14th Jan 2015
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Hotel bans cyclists wearing Lycra

The Raffles Hotel in Perth came under fire last week for implementing a “no-Lycra policy”, rejecting entry of cyclists wearing form-fitting clothing into the hotel’s restaurant.

The ban came after the hotel received numerous complaints from patrons saying that they were “disgusted” by “fat” and “old” cyclists parading around in tight clothing, while they tried to enjoy a meal.

The Raffles Hotel caused a stir when it denied service to groups of cyclists on the basis of its new policy. The hotel has since clarified that the incident was a misunderstanding between management and staff. It now says its intention was to regulate the number of bicycles left around the hotel, in order to combat its “ongoing issues” of cyclists leaving their bicycles on the paths, walls and grassed areas surrounding the hotel, obstructing the movement of other patrons.

The clarification, posted to Facebook, said, “This decision was never a dress code issue, and if dress was communicated as the reason by our staff then we apologise for the misunderstanding and assure everyone that this is not the case.”

However, rejected patrons from the restaurant have posted on Facebook, accusing management of “backtracking” and “copping out” on its policy in order to save face with the public.

Facebook no lycra policy

Read more at News.com.au.

Would you support a no-Lycra policy at restaurants in your city? Are you offended by seeing people wearing tight fitting sportswear in public, or do you feel the Raffles Hotel patrons were making a fuss over nothing?





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    Watto
    16th Jan 2015
    10:44am
    I would be 100 % behind a ban . Not because I am offended but embarrassed . They make me cringe every time I am forced to look at these wannabes. This time of year in the Adelaide Hills (tour down under time)we get thousands of these annoying lunatics . I wish they would all say at home and get a life .
    Happy cyclist
    16th Jan 2015
    11:37am
    As a cyclist of age, I do not wear lycra and I agree, lots of older cyclists, usually males, really do not look good in it. However, if we are going to start banning people offending us, then what about also banning people displaying tattoos? I am very put off by tattoos, much more so than lycra, so lets ban them too, and I'm sure we can find lots of other things which offend people, so soon no-one will be allowed to eat out. Or we could just live and let live.
    Rod63
    16th Jan 2015
    1:29pm
    Stay at home? They should be applauded for being out there, exercising.
    Gra
    16th Jan 2015
    3:00pm
    I wonder if some of these people look in a mirror before they venture outside? I'm sure that if they do, with the poor eyesight they have then they most certainly should not be on our roads.
    KSS
    16th Jan 2015
    3:13pm
    If you are embarrassed Watto, that is your problem not theirs. Look the other way -no-one is forcing you to look at anything.
    SWOZ
    16th Jan 2015
    12:18pm
    For the older or more portly cyclists there is no need to wear Lycra, displaying all your bulges and looking like you are about to burst out of your clothes. Avoid any possible bans and enjoy the outdoors and the pleasures of bike rides on the ever expanding bicycle paths in Australia by changing to an electrically assisted bike or e-bike. You can wear your best clothes on those bikes and ride them in comfort without working up a sweat. Look out for the new RILU e-Bikes in a store near you in the coming months.
    Rod63
    16th Jan 2015
    1:30pm
    But sweating is the point - it's about exercise!
    Happy cyclist
    16th Jan 2015
    2:15pm
    Spot on Rod, SWOZ has entirely missed the point of cycling.
    Rod63
    16th Jan 2015
    3:06pm
    I think it was just a sneaky way to get a free advertisement!
    KSS
    16th Jan 2015
    3:14pm
    No point in using an electric bike for exercise. Might as well take the car.
    Polly Esther
    16th Jan 2015
    1:56pm
    I discovered that wearing lycra whilst out bike riding, gave me nowhere to go if I happened to get over excited.
    particolor
    16th Jan 2015
    8:26pm
    'Getta outta Mya Shopa with a thata Jolly Rogera !!"
    Kopernicus
    17th Jan 2015
    10:21am
    Try a different seat.
    Bobeye
    16th Jan 2015
    2:21pm
    By all means stop for a refreshing drink in a Bar, but do not enter a Restaurant or any Food Service wearing tight fitting clothing and smelling of Body Odour. Lycra is just not and acceptable dress in any upmarket hotel and only just acceptable outside in fast food places.

