Please refer to the Packing List for a full list of items needed or recommended on the Israel Ride.
The Israel Ride provides one jersey to every rider, which we ask that you wear on Wednesday (the first day) and Sunday. In addition, we recommend bringing two other jerseys. Many riders wash their bicycle clothing at some point on the ride (a hotel sink is usually fine and they will typically dry overnight and there is also laundry available at the Shabbat hotel). Therefore, you do not need five complete sets of cycling clothing.
Mornings can be chilly (although it typically warms up) and there is a possibility of rain throughout the Ride. Be sure to have layers that you can wear while cycling.
Bicycle clothing includes riding jerseys and biking shorts. A bike jersey offers some features you won’t find in a tee-shirt. The main benefits of a bike jersey include back pockets, a long front zipper for temperature control, a long back and shorter front to fit well while riding and a tight fit to reduce wind drag. Biking jerseys are also made of technical material that will wick away sweat. Cotton shirts are not recommended for cycling. The main purpose of bike shorts is to provide comfort during long bike rides. Bike shorts are designed specifically for the needs of a cyclist. These needs include padding in the right places, strategically placed seams, tight-fitting, flexible materials like Lycra and spandex that reduce air resistance and allow a full range of motion on the bike, and the right amount of breathability and wind block.
You must bring your own helmet, even if you are renting a bike, to ensure proper comfort and fit.
Many riders overestimate how much regular clothing is needed. Remember that you only wear regular clothing for a few hours each night from when we get to the hotel in the late afternoon until after dinner. Evenings and Shabbat are casual, although layers are recommended since it can get chilly in the desert at night.