Ready to kick things off?
Register now for TBN's May 13 kickoff breakfast in scenic Etienne Brule Park. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones at this popular annual event. Breakfast starts at 9am, followed by rides at different levels -- we're waiving our non-member fees for these rides, so bring your friends and encourage them to try out the rides that TBN has to offer.
Registration is free, but we do ask you to sign up, so we know how much food to order.
If you fancy a gentle-paced ride with plenty of stops to chat and regroup, come out to enjoy out the camaraderie of the Leisure Wheeler rides, which discover quiet streets and trails within the city. The next Leisure Wheeler ride is on Sunday, starting from the King Edward statue in Queen's park, and heading down to the Lakeshore.
Check out the Leisure Wheeler page of the TBN website for more details on these social rides.
TBN is again running a series of two workshops on safety and cycling skills. Learn how to be a safer and more confident rider with in-classroom and on-the road instruction. You must commit to two two-hour sessions, to be held on successive Saturday mornings, on April 24 and on May 1.
Check out the Education section of the TBN website for details and to register for these two hugely informative events.
How to RideWithGPS
Many TBN members use a Garmin or other GPS device to track their rides, but you would be surprised at how many of us get confused when it comes to downloading a route, checking out a map or printing out a map and cue sheet (yes, some of us still want a printed cue sheet as a backup to a what-if-it-fails Garmin). If you are one of them, or even if you are not, take a look at Joey Schwartz's comprehensive summary of how to use the TBN account on RWGPS to load a map onto your Garmin or to generate a printable map and cue sheet. Enjoy.
Lead that ride
It's not too late to register for TBN's April 6 Ride Leaders' Clinic, a refresher for returning ride leaders, and a primer for newcomers. Topics include safety, how to prepare for your ride leader responsibilities, and how to complete the online ride report. And of course it's an opportunity to meet your fellow ride leaders. You can also sign up to lead a ride in 2017 -- bring your calendar.
The session takes place at 7pm at Ralph Thornton Hall on Queen Street East, just a few blocks east of the Don Valley.
Decoding TBN rides
Check out the website for an explanation of TBN's ride classifications. The Tourist and Sportif rides are the fastest, and the Urban Roller and Leisure Wheeler rides are no-drop rides at a gentler pace. There's something for everybody.
And even more on RWGPS
Visit YouTube for a special instructional video on how to create and print a customized map and cue sheet using TBN's RideWithGPS account. This is the latest in a planned series of videos on how to use RideWithGPS. You can also 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.
Deals and special offers on bike stuff, tours, rides, and so on
TBN partners offer great deals for our members. Newer entries include a couple of bike shops, special bike tours outside Ontario, charity ride registration discounts, 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 Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TBN supports charity rides
TBN is once again promoting numerous charity rides throughout Ontario, some of which offer special discounts to TBN members. TBN takes special pride in once again supporting Ride for Heart, and will soon be reaching out for road ambassadors to help out that day.
TBN is also the training partner for Ride To Conquer Cancer. All TBN rides through first week of June will be posted on the RTCC website and so you may see some participants join our rides. Let's welcome the riders and help them prepare for their memorable journey.
Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up. That little TTC logo below will alert you to any subway closures, of which there may be many in 2017.