Come check out the TBN stand at the Toronto International Bike Show this weekend, and then take a look at all that manufacturers are offering this year. The show includes trade stands, showcasing the newest bicycle trends, as well as booths from retailers, bike-friendly regions and tour operators. It's the perfect place to find a new bike or new biking swag, or to find maps for that region that you've always wanted to explore.
The show takes place at the Better Living Centre on the Exhibition Grounds.
The first rides of TBN's formal 2018 season are less than a month away, so now's the time to check your bike is in good condition for the season. That means checking tires, gears and brakes, and dusting off the cobwebs that probably accumulated over the winter. The first official ride is scheduled for March 25, a tourist-class ride from Finch TTC station with distances of 59km, 81km and 114km, followed by a Wednesday Wheelie ride from Markham on March 28.
But there may be unofficial rides before that date, especially if we get more of this glorious spring-like weather - our Facebook page shows one group that rode on Tuesday.
Check TBN's Facebook page for details, or look at the Upcoming Events on the TBN home page.
It's that strange shoulder season right now. It's warm enough to get back on their bikes, but cool enough that some prefer to continue with the winter activities. that means city hikes, Friday evening skating and our popular indoor cycling sessions at the downtown Adelaide Club. Check out the website for more details.
Sign up now for TBN's annual ride leaders' workshop. We'll discuss important safety issues, what you need to bring with you to a ride and how to keep your group together. The event takes place at the downtown Ralph Thornton Centre on Queen Street East (just east of Broadview) on Wednesday April 11. Access is via the King or Queen streetcar lines, or there's Green P parking just a block away.
What's coming up?
A quick note on some of the bike-focused events over the coming weeks and months. If you have something to add to this feature in Chain of Events, please email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 2-4: Toronto International Bike Show. TBN will have a booth at the show.
April 11: TBN Ride Leaders' clinic
May 12: TBN's Spring Kickoff breakfast. More details soon.
May 18-21: TBN Niagara Hike and Bike weekend
May 19-28: TBN Kentucky trip
June 3: Ride for Heart.
June 16-17: TNTO (Toronto to Niagara Falls) weekend.
June 21-24: Halton-Stratford-Burlington bike trip.
June 24: TBN's annual Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Hairshirt ride. Registration is open now.
July 20-24: Midland History bike trip
August 3-6: Join 200 TBNers for Cyclon, to be held in Waterloo, Ontario.
September: TBN overnight trips, to Quebec and to Quebec/Vermont.
Registration is already open for the annual Hairshirt ride, which takes place on Sunday, June 24. Ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls in the morning/afternoon, and back in the afternoon/evening for a total one-day distance of 322km. Check the website for more details of this challenging once-a-year ride.
TBN now offers you the opportunity to print your own membership card and cut down on TBN administrative costs. Use your email and password to access your profile on the TBN website, and then click on your name at the top left of the page. The membership card will appear under Membership Details. If you want a hard copy of the card, please email email@example.com to request one.
Whistlers Bar and Grill has hosted TBN's annual meeting (and dance) more often than any other venue in the club's history. But Whistlers is closing this year, and we're looking for ideas for a new location to help us celebrate the year,. Please email social director Susan Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggestions for a venue for the 2018 event.
P.S. Look for a Pedalinx mechanic at our spring kickoff on May 12, where TBN members will be able to get a hands on demonstrations of changing a flat tire.
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.
Remember you must present your valid TBN membership card for a discount at any TBN discount partner.
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.