October 19th, 2016

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

Watch the TBN website for details of our three cross-country ski trips -- the ever popular Wanakita from January 13-15 and then Arrowhead and Wolf Den in February. Embrace the Canadian winter with enjoyable long weekends in comfortable accommodations away from the hustle & bustle of the big city.


Contact Janet 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

Want to walk, skate, hike?

TBN's fall program has started with the first of the city walks, and the hiking program won't be far behind, even as our biking programs continue while the weather cooperates. And before too long we'll be ready for skating evenings and weekend ski trips, proof that you can enjoy TBN activities right around the year. Check TBN's TBNs calendar of events for details

It's just about time for a party

You've got just over a week to take advantage of the early bird pricing for TBN's Annual General Meeting and Dinner Dance,which takes place at the ever popular Whistlers on Broadview Avenue on November 5. Come on out to meet your TBN pals, vote for the new board, recognize the hard-working volunteers and see who won volunteer of the year. You can expect a tasty dinner followed some great tunes to dance to. Judging from prior years, TBN'ers can certainly dance up a storm! Register now. Early bird pricing ends on October 27. The deadline to buy your tickets is November 3. 

What about Watts Up?

Watch the education page of the TBN website for details of our next session with Watts Up on November 27. Watts Up offers a special power-based indoor cycling program, which is invaluable for cyclists. If you value the fitness you gained over the cycling season and want to be sure not to lose conditioning during the winter, you won't want to miss this opportunity.

Do you like social events and opportunities?

TBN is already known as the most social cycling club in the GTA, and we're looking for someone to help making it even more social. TBN is seeking a co-director for social events as we try to up the ante and offer more events for your enjoyment. If you like making new friends on rides, hiking, walking or skating and enjoy organizing social events, then please contact Ian at president@tbn.ca

Stay safe, be seen

The days are getting shorter fast, and that means darkness at the start of the day as well as at the end. That makes it all the more important to see and to be seen when you're on your bike. Invest in some bright lights and make sure the batteries are new, or you recharge your rechargeable lights frequently. It's all too easy to start a ride with what seems to be a good strong light, only to have it fade quickly as you ride because the charge is low. Wear bright, high-vis clothing too -- there are plenty of reflective vests and jerseys which make you and your bike that much more visible in dark or gloomy weather. Check the TBN partner page for some retailers and services that will save you money while you stay safe when riding in the dark.

Quick Release online

The Fall/Winter edition of Quick Release is now available online -- there is no printed and mailed-out copy. The TBN website has undergone considerable improvements in recent years and is now your primary source for ride and event schedules and all things TBN. 

Starting in 2017, Quick Release will become an annual publication to be issued in March, with more of a focus on features and stories, and a preview of the upcoming season. Ride schedules will no longer be printed in Quick Release. TBN is currently seeking an editor for 2017, so if you wish to produce and edit what should become an annual keepsake, please contact publicity@tbn.ca


Ride with GPS

Most TBN rides are available on Ride with GPS as well as with paper maps and cue sheets. But you can also enjoy benefits of RWGPS premium membership without paying for a premium account? Just click on this link, and follow the instructions. If you already have a RWGPS account, you're good to go. If not, it takes only a minute or two to set up a free account.

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

  1. One-click loading of the route to your Garmin device.
  2. You can 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. And you can RSVP to rides.

You must be an active TBN member to get access to the free upgrade. If you have questions, please contact Joey at tourist@tbn.ca

TBN on the Go

Re-introducing TBN's mobile app. This new app displays all upcoming rides and events and allow you to check the most current details in advance of the event or while on route. If you have any comments or suggestions about the app, please contact TBN's Technical Director Sandra.wong@tbn.ca.

Tell your friends

TBN's home page now features a short video about the club with comments from club members, including people you might know. Have a look and then forward to friends, especially non-members who can then get a flavour for the club.

Check before you ride

Remember to re-visit the TBN website before you head out in case your activity is cancelled or changed at short notice. Coordinators will always put safety first and cancel a ride if weather conditions pose a danger. Schedules and start locations can also change so don't rely on the Quick Release newsletter, which may be out of date.

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.

Bring a friend; non members pay $5.

And finally,  click the TTC link below to learn about weekend closures; you don't want to be late to a TBN event.

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

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