Our weekend biking trips are winding down, but the ski season will be here only too soon, and that means more trips. Watch this space for details.
Registration has closed for the Thanksgiving trip to Prince Edward County. Contact trip organizer Brenda at email@example.com to add your name to the waiting list in case there's a cancellation.
Contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Enjoy the colours
Ready to dance?
It's a truly spectacular year for autumn leaves this season, so get out and enjoy yourself before it gets too cold. The colours are already turning to the north of the GTA, and they'll start to turn in the city too. There are plenty of opportunities in the next couple of weeks to ride amongst the splendor, so check the TBN events calendar
Mark your calendar now for TBN's annual dinner, dance and AGM, November 8 at Whistler's Bar and Grill. The bar opens at 6, dinner follows at 7 and the annual meeting starts at 830. By 9, we'll start the dancing, so come and have fun. Tickets are $30 if you register before October 29 and $35 after that.
And of course it's not just a party. It's your chance to have your say in how the club is run, and to elect a new board of directors. Register here.
Out in the city and the countryside
Don't forget TBN offers a whole range of city walks and fall hikes for that in-between season when it's a little too cold for some of us to ride a bike, but too early to ski or skate. TBN offers city walks from subway stations, as well as circular hikes of about 12km in some lovely parts of Ontario, which means no car shuttles are needed. Hiking destinations include the Dundas Valley waterfalls (pictured below) and the Rouge Valley. Check the TBN website for details. More off-season events will soon be scheduled.
If you like to write, and also like to bike, what about volunteering as the editor of TBN's Quick Release
newsletter/e-newsletter. The publication is issued three times a year and offers details of events that TBN has coming up, as well as articles by, about, and for our members. You need a keen eye for detail and layout, and powers of persuasion to get members to submit articles. Contact email@example.com
if you think you can help.
Cars and bikes
Did you know that CAA membership covers cycling? The "Bike Assist" program will fix your flat, attempt minor repair, or take you home (or to a bike store) if you've got a problem that can't be fixed on the spot. Check their website for details.
Fall bike sale coming
The annual Toronto fall bike sale is a blow-out/clear-out of old stock including this year's bike models as local stores prepare for next season. The sale takes place at Exhibition place on October 18. Admission is $5.
Show us some love
Get Out There Magazine has opened up voting for its 2014 Readers' Choice awards, so show TBN some love by voting for us as your favourite bicycle club. Details of the awards are here, or you can go straight to the survey. Question no. 6 is the one that matters.
TBN is run by its volunteers
TBN activities occur exclusively because of volunteers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how your contribution can help sustain TBN activities like Cyclon, Toogood Pond picnic, TNTO, hiking, 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.
Deals and discounts - More partners just added
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.
Also check the TBN Forum as there may be some unofficial rides and events open to all.
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 email@example.com 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.