DRIVERS in a small North Oxfordshire village could have been forgiven for staring up in confusion after an unusual sight appeared on their roads.

An adult bike, complete with coffin-shaped sign, was spotted dangling from a tree near the entrance to Sibford Heath Farm near Epwell.

The picture was sent in by Sally Smith, who noted that the hanging bike was just three metres from the road - a potential hazard for drivers.

But when the Banbury Cake questioned the landlord of the pub it points to, the Chandlers Arms, it turns out there was a logical reason for it after all.

Tony Golding, who has owned the pub for the last two years, said the bike had been put up to celebrate the Arriva Women's Tour which saw dozens of cyclists pass by the village last week.

The tour included some of Great Britain's former Olympic cyclists including Dani King and Lizzie Armistead.

Mr Golding said: "We know someone in the village put it up. It's very high up and it's a little quirky as well.

"People have mentioned it to us and said it looks quite good. There's a lot of walkers who go past that way.

"We'll probably take it down ourselves in the next few days though."

The pub was built in the late 17th century.