For some cycling recognitions, Scouts must record the time or distance spent riding. A basic log sheet will help you complete this. If you really become interested in cycling, you might consider getting a simple bike computer like this one to aid you in figuring out this data. These devices record the time spent riding, mileage, average speed, and more.
So if you are working on any of the following achievements, start logging!
For the Cycling merit badge:
- 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, routes traveled, and interesting things seen (Requirement 8 )
- 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 eight hours. (Requirement 9)
- Take at least eight separate cycling tours 20 miles in length or eight separate mountain biking treks 10 miles in length. (Requirement 7a)
- Keep a personal journal of your eight trips, noting routes covered, weather conditions, sketches, maps, and sights seen. Also note significant things along the trails such as trail markers, downhills, climbs, rocks, drops, log hops, and portages. (Requirement 7b)
- In addition to the tours and treks in 7, plan and do a two-day cycling tour 50 miles in length or mountain bike trek 40 miles in length. Your trip plan should include routes, food, proper clothing, and safety considerations. Record in your journal. (Requirement 8 )
For the Ranger elective in particular you will need to keep a journal with additional information, but a simple log can help you organize that information and serve as a table of contents.
Download a printable Bicycle Riding Log