed there is near zero negative effect on my longest 90 mile day rides too.One snag though, the oversize aluminium means that my Vaude(same type fitting as Ortleib?) side bags will not auto-clip at the top.
  14. dhd.evans

    dhd.evans Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Dundee
    Can confirm Aldi pannier is solid - fitted last night, went riding with it today (and a Halfords cheapie sidebag). It holds together even with my shoddy workmanship! :biggrin:
  15. dhd.evans

    dhd.evans Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Dundee
    Pannier fell off today.

    Turns out that tightening the nuts and bolts is a 'requirment' not a recommendation. Silly me! :biggrin:
  16. wakou

    wakou Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Essex
    Poundstretcher do one @ £14.99 reduced to £7.50... I'm well pleased with mine.
  17. mrmacmusic

    mrmacmusic Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tillicoultry
    LOL! Indeed, tightening the bolts is an excellent idea :biggrin:

    Had no bother with my ALDI rack (and Avenir pannier bag) since I started using it. Great value for money solution too :thumbsup:
  18. David Pearson

    David Pearson Member

    My hand-me-down rack is flawed in that it doesn't keep the bag away from he spokes sufficiently. Heading to Aldi to purchase one of theirs. Bargain!
  19. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Can also confirm the Aldi racks are good, had one on the missus bike for over a year
  20. HovR

    HovR Über Member

    Location:
    Plymouth
    Beware that most Aldi cycling stuff is a seasonal sale thing, and normally runs out of stock pretty quickly. I don't know if they've sold them recently as this thread is fairly old.

    I had the same issue with my own rack - I solved it by attaching aluminium strips to the rack to provide the spokes extra protection from the bag. I can post a picture of you want?