Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

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Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby psvrichard » 22 Sep 2017, 1:16pm

Hi everyone, I have a friend who has taken over a pub and has asked for advice on making it attractive to the local community, many of which are cyclists. Does anyone know whether it's still possible to get stickers from Cycling UK (used to be available for cafe's when it was CTC) to state that they welcome cyclists etc?

Also - what would you look for if you were cycling to a pub or rather stopping off en route. The place is quite large and it does fantastic reasonably priced food but it has an image problem as it wasn't formerly that great and it's external paint needs renewing. It's a stretch yet to offer shower facilities etc but that could be something for the near future.

It's actually on a very popular time trial route so I'm going to advise my friend to get in touch with cycling groups etc and offer them some sort of discount etc just to get people through the door. If anyone knows of whether it's something Cycling UK might help with that would be useful, I recall cafe's saying they were cyclist friendly and they had CTC stickers to say this but I've not seen any recently.

Any information gratefully received. I didn't name the pub or area as I'm not trying to sneakily market it but need help getting off the ground with this idea of making it cycle friendly.

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby thirdcrank » 22 Sep 2017, 1:26pm

This is the Cyclists Welcome link.

https://www.cyclistswelcome.co.uk/

Otherwise, remember the saying attributed to the romans, "A good wine needs no bush." Word-of-mouth/ personal recommendation is best.

I can't imagine that many riders expect a shower if they go out for a drink.

I'll give an unashamed plug for a pub that welcomes everybody. They have signs in the windows saying that cycle tools are available, although I doubt that runs to a Park Tool workstand. :wink:

http://thechequersinn.com/

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby psvrichard » 22 Sep 2017, 1:32pm

I'll give an unashamed plug for a pub that welcomes everybody. They have signs in the windows saying that cycle tools are available, although I doubt that runs to a Park Tool workstand. :wink:

http://thechequersinn.com/[/quote]

LOL I know this pub and work in Castleford! Might have to visit it as not been in a while! I live in the opposite direction though...The promised rain looks well on its way now as well.

Thanks for advice - you're absolutely right, word of mouth definitely the best recommendation.

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby Bmblbzzz » 22 Sep 2017, 1:42pm

Maybe they could advertise in LBSs and spread the word among cycling clubs and groups in the area.

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby gaz » 22 Sep 2017, 2:18pm

The Freewheel, possibly the most cycle friendly pub in the world.
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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby hamster » 22 Sep 2017, 2:21pm

Some thoughts:
Decent space to park and lock up bikes.
Track pump (can be screwed to the floor!)
Small discount for people who have ridden to the pub (e.g. the National Trust does a free cup of tea)
Inner tubes for sale in bar?

Word of mouth is the big draw, but this can be kick-started by a few events (e.g. Saturday bike ride followed by pub lunch etc)

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby Bmblbzzz » 22 Sep 2017, 2:25pm

Food is probably going to be the big draw. Tourists and CTC types will probably want traditional pub fare, roadies and audax types will probably want sandwiches and cake. Also tea and coffee for all.

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby JohnW » 22 Sep 2017, 4:18pm

I think that firstly we'd need to know the name of the pub, and where it is.

Then we'd want to feel welcome.
Hamster is right - secure cycle storage, preferably under cover, and preferably where we can keep an eye on our bikes from within..............and protected access to the bike-park area - not having to negotiate car parks where motorists themselves don't even know where they're going, never mind us anticipating them to stay alive.
Cyclists that I ride with, and cyclists that I encounter in cafes etc often choose to eat beans-on (toast), p'raps with an egg - meals not too big but calorie rich without sugar.
A mains cold water tap somewhere to fill water bottles.
Fairly quick service - we often have a long way to go.
Good ale is good, but quite a lot of us prefer tea when we're cycling - and tea in quantity!
Pub quiz where we know the answers.

If you PM me with the name and location of the pub, I'll circulate it among our section members, and possibly organise a ride there..................after sampling!

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby LollyKat » 22 Sep 2017, 4:29pm

+1 for eggs, beans and toast (or chips!). It seems more and more difficult to find - so many places now offer only designer food without enough carbs / calories for me.

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby Si » 22 Sep 2017, 5:29pm

One of our local cycling pubs does (or did...not sure if it's still going) tea by the urn for cyclists, so your group would just purchase the urn full and a cuppa would average out at under 50p. It also opened early one day a week for the cycle clubs to come for their cuppa.

As others have said - cycle parking (sheffields, etc), track pump would be good, nice bear garden. Also, if it's the sorta pub with big screen TVs then show the cycle racing on eurosport. And a cycle clubs' notice board can be popular so clubs can let everyone know what's going on in the area.

Nice if there is a small drying room for gloves, coats, shoes for use in the winter...but obviously this would be quite an investment in space and cost....there's one used to be by me that did this and it got lots of walkers in.

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby philvantwo » 22 Sep 2017, 5:58pm

Think all the suggestions would be better suited to a cafe rather than a pub.
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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby tatanab » 22 Sep 2017, 6:00pm

I saw a pub near Dover which will loan locks to cycling customers.

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby TrevA » 22 Sep 2017, 6:05pm

My club congregates at the local Wetherspoons after evening rides. We have 3 groups that go out and we meet at the pub after the ride. The pub has a beer garden that is easy to access without having to go through the bar, they have put some fixed wall loops up so that we can lock our bikes. Many will have food with their drink after the ride and they do quite a good trade from it, with up to 20 riders turning up after the evening rides. In mid-summer we sometimes vary it and stop at a pub 2-3 miles out of town, rotating the pub each week and making sure each group knows which pub is the meeting place after the ride.

We even continue to go in the winter with the keener types carrying on with the evening rides in the dark. We go indoors after the ride, but in a room at the back of the pub where we can keep an eye on bikes. Other local clubs use a local pub as the HQ for their time trials, the pub allowing parking and benefitting from after rides drinks and food after the time trial.
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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby gbnz » 22 Sep 2017, 6:08pm

Have to admit, the pub has to look "clean & tidy" to me from the outside (I'm never attracted to enter establishments with peeling paint, damp marks and dead vegetation outside). Other than that;

1. A decent pint, which for me basically relates to a decent real ale/bitter
2. Somewhere safe to lock the bike up, preferably in view
3.Somewhere quiet to review the bike, while hazarding a look at the state of the brake pads, chain, chainset and tyres (I.e. A pleasant, off road, beer garden)
4. A landlord perfectly ok with providing tap water to the passing cyclist
5. A landlord who's converted a bit of scrap ground/beer garden to providing space for an odd tent or two overnight (Or even a mini camping ground, as one or two have done locally; and obviously giving a discount to those arriving on foot or by bike)

And then, not under the landlords control; at the end of a 100 mile bike ride with no more than several miles to go, a pub with a tail wind, on the flat with the promise of easy cycling (Nb. I'd never grab a pint, with 11 miles and a 2000' climb over the moors to get home!)

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Re: Pub wanting to go cycle friendly

Postby Annoying Twit » 22 Sep 2017, 6:12pm

hamster wrote:Decent space to park and lock up bikes.


Quoted for vital importance.

Track pump (can be screwed to the floor!)


That's useful too.

EDIT: Since others have mentioned things not directly related to cycling, I'll chip in too. As I'm teetotal, I'd say a good quality specialist non-alcoholic ginger ale or beer, and other non-alcoholic drinks. If people are riding, they may have to limit their alcohol intake. It's disappointing if I go to a pub and it's on-tap coke/lemonade and maybe just those tiny Schweppes bottles of ginger ale. Even appletizer is a plus.