The requirements for Cycling merit badge were revised effective January
Cycling will become an optional required merit badge for the Eagle Scout rank effective April 1, 1998.
- Show that you know first aid for injuries or
illnesses that could occur while cycling, including
hypothermia, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, frostbite,
dehydration, sunburn, insect stings, tick bites,
snakebite, blisters, and hyperventilation.
- Clean and adjust a bicycle. Prepare it for inspection
using a bicycle safety checklist. Be sure the bicycle
meets local laws.
- Show your bicycle to your counselor for inspection.
Point out the adjustments or repairs you have made.
Do the following:
- Show all points that need oiling regularly.
- Show the points that should be check regularly to
make sure the bicycle is safe to ride.
- Show how to adjust brakes, seat
level and height, and steering post.
- Describe how to brake safely with foot brakes and
with hand brakes.
- Show how to repair a flat. Use an old bicycle tire.
- Take a road test with your counselor and demonstrate
- Proper mounting, pedaling, and braking including
- 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.
- Properly execute a right turn.
- Demonstrate appropriate actions at a right-turn-
only lane when you are continuing straight.
- Show proper curbside and road-edge riding. Show how
to safely ride along a row of parked cars.
- Cross railroad tracks properly.
- Describe your traffic laws for bicycles. Compare them
with motor-vehicle laws. Know the bicycle-safety code.
- Avoiding main highways, take two rides of ten miles each, two rides
of fifteen miles each, and two rides of twenty-five miles each. You must
make a report of the rides taken. List dates, routes
traveled, and interesting things seen.
- After fulfilling requirement 8, lay out
on a road map a 50-mile trip. Stay away from main
highways. Using your map, make this ride in 8 hours.
* Bicycle must have all required safety features. It must be registered
as required by your local traffic laws.