Event: Bikepacking Night in Israel, May 2nd

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Update: A Facebook event has been created.  RSVP and keep up with updates on the Bikepacking Inspiration event page.

Join the Israeli bikepacking community for an evening centered around your bikes and our stories of travel and adventure by bicycle.

Lael Wilcox is a finisher of the HLC2015 and will share secrets about eating on the trail, jumping rope while on tour, and why reading books late into the night is good practice for the HLC.  She will also explain why a snowboarding helmet is such a good idea when riding in Alaska in the winter.

Nicholas Carman is the mechanic and spokesperson for this mad traveling contraption.  He will talk about bikes, routes, and why it isn’t a big deal that he uses platform pedals.

For the past seven years we have traveled through North America, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East.  Our approach to bicycle travel has evolved, and we now seek unpaved roads and trails as much as possible, including routes such as the HLC and IBT in Israel; the Great Divide and the Arizona Trail in the USA; the GR5, 1000 Miles Adventure, the red hiking trails in Poland, the Greek Bicycle Odyssey in Europe; and the Dragon’s Spine Route across South Africa and Lesotho.  Sometimes, we call Alaska our home.  Together, we share our story, as well as some technical discussion about routes and equipment.  A short Q&A will follow.  We fly back to Alaska on May 4th.

Ride to meet us at Kfar Sirkin at 6:30PM on May 2nd.  Pack your bike for a ride across town, across Israel, or around the world.  If at all possible, ride your bike!  Join us on a ride to the Nachshonim Forest to camp for the night.  It’s really close, so don’t sweat it.  First time bikepackers welcome!  It is rumored that HLC singlespeed champion Nir Almog will be present.

Meet: HaDkalim St. 3, Kfar Sirkin at 6:30PM for conversation, the program begins at 7:00.  Bring food and drinks to share, especially if you are driving.

Ride: Nachshonim Forest, after the event.  Simple camping gear, a small light should be fine, pack a beer and a topic of conversation.  We’ll probably ride to coffee in the morning.

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Kit list: Clothing



EMS Deluge; Gore-Tex Paclite shell, w/pit zips

Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid 2 GTX; Gore-Tex mid-height shoes

Walz cycling cap

reflective yellow cycling vest

Giro Xar helmet

cheap sunglasses




Patagonia Capilene #2 long sleeve overshirt, 1/4 length zip

Smartwool long sleeve; crew neck base layer

MEC merino wool sleeveless shirt

(2) assorted cotton t-shirts; namely Pie Town and Velo Orange designs

EMS nylon shorts; liner removed, with pockets




Ibex Zephyr; wool long underwear, midweight

(2) underwear, quick drying synthetic

(3-4) socks; wool or wool blend, various brands, weights and heights



The backwoods laundromat– priceless.



Cold and wet season gear, added incrementally as season or climate requires:

EMS Ascent Series packable down jacket

Patagonia wool hat, lightweight

Ragwool gloves

Marmot rain pants

OR Crocodile Gore-Tex gaiters

MEC Cloudraker; lightweight waterproof mitten liners

fleece neckwarmer


Even with all these layers, a summer ride with (almost) no layers is nice.  On the bike– no shorts, no shoes, no service!


Photo credits: Lael Wilcox