September 19, 2018

Early bird pricing on Nov. 3 Dinner Dance 

Join in the fun! Book by Oct 16th for $45 early bird pricing for TBN's annual meeting and dinner dance, Saturday November 3 at Fantasy Farms on Pottery Road near Bayview. More details available on the TBN website, but food includes both meat and vegan options, as well as a yummy-sounding chocolate raspberry crepe.

Bike Like An Olympian on Sunday October 14

Every four years, we watch Olympic cyclists making banked turns on an indoor track. On Sunday, October 14 from 4:30 to 6, you'll have the chance to join fellow TBNers in trying out the Milton Velodrome, built for the Pan Am Games and home of the Canadian cycling team. 

The $65 registration fees includes an upfront orientation and rental bikes. Check out the educationpage for more details and to sign up.

Safety Tip of the Week: Ensuring Your Helmet Does Its Job

A helmet is mandatory on all TBN rides. To help you ride safely, your helmet should be:

  • Fitted securely with the chin strap tightened to allow one finger thickness of space  between strap and chin and worn forward so there are two finger widths between bridge of nose and front edge of helmet
  • Replaced if you fall your helmet impacts the ground 
  • Replaced on expiry date, available inside the helmet. Helmets should normally be replace every three to five years.                                                                                   

Watch this video if you want to learn more. Check out the home page for a collection of weekly safety tips. 

Test your knowledge of TBN's history

There's a new tab on the "about" section TBN website that offers rafts of information on the history of the club. The documents reflect a year of great work by TBN's Archives Project Committee.  Go there today to answer these and many other questions: 

  • What year was TBN formed – 1973?  1983?  1993?
  • What was TBN’s first ride – Cycle up Yonge?   Hurry around Hogtown?  Tour de Toronto?
  • The summer after TBN was founded, how many people rode in its first set of rides – 20? 50? 200?

Bike stuff in (and near) the city

Here are the latest (non-TBN) bicycle-related events to highlight for the coming weeks, if you're looking for things to do on your bike, or things with a clear biking focus. If you know of other events coming up, please email the Chain of Events editor.

Saturday September 22: Pedal for Portage, Elora. For a donation of $75 (or more, of course) you get to join a 28 km trail ride or a 55 km road ride, plus an event tee shirt as well as breakfast and a barbecue  lunch. Funds raised go to help combat youth addiction.

Sunday September 23: Picton Kiwanis annual Fall Colour Fondo, Prince Edward County. Registration is $45 for this scenic ride through Prince Edward County. Choose from 25, 50 or 100 km routes on a day that will include a pizza lunch at Waupoos Winery and a voucher for local produce.

Saturday, September 29: Ride for Refuge, Toronto. This family-friendly ride (25km or 50km) starts from Ashbridges Bay in downtown Toronto and raises money for hundreds of Canadian charities working with people who are displaced and vulnerable. Registration is $25.

And finally, the Market Gallery in the downtown St Lawrence Market is hosting a special exhibit on Toronto's cycling culture. It runs until November 17, and full-price entry is $8.


Check out the new cycling tips section on the TBN website, including  advice from top personal trainers on The Five Best Exercises to Get Fit 


Travel with TBN

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

Wolf Den Winter Feb 8 - Feb 10 (Registration opens October 1)

New trip ideas?

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

Nominations for September member of the month

Email if you want to nominate a TBN member who went above and beyond the normal call of duty in September. Please include your name, the name of the member 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.

Seeking volunteers

TBN relies on club members to maintain our role as Toronto's best venue for cycling. If you have comments or suggestions about your experience with TBN or would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the club, or on one of our club committees, please email club president Ian Rankin at

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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