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Chain of Events
Sept 20, 2017

Are you ready to meet/dance/party

TBN's annual meeting is just over six weeks away, at the ever popular Whistlers Bar and Grill just north of Broadview subway station. Register now for the meeting, and the party that follows and get ready to meet your TBN friends and dance the night away. The event starts at 6pm on Saturday, November 4, with a choice of menus for vegetarians and meat-eaters. Register before October 26 for the early bird pricing - $35 for members and $45 for non-members.

Check the website for more details.



More trips coming

The board has listened to the feedback from this year's member survey, which included requests for more TBN trips. And we're responding. There will be more weekend and multi-day trips next season, and more variety. Watch this space for more details, or keep a close eye on the overnight trips section of the TBN website.

The extra trips will also offer more opportunities for TBN members to volunteer. Contact TBN president Ian Rankin if you might be able to help.

Thanksgiving in the County

Registration has closed for our Oct 6-Oct 9 Thanksgiving trip to Prince Edward County, but there were still two slots when Chain of Events went to press. Check the website to sign up (or join the waiting list). Or you can contact trip leader Terry Walsh for more details of this adventure, where you can enjoy quiet roads, fall colours and delicious food, wine and cider. We will be based at the waterfront Picton Harbour Inn, with daily rides of 60 or 80km and options that include a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.


Bruce Peninsula hiking ONE SPACE LEFT

There's one space left, for a male participant, for our Oct 13-15 hiking trip to the Fitz Hostel on the Bruce Peninsula. Check the website for details.




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. 


Those ravine riders rock

The Tuesday Ravine Rides are known as TBN's midweek social events, with short distances and a leisurely pace. But Ravine Riders can go the distance too, as proved by this month's special David Peebles Memorial ride, The Longest Day. It's a four-part ride, so riders have a choice of distance -- 25, 50, 75 or 100km. Ravine riders offer special thanks to ride leaders Dave Middleton, Fred Yagi, Dinsmore Roach and Mary Kennedy and to sweep Joey Schwartz. Three people, Joey Schwartz, Susan Bishop and Alice Chan, completed the entire distance.

And then there was dinner.


TBN Board positions available

TBN is seeking both a new club Secretary and Communications Director to stand for nomination at the November 2017 AGM. If you would like to assume either role, please contact president@tbn.ca. Summaries of all TBN board positions can be found here, with more detailed job descriptions available upon request. Also feel free to reach out directly to secretary@tbn.ca and publicity@tbn.ca  respectively to learn more about these very rewarding roles.

As always, check the website for details of all the rides and other events that are coming up, and remember to check back a couple of hours before a ride in case it's changed or cancelled because of poor weather, or other factors beyond our control.


Reminders:

Deals and special offers on bike stuff, tours, rides, and so on

TBN partners offer great deals for our members. Discounts are also available at numerous bike stores, special bike tours outside Ontario, charity ride registration, and much more. Please support TBN's great partners. There are so many new businesses out there that its tough to keep up and so If someone can help to keep this list up to date, please contact publicity@tbn.ca.

Remember you must present your valid TBN membership card for a discount at at any TBN discount partner. 


TBN has an iPhone app

TBN's iPhone app lists all upcoming rides and events. Look for "Toronto Bicycling Network" in the App store. We'll have an Android app soon as well, but for now if you don't have an iPhone, please bookmark our mobile friendly site (http://www.tbnapplications.com/mobile/events.php).

RWGPS

1. You must be a member of the club account at RWGPS to take advantage of some of the features outlined below. First, create your own personal account (either a free one, or a paid one) and then go to the club page (https://ridewithgps.com/clubs/27-toronto-bicycling-network), and submit a request to join. Membership gives you access to 300+ club rides, and you can filter those down to find the ride you want.

2. Check this comprehensive summary of how to use the TBN account on RWGPS to load a map and route onto your Garmin or to generate a printable map and cue sheet. As mentioned above, you must be a member of the club account at RWGPS to use these facilities.

3. Visit YouTube for an instructional video on how to create and print a customized map and cue sheet using TBN's RideWithGPS account.

4. And check out this video for details on how to load a TBN ride onto your smartphone -- a useful tool for people who don't own a separate GPS device.




Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up. That little TTC logo below will help alert you to any subway closures, of which there may be many in 2017.

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