Experience the thrill of the ride! - make certain your cycling skills are top-knotch as you plan your next cycling adventure.
To earn your badge, complete the first two requirements:
Use a bicycle that is properly equipped.
Keep it in good working order for at least six months.
Show that you can carry out essential maintenance and repairs, including:
- checking and adjusting the brakes
- checking and adjusting the gear change
- adjusting the seat and handlebars to a correct height
- removing a wheel and locating and repairing at puncture
- checking and adjusting your cycle helmet
- maintaining a set of lights
Then choose one of the following options:
You can automatically complete this option if you gain Bikeability Level 2 or 3.
Otherwise, here’s what you need to do for this option.
- Explain what extra precautions you should take when cycling in the dark or in wet weather.
Show you understand why motor vehicles take longer to stop in the wet.
- Learn the basics of first aid and what to do if an accident happens.
- Develop a working knowledge of map reading.
Orientate a map using a compass or conspicuous features. Estimate distances and times taken to travel.
- Plan and carry out an all-day cycle ride of at least 40 kilometres (25 miles).
- Complete one of these:
- Show you can control a cycle along a slalom course.
- Show you understand the Highway Code, including road signs and helmet use.
- Show you understand the Mountain Bike Code of Conduct.
- Show you can control your cycle over different types of terrain.
- Show you’re aware of the damage that may be caused to the environment through careless cycling across the countryside.
- Learn the basics of first aid, including the treatment of hypothermia and find out what to do in the case of an accident.
- Gain a working knowledge of map reading. Orientate a map using a compass or conspicuous features. Estimate distances and times taken to travel.
- Plan and carry out an all-day ride of at least 30 kilometres (20 miles).
You can complete this option if you reach one of these standards:
- The Gold Trix Award of the British Schools Cycling Association
- Level 3 Go-MTB Award from Cycling Scotland, Sustrans, CTC or Scottish Cycling MBLA.
Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.