Kerre McIvor

Kerre McIvor is a Herald on Sunday columnist

Kerre McIvor: Bike shorts need our support

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A little cafe in Christchurch made headlines this week when a sign outside its door was brought to the public's attention.

Patrons entering Heathcote's Castle Rock Cafe are greeted with a sign saying "The bicycle is a beautiful thing but they never should have invented Lycra. No Lycra shorts please."

Apparently, the sign was erected, so to speak, after an incident involving a large man in tiny bike shorts. When the cafe changed hands, the current owners decided to keep it up because it was a talking point and a bit of a laugh.

New manager Amy Grice says she doesn't really care what people wear. But interestingly, when discussing on air the idea of dogs being allowed into cafes, several peoplecommented they'd rather a well behaved dog next to them than sweaty cyclists who leave damp patches on the chairs.

It's not just cyclists - runners often congregate at their local cafe after a gallop and you'd have to put them in the same group.

I have never liked sitting in a cafe feeling the sweat drying on my body.

It's cold and uncomfortable and I'm conscious of the freshly showered and shaved Sunday brunchers around me. I'd rather go home, get spruced up and really enjoy the breakfast I deserve after a run.

My mate Gaz has solved the problem with his running groups by having a mobile coffee man and machine turn up at his Get Running base after each weekend morning run. That way, you can sip your lattes among your own kind.

But I don't have a problem with cyclists enjoying a coffee and a catch-up after a long bike ride. At least they're out there, making the most of their weekend.

- Herald on Sunday

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