    Would you go to a Ball wearing Lycra (except a Fancy Dress Ball)? Bulging crutch areas are not attractive.

    I would sit near a fully dressed smoker in preference.
    KSS
    16th Jan 2015
    3:16pm
    "By all means stop for a refreshing drink in a Bar, but do not enter a Restaurant or any Food Service wearing tight fitting clothing and smelling of Body Odour." Surely that goes for anyone at any time not just cyclists in lycra. Been on a bus lately with smelly corporately dressed commuters?
    Rod63
    16th Jan 2015
    3:07pm
    Can't believe people are criticising others for getting out and exercising.
    KSS
    16th Jan 2015
    3:12pm
    This is simply a thinly disguised attack on cyclists. Cyclists are 'fair game' for everyone to pick on. For those who don't know any better, the lycra gear cyclists wear is in fact the most comfortable and safest workout gear to wear on a bike. The pants provide the necessary padding for both men and women. The close fitting cut of the shirts allow for more freedom of movement and is therefore a safety issue. Granted the gear is not the most fashionable but to judge people on what they wear when exercising is churlish in the extreme.

    I have far bigger issues with the mothers and their 4 wheel prams they clutter cafes with. They never make any attempt to remove them even when their child is not actually in it. Cyclists at least 'park' their bikes together away from any entrance before entering cafes. Mothers with prams do not.
    legend
    16th Jan 2015
    3:14pm
    i wonder if any of the wannabe pros have looked in the mirror lately. i to would be annoyed to see them in a hotel restaurant dressed like that .it would be enough to make anybody sick.many restaurants and bars in hotels have dress codes ,and many other places.
    Rod63
    16th Jan 2015
    3:25pm
    They are not "wannabe pros" - they are simply people looking to get some exercise and improve their health.
    Happy cyclist
    16th Jan 2015
    3:52pm
    Its funny isn't it? People can wear football shirts from any team and no-one says they think they are professional footballers, likewise cricket shirts or just about any other sport. But cyclists dare to wear cycling clothing and they are "wannabees". Spite seems to know no bounds.
    KSS
    16th Jan 2015
    5:07pm
    I have never seen a cyclist in full cycling gear in a restaurant. Coffee shop/cafe yes.

    I agree with you both Rod63 and Happy Cyclist. But what would the issue be if they were 'wannabe pros'? At least they would be fit and healthy wannabe pros!
    Rod63
    16th Jan 2015
    5:23pm
    No issue KSS. I just think the expression is used in a nasty "put-down" way, usually by people who feel guilty because they are sedentary and NOT exercising.
    legend
    16th Jan 2015
    6:40pm
    look at me look at me i am in lycra and i am fit and healthy wot a load of crap. watch me go through that red light and ride three abreast with my other wannabe mates and abuse motorist who use there horn to get you idiots to at least ride two abreast and motorists have to pay to drive on the roads.
    Bargie
    16th Jan 2015
    6:59pm
    Hi Legend, in your own mind? accept that people wear Lycra as its the most suitable for riding, give ppl a break not everyone is svelte but at least they are active and looking after themselves, just lighten up
    Rod63
    16th Jan 2015
    8:28pm
    Hear! Hear!
    particolor
    16th Jan 2015
    8:59pm
    Si Si :-)
    Samsara
    17th Jan 2015
    12:06am
    There's a couple of topics here that warrant discussion. The first is the Raffles Hotel, once one of Perth's favoured watering holes has elected to only serve a selected clientele who are prepared to pay exorbitant prices for beer, wine and coffee and who get their kicks out of feeling they are a better class of person to the rest of us. Raffles is a pick up joint for sad snobs plain and simple. You can dress in the best fashion label but it doesn't change who you are.

