October 3, 2018


Key TBN Roles Available 

Two crucial board positions fall vacant at the November 3 annual meeting, which means your club needs you, and it needs you now. If you've ever thought about volunteering to help TBN, now is the time to step forward.

President: Ian Rankin is retiring after three terms but will remain as past president for one year in line with the club's constitution.

Secretary: Bob Scott is retiring after two terms.

Plus we are looking for volunteers to join our social, education, technical and touring committees.

Please contact  Ian Rankin if you can help.

Dinner dance early bird pricing ends soon 

You have just two weeks to get our fantastic $45 early bird pricing for TBN's annual meeting and dