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'''Cycling merit badge''' does not specify the type of cycle that is to be used. Scouts have completed Cycling merit badge using traditional bicycles, specially adapted bicycles, handcycles, tricycles, and quadracycles. Local riding clubs, national organizations, and manufactures can assist those with many special needs.
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:1. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while cycling, including hypothermia, heat reactions, frostbite, dehydration, insect stings, tick bites, snakebites, blisters, and hyperventilation.
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:2. Clean and adjust a bicycle. Prepare it for inspection using a bicycle safety checklist. Be sure the bicycle meets local laws.
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:3. Show your bicycle to your counselor for inspection. Point out the adjustments or repairs you have made. Do the following:
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::c. Show how to adjust brakes, seat level and height, and steering tube.
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* The bicycle must have all required safety features. It must be registered as required by your local traffic laws.
 
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[[{{PAGENAME}}]] can be a part of your [[TPF-Physical_Fitness|Troop Physical Fitness Program]].<br>
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:''Note: The Boy Scout [[Cycling]] Merit Badge does not specify the type of cycle that is to be used. Scouts have completed [[Cycling]] Merit Badge using traditional bicycles, specially adapted bicycles, handcycles, three-wheel bicycles, and quadracycles. Local riding clubs, national organizations, and manufactures can assist those with many special needs. See [[Cycling Special Needs]].
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'''1. First Aid''': [[Hypothermia]] - [[Heat Reactions]] - [[Frostbite]] - [[Dehydration]] - [[Insect Stings]] - [[Tick Bites]] - [[Snakebites]] - [[Blisters]] - [[Hyperventilation]]
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'''2, 3'''. [[Bike Maintenance]] A sample Bicycle Safety Checklist in the [[Media:{{PAGENAMEE}}.pdf|{{PAGENAME}} Worksheet]].
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* [http://www.bikeleague.org/action/bikelaws/state_laws.php State Bike Laws & Bike Maps] - [http://www.iihs.org/laws/HelmetUseCurrent.aspx State Helmet Laws] - [http://www.bhsi.org/mandator.htm City Bike Helmet Laws]<br>
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'''3'''. [[Bike Maintenance]] - [[Bike Chain]] - [[Bike Gears]] - [[Bike Brakes]] - [[Bike Seat]] - [[Bike Headset|Bike Headset (Steering tube)]]<br>
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'''7'''. [http://www.bikeleague.org/action/bikelaws/state_laws.php State Bike Laws & Motor Vehicle Laws] -[http://www.bikemania.biz/v/vspfiles/V4_Backup/bikehighway/cyclinglaws/cyclinglaws.htm Bicycle Laws in Your State]<br>
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*[http://www.sheldonbrown.com/articles.html Harris Cyclery Articles]
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*[http://www.usacycling.org/ USA Cycling]
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Resources include the Cycling merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

This is the Cycling merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Bicycling belt loop and pin.
Cycling merit badge is an option for the Eagle Scout rank.
Scouts can choose to earn Hiking or Swimming instead.


Cycling merit badge
Image:Cycling.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1911
Replaced: Cyclist
BSA Advancement ID: 039
Requirements revision: 2005
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

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Since 1911, hundreds of thousands of Scouts have made the most of their two-wheel adventures by earning the Cycling merit badge. Whether you just got your first bicycle or have been cycling for years, you will learn more about your bike and what it can do by working on the requirements for this badge.

Cycling merit badge does not specify the type of cycle that is to be used. Scouts have completed Cycling merit badge using traditional bicycles, specially adapted bicycles, handcycles, tricycles, and quadracycles. Local riding clubs, national organizations, and manufactures can assist those with many special needs.

The Cycling merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. It replaced the 1910 Cyclist "Badge of Merit".
Cycling merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Riding.


