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New Zealand hotel bans Lycra shorts over visible bulge concerns

By Fabio Crispim

A hotel in New Zealand has announced that it will ban customers wearing lycra shorts in their cafe.

A sign at the Plough Hotel in Rangiora reads: “The bicycle is a beautiful object but they should never have invented Lycra! No Lycra shorts allowed please.”

Mike Saunders, co-owner of the hotel, spoke to The Guardian about the ban and explained that he wants to establish the hotel and cafe as a family-friendly place.

“I am not against Lycra in general, just Lycra shorts. A lot of our customers are elderly or children and they don’t need to know that much detail about the shape of somebody.”


While the shorts have been banned, Saunders says that muddy football boots, tracksuits and flip-flops are fine.

Saunders adds that the locals of Rangiora have supported the hotel’s ban.

“So far locals have respected the fact we are trying to enforce a dress code so they can eat their meals surrounded by people wearing trousers.”

Cyclists and their infamous lycra shorts may have been banned from the Plough Hotel but Ron Van Til, the owner of Rangiora Bakery, has said that he still welcomes cyclists and lycra shorts.

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