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Action 100 Bike Ride 25 Aug

From Bath or Bristol to London. The 100 refers to the mileage but there are refreshment stops every 15 miles and the St John Ambulance is at hand. Sponsorship money goes to medical research.

Starts at Temple Meads Station, Bristol or The Guildhall, Bath, between 6.30am and 8am, then both routes join up to follow A4 to Maidenhead and A308 to Kempton Park racecourse. Registration costs pounds 15, plus pounds 2.50 return transport. Info: 01793 615159

British Heart Foundation 25 Aug

Glasgow to Loch Lomond, 21 miles. Start at Bell Bridge between 11am and 1pm (0131 2263705). Circular route through Borders country with a choice of 45 or 22 miles; start at Beeslack Community High School, Penicuik, Midlothian, 10am (01968 673729) pounds 10

World Track Cycling Championships 28 Aug-1 Sept

Velodrome, National Cycling Centre, Stuart St, Manchester M11 4DQ. Info: 0161- 230 2307. pounds 8 per day, pounds 4 children.

London to Windsor Ride 1 Sept

In aid of HIV charities London Lighthouse and The Landmark. 36 miles, starting at Windsor Green. Details: PO Box 75, Bath BA1 5BX (01225 480130). Entrance pounds 7.95

London Cycling Campaign Activist group that offers legal advice and Bikemate guidance for L-cyclists. Its discounts in bike shops can easily pay for the annual sub: pounds 10 (pounds 5 unwaged). 228 Great Guildford Business Square, 30 Great Guildford St, London SE1 (0171-928 7220)

The Missing Link 5 Oct

London Cycling Campaign conference on cycling's part in the capital's transport system.

Cyclists' Touring Club Stands up for recreational pedalling and acts as a chain-guard for cyclists' interests. 69 Meadrow, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1EY (01483 417217)

Folding Society For users of collapsible bikes. Publishes The Folder. 19 West Park, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7DB (01963 351649). M'ship pounds 6

Sustrans Promotes sustainable transport in the shape of a 2,500-mile cycle network, a motorway system for bicyclists, planned to be up and pedalling by the millennium. Routes use quiet byways or specially built paths on old railway lines. Latest to be fully opened goes north-south through Wales, crossing Snowdonia National Park and three major bridges. 35 King Street, Bristol BS1 4DZ (0117 9290888) M'ship from pounds 15

Mark Hall Cycle Museum Penny-farthings, the 1865 Hedges Boneshaker and the Ariel Quintuplet or 5-seat tandem.

Muskham Rd, Harlow, Essex (01279 439680) Sun-Thur, 10am-5pm. pounds 1.50/75p children

British Cycling Museum Almost two centuries of bikeana: machines with two, three and four wheels, plus a pumps, puncture repair outfits and lamps powered by gas, oil and candle. The Old Station, Camelford, Cornwall (01840 212811) Sun-Thur, 10am-5pm. pounds 2/pounds 1.50 children

FutureCycles Sells recumbent bikes and trikes on which the rider leans back to pedal. Also hires out recumbents for B&B holidays in Ashdown Forest, Sussex, birthplace of Winnie-the-Pooh. Friends Yd, London Rd, Forest Row, East Sussex (01342 822847)

London Recumbents Suppliers of a variety of intriguing machines, including the ultimate in velocipedes, a recumbent tandem. Also, trailers towed behind bikes. Herne Hill Stadium, Burbage Road London SE24 (0171-635 9761 for appointments)

Seat of the Pants Company Manufacturers of the Windcheetah, a hi-tech recumbent trike with two wheels at the front, designed by Mike Burrows (who also came up with Chris Boardman's Olympic-winning racer). PO Box 5, Sale, Cheshire M33 4AP (0161-9765662)

Companion Cycles Provide partnered cycling for those unable to ride a conventional model. A wheel-chair tandem and a side-by-side trike can be used on a traffic- free part of Bushy Park near Hampton Court; organisers would like to see the scheme expanding to all parks. Small charge for membership and hire. C/O CVS, 51 Sheen Road, Richmond TW9 (0181-948 5000)

Bike Culture Quarterly The thinking cyclist's magazine which looks at bike art, derailleur doctors, the Ohio Legbreaker, the legendary Swiss Twike and the pedalling paradise of Copenhagen in Denmark. Open Road, PO Box 141, Stockport SK2 7YG (0161-483 7657)

pounds 5 plus 75p postage per copy

Cycling World Features pleasantly amateurish articles by Pedalling Pensioners on what they did on their cycling holidays, plus readers' tips, such as taking emergency oil supplies in used toothpaste tubes. Andrew House, 2a Granville Road, Sidcup, Kent DA14 4BN. pounds 1.50 per copy.

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