October 21, 2015

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

The season is over for overnight bike trips but we've got trips coming up over the winter for you to look forward to. Check out these adventures, and keep a close eye on the website for the most up-to-date information on all TBN overnight trips.


Jan. 15 -17

Wanakita Ski Weekend

Spend two nights on beautiful Koshlong Lake near Haliburton. Package includes 5 meals and activities such as classic skiing on 25 km of onsite groomed trails, snowshoeing, ice-skating on the lake, toboganning, a night ski to a bonfire and lots more. Only $213 (member rate). Registration for members opens November 7; non members November 20.

Feb. 19 - 21

Arrowhead Ski & Snowshoe Extravaganza

The package includes two nights at the Tulip Inn near Huntstville, daily ski tickets and breakfasts. Enjoy various levels and lengths of ski, snowshoe and hiking trails and then warm up by the fireplace with complimentary mulled apple cider. A welcome social on Friday night with snacks and refreshments is followed by a potlock dinner on Saturday. All this for only $180. Registration opens November 11 for members, two weeks later for non-members.

Feb. 26 - 28: Wolf Den

Details are still being ironed out, save the date for now


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. We are also seeking a new Overnight Trips Director, please contact us to learn more.

It's party time: counting down to the AGM Dinner & Dance

You've still got time to catch the early bird pricing for TBN's annual dinner, dance and annual meeting, which takes place at Whistler's Bar and Grill on November 7. The bar opens at 6, dinner follows at 7 and the annual meeting starts at 830. By 9, we'll start the dancing, so register now up for a fun evening and the chance to win some really great prizes. Tickets are $37 for members who register by October 28 and $42 after that date. 

The meeting is also your chance to have your say in how the club is run, and to elect a new board of directors. Click here for more details.

For those who missed out on a TBN Cycling jersey, we'll have the fit-kit with us so that you can check your size and get your order in well before the 2016 season begins.

Get out there and enjoy the Fall colours

We have rides and City Walks for your enjoyment this month, and the fall hiking program begins in November. Check tbn.ca for all activities, including our usual array of education, social and other events that keep TBN members active all year long.

Join the TBN Board of Directors

The  Overnight Trips Director position is still open. The director is not required to lead trips, but rather to work with a committee and present an overall plan and seek out leaders.  Contact weekendtrips@tbn.ca to learn more about this very rewarding volunteer role. Brief job descriptions of all board positions are on the TBN website.

Fall Quick Release

The Fall/Winter edition of Quick Release is now available on the TBN web site, so check out the newsletter for great pictures, reviews of events gone by, and a teaser of all the things to look forward to. You can also see all current and many prior Quick Release issues here. A printed version of the Fall issue has already been mailed out to those who opted in to receive the print copy.

Safety Tip of The Week



Far too many of us have already fallen victim to Toronto's vicious streetcar tracks, which are tricky at the best of times, and particularly dangerous when it's wet out there.

Cross the tracks with your wheel at a right angle (90 degrees) to the tracks (this also applies to ramps, curbs, potholes or cracks in the pavement, including those tar-lines in the road that become sticky in the heat.)

If you know you are about to cross the tracks, plan your route by taking the lane early. Slow down, stop pedalling and put your cranks (pedals) in a position horizontal to the ground. Now get slightly off your seat and flex your arms and legs to absorb the shock, keeping both hands on the handlebars -- do not signal when you are crossing the tracks. In many cases you may have to turn into the tracks to get the right perpendicular angle to cross in safety.

Updated TBN Constitution

A reminder that member comments on the new, updated TBN constitution are available here, along with comments from your board. Members will vote on a motion to approve the new constitution at at the AGM on November 7.

Membership Committee

TBN is forming a membership committee to help grow the club. If you have some great ideas and would like to participate, please contact publicity@tbn.ca. Special call-out to our younger members under 30 to help grow this segment of the club; we'd love to hear your ideas!

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 tourist@tbn.ca. 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 info@tbn.ca with subject line "Ski Program".

Deals, deals, deals

As the cycling season winds down, there are special deals available at some of TBN's retail partners. Long-time partner Cyclepath Norco Yonge Eglington has a great selection of fall/winter cycling attire to keep you warm. Remember, TBN members get a 15 percent discount at Cyclepath -- simply show your membership card when you make your purchase.

Check out our other partners too for TBN member discounts and deals. There's something for everybody.


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 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.

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

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