Flash bike stand a boon for thirsty cyclists

SALLY KIDSON
Last updated 13:00 30/01/2013

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Cyclists who stop off for a well-earned cold one at the Milton St Sprig and Fern Tavern now have a flash new bike rack to park their prized wheels.

Owner Tracy Banner said she got the 20-space bike rack made up after a conversation with a friend gave her an idea for a design.

Her friend had been in Europe and sent her a picture of a bar with bikes that had been sprayed white with beautiful baskets on them at the front of the bar as a fenceline.

He suggested she get rid of the pub's distinctive white picket fence and replace it with bikes.

"He said it would look fantastic."

Mrs Banner said getting rid of the picket fence was not an option.

However, she had been thinking of getting a bike rack made for some time. The Milton Sprig was "a bit of a mecca" for road cyclists and mountainbikers and there was often an impressive array of bikes parked outside.

The pub was also an official partner of the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trail and was close to the trails and the mountainbiking tracks.

Her husband, Ken, was also an avid cyclist who cycled nearly every day.

"I wanted to do a bike rack for quite some while, but I didn't know what I wanted."

Mrs Banner said she came up with the idea of the white bikes at each end of the rack, which had planter boxes attached to them.

Avanti Richmond had kindly provided the bikes, which were sprayed white. She had paid Stainless Solutions to build the frame after sketching her design.

The rack had already attracted plenty of comments from patrons.

"These cyclists, whether they are mountainbikers, road cyclists or downhillers, support us fantastically well and some of their bikes are just leaning up against the fence. It is offering them protection as well."

"Lots of people are talking about it. It's more like a piece of art.

"People are saying it's too nice to have in the car park. I just encourage people to use it now.

"That's what it is there for."

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- The Nelson Mail

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