Are cycling retailers really offering good deals on Black Friday?

We ask if all of these deals are really 'bangers', and offer some advice for bargain hunters

(Image credit: Daniel Gould)

The Cycling Weekly tech team has been monitoring and trawling the internet for the best Black Friday bike deals sales since November 1. We’ve got early warning press releases of impending deals coming out of our ears and eyeballs, sent via an army of clamouring press officers, each one hoping to get their offers front and centre when the clock strikes embargo time. 

Amongst the offers, we really have found some genuinely worthwhile savings (what would I buy? Probably the Continental GP 5000 tyres or that High5 bundle that’s half price, because cyclists always need fuel). 

Continental GP5000 Clincher Twin Pack$77.99 | now £68.99 at Pro Bike Kit

Continental GP5000 Clincher Twin Pack was $164.49 now $77.99 | was £119.98 now £68.99 at Pro Bike Kit

Save $86.50/£50.99. It is a fact universally known that the Continental GP5000 tyres are the best 'all rounder' clincher cycling has to offer. It's always worth having tyres (or, tires) around in your own personal stock, because if you ride enough, they'll always need replacing at least once a year. Get these at a bargain price and have them at the ready. 

HIGH5 Berry Bundle:   now $63 | now £49.99 at Wiggle

HIGH5 Berry Bundle: was $127.99 now $63 | was £102.84 now £49.99 at Wiggle

Save over 51%. Similar to tyres, energy product needs replacing on a regular basis - this bundle includes all the potions you need to stay well-fueled: energy powder, gels, and bars.  

Muc Off C3 Ceramic Wet Chain Lube 120ml now £5 at Sigma Sports

Muc Off C3 Ceramic Wet Chain Lube 120ml was £17 now £5 at Sigma Sports

Save 71%. This ceramic lube aims to improve the longevity and performance of your drivetrain. It's waterproof, so suited to winter conditions, and also 95% biodegradable which is great news. Suited to road, cyclocross and mountain bike use - and - at a casual 71% discount.

Castelli Perfetto ROS gloves now $53.72 | now £53.75 at Amazon

Castelli Perfetto ROS gloves were $69.99 now $53.72 | were £75 now £53.75 at Amazon

I mean, there has clearly been some sort of miscommunication at Amazon towers, because not only are these listed as 'black unisex football gloves', when all cyclists know that the Perfetto RoS is a cycling glove, but the RRP is down as £59, when every cycling retailer lists it as £75. Regardless, a quality set of gloves makes the world of difference on a winter ride, and the Perfetto 'Rain or Shine' gloves are very good. 

dhb Dorica Carbon Road Shoe: now $92.00 |  £70 at Wiggle

dhb Dorica Carbon Road Shoe: were $132 now $92.00 | were £100 now £70 at Wiggle

Save 30%. Why do I consider these such a good deal? Well, because they won our 'best sub £100' shoe grouptest, at full price - with value for money being a defining feature. With a carbon sole and smart lace up closure, these are a great deal made better. The offer applies one sizes from 39 to 48, too. 

Oakley Radar EV Pitch sunglasses now £83.50 at Oakley 

Oakley Radar EV Pitch sunglasses were £167 now £83.50 at Oakley 

Save 50%. The Radar EV is a great frame, offering a wrap-around fit that provides a great field of vision, without being giant - an important factor for me, since I've not got a particularly large head. I don't think I've seen a 50% saving on a 'modern' set of Oakley glasses for a while, so this seems like a good deal to me. 

The Rader EV isn't reduced in the US, but I did find...

Oakley EVZero Blades Kokoro Collection now $102 at Oakley

Oakley EVZero Blades Kokoro Collection was $204 now $102 at Oakley

Save 50% Like the Radar EV Pitch, the EVZero glassses have minimal frame to interfere with your vision - even less in fact - and they're a mid-size, which means they offer protection without swamping your face. Again, a 50% reduction is pretty rare on newer styles. 

dhb Aeron Rain Defense Polartec Jacketnow $95.00 now £75

dhb Aeron Rain Defense Polartec Jacket was $190.00 now $95.00 | was £150 now £75

dhb Aeron Women's Rain Defence Polartec Jacket was £139.40 now $92.81 | was £150 now £100 at Wiggle

Save 50% (men's), 33% (women's). Yes, more dhb - but Wiggle's in-house brand makes some great kit, and like tyres and gloves, winter jackets do eventually get worn out. dhb has teamed up with Polartec to create this jacket, which uses the specialist's Power Shield Pro fabric to keep you dry, whilst still allowing breathability. 

It's pretty unfortunate that the women's model is reduced by 33% whilst the men's is down by 50% (in the red/black model). But to be honest, dhb kit often offers similar levels of performance to much more expensive brands, at a competitive price, even at RRP.

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