Israel Bike Trail is the ultimate route for the adventurous rider. Bikpackers may ride for days without encountering civilization, although it is always a few kilometers away.
On one hand the trail offers remote desert landscapes and on the other, it is a well maintained route that enables you to enjoy the ride to the fullest.
Israel Bike Trail is a mountain bike (mtb) trail. It was planned and built to fit the average mtb cyclist skills and bikes. The trail’s physical characteristics, such as surface, width, slopes and obstacles, are making the trail suitable for the average mountain biker or bikepacker.
A significant part of the southern segments are singletracks with a few short stretches that could be a bit trickier and on which you would better walk your bike.
Lightweight gear and the use of soft bags are recommended, to make your ride easier.
Proper bikes, such as full-suspension or hardtail and proper gear are essential.
Your bike should be equipped with mtb tyres with ‘no flat’ sealant. As for the gear, one day supply (water, food) and tools should be enough.
Bike touring is also about exploring and riding long distances with the difference that it is mostly on well maintained infrastructure such as roads, trails and gravel paths. This major difference allows the rider to carry much more weight and have less tough bikes.
As for ‘Touring’ style cyclists, the existing segments of the trail are not suitable for this kind of riding. The future segments, especially in the central region of the country, will be suitable for this riding style.Read more on Touring bicycle
No matter if you are a bikepacker or touring guy, we strongly recommand you to read the article on planning and preparing the rides in Israel
Enjoy the ride,