What is Bike Express?

 

 

 

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Company Overview

 

Since its inception in 1993 European Bike Express has offered the best way into Europe for you and your bike with a unique and flexible service. The regular service offers you the opportunity to get off at any of our continental points, create your own itinerary for your holiday and be picked up at another point so long as it coincides with our timetable (Please CLICK HERE for timetable if required). Alternatively you can travel one way.

 

At European Bike Express we offer a service which has been built using customer interaction, discussing feedback from regular customers over the years as well as incorporating ideas from new customers. In our view, your comments allow us to offer tried and tested areas for your cycle tour as well as providing safe and efficient transport for you and your cycle.

 

Bike Express offers six routes, which enable itineraries throughout France, Northern Spain and into Germany and Switzerland. As an alternative we offer a Fixed Base Holiday in Rosas on the Costa Brava in Spain. The excellent cycling opportunities alongside the comfort and enjoyment of the Hotel Marian Platja have proved to be a huge success with our clients since its introduction in 2006.

 

Hotel Marian Platja (Fixed Base Holiday)

 

 

 

The Holiday with a Difference

 

While we know that touring is a very acceptable form of pleasure, we also know that some enjoy cycling with the comfort of a fixed base. The Fixed Based Holiday option blends the beauty of cycling with guaranteed comfort and enjoyment. To cycle alongside lagoons, enjoy historic architecture and capture the warmth of the sun adds comfort to the fact you are being cared for in very comfortable accommodation. Many customers are already aware of the fantastic cycling opportunities in Spain and especially around the nature reserves and typically Spanish villages who boast about their relaxed hospitality. If you are a CTC member you can request the cycling routes for this area from them.

 

The Hotel Marian Platja is on the sea front with the beautiful bay of Roses view in the Sea View Rooms at the front of the Hotel.  There is a swimming pool, tennis courts, free wi-fi, evening entertainment and the staff are most welcoming.  You can also rent a safe from the reception. They also offer a compressor for quickly inflating bike tyres and bike washing facilities for the end of the day. The bike rooms are also alarmed from 21:00 to 07:00 however if you are particularly keen and want to make an early start (or even a late finish), you can arrange for the receptionist to come and let you in.

 

Santa Margarita - The Bay of Rosas in Spain

 

Santa Margarita is of particular interest as there are many interesting places within easy cycling distance. For non cyclists, the area has much to offer and it is therefore perfectly possible for an avid cyclist with a non cycling partner to both have an enjoyable time. Many customers are aware of the fantastic cycling opportunities in Spain especially around the nature reserves and typically Spanish villages boasting relaxing hospitality.

 

The cycling in this area is very diverse. For example, those who like to ride long distances can explore the regions of the Pyrenees Mountains or the fascinating nature reserves of Emporda where there are around 330 species of birds nesting in the area. For those who prefer short distances, Empuria Brava or Roses is only a short ride safely along flat paths from the hotel. There is also the Bay of Canyelles only a little further afield, just beyond the far edge of the Bay of Rosas from the front of the hotel which offers a small but beautifully picturesque hidden turquoise bay. These are only a few of the many ideas for cycle routes in the area that you may well hear from the experienced Fixed Based Bike Express travellers!

 

There are some very good routes as well along quiet roads towards the French Border and through the National Park area of Cap de Creus towards Cadaques, Llanca, Portbou and the lower slopes of the Pyrenees. Your may wish to cycle south to L'Escala and through large flat areas abundant with fruit orchards. Alternatively you can see the sites inland by riding to Figueres and beyond to Banyoles and the surrounding volcanic Natural Park and then up to the Pyrenees.

 

As this package holiday is extremely popular, we would advise early booking.

 

Luxury Club Class Coaches

 

 

 

Luxury Coach Travel

 

Every year European Bike Express is proud to boast of the high standard in Coach Travel that it has to offer. This is due to the fact that the unique modifications made to the Coaches' on board facilities make them by far the most comfortable way to travel on the road. The focal point for many customers are the Club Class Seats which have been custom made to provide more than enough leg room between you and the seat in front allowing you to stretch out and enjoy the journey. This has been done by removing seats to allow for more room between each seat.

