Aldi has a BIG sturdy Model and HPR capable Launch Pad for $30!

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  1. Jun 2, 2017 #31

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    Yeah, Lee's exhaust deflector caused some amusement.....

    It looks like where I am (Las Cruces right now) the nearest Aldis are in Wichita or several southern CA cities. When we get back home (south of Seattle) it will be pretty much the same story. Oh well.....

    I was thinking along the same time as Fred - TARC teams and launch rails, especially since the 2018 challenge rules pretty much dictate their use.
     
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    I dropped by my local Aldi's last evening and they had 6 left so I snagged one. Cheapest price I've seen yet at $14.67!

    The box was MUCH larger than I was expected based on George's original pics. After I got it set up, I was just amazed!

    This thing is a BEAST. It has a 55" leg spread and, at it's lowest setting was about 45" high. And it's QUITE sturdy. I leaned a good portion of my 275 pound bulk on the clamp and it held rock steady!

    I'm a little concerned about the plastic clamp holding up over heavy usage for bi-monthly launches, but that is the only nit I can find to pick with this thing. I may go buy the rest and make our club president buy them from me. :)
     
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    I tried my local Aldi tonight but no luck.,.
     
  4. Jun 3, 2017 #34

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    Ditto here... not many Aldi's in SoCal, but I'll try another one.
     
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    No joy in Macon, GA either. Plenty of other things from Bikemate, but not the stand.
     
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    If you do go back to Aldi, would you pick up one for me? The only Aldi in Macon does not carry them.
     
  7. Jun 4, 2017 #37

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    These went on salve April 26th, as a limited buy kind of thing. So not surprising so man places are sold out. From google searches that found bike forum posts, Aldi sells these 2-3 times a year. So, probably more by Fall. Of course that does no good for summer flying.

    I used the new pad a lot on Saturday. Worked out great! Most of the day I used it with a 1/8” rod for small models. It was VERY convenient to raise it up so the clips could be hooked up at about eye level.

    I did not get any launch photos. I took a pre-launch photo with a G powered Tri-F-O Pyramid, before I raised the clamp higher up. It was the first model flown off the pad, using a 1/4” rod.

    The launch photos are screenshots from video. And I compiled a video from using three cameras (I was testing the model to be sure it flew well and held together, so shot the video to study if it had gone badly).

    One comment I got about the pad at the launch was it was bigger than people thought from the photos they’d seen. Do not let the photo with the pyramid fool you, it is a BIG pyramid, and IIRC the deflector is about 9-10” wide. The leg span is 28" per leg, would be 56" span if it was a 4-legged pad (but being 5 legs it is even more stable at that span)

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    It's BACK!

    Aldi has the Bikemate Bike Repair Stand for sale again, for $29.99.

    This is an "Aldi Find", available for a limited time. So get one soon or wait another year.


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    That bike stand looks like it makes a pretty nice MPR pad base. Alas the nearest Aldi store to me is 18 miles away in a direction I rarely go. I am a bit leery of the stiffness (or lack of it) for HPR; I've actually even been looking for mods that will improve jawstand rigidity. With 3-5 lb rockets there is definitely a tendency to whip, and a bit of leaning on it showed that it's actually somewhat bendy, though it will support a lot of weight. The bike stand has a wider footprint though.
     
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    Do you stake the Jawstand down?
     
  11. May 21, 2019 #41

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    It's BACK on sale again, as of a week ago. Price $24.99. Get them while they last!
     
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    These sure are elusive. I've checked a few Aldis in two different states multiple times, and I've never seen one.
     
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    Possibly; thanks. Would still like to see one in person to see if I want to replace the homemade PVC collapsible pad with that.
     
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    This is a great idea for a launch pad! I like it so much that I bought one and am taking back the Rockler Jawstand I bought and have yet to use.
     
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    I bought one a year or two ago at Aldi, based on recommendation here. Haven't used it yet though; haven't flown much aside from club launches lately. Stood in line 10 minutes to check out; typical Aldi.
     
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    They were behind some smaller items at my local Aldi. Shelf space is lacking in those stores so they cram a lot of stuff on them. I almost didnt see them. The box is about 3' long and about 5" square. You can always ask an employee or two. Sometimes you get lucky and get one that is helpful.
     
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    Maybe someone at one of our stores will be able to help me...but I've looked behind everything. Leave no stone unturned...at least in the store :)

    Honestly, it may be geographic. NC/SC might not be the best place to find an Aldi stocking them.
     
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    AFAIK, Aldi only receives one shipment of seasonal items like this per year. They stock up sell out and then you have to wait until they come around next year... best way to not miss out on good deals is to make a habit of looking at the weekly ads they put out.
     
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    SCORE!!! Found one in the Aldi in Lexington, SC today.
     
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    I found one in our store in Ohio this week. I actually saw it last week and couldn't pull the trigger, but got it this week when we went back for a special on strawberries. They weren't on the shelves in the store at all. They were under the counter on the way out where you can box/bag your groceries AFTER the checkout. that's the other reason I didn't get one last week, simply because I didn't want to get back in line for it after we were pretty much done otherwise.
     
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    If you ask the friendly staff they may have some out the back. Quite often happens when the special is finished.
     
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    CORRECT!!! Always ask.
     
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    I check my local Aldis and no dice.
     
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    Ditto
     
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    I have to say they work really well as a bike stand too!
     
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    Never would have occurred to me. It's obviously a launch stand!
     
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    My rear tubeless tyre rim sprang a leak recently so the stand was conveniently repurposed.
     

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