August 27, 2014

Chain of Events

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

Overnight trips

Get away on one of our popular overnight trips. For example, there are just four spaces left for the Simcoe Circle trip so remember to sign up early. Watch this space for details of new trips as they become available.


Simcoe Circle Trip
Sept 27-29

Cycle Canada is offering this trip exclusively for TBN members. Starting and ending in Newmarket; circle Lake Simcoe in three days with daily distances averaging 100 km.

The package includes two nights in motel accommodation (double occupancy), one dinner, two breakfasts, snacks, route maps, van support, and luggage transfer. Sign up here.


Prince Edward County
Oct 10-13  (Registration closes Sep 19)

Not many spots remain to enjoy the colours of Thanksgiving Weekend in beautiful Prince Edward County, cycling on quiet country routes and staying three nights at Angeline's Inn in Bloomfield. Registration is now open.


Contact Jean at if you have any suggestions for a weekend or week-long trip or wish to lead one. Possible adventures could include Quebec, Stratford, Mennonite country and New York state. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.

Quite the August

A few pleasant and not so pleasant weekends, weather wise that is, have afforded numerous opportunities for TBN'ers to get out on the road.

There were 45 determined cyclists that ventured out on the annual Toronto-Niagara-GO Home day trip on August 16. Everyone arrived at The Falls tired, hungry, thirsty.....and wet. 
The event sold out again; maybe the GO Train needs to add more bike cars next year!

As usual, you can see more photos of all TBN events on the TBN Photo Page

Wear to win - Deadline this Sunday

Your TBN jersey looks good and now it's a way to win good too! Just make sure there's a picture of you wearing the new club jersey, at any TBN event, between now and the end of August, and that the picture shows up on the official TBN Flickr page (visit for instructions).

Prizes are:

  • One month trial membership at WattsUp Cycling
  • $50 gift certificate at a Toronto bar or restaurant
  • Two movie passes for Cineplex
  • $50 gift certificate valid at Cyclepath Toronto
Make sure someone shoots a picture of you or take a 'selfie' and get it posted to the Flickr site.

Note: Photos on the TBN Facebook page do not count.

Reminder that you can still order a TBN jersey for only $59 all in, although it won't arrive until late into Fall. Order here.


The latest issue of QuickRelease is available for download here.

The Newsletter Editor is seeking articles for the next issue; if you have any stories about TBN or non-TBN cycling adventures and/or something that would be of interest to TBN'ers, then please submit to

A new TBN Board is a comin'

TBN elects a new Board of Directors every November; being on the Board affords you, the member, an opportunity to positively impact the experience of other members in an extraordinarily rewarding manner. The Board works in a collaborative fashion to manage club activities, membership and finances. As of this time, the position of Cyclon Director is still open for 2015; plus we are also seeking a volunteer bookkeeper to work with the Treasurer.

Contact to learn how your contribution either on the Board, or in another volunteer capacity, can help sustain TBN activities like Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO, skiing, skating, the new TBN jersey, the Alan Gordon Metric, Hairshirt, the QuickRelease newsletter and so many more programs that would not occur without volunteer support from members like you.

Overnight trips

See the sidebar for our range of overnight trips, including an excursion around Lake Simcoe and the Thanksgiving weekend trip to Prince Edward County. Visit the website for details.

Safety tips

Here is a handy video to help you stay straight while looking behind you and while reaching for a water bottle.

Taylor Creek Trail Closure

Parts of Taylor Creek Trail between Haldon and Lumsden are under construction until September 14. Detour is via a bridge over to the north side, and then a dirt path, so use caution in that area.

Deals and discounts

Don't forget to check out the GTA retailers and services that offer discounts to TBN members. Save money on bikes and accessories, as well as services such as tours, training sessions or a subscription to Pedal Magazine.


Check the events page on the website to decide what ride to do and remember you can print out your map, or download the route to your GPS before you leave home. Ride leaders will have some maps, but maybe not enough for everyone. The Sunday Tourist rides offer a choice of start times -- 8:30 am or 10 am.

Remember also to check the website before you leave home to ensure the ride is still going ahead. If a ride is cancelled, you can still print out the map and join up with anyone else who shows. However, if you do go on a cancelled ride, please be aware that it's an unofficial ride not sanctioned by TBN.

Anything to sell?

You can sell your old bike or rack or shoes or anything bike related on the TBN Forum. Just login and select the Buy and Sell section of the Forum. Please delete your post after its sold, or if you changed your mind.

You can also use the Forum to arrange car pooling, to organize an unofficial ride, to discuss a TBN ride or event, or to simply post interesting factoids about cycling that would appeal to TBN members.<

Tell us what you want to read about

We hope you've been enjoying this bi-weekly email (OK, sometimes tri-weekly because we've been out riding our bikes). Suggestions are welcome, from members, on what type of information to add or eliminate from these e-newsletters. Please contact and tell us your dreams and desires....that is, for the Chain of Events email.

Enjoy your rides and remember to visit the TBN calendar of events for up coming events.

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