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£20

Belfast Mic N Bike Cycle Tour

Belfast

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The Belfast Mic n Bike guided cycle tour will take you on an 11km 2 hour (approx.) journey through history where you will discover Belfast's unique and fascinating Maritime and Industrial Heritage and some of the Political upheavals that shaped the modern city. For the first hour we cycle around the Historic Titanic Quarter and Clarendon Dock, exploring some of the remaining maritime infrastructure including Dry Docks, Pump Houses and Gantry Cranes that were used to build over 1500 ships (including Titanic) and ensure Belfast's place as an International Centre of Ship Building over 100 years ago. 

The second hour of the tour explores Belfast's growth from the early settlement around High Street, the English Civil Wars impact and William III's brief stay in the city. We also look at the failed 1798 United Irishmen Rebellion in Belfast and its legacy. The tour proceeds into the heart of the Cathedral Quarter where we stop at the Commercial Court Murals where you can see the 'Belfast Black Humour' displayed on the numerous murals covering everything from 'Van Morrison' to 'Game of Thrones'. 

 Its then on towards the City Centre where the wealth created through the Linen Industry is evident in the opulent Victorian Architecture, the finest example being the 'City Hall'. We then cut through the original site of Belfast Castle and back on to High Street finishing at the Custom House Square. We use a state of the art wireless system so you have a small receiver unit and a single ear piece, which enables your friendly and informative guide to give you a commentary as you cycle. The system is used responsibly and though very useful for providing a commentary and highlighting areas of interest, your guide can also inform you of the route ahead and of parts of the route where caution should be exercised. With Belfast Mic n Bike you provide the 'bike' either your own or hired and we have the 'mic' plus helmet and hi-vis vests. 

You are welcome to bring your own bike or hire a bike, we now have our fantastic 'Belfast Bikes' a cheap bike hire service with 40 bike docks all over the City Centre see www.belfastbikes.co.uk for further details. 

Join us for 'Cycling Craic' in Belfast Belfast Mic Tours MicnBike Cycle Tour launched in June 2016, 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Titanic Slipways

Titanic Studios (where ‘Game of Thrones is filmed)

Titanic’s Dock and Pump House

Samson & Goliath Gantry Cranes

SS Nomadic (Titanic’s Tender Ship)

Clarendon Dock and Harbour Office

High St/Bridge St & United Irishmen

Commercial Court Cultural Murals

City Hall Grounds

Albert Clock (Belfast’s leaning tower)

Custom House


Tours operate April to October currently only on selected Sundays @ 12.00 pm Current Full price is £20 pp (you supply the bike).

MIKE n BIKE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO YOU PROVIDE THE BIKES?
No, you bring the bike to us, either your own or a rented bike, check online for rental bike schemes in Belfast, rates will apply plus Terms and Conditions.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
A bike, (serviceable and roadworthy, complete with a usable bike lock, route not suitable for racer bikes with very thin tyres) a drink, water, juice (no alcohol), enclosed footwear (no flip flops), a waterproof jacket (Game of Thrones ‘Winterfell’ isn’t filmed in N. Ireland for nothing!), a snack may also be a good idea. Though some of the route can be quite exposed and windy, the sun does ‘sometimes’ shine upon us, so sun cream and sun glasses may also be required. Also bring some money as we will be stopping off on route and of course a device for taking pics.
ARE THERE LANGUAGE CHOICES?
The tour is currently conducted in English only, though your cycle guide will speak as slowly and clearly as possible.
WHAT DO YOU PROVIDE?
A radio receiver and headset, a helmet, (all participants must wear a helmet) a Hi-Vis Executive vest, Insurance, and a local, knowledgeable, cycle guide.
HOW DO I BOOK?
MicnBike tours can only be booked 24 hrs before the tour time by ringing 07563167521.
WHERE IS THE START POINT?
We start at the Plaza area in front of the Dock Café close to the SS Nomadic ship in the Titanic Quarter (see home page for map). You must be at the start point 20 minutes before the tour begins. If you arrive early for the 14.00 tour, pop into the Dock Café for a cuppa (you still must be outside 20 mins before the tour starts). The café operates an ‘honesty system’ for payment and opens at 11.00am. The tour will begin promptly at the advertised time, if you know you will be late please ring ahead, though Belfast Mic n Bike is under no obligation to change or amend times or routes for latecomers. No refund will be given for latecomers.
WHERE IS THE FINISH POINT?
The tour ends at Custom House Square or if this area is not available, across the road at the ‘Big Fish’ Donegal Quay.
IS THERE A MINIMUM NUMBER?
The tour will go ahead with a minimum of 2 people, if you are the only person to book on a tour we can book you onto another tour, if this doesn’t suit we can refund you. Belfast Mic n Bike welcome independent travellers. 
CAN I USE MY PHONE/TABLET/SELFIE STICK ETC. WHILST CYCLING?
No, there will be opportunities to take photos and check phones at various stops on route but definitely not whilst cycling.
Smoking is also not permitted on the tour.

