February 25, 2015

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

We've got a raft of exciting cycling adventures for you this year. Some are listed below, but more are coming. Check the website for the most up-to-date information. (Please note correct date for our Niagara Bike and Hike adventure)


May 16 - 25 

Kentucky Cycling

Our motel-to-motel trip to Lexington, Kentucky, is sold out.

Be the first in line for a cancellation (gender-specific) by emailing leaders Dinsmore and Marie: dinsmore99@gmail.com


May 29 - 31

Niagara Bike and Hike

Registration will open soon for a new Niagara Region Bike and Hike trip, including the Welland Canal trail, optional wine tours, a hike along the Bruce Trail and perhaps a Friday afternoon ride. Accommodation will be in two-person suites at the Niagara College residence near Niagara on the Lake. Price will be approximately $145 per person, including 2 nights' accommodation, 2 breakfasts, route research and maps.


June 13 - 14


Registration for our popular overnight ride will open on Friday April 17th. Ride from High Park to Niagara Falls and back (168km each way), or get a head start from Stoney Creek (90km each way). Overnight is in a comfortable Niagara Falls motel. 


June 18 - 21

Prince Edward County

Cycle the quiet roads of Prince Edward County before the crowds arrive at this popular summer destination.  This extended weekend trip, Thursday to Sunday, is based in Wellington at a charming lakeside motel with many amenities. Fee for members: $240 per person. 

Registration will open soon


July 3 - 10

Cape Breton Island

Save the date for this exciting new summer trip around Cape Breton Island, taking in the famous, scenic Cabot Trail, the Margaree Valley, and the Bras D’or Lakes. We're planning six days of cycling averaging about 70k a day. This challenging trip will include a sag wagon to carry your luggage and, if necessary, you. More details coming soon.


September 12 - 14

Simcoe Circle

This fall trip, organized by Cycle Canada exclusively for TBN, circles Lake Simcoe in three days, averaging about 100k a day. This trip needs at least 8 TBN registrants by June 15 to go ahead, so please register now for the early-bird price of $395.50 (later price $446.35). The price includes two nights' accommodation, breakfasts, two guides, sag wagon, and maps.


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.

Special edition
Here is a special edition of Chain of Events for your reading pleasure this week.

Our last COE included the wrong date for the May Bike and Hike adventure to the Niagara Region. The trip is in fact May 29-31and you can learn more on the sidebar or by visiting the website

The other reason for this email is to proudly announce that readers of Get Out There Magazine voted TBN the best bike club in Eastern Canada!
Thank you for your votes, and for making our club the largest and most popular club in just about the entire country. You can see all the winners on the Get Out There Magazine website.

Wounds and warriors - Feb 25
Don't miss this week's special education session, Wounded Warrior II. The February 25 session will focus on the injuries experienced by cyclists of all levels and emphasize cross-training to prevent injury, and give you specific exercises to build a solid fitness foundation. Wear clothing that allows you to move.

Click here for more details of the session. Refreshments will be served. Advanced registration is required.

Rules of the road - March 11

If you're interested in bicycle safety and want to discuss the challenges facing cyclists in Toronto, you'll want to join us for a rare chance to speak with police officer Arshad Khawaja, who oversees all aspects of bicycle training and safety for the Toronto Police Services Bicycle Division. Officer Khawaja will share highlights of the Toronto Police Services bicycle training program, and discuss topics including rules of the road, safe riding, and what to do if something goes wrong. This is your opportunity to hear from the voice of authority.

The session starts at 6pm on Wednesday, March 11, at the Toronto Police facility at 40 Toryork Drive (near Finch and Weston Road)

Please register on the TBN web site.

More jersey options 

In just one year, the blue-green TBN jersey has carved out a niche on the roads and bike lanes, and now you have a chance to get more of that good thing. Check out the website for a big range of new options, including wind vests, jackets, sleeveless and long sleeved jerseys. There's even a thermo shield winter jacket for colder days. Order your new jacket or jersey here.


TBN in your pocket
It's time to bookmark the new mobile edition of TBN's website, www.tbn.ca/mobile, which provides convenient access to upcoming TBN events. You never need to worry about missing a ride again.

Ski Ski Ski (spin, skate, snowshoe) 
Check the website for details on all upcoming ski trips. Let someone else do the driving -- all you have to do is ski or snowshoe. 

And if that's not your cup of cocoa, don't forget our other wintertime activities: there are now additional Spinning sessions at the Adelaide Club in downtown Toronto, and this cold spell means that there are many more Friday nights of ice skating at parks and rinks around the GTA. There are also some unofficial city walks happening around town, check the TBN Forum for notices.

Toronto International Bicycle Show

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 gear, and an opportunity to stock up on all those things you really don't need, but have to have. TBN will have a booth at the show, so stop by and say hello. A special thanks to TBN partner Pedal Magazine for running our ad in the official program.

The bike ride countdown begins

We're just a month from the first scheduled TBN rides of 2015. The Wednesday Wheelie riders kick things off on March 25 at 10am, and the Sunday Tourist rides will start just days after that, weather permitting. Check the cycling section of the website for details of all ride programs as they are added.

And as the season nears, we're putting out our regular plea for ride leaders and sweeps to make the program work. If you can help, please access your profile on the TBN website and check the box "Ride leader/sweep" in the section "Do you wish to volunteer." It's your club, we need your help.

Spring 2015 Quick Release  
The new editor is putting the finishes touches on the first Quick Release of the year. The thrice-yearly magazine will be posted on the website any day now, and, for those who opted in, it will be in your mail box first week of March. We are grateful to incoming editor - and relatively new member - Alexandra Djukic, and a special thanks to outgoing editor Sharon Chadwick who guided Alex through her first issue.   

This week's fun bicycling fact
Amsterdam has officially run out of places to park bicycles, and plans to build a "sub-aquatic bike catacomb" with space for 7,000-space bicycles and direct tunnel access to the city's extensive subway system. Something for Toronto to think about?

(See Citylab website for details.)

Get discounts at TBN partners

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. We are currently in the process of renewing businesses for 2015. You can help by visiting your favourite shop and encouraging them join the program by contacting publicity@tbn.ca.

Get involved

TBN volunteers run all of our activities, including ski trips, skating, Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO 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.

Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up.

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