 

We believe the key to a comfortable and enjoyable ride is quality and convenience. To achieve this we have balanced quantity alongside quality. All coaches are fully air conditioned, with Club Class seats with 45 degree recliner mechanisms together with adjustable foot rests, folding seat trays and multi-channel sound system.

 

As safety is paramount, all our seats have a 3-point belt which has to be worn at all times.

 

Spacious Club Class Seating

 

At Bike Express we understand that while you are on a coach journey you would prefer to be as comfortable as possible. So we decided to coach capacity to 43 - which is less capacity than you would see on a standard single decker coach! This gives ample room for even the tallest of people between seats and also allows ample space for each seat's foot support system and comfortably extended 45 degree recline angle.

 

Multi-Channel Entertainment System

 

Our coaches have a headphone system unique to this type of holiday travel with multiple audio channels helping to maximise your enjoyment throughout the journey. This has been popular and now you can listen to 3 alternative music channels, tune into the soundtrack from the films being shown, or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of silence in the comfort of your seat to your chosen destination. The use of this system has allowed you as the customer the option of what you listen to rather than the more conventional overhead speakers which simply eliminate that option. It must be noted that headphones are available from our staff for £1.50 or alternatively you are welcome to bring your own. The Coaches will offer reading material in the form of various Cycling Magazines, which are specifically targeted at Leisure and Touring cyclists.

 

On board Courier

 

Many of you who have travelled with us before will know our regular courier quite well. The friendly service offers Hot and Cold Drinks, Snacks and a good variety of Main Meals including homemade steak pie, lasagne and vegetarian dishes. Most of our clients who travel with us will choose to indulge in an evening meal onboard as it offers a high level, reasonably priced alternative to eating at the regular service stops.

 

Custom Built Trailers

 

 

 

Like nothing you'll have seen before on the road, our custom built trailers are among the longest that are legally permitted to be towed behind a coach. Due to the unique space we have available in the trailer, your bikes can remain fully assembled and only the handlebars need turning 90 degrees to the left and front wheel release mechanism may need to be operated. This space also enables us to safely accommodate any type of bike, be that a solo, tandem, trike (on request and subject to dimensions) recumbent, recumbent tandem, tandem trikes (on request and subject to dimensions) or other oddbikes and we even cater for bike trailers too. Yes, these all can be safely loaded fully assembled as well however, we do ask that if your bike is an oddbike (anything other than a tandem or solo) that you contact the office prior to your booking so that we can make specific arrangements for your bike.

 

Owing to the fact that there is no other coach company that offers such a bike trailer service, we are the easiest and most comfortable way for you and your bike to get into Europe. Since inception, they have catered for the safety and specific travel requirements of varied cycles. We are confident that your bike will be transported to your chosen destination with the utmost care. At your pick-up point, your bike will be loaded into the trailer and carefully secured by our specially trained loading staff.

 

Our custom built fleet comprises of four double deck trailers with carrying capacities of up to  54 cycles of different types. To enhance safe and secure cycle transit a new clamping system has been introduced for the upper deck. On the lower deck you will find 30 custom built solo slots that your bike can simply fall into with nothing more than a strap to securely hold it in place for the journey.

 

Please note that panniers and other large bike accessories will need to be removed before loading but can be placed just behind your bike.

 

Other Coach Features

 

* Spacious Club Class Seats with adjustable foot supports and a 45 degree recline angle

* Fully Air Conditioned

* 2 TV's and DVD Player

* Multi-Channel Entertainment Headphone System including: DVD Film Channel, 2 Music

   Channels, a Radio Station (UK only) and Individual Volume Control

* Panoramic Front Seats

* Cushions on all seats

* Folding seat trays

* 3 point seat belts on all seats. It is a legal requirement that seatbelts are worn at all times

   except when visiting the toilet facilities.

* A Courier Service providing Hot and Cold Drinks, Snacks and Main Meals throughout the

   journey

* Microwave Cooker (Staff operated only)

* Toilet Facilities

* European Enabled GSM Mobile Telephone

* Speed Control featuring a Brake Retarder for a smoother ride

* Reading material in the form of Cycling Magazines