Cycling merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in cycling activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    b. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while cycling, including cuts, scratches, blisters, sunburn, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, hypothermia, dehydration, insect stings, tick bites, and snakebite. Explain to your counselor why you should be able to identify the poisonous plants and poisonous animals that are found in your area.
    c. Explain the importance of wearing a properly sized and fitted helmet while cycling, and of wearing the right clothing for the weather. Know the BSA Bike Safety Guidelines.
  2. Clean and adjust a bicycle. Prepare it for inspection using a bicycle safety checklist. Be sure the bicycle meets local laws.
  3. Show your bicycle to your counselor for inspection. Point out the adjustments or repairs you have made. Do the following:
    a. Show all points that need oiling regularly.
    b. Show points that should be checked regularly to make sure the bicycle is safe to ride.
    c. Show how to adjust brakes, seat level and height, and steering tube.
  4. Describe how to brake safely with foot brakes and with hand brakes.
  5. Show how to repair a flat by removing the tire, replacing or patching the tube, and remounting the tire.
  6. Describe your state and local traffic laws for bicycles. Compare them with motor-vehicle laws.
  7. Using the BSA buddy system, complete all of the requirements for ONE of the following options: road biking OR mountain biking.
    a. Road Biking
    (1) Take a road test with your counselor and demonstrate the following:
    (a) Properly mount, pedal, and brake, including emergency stops.
    (b) On an urban street with light traffic, properly execute a left turn from the center of the street; also demonstrate an alternate left-turn technique used during periods of heavy traffic.
    (c) Properly execute a right turn.
    (d) Demonstrate appropriate actions at a right-turn-only lane when you are continuing straight.
    (e) Show proper curbside and road-edge riding.Show how to ride safely along a row of parked cars.
    (f) Cross railroad tracks properly.
    (2) Avoiding main highways, take two rides of 10 miles each, two rides of 15 miles each, and two rides of 25 miles each. You must make a report of the rides taken. List dates for the routes traveled, and interesting things seen.
    (3) After completing requirement b for the road biking option, do ONE of the following:
    (a) Lay out on a road map a 50-mile trip. Stay away from main highways. Using your map, make this ride in eight hours.
    (b) Participate in an organized bike tour of at least 50 miles. Make this ride in eight hours. Afterward, use the tour’s cue sheet to make a map of the ride.
    b. Mountain Biking
    (1) Take a trail ride with your counselor and demonstrate the following:
    (a) Properly mount, pedal, and brake, including emergency stops.
    (b) Show shifting skills as applicable to climbs and obstacles.
    (c) Show proper trail etiquette to hikers and other cyclists, including when to yield the right-of-way.
    (d) Show proper technique for riding up and down hills.
    (e) Demonstrate how to correctly cross an obstacle by either going over the obstacle on your bike or dismounting your bike and crossing over or around the obstacle.
    (f) Cross rocks, gravel, and roots properly.
    (2) Describe the rules of trail riding, including how to know when a trail is unsuitable for riding.
    (3) On trails approved by your counselor, take two rides of 2 miles each, two rides of 5 miles each, and two rides of 8 miles each. You must make a report of the rides taken. List dates for the routes traveled, and interesting things seen.
    (4) After fulfilling the previous requirement, lay out on a trail map a 22-mile trip. You may include multiple trail systems, if needed. Stay away from main highways. Using your map, make this ride in six hours.
  • The bicycle must have all required safety features. It must be registered as required by your local traffic laws.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Cycling is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Cycling requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Cycling merit badge is on the Eagle Scout required list (requirement 3.j.). It is one choice of a group of three merit badges on the list: the other two choices are Hiking and Swimming.


Requirement resources

Cycling can be a part of your Troop Physical Fitness Program.

Note: The Boy Scout Cycling Merit Badge does not specify the type of cycle that is to be used. Scouts have completed Cycling Merit Badge using traditional bicycles, specially adapted bicycles, handcycles, three-wheel bicycles, and quadracycles. Local riding clubs, national organizations, and manufactures can assist those with many special needs. See Cycling Special Needs.

1. First Aid: Hypothermia - Heat Reactions - Frostbite - Dehydration - Insect Stings - Tick Bites - Snakebites - Blisters - Hyperventilation

2, 3. Bike Maintenance A sample Bicycle Safety Checklist in the Cycling Worksheet.

3. Bike Maintenance - Bike Chain - Bike Gears - Bike Brakes - Bike Seat - Bike Headset (Steering tube)
4. Bike Riding Skills
5. Bike Tires
6. Bike Riding Skills
7. State Bike Laws & Motor Vehicle Laws -Bicycle Laws in Your State
8, 9. The Ride Logs are in the Cycling Worksheet.
See Cycling Skills for many more resources.
Cycling can be a part of your Troop Physical Fitness Program.


Related awards

Sports-related awards


See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


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