January 11, 2017

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips


Wolf Den Ski and Snowshoe WAITLIST
Feb 24-Feb 26

Our weekend trip to the rustic Wolf Den Bunkhouse 'n Cabins near the entrance to Algonquin Park is full. But you can still go to the online signup page to put your name on the waiting list.


Feb 24-26

Sign up now for our ski and snowshoe extravaganza to Arrowhead Provincial Park, based at the Tulip Inn in Huntsville.   


Contact Jeannie 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

Happy New Gear Year

Whatever you ride, wherever you ride, whenever you ride, we're wishing you all the best for 2017. May the pavement be smooth, the hills manageable, and the wind always at your back.

Thoughts from the board

TBN President Ian Rankin says the board has been working hard to plan events for 2017, with more safety training courses set for early in the season, and more social events like pub nights planned for the winter months. TBN has renewed its relationship with Ride to Conquer Cancer, allowing RTCC riders to sample TBN events as they train for the ride. Watch the website for details of all our upcoming events, which will include a TBN presence at the Toronto Bike show on the first weekend in March. In the coming weeks we'll be looking for volunteers to staff the TBN booth, so that's something else to watch for.

Calling all history buffs

TBN turned 30 last year, and that anniversary got some of us thinking about the history of the club, and what we need to remember. That means developing a central archive of relevant and valuable information, to include names, documents and photographs, and it might include interviews with longer serving and former members to capture the wealth of information and anecdotes they likely have about the club. TBN Secretary Bob Scott is looking for a few volunteers to help him sift through the information and work on the archives. Please contact Bob at secretary@tbn.ca, or call him at 416-354-2621, if you think you can help.

Talking trails

TBN is setting up a sub-committee that will build on the actions we've already been taking to help develop bike trails in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario, and advocacy director Joey Schwartz is looking for your help. If you have experience lobbying, and an interest in the trail systems, please contact Joey at advocacy@tbn.ca to find out more. We will try to have a meeting in early February to plan objectives and delegate responsibilities.

Map your ride

Check the TBN website for details of our special February 7 workshop on how to map rides for TBN, with particular focus on RideWithGPS. You will learn how to use RideWithGPS to draw a route, and how to produce a PDF that can be used for paper maps, as well as tips on posting material to the TBN website. It's a session that should be of special interest to ride leaders, and people who would like to develop new routes for TBN rides. Space is limited, so sign up now.

Farewell Doug, thanks for everything

Doug Innes, TBN's volunteer of the year for 2015 and a long-time member of the club, passed away on December 26. We remember him for his map-making skills, his route research and his boundless enthusiasm for country rides, especially the Country Cruise and Wednesday Wheelie rides. He used then-new software to create digital maps, and then translated them into something that would work for a cyclist who might need to make mid-trip adjustments, as well as expressing all the information on a map into a turn-by-turn cue sheet. 

Doug virtually single handedly established TBN’s retailer (and service) discount program in 1999, and by 2001 there were 23 establishments offering discounts to TBN members. We will miss him. A more detailed profile, with more pictures, will be available soon on the special tribute page of the TBN website.

Check out Collingwood

Yes, there's snow on the ground, but it's never too early to check out the rides that TBN will be offering once the cycling season gets under way. As well as the regular weekend and midweek rides, Ron Wilson, coordinator for the popular Wednesday Wheelie rides wants to draw your attention to the group's adventure up to Collingwood in June. They are planning three days of midweek riding, plus social events in the afternoon and evening. Check the website for details -- you might want to book vacation days and accommodation to join the adventure. 

Valuable volunteers

TBN is run by its volunteers, and we appreciate each and every one of them, every time they do anything to help. But there are still other opportunities to help, and TBN is looking for someone who will help organize the volunteers, as well as people to share the jobs of social director (to help us ramp up our off-the-bike activities) and touring director (especially to help with the April 6 ride leaders' workshop). If you want to help, or have ideas for TBN, please contact Ian Rankin at president@tbn.ca

In addition, the Cyclon team is seeking help in organizing the 2017 Cyclon, which will take place in beautiful Kingston over the August long weekend. You can expect to attend a monthly Cyclon planning committee meeting, which normally lasts about two hours, plus an additional 2-3 hours a month of volunteer time as you help with the coordination needed to develop a fun and exciting Cyclon. Contact Andrea and RJ at cyclon@tbn.ca for more information. 

Quick Release Newsletter Editor - Deadline Jan. 31 

The Fall/Winter edition of Quick Release may be the final issue as there is currently no editor in place.

We encourage one or two TBN members to show us their creative chops and ensure Quick Release is published in 2017. The plan is for Quick Release to become an annual publication to be issued in March, with a focus on features and stories, and a preview of the upcoming season. Quick Release will no longer publish ride schedules, given that the information is all available on the TBN website, and the website is always much more up-to-date. Please contact publicity@tbn.ca to volunteer by January 31, or, sadly, Quick Release will no longer publish.

Deals and discounts

As always, we encourage you to check out TBN's partner stores and service providers for special deals and discounts on bicycle-related swag.

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

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