January 21, 2015

Chain of Events

Bi-weekly e-newsletter of the latest events, news and activities

Overnight trips

Our ski trips are sold out, but watch this space for details of overnight biking adventures.

February 6 – 8:

The Tulip Inn, Arrowhead Provincial Park



February 20 – 22:

Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat near Algonquin Park is


Contact wolfden@tbn.ca to get on the waiting list. 


A few spring cycling trips are already in the works. We'll share the details soon.

Contact Jean at weekendtrips@tbn.ca if you have any suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.

20 years of cycle touring
TBN member Paul Stockton took his first cycling trip along the California coast in 1995 and he's been touring ever since, with trips across North America and through Europe,
New Zealand and India -- he has over twenty years of adventures and photos to share with you.

Please join us on Thursday January 29 for a night of learning, stories and ideas about bicycle touring. You can grab a drink and a bite before the talk begins, and join your TBN friends for a drink after the event. Click here for more details, and to register for the talk, which takes place at the Pauper’s Pub, at 539 Bloor Street West. Paul's talk starts at 7pm, or come at 6:15pm for food or drinks.
Please note you must register for this event.

Tweaking tourists
Tourist riders are invited to stay on after Paul's talk to discuss the preliminary schedule for the Sunday Tourist ride. This is your chance to ask questions about planned rides and routes for the 2015 season and make your own suggestions. A preliminary schedule will be posted on the Tourist page of the website a couple of days before the talk.

So remember, the discussions will be at the Pauper's pub, 539 Bloor Street West.

Quick Release
We're delighted to announce a new editor for Quick Release, TBN's thrice-yearly newsletter of events, news and comments. Alex Djukic is now working feverishly on the Spring issue, with a big assist from out-going editor Sharon Chadwick. Please contact Alex at newsletter@tbn.ca if you have stories to submit, preferably ones with pictures or other illustrations.

Don't forget that all the event information in Quick Release is also on the website. If you click this link, you will see all the ski trips planned for the season, and later in the year the ride schedule will be available online. You can also look at www.tbn.ca/events to navigate between months and view events either as a calendar or as a list. The website has always been more current than Quick Release, so there's no reason to miss out on any TBN activity.

Ski Ski Ski...and Snowshoe too 
There's much more snow up north than in the city, so you've still got time to sign up for the weekend's bus to ski country. Check the website for details on this weekend's adventure, and on all upcoming ski trips. Let someone else do the driving -- all you have to do is ski or snowshoe. 

Registrations have closed for our three winter ski weekends, but you can still join the waiting list for the three trips. See the sidebar for details.

Bike bling
TBN will once again have a booth at the Toronto International Bicycle Show March 6-8, Toronto's premier event to showcase new bikes and new gear, and an opportunity to stock up on all those things you sort of want. We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to greet visitors for a three-hour shift, which will include free admission to the show. Please contact publicity@tbn.ca for more information.

More jersey options coming soon

TBN jersey sales will resume in the next week or two, and we are adding some sleeveless, vests and long sleeve jerseys. Check the home page of the website every so often for news of the sale.

Winter activities
Stop hiding, and come out and embrace the winter with TBN's weekly Friday evening skating program. We're skating on public rinks, so there's no fee for non-members. Come out and enjoy yourself.

And you can also sign up for a couple more sessions with TBN's long-standing spin guru Kimchan Ramrattan at the Adelaide Club downtown. Sadly, Kimchan is stepping down this year. Check the website for spinning details. 

Other events
Don't forget to check the TBN Forum and the TBN Facebook page for unofficial events that members organize from time to time. Remember to post unofficial events on the forum as well as Facebook to announce your events. Less than half of TBN members have a Facebook account, so organizers will reach more people if they use the forum, which can be found on the menu bar at the top of the website, or on the bottom of the home page.

LAST REMINDER - Please confirm your status
Please take two minutes to ensure that your information is up to date on the TBN website.
  1. Log into your TBN account at the top right hand side of the www.tbn.ca home page.
  2. Click "view profile".
  3. On the second row, if your Membership status shows Active, then you are good to go.
  4. If your status shows Pending renewal, then you will need to pay your discounted membership renewal fee.
  5. If your status shows lapsed, then you are no longer a current TBN member, and so do not qualify for all those great membership benefits. You will have to pay full rate upon rejoining the club. If you believe you are in fact a member, then please contact membership@tbn.ca to straighten out your account.
Please also confirm that your email address is correct, as this is how TBN communicates with you. An invalid email address means that you do not receive emails from TBN, and then we have no way of reaching you, other than a phone call to straighten out your profile. Just imagine how time consuming that can be for our volunteers.

If you wish to use a new email address, simply adjust this in your profile, and do not create a second TBN account. Unfortunately, some members have done this, which has added undue extra time for our hard working volunteers to sort out the accounts.

If you are having any problems with your account, please contact webadmin@tbn.ca, and a volunteer will be happy to help you out.

Retail therapy?

Check out the GTA retailers and services that offer discounts to TBN members. Save money on bikes and accessories, as well as services such as tours, training sessions or a subscription to Pedal Magazine.

Get involved

TBN volunteers run all of our activities, including ski trips, skating, Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO and much more. Without volunteer support from members like you, we would be unable to run these programs, book the venues, pay the bills, send out newsletters, process memberships, get prize donations, flip the burgers, and much more. There are many small, short-term tasks that can use a set of hands so please contact president@tbn.ca to learn more.

Stay warm, and remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up.

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