DO I NEED TO BE VERY FIT AND AN EXPERIENCED CYCLIST?
No, the route is over flat roads and cycle ways with some sections where we cycle in traffic in the city centre, so as long as you are reasonably fit, can cycle confidently over a 2 hour period (including stops) for approximately 11km at an easy pace, you should be fine. You cycle guide will carry out a brief assessment of cycling ability as part of the Safety brief before the tour begins.
WILL THE TOUR GO AHEAD IN BAD WEATHER RAIN ETC.?
Yes, Check the local weather forecast before you head out, be prepared for bad weather, parts of the route are quite exposed so warm comfortable clothing is recommended. 
Also bring a waterproof jacket, the tour will go ahead in the rain, if it’s a heavy shower we may wait a few minutes until it clears. In the event of very extreme weather your guide may cancel the tour for Health & Safety reasons, in this case you will be offered an alternative tour or a possible refund. Cancellation of a tour is at the discretion of Belfast Mic n Bike. 
WHAT’S THE MINIMUM AGE?
14 years old, though anyone under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times, all participants must demonstrate they can control their bikes safely for the duration of the tour and are confident cycling in traffic. 
IS THERE A CAR PARKING?
Yes there is pay and display carparks close to the start point (5 min walk), rates are available onsite.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET A PUNCTURE OR MY BIKE DEVELOPS A PROBLEM?
If you own the bike and the problem is easily resolved, you cycle guide may be able to stop the tour briefly and give some assistance, if you have a hire bike your cycle guide is not permitted to touch your bike. Depending on the location and time, it may be possible for participants to replace a hire bike, but this will be at the discretion of your cycle guide. Generally the hire bikes are pretty rugged and the bike hire providers keep their bikes well maintained. 

We also may be able to re-schedule you onto another tour, but this will be dependent on availability. 
IS IT SAFE TO CYCLE IN BELFAST?
Yes, since the introduction of the very successful Belfast City Council ‘Belfast Bike Scheme in 2015 and the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme, cycling has become more popular for recreation and as an alternative method of transport in Belfast. 
This has led to a greater awareness of cycling and the needs and safety of cyclists in Belfast. In the last few years more cycle lanes and cycle ways have been developed in Belfast, some of which are utilised on the Belfast Mic n Bike tour.
Because Belfast Mic n Bike uses a state of the art wireless communication system you cycle leader can update you about the route ahead, and of course highlight interesting features and give you a bit of Belfast ‘Craic’ on route.
The wireless system is used responsibly, the cycle guide will mute the mic at traffic lights and road junctions where the participant’s full attention is essential.
CAN I CONTINUE CYCLING AFTER THE TOUR?
Yes, your cycle leader will advise you of further cycle routes and interesting locations you can visit by bike in Belfast, and tell you where you can find out more about the topics raised on the tour.

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Terms & Conditions

BELFAST MIC TOURS TERMS AND CONDITIONS CANCELLATION AND AMENDMENT OF BOOKINGS Participants can may cancel a booking 48 hours before the tour start time, and a full refund given. Notice of cancellation must be phoned through then followed up by email. A booking may also be changed to another scheduled tour up to 48 hours before the start time of the tour. A tour change can only take place if there is availability on the requested tour, and only if there is still a minimum of 2 people booked on the original tour. Notice to change a booking must be phoned through then followed up by email. Any changes to bookings will be at the discretion of Belfast Mic n Bike. There will be no refunds given for cancellations of bookings made within 48 hours of the tour start time. Belfast Mic Tours reserve the right to change the route, start/finish locations and scheduled stops, the reasons for changes may include ‘Special Events’ ‘Parades’ ‘Festivals’, ‘Outdoor Concerts’ or weekend closing. We will give notice of changes via the Website (latest News) or during the safety brief before the tour begins. Tours will take place come ‘rain or shine’ participants are advised to check the local weather forecasts, and be prepared for inclement weather even in the summer months. Tours will only be cancelled if the tour leader deems that extreme inclement weather may pose a Health & Safety risk, in this instance tours can be re-scheduled or a full refund offered. PAYMENT TERMS Payments will be applied at the time of booking Full payment is due before commencement of tour PRIVACY POLICY Your information will not be disclosed to any third party and will only be used for the purpose of this website. We reserve the right to contact you after your trip to receive feedback in an effort to improve every level of our service. If you do not wish to be contacted please email info@belfastmictours.com and we will remove you from our mailing list. Photographs taken on our tours may at times be used for promotional purposes through our social media networks and our website. REFUNDS Refunds will be made by the payment method/card originally used to make the booking. Refunds will be processed by the authorised booking agent, Tiny Tours. MINIMUM NUMBERS Tours will go ahead with a minimum of 2 paying participants. In the event that a single participant is denied a tour due to lack of numbers they will be offered another tour, if this does not suit a full refund will be given. MEDICAL CONDITIONS Cycling is considered to be the best form of aerobic exercise but this can exasperate a medical condition. If unsure participants should seek medical advice before going on a cycle tour. Participants should make the tour leader aware of any existing medical conditions before the tour begins. The tour leader will decide if the participant can proceed with the tour, based on the information presented to them. No refund will be given for participants who are deemed by the cycle leader to be unfit to proceed with the tour. CYCLING ABILITY All participants must be able to control their bike confidently and safely on different surfaces and in traffic over a distance of approx. 11km over a 2 hour period (inclusive of stops). The cycling ability of participants will be assessed by the tour leader during the Health & Safety brief before the tour begins. If a participant is deemed to be unable to control their bike safely, they will not be permitted to take part in the tour. No refund will be given. ALCOHOL & DRUGS If a participant is deemed to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs and therefore a risk to themselves and others, they will not be permitted to take part in the tour, no refund will be given. UNDER 18’S Any participants 18 or under must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult (over 18). The responsible adult must also ensure that under 18’s in their care can safely control their bikes and have fully understood the Health & Safety briefing. LOSS AND DAMAGE Belfast Mic Tours will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal items, valuables or clothing during the tour, participants will be expected to manage the security of all personal belongings (including their bike) for the duration of the tour. MANAGING EXPECTATION Belfast Mic n Bike will endeavour to exceed the expectation of participants during the tour and provide an enjoyable and memorable experience, but it or its agents cannot be held responsible for circumstances outside its control, and for any deviation in the planned route or access to buildings or other ‘areas of interest’. FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS All participants will be expected to follow all reasonable instructions given to them by the tour leader. Any participants thought by the tour leader to be disregarding reasonable instructions given to them and thus endangering themselves or others will be asked to leave the tour. In this instance no refund will be given. LIABILITY I understand that participating in the Belfast Mic n Bike guided cycle tour may involve risks and that I am undertaking an activity with inherent dangers. I accept these risks and obligations and I fully assume the risks of travel. I release Belfast Mic n Bike from any liabilities connected to these risks to the maximum extent permitted by law. I understand that cycling helmets are available and that, should I choose not to wear one that is my choice. I agree that all persons in this booking have understood all of the conditions outlined.