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Cycling Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2020 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Cycling Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Cycling merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

https://scoutmasterbucky.com/merit-badges/cycling/

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1a: 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.
Requirement 1b: Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while cycling, including cuts, scratches, blisters, sunburn, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, hypo-thermia, frostbite, 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.
Requirement 1c: 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.
Requirement 2: Clean and adjust a bicycle. Prepare it for inspection using a bicycle safety checklist. Be sure the bicycle meets local laws.
Requirement 3: Show your bicycle to your counselor for inspection. Point out the adjustments or repairs you have made. Do the following:
Requirement 3a: Show all points that need regular lubrication.
Requirement 3b: Show points that should be checked regularly to make sure the bicycle is safe to ride.
Requirement 3c: Show how to adjust brakes, seat level and height, and steering tube.
Requirement 4: Describe how to brake safely with foot brakes and with hand brakes.
Requirement 5: Show how to repair a flat by removing the tire, replacing or patching the tube, and remounting the tire.
Requirement 6: Describe your state and local traffic laws for bicycles. Compare them with motor-vehicle laws.
Requirement 7: Using the BSA buddy system, complete all of the requirements for ONE of the following options: road biking OR mountain biking.

The bicycle used for fulfilling these requirements must have all required safety features and must be registered as required by your local traffic laws.

Option A: Road Biking

Requirement 71: Take a road test with your counselor and demonstrate the following:
Requirement 71a: Properly mount, pedal, and brake, including emergency stops.
Requirement 71b: 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.
Requirement 71c: Properly execute a right turn.
Requirement 71d: Demonstrate appropriate actions at a right-turn-only lane when you are continuing straight.
Requirement 71e: Show proper curbside and road-edge riding. Show how to ride safely along a row of parked cars.
Requirement 71f: Cross railroad tracks properly.
Requirement 72: 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.
Requirement 73: After completing requirement 2 for the road biking option, do ONE of the following:
Requirement 73a: Lay out on a road map a 50-mile trip. Stay away from main highways. Using your map, make this ride in eight hours.
Requirement 73b: 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.

Option B: Mountain Biking

Requirement 71: Take a trail ride with your counselor and demonstrate the following:
Requirement 71a: Properly mount, pedal, and brake, including emergency stops.
Requirement 71b: Show shifting skills as applicable to climbs and obstacles.
Requirement 71c: Show proper trail etiquette to hikers and other cyclists, including when to yield the right-of-way.
Requirement 71d: Show proper technique for riding up and down hills.
Requirement 71e: 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.
Requirement 71f: Cross rocks, gravel, and roots properly.
Requirement 72: Describe the rules of trail riding, including how to know when a trail is unsuitable for riding.
Requirement 73: 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.
Requirement 74: 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.