Lycra bike shorts banned at New Zealand hotel

Lycra ban
The Plough Hotel has banned Lycra bike shorts at the restaurant. Photo: Twenty20
While LuLuLemon yoga pants have exploded in popularity, the Lycra bike short is becoming the red-headed stepchild of workout gear.

One New Zealand hotel has had enough of the tight-fitting, over-revealing Lycra bike shorts.

The Plough Hotel in Rangiora has issued a harsh edict: “NO LYCRA SHORTS ALLOWED.”

The ban targets cyclists, specifically because Lycra shorts tend to leave little to the imagination.

“I am not against Lycra in general, just Lycra shorts,” the hotel’s co-owner Mike Saunders told The Guardian.


“A lot of our customers are elderly or children and they don't need to know that much detail about the shape of somebody,” Saunders continued.

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He wants people to eat their meals surrounded by others dressed appropriately.

A former employee said it is actually a hygiene issue.

“When the cyclists come in they do stink, they are sweaty and it is unhygienic sitting on the furniture and everyone, including little children, partaking in their post exercise demeanor,” Siobhan Tolhurst said.

“We had a number of experiences with large men in tiny shorts and that’s not appropriate for children to see,” Tolhurst continued.

However, flip-flops, tracksuit pants and even muddy sneakers are all acceptable.

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