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Cycling Merit Badge 2008



Cycling Merit Badge


Silver Comet Trail Map (overview)


Cold Weather Riding


Cycling Merit Badge Documents




Merit Badge Completion


Extra Credit



Taking a break, Perry, Ryan, Daniel, Andrew, Christian, Mr. Doug, Mr. Tim, Peter, & Austin


Merit Badge Counselor ASM Tim Shannon
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Welcome to the Cycling Merit Badge. Doug Clark is 204's most serious cyclist and has volunteered to help out with all phases of this merit badge. Mike Hawes and Pete Luxbacher have also volunteered to ride with us to provide excellent adult supervision.


The current version of the Cycling Merit Badge Pamphlet is 2007.


The merit badge consists of the following minimum rides: (2) 10 mile, (2) 15 mile, (2) 25 mile and one 50 mile, for a grand total of 150 miles. Our current schedule goes into the first weekend of December but may be extended if we have bad weather. Due to the basic incompatibility of skinny tires and slick asphalt, we will try to avoid riding in the rain.


All of our rides will be on the Silver Comet Trail. This is a eight foot wide path for cyclist, in-line skaters, walkers, runners and in some places even horses. In Georgia this trail runs from Mavell Road in Smyrna to the Alabama state line where it becomes the Chief Ladiga Trail and continues to Aniston, AL.



Cold Weather Riding:


The temperatures Saturday, December 6th, should cover a 25 degree spread With temperatures in the low thirties at the start of the ride to the mid fifties at the warmest.


This is no reason why we cannot  still enjoy our 50 mile ride.  Just one extra layer maybe two will be all you need. Once you get moving, you will stay warm. We just need to provide enough calories to keep going. On the bright side, there will probably not be much traffic on the Silver Comet until we are drawing near the end of our ride in the afternoon.


We will start cold but be fine after five miles. It is really a mental thing. We are capable of enduring a lot more than we realize. The concept here is to cover the distance comfortably and efficiently. I strongly believe that we can do so if we instruct the boys correctly. Once we get going we will be unzipping and venting to shed excess heat.


Since we have a SAG vehicle, the boys can strip off extra layers as necessary when we rendezvous with the chase van. Make sure your name is in all clothing to avoid confusion at the end when recovering excess clothing from the chase vehicle. I will be bringing a stuff sack to place what I shed inside. That way it will be easy to recover and hopefully the van will not look like an explosion in a clothing factory.   The most common problem is actually overdressing for the cold, as the exercise creates heat and you can get sweaty quickly.  Once you sweat and get your clothing damp, the constant wind chill of riding will make it hard to stay warm. Remember, sweating is a bad thing. One of the most important things is to keep the stops relatively short as you tend to cool rapidly when standing around and damp and you really feel the cold when you start riding again. So staying together to minimize stop times will be important, otherwise we will be spread out over miles by the end of the ride or the front runners will be frozen solid.

Everyone should have full finger gloves and hats that cover their ears and fit under their helmets.  A good pair of wool socks is a good idea too.  It is always the extremities that get coldest.  NOTE:  Try on your helmet with the hat you intend to wear before you show up for the ride Saturday. Helmets will still be required to ride.


For layers, following suggestions:


Short-sleeved base layer t-shirt or Under Armor


Long-sleeved t-shirt


Long-sleeved hoodie


Jeans will be fine to keep the legs warm. If you wear long-johns, you will probably be too hot by midday. (possibly Velcro strips to cinch the pants legs and eliminate the wind blowing up the legs).


A light wind-breaker type jacket to cut the wind




Hat or headband that covers the ears


Thick socks


Heavy winter jackets should be discouraged in favor of a couple of lighter jackets.


Thanks to Michael French and Douglas Clark for their expert advice on this subject and all other aspects of our riding fun.




The follow documents are available in pdf format for download:


Cycling Merit Badge Requirements and Bicycle Inspection Sheet

Cycling Merit Badge Riding Schedule (revised 11/20/2008)

Cycling Merit Badge Journal (blank page)
Cycling Merit Badge Route Planning directions

Trail Etiquette

CMB Ride 1 10 mile

CMB Ride 2 10 mile

CMB Ride 3 15 mile

CMB Ride 4 15 mile

CMB Ride 5 25 mile

CMB Ride 6 (make up)

CMB Ride 7 25 mile

CMB Ride 8 (make up)

CMB Ride 9 50 mile




Silver Comet Access Map. This map shows where chase vehicles can meet riders.

Silver Comet Satellite Map compiled from Google Earth


Requirement Austin D Andrew W Ryan C Christian F Peter L Perry M  
1. Show first aid      
2. Clean & adjust    
3. Show your bicycle to counselor for inspection  
3a. Show all oiling points    
3b. Show regular check points    
3c. Show brake, seat and steering adjustment    
4. Describe how to brake safely        
5. Show how to repair a flat      
6. Take a road test & demonstrate following        
6a. Proper mount, pedal, brake & emergency brake    
6b. Properly left turn from street center and alternate for heavy traffic      
6c. Properly execute a right turn      
6d. Demonstrate at RT only lane when your are continuing straight      
6e. Show proper curbside & road edge riding. Show how to ride safely along a row of parked cars      
6f. Cross railroad tracks properly    
7. Describe state traffic laws for bicycles. Compare w/motor vehicle laws. Know the bicycle safety guidelines      
8. 10 mile ride  
    10 mile ride  
    15 mile ride  
    15 mile ride  
    25 mile ride  
    25 mile ride  
Plan a 50 mile ride per instructions given  
    50 mile ride (must be done in < 8 hours)    
Complete Log Sheets for each ride      
Merit Badge Completion      


Extra Credit }:^)





Silver Comet Trail

Path Foundation


Atlanta-Dekalb Trails


Arabia Mountain Trail


Trail Etiquette


Local Bicycle Shops






Performance Bicycle This is the one that Mr. Doug likes.



Cold Weather Gear








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