August 26, 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. Three more great Summer/Fall weekend trips await you.


September 4 - 7 (THIS WEEKEND)

Discovering Pelee

Register for this Labour Day cycling and camping trip in Ontario's southernmost point, known for its birds, wine and agriculture. Book your spot soon for only $40 for three nights of camping; these popular camping trips always sell out.


Sep. 11-13 Wolf Den 

A great weekend to cycle, hike or canoe near Alqonquin Park. This is a popular TBN winter destination, now available late summer. Sign up here.


October 9-12

Thanksgiving Weekend in Prince Edward County

Registration is open for this long weekend trip cycling  trip in delightful Prince Edward County. Book soon because there are only a few spots remaining.


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

What a great Summer for TBN'ers!

Just a few shots of some great events in the last few weeks, including Cyclon, Toogood pond picnic and rides to Niagara Falls. Many more pics to see on the TBN photo page and on Facebook

Lots more to come still, see sidebar to the right and keep checking for all activities.

Ride with GPS for Club Members

We are thrilled to announce that TBN now has a Club account with Ride With GPS! That means that all TBN members can enjoy the full features that Ride With GPS (RWGPS) offers, without paying for an account. All you need to do is click on this link, and follow the instructions. If you already have an RWGPS  account, you're good to go. If you do not have an account, it takes about a minute to set-up a free account.

As long as the ride is listed in the TBN Club section, you will get the following benefits:

1) One-click loading of the route to your Garmin device.

2) Customize the layout and font-size of the cue sheet PDF to the way you like it.

3) Get turn-by-turn directions from the mobile app on your iPhone or select Android smartphones.

4) RSVP to rides

If you have any questions, please contact Joey at Remember, to get these benefits, click on this link.

Ride with Charlies

Charlies is a non profit organization that teaches youths to repair, build and ride bikes. TBN provides financial support, and some of our members have volunteered to help out at the shop and mentor some of the young people. This Saturday, August 29, there is youth ride to Darlington Provincial Park, leaving Charlies at 10am. If you wish to help out on this ride, please contact

Fall Quick Release Coming Soon

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.

We are now working on the Fall issue, so if you have any stories you believe might interest to your fellow club members, please submit to

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. KindHuman Bicycles on Avenue Road is the latest to join the club.

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

Safety Tip of The Week

Every Chain of Events will feature one safety tip: for this edition:

Lane Control: How to See, Be Seen, Be Predictable

The basic tenets of safe cycling start with: See, Be Seen, Be Predictable. Practicing lane control is part of that formula. 

All cyclists are allowed at least one-metre of space between them and the curb. Most lanes in Toronto are only 3.5 metres in width, so often this means a motor vehicle cannot pass a cyclist in the same lane, and still provide a safe margin for passing. With new legislation enacted in June, that safe margin is now considered at least one-metre of space, from the widest point on a bike, usually the handle bars, but it could also be from the left pannier. 

By taking the lane, and cycling in a straight line, the cyclists is being seen, and acting predictably. Consider doubling up on the road to further take the lane: safety in numbers. Communication with fellow cyclists is crucial when this is done, so always signal your intentions – and be predictable – before you proceed with a maneuver such as passing or stopping.

TBN Education Program - Cool Weather Cycling - Sept. 24

The Education program continues this Fall with a (heck, something we don't really want to talk about yet, but its inevitable) riding in cold weather. Learn how to dress appropriately from a long time TBN member who rides every day of the year.  Sign up here please.

Meet Canadian Cycling Legend Jocelyn Lovell - Sept. 26

Ride your bike from High Park to Jocelyn Lovell’s home in Port Credit. Jocelyn will speak from the heart: what inspired him to start cycling; what motivated him; how was he influenced by other cyclists; what Canadian cycling was like during the sixties and seventies, and more.

After an illustrious career including medals in numerous events and several Olympic appearances, Jocelyn’s career was cut short due to an accident with a dump truck in 1983.

Please note; this is a paid event; all proceeds will be donated to the Spinal Cord Society.

Check the Education page in the next few days for details.

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 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

In fact, TBN is now seeking a new Director of Overnight Trips effective November 2015, so please consider continuing the great tradition of past directors like Dave Mclean and Brenda Porter and soon-to-be-former director Jean O'Grady.

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.


Remember to re-visit the TBN website 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

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.

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

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