October 16, 2018

Time to dance the night away 

Sign up now for TBN's annual meeting and dinner dance, which takes place on Saturday November 3 at a new venue -- Fantasy Farms on Pottery Road near Bayview. Early bird pricing now runs to Thursday October 18, and registration closes on Tuesday October 23. More details are available on the TBN website, but food includes both meat and vegan options, as well as a chocolate raspberry crepe. Please note, you must be logged in as a member on the TBN website to qualify for our early bird pricing.

Annual meeting agenda

Key documents for the 2018 annual meeting will be available on the TBN website from October 25 comprising the agenda for this year's meeting, draft minutes from the 2017 annual meeting and the draft 2018 financial statement, with details of income and expenditure for the year. You can find these documents under the About/Documents/AGM tab -- you must be logged into the website as a TBN member to view the documents. If you're attending the annual meeting, please review these documents ahead of time.

Your club needs volunteers

If you've ever thought about volunteering to help TBN, now is the time to step forward --two crucial board positions fall vacant at the November 3 annual meeting, and TBN needs you now.

President: Ian Rankin is retiring after three terms but will remain as past president for one year in line with the club's constitution.
Secretary: Bob Scott is retiring after two terms.
Plus we are looking for volunteers to join our social, education, technical and touring committees.

Please contact Ian if you can help.

Hikes and city walks

Our off-season program of city walks has already started up, and the out-of-town fall hiking program won't be far behind. Check the website for details of these programs, which are a great way to get some exercise in the dull, grey days of late fall and early winter.

It's not too cold to ride

Several TBN cycle programs are still going strong, despite the cooler weather and the shorter days. While the weather cooperates, you can find TBN rides on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, including next week's Ravine Ride "longest day", a (metric) century ride in four manageable stages. Enjoy.

Ski (or snowshoe) with TBN

Here are some of the out-of-town adventures that TBN is offering this winter.

Wanakita Ski Weekend: January 11-13

Spend 2 nights in a big comfortable cabin at YMCA Camp Wanakita, on beautiful Koshlong Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. We're offering classic cross-country skiing on groomed trails, as well as great snowshoeing, and maybe skating on the lake. Registration for members opens Saturday, October 27, and Saturday, November 10, for non-members. For details and registration, go to the Overnight Trips page.

Wolf Den in the winter: February 8-10

Registration is open now for our excursion to the winter wonderland of the rustic Wolf Den lodge, on the edge of Algonquin Park. The Feb 8-10 trip costs $105 for members, or $115 for non members, and activities include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Check the website for details of the trip.

New trip ideas?

Contact Jeannie at weekendtrips@tbn.ca if you have suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.

October member of the month

Nominations are open for TBN’s October Member of the Month - your last chance to nominate a deserving member this year. Please email memberofthemonth@tbn.ca to nominate a TBN member who went above and beyond the normal call of duty this month. Please include your name, who you’re nominating and what they did. The winner gets a $50 gift certificate and the chance to be recognized as Member of the Year.

Safety tip: Ride to be seen

As the days get shorter, it's key that the drivers can see you when you are riding your bike, especially early in the day and in the evenings. To be safe, your bike should have:

  • white reflector tape on the front forks
  • red reflector take on the back forks
  • and after dark, you need a white light on the front of your bike and a red light at the rear

Check out the home page for a collection of safety tips. 

Cycling tip: The Dutch reach

Check out the cycling tips section on the TBN website, including tips on opening a car door in a way that saves cyclists' lives. If you have suggestions for additional articles or you read a tip that you disagree with, let us know at publicity@tbn.ca.

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

TBN partners offer great deals for our members, with discounts at numerous bike stores, bike tours outside Ontario, charity ride registration, and much more. Please support TBN's great partners.

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

As always, check the TBN 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.

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.

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