Black Friday 2018 has begun, here are the best deals in the run up to the big day
As we predicted, Black Friday has kicked off a whole month before the scheduled date of Friday 23rd November. However, that’s no bad thing because there’s a tonne of a great bargains to be bagged in these early stages.
So far, the deals are just from Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle but have no fear, they’ll be plenty of other retailers releasing their own bargains over the next few days and weeks.
The products featured have been chosen because we know they’re good quality and are an excellent offer at the price we’ve included (at the time of writing). Our tech team have unrivalled expertise and years of experience testing new products, so you can trust our recommendations – and we also know what represents a good deal. Where we’ve reviewed the product we’ve included a link to it so you can read more.
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The best Black Friday 2018 cycling deals
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Tacx Neo smart trainer was £1,199, now £879.99
Read more: Tacx Neo smart trainer review
Each year we see a host of smart trainers get big discounts and now you can get close to £400 off a market leading Tacx Neo.
It’s a good trainer, with a very stable base and some of the best ascent and descent replication on the market. It hooks up to Zwift seamlessly or you can use Tacx’s own training software. It even replicates the feel of the road if you’re riding over gravel or cobbles.
Garmin Edge 520 was £239, now £149
Read more: Garmin Edge 520 review
The Garmin Edge 520 is one of the leading cycling computers on the market, and now you can get close to £90 off of one – perfect if you’re looking to boost your performance.
The Edge 520 can hook up to your power meter, speed and cadence sensors, give you Strava Live segments on the fly, measure VO2 Max and much, much more.
SRAM Red eTap groupset was £1278, now £899
Read more: SRAM Red eTap groupset review
Although it is also a top level groupset, SRAM’s Red eTap system is quite different to Shimano’s top flight offering.
For starters, it’s completely wireless. This makes it very light and unique in its shifting which uses the levers differently. Charging it is also different, and you remove the batteries from the mechs themselves and plug them into a charging unit. Its different, but good and now with a whopping £300 discount.
Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand was £169, now £99
Whether you’re a hardened workshop hand or a budding home mechanic, no cyclist should be without a raised repair stand. With the bike elevated off the ground, no longer must you turn it upside, or precariously balance it against you’re nice painted walls.
The Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand has a adjustable clamp and body, allowing you to get the perfect height and grip on the bike.
Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm road sunglasses were £175, now £90
Read more: Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm glasses review
The Oakley Jawbreaker glasses are some of our favourites. They’re big, with good covering and sticky rubber edging to hold them in place. Plus the Prizm lens is very contrasting, giving good depth and clarity when on the bike. However, it’s worth noting that these are better suited to wider faces – they can slip on skinnier ones.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the first Friday after Thanksgiving (which in 2018 is November 23), and is traditionally seen as the start of the Christmas shopping season, with high street retailers opening their doors at the crack of dawn and offering big discounts for shoppers who have set their alarm clocks.
For consumers and retailers in the UK, Black Friday is a recent phenomenon, but it has been going strong the
Amazon launched the concept in the UK in 2010, with Asda joining the party in 2013.
The rise of internet shopping has allowed the Black Friday tradition to spread throughout the world, with the UK’s bike retailers like Wiggle, Chain Reaction Cycles and Evans Cycles, all getting caught up in the scramble to get shoppers to part with their cash.
Where can I find the best Black Friday bike deals?
Last year, all the major cycling retailers followed the same pattern demonstrated by the major retailers – with big deals in tech, as well as discounts on bikes.
The end of year placement of the sale period means it’s useful for retailers to boost their 2018 sales, and also helps them to shift 2018 stock in order to make space in their warehouses for 2019 bikes – so we can expect to see similar trends this year.
Black Friday sale shopping tips
When Black Friday 2017 really kicks off, you can expect to be bombarded with deals and offers from every angle. It’s easy to be tempted into making impulse purchases, resulting in an overspend that leaves you feeling unfulfilled – but with a little careful planning you can make sure you enter December having made genuine savings that leave you with a glowing halo and a healthy bank balance.
Here are our tips for Black Friday sale shopping success…
Be well informed
A handful of retailers will remain completely silent about the details of their Black Friday sale until the actual day. Most will drip feed information, giving you a chance to prepare for your shopping in advance. Here’s how to stay informed:
- Sign up to mailing lists: A plague that you avoid most of the year, ahead of Black Friday it’s actually a really good idea to subscribe to the mailing lists of major retailers, as they’ll often send priority invites to view sale stock ahead of the general public
- Bookmark this page: Retailers will send us forewarning of their sale offers in the form of press releases – and we’ll publish the information on this page as soon as we’re able
- Follow brands and retailers on social media: They will share details with their loyal followers in advance – so click ‘like’ and ‘follow’ to be first in the queue
Check returns policies
As always, these vary from store to store – but in some cases returns may be limited to 30 days. So if you pick up a gift for someone on Black Friday – November 24 – by Christmas day a return may be out of the question. Though we don’t doubt your gift giving prowess, it’s a good idea to bear this in mind.