September 23, 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.


October 9-12

Thanksgiving Weekend in Prince Edward County

Sorry friends, yet another TBN overnight trip sold out.  Contact Brenda to get on the waiting list.


Three winter trips are currently being planned:

Jan. 15 -17: Wanakita

Feb. 19 - 21: Arrowhead

Feb. 26 - 28: Wolf Den

Details to come


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.

Fall is here and the activities keep a comin'!

All the rides continue through the end of September, and many beyond. Hiking and City Walks will commence later this Fall. Check for all activities, including our usual array of education, social and other events that keep TBN members active all year long.

TBN Education Program - Cool Weather Cycling - Sept. 24

This week, TBN's Education program resumes with a soon-to-be-timely talk about 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 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 and TBN will also match all donations.

This event was just about sold out by press time. check here for the last remaining spots. Sorry, no waiting list.

Join the TBN Board of Directors

Three board directors are stepping down thereby creating extremely rewarding opportunities for members to assume those roles. They are President, Co-Treasurer and Overnight Trips Director. Should you wish to be nominated for any of these roles, or wish to nominate an existing TBN member, then please contact Brief job descriptions are on the TBN website. Deadline to apply is September 30.

Join the AGM Dinner & Dance

Mark your calendar now for TBN's annual dinner, dance and AGM, November 7 at Whistler's Bar and Grill. The bar opens at 6, dinner follows at 7 and the annual meeting starts at 830. By 9, we'll start the dancing, so sign up for a fun evening and win some great prizes. Tickets are $37 for members who register by October 28 and $42 after that date.

And of course it's not just a party. It's your chance to have your say in how the club is run, and to elect a new board of directors. Click for more details or go straight to registration.

Fall Quick Release Coming Soon

Check the website soon for the Fall issue of Quick Release, our thrice yearly wrap-up of all things TBN. All current and many prior Quick Release issues are here. A printed version of the Fall issue will be mailed to those who opted in.

Safety Tip of The Week

Every Chain of Events will feature one safety tip: for this edition: RIDING IN THE RAIN

Rain often creeps up on TBN rides in Autumn. Be prepared to get off your bike and seek shelter until after a downpour is over. It's hard to "See," and "Be Seen" in the rain. Like night riding, bring lights with you, and turn them on once the lighting conditions worsen.

Other dangers to look for are puddles. Puddles usually hide potholes and debris that gets washed into it.  The road surface itself becomes slippery. Railway and streetcar tracks become even more treacherous. Painted lines, metal bridges and plates are sliding hazards.

Braking is affected negatively by the rain. Most braking systems, with the exception of disc brakes, face decreased effectiveness when wet. Rim brakes have reduced power in the rain. If your bike uses steel rims, then they are even slicker than alloy ones and much caution needs to be used. So leave more space between you and a fellow cyclist, at least two metres between your front tire and the rear tire of the cyclist ahead.

Finally, slow down. You have less control than in dry conditions. It also means you should not lean into a turn. Try to maintain as straight a line as possible in these conditions so that you are "predictable."

Updated TBN Constitution

This is a final reminder of an email issued to current members (excluding lapsed) on August 31 that the TBN constitution has been revised for the first time in many years. If you wish to study the changes in more detail, you can review both the existing version and the revised draft on the TBN website under About TBN/Constitution. You must be logged in under your member account to view the revised draft.

Please send any comments or concerns to before September 29, 2015, on which date the board is meeting to review member comments and amend as required. The new Constitution will be motioned for approval at the next AGM in November of 2015.

Ride with GPS for Club Members

Just another reminder 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.

TBN Day Ski/Snowshoe Program Suspended

After many years of declining attendance and running this program at a loss, the ski/snowshoe day program will be suspended for 2016. However, should someone wish to revive or re-invent the program, please contact with subject line "Ski Program".

Update on downtown bike lanes

Check here for the latest on the Richmond and Adelaide bike lanes...more good news for all cyclists!


Remember to re-visit the TBN website before you head out in case your activity 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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