July 15, 2015

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

Check the website for the most up-to-date information on all TBN overnight trips. Our trips are extremely popular and many sell out quickly. Here is a recent quote from a very happy TBN member on a recent trip:  "Paul and Brenda's weekend trips are the best. I think I've gone to at least one of their camping/cycling weekend trips every year in the past 10 years. Not a single one of these trips stand out above the rest because they all rated 10 out of 10."


Cyclon July 31 - Aug. 3

This premier long weekend event in August includes rides from last year, plus some new destinations, and plenty of social activities.   Check the website to register. 


September 4 - 7

Discovering Pelee

Registration is now open for this Labour Day cycling and camping trip in Ontario's southernmost point, known for its birds, wine and agriculture. Book your spot soon because these popular camping trips always sell out.


October 9-12

Thanksgiving Weekend in Prince Edward County

Registration is now open for this long weekend trip cycling  trip in delightful Prince Edward County. Book soon because there are only a few spots remaining. Early bird pricing in effect until July 30.


Save the dates:

Sep. 11-13 Wolf Den 

Check the Overnight Trips page of the website soon for details about this and other trips currently being finalized.


Thanksgiving Weekend in Prince Edward County

Check the Overnight Trips page of the website on July 6 for details and to register.


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.

Summer Picnic: Beef or Veggie?

Sign up now for TBN's summer picnic at TooGood Pond in Unionville on August 9, with rides of varying length to get there. It's a free picnic, but we do ask you to register ahead of time so we can determine how many burgers and veggie burgers to order.

Cyclon in Ottawa in two weeks

TBN's premier event is just two weeks away. The cycling and attractions in the Ottawa/Gatineau region are spectacular and diverse and so we encourage you to register for one of the few remaining spots available. Accommodations, meals, rides, activities, games, prizes and so much more await you!


Our annual ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls, with return by GO Train, is still being planned. For now, hold August 15 for Tourists and August 22 for Easy Rollers. We decided to split the ride this year due to limited space on the Bike Trains leaving from Niagara Falls. Check the Day Trips page of the website in the next week or so for details and to register. 

Who was that mystery TBN'er?

We had a fun little contest in the last issue. Unfortunately, due to technical issues, not everyone was able to see the photo of a TBN member's arm. Erica identified Tony Lau in the photo and so both received a $25 gift certificate from MEC.

Update on Sunday Advanced Tourist rides

Until further notice, 830am rides are discontinued for the remainder of the season. Some of the longer rides featured at this time will become part of the ongoing 10am Sunday Tourist program.

Check out Charlies

Toronto bicycle group Charlie's Freewheels is looking for volunteers to help lead rides, oversee bicycle maintenance sessions and otherwise offer support to the young people visiting their Queen Street workshop. Charlie's is a Toronto non-profit organization that TBN has helped in the past. They teach underprivileged kids in the Regent Park area to build up a bike, which belongs to them when it's completed. It's a chance to mentor young people, and to contribute directly to Toronto's bicycle community. As a volunteer you get access to the shop and its tools, plus a discount on new parts after you've completed 30 hours of volunteering. Contact info@charliesfreewheels.ca if you can help.

Summer Quick Release Now Online

Check the website for the summer issue of Quick Release, our thrice yearly wrap-up of all things TBN. A downloadable version is here, and on the home page of the TBN website. For those that opted in, a printed copy should be in your hands by now.

TBN partners discounts

The number of groups partnering with TBN is growing all the time, so check out the retailers and services section of the web site for all the member discounts.

You can help expand the list of TBN partners by visiting your favourite shop and encouraging them to join the program by contacting publicity@tbn.ca.

Remember to revisit the site before you head out, in case your adventure is cancelled on short notice. Ride coordinators will always put safety first and cancel a ride if weather conditions pose a danger.

You can also check the ride schedule on your smartphone at www.tbn.ca/mobile.

You do not have to sign up for rides. Just show up at the start point and show your membership card to the ride leader.

TBN Cycling Jersey Sales Temporarily Suspended

Sorry to report that you are unable to order jerseys at this time. We require a minimum order of 10 garments of any style and size for a production run. We will re-open sales at the AGM in November, at which time we will provide a "fit-kit" for those that wish to order jerseys in time for the 2016 season. 

Vulnerable users

The tragic rash of cycling deaths and non-fatal collisions with cars highlights the need for Ontario to introduce a Vulnerable Road User law, that holds reckless and negligent motorists responsible for their actions. A law like this puts an extra legal burden on motorists who kill or injure cyclists or pedestrians -- they need to prove that they were driving responsibly. And it forces convicted motorists to attend court, rather than just sending a lawyer, so they learn about the damages they've caused, and face surviving victims. Click here to sign the petition urging Ontario to bring in this type of Vulnerable Road Users law.

Get involved

TBN volunteers run all of our activities, including ski trips, skating, Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO and much more. Many small tasks can use an extra set of hands so contact president@tbn.ca to learn more.

We always need ride leaders and sweeps to make the ride programs 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." Or, email touring@tbn.ca.

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

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