    The other bigger issues is Lyrca. I have an EBike and a Roadbike. I dress accordingly. A cottton T and standard shorts are fine on the EBike. The roadbike involves more effort and yes perspiration is a consequence. Lycra breathes and allows preparation to evaporate keeping the wearer more comfortable. And yes it is body hugging to reduce drag. Regardless of which type of clothing I wear I'm the same person underneath. This ban by the Raffles shows the shallowness of the management psyche and has the same thinking process that distinguishes people by the their skin colour or because they're overweight or short. It's all rather boring and sad. I also think it's a position that Raffles will come to regret when management realises the number of Perth cyclists they've offended which includes University lecturers, Business leaders, Physicians, Politicians, Retirees etc which are just ome of the clientele that can afford Raffles prices.
    Samsara
    17th Jan 2015
    12:06am
    There's a couple of topics here that warrant discussion. The first is the Raffles Hotel, once one of Perth's favoured watering holes has elected to only serve a selected clientele who are prepared to pay exorbitant prices for beer, wine and coffee and who get their kicks out of feeling they are a better class of person to the rest of us. Raffles is a pick up joint for sad snobs plain and simple. You can dress in the best fashion label but it doesn't change who you are.

    The other bigger issues is Lyrca. I have an EBike and a Roadbike. I dress accordingly. A cottton T and standard shorts are fine on the EBike. The roadbike involves more effort and yes perspiration is a consequence. Lycra breathes and allows preparation to evaporate keeping the wearer more comfortable. And yes it is body hugging to reduce drag. Regardless of which type of clothing I wear I'm the same person underneath. This ban by the Raffles shows the shallowness of the management psyche and has the same thinking process that distinguishes people by the their skin colour or because they're overweight or short. It's all rather boring and sad. I also think it's a position that Raffles will come to regret when management realises the number of Perth cyclists they've offended which includes University lecturers, Business leaders, Physicians, Politicians, Retirees etc which are just ome of the clientele that can afford Raffles prices.
    particolor
    17th Jan 2015
    8:04pm
    And I take it that their beer tastes no better than Opossums Water !!
    Bobeye
    17th Jan 2015
    9:18pm
    Raffles at Canning Bridge in my time starting in 1960 was always upmarket with tiled floors, Jarrah Bars and Fridges made with Glass and Jarrah Doors. The staff all wore white shirts/blouses with bow ties and called you Sir or Maam. The food was excellent but expensive even Fish and Chips came with salad.

    My mates and I would go prawning in the Canning and would have to change out of fishing gear to get a beer, there was no Bottle Shop as we know them now as all sales were made over a Bar requiring you to be dressed as if going to a Ball.

    The Manning Hotel on the other side of the river was the best alternative or the Pagoda Ball Room until the Freeway cut it off from easy access was OK.

    The young of today have no idea of the relaxed life we had in Perth up to the 1980's and the big money took over. A shirt and shorts (bare feet were optional) were acceptable dress in the Public Bar during trading hours.

    When the Canning Bridge Hotel was demolished and the Tower there was built everything changed. Union Bosses purchased Villas with workers Union Fees, bent Politicians had shares along with Lawyers and their like.
    gr82do
    17th Jan 2015
    10:14am
    I find that type of dress is inappropriate for fine dining and most certainly should be banned, just and singlets and thongs are banned in many restaurants. If we set the dining room table for dinner at home, I would expect them to change as well. Go to one of the most casual forms of dining. Maybe takeaway.
    legend
    17th Jan 2015
    10:47am
    nothing like stirring the pot..have to agree with Watto get the lycra lads off the roads go to the bike tracks to keep fit.hope the government makes you all pay to ride on the roads and if i had a coffee shop or restaurant i would not allow you to enter either
    Glucose
    18th Jan 2015
    12:14pm
    Agreed, Legend. It is exceedingly annoying to be slowed right down by mamils riding two or more abreast on a main road when there is an empty bike path right there beside the road. Plain arrogance on their part - and to then expect to be able to go into a nice restaurant clad in that attire is just not on.
    Radish
    19th Jan 2015
    2:06pm
    I agree with the ban.
    Bobeye
    19th Jan 2015
    5:09pm
    Me also.
    Snow
    24th Jan 2015
    8:11pm
    I totally support the ban and only wish they would start it here in Adelaide, especially now as the stupid Tour Down Under is taking over the streets. Lycra clad anybody is absolutely disgusting, they look revolting and ugly. Cyclists managed years ago before lycra was invented, lets go back.


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