The conditions on tour will vary according to the season and geographically. You can obviously expect it to be cooler in the mountains and warmer in the desert. However, there are not likely to be great extremes in conditions and the clothing you would use for a touring trip in the Northern European summer, should suffice for Israel tours year-round. There is some chance of rain, so you’ll need to carry something wind/waterproof for that convenient extra layer.
Compulsory on tour. If buying a new ‘lid’ specifically for your tour, then consider one with a venting system. If an open-faced helmet is your preference then you’ll need a face-protecting visor for cruising at speed. Also good for these tours, with a good blend of face-protection and ventilation, is an adventure-style helmet. Any decent full-face helmet is also fine for these tours.
Vented summer gloves are the best bet to beat sweaty digits, but you may get chilly digits if it rains. Carrying summer-style, waterproof gloves is ideal insurance against this.
Leather jackets are fine, but still require you to bring a waterproof over-jacket, or an over-suit. Armoured textile jackets are a good bet generally, especially those with venting and breathable waterproof linings. A light summer jacket and a waterproof over-jacket is an ideal combination for this route.
Armoured textile trousers are a good way to go. Likewise protective jeans are good when backed-up with over-trousers. Leather trousers will also be fine.
Sturdy boots, covering the ankle, are a minimum requirement. We would recommend, though, that you wear ‘proper’ bike boots with shin protection. Touring-type, or enduro/adventure boots fit the bill well, as do race boots, especially those with ventilation.
Other Clothing & Kit
The list below isn’t everything you might need to bring on one of our tours (some pants might also be nice), but highlights things that are best not forgotten.
- Swimming kit – for pools and seas. Water shoes for rocky areas. Snorkelling gear for the very keen.
- A snood is great for added warmth when needed and can even be worn as a hat to keep the sun off, or warmth in
- Sunglasses with UV protection are important
- Sandals are great for off-bike footwear, but also bring trainers or light walking boots if you intend to trek
- A fleece is good for both cool evenings and for under-jacket warmth if needed
- A money belt, or waistpack in which to carry valuables and documents
- A sun hat. Yes you, Baldy!
- Basic first aid kit: a few plasters and antiseptic cream
- Any regular medication you need
- Insect Repellent
- Sun Block is essential
- Alarm, whether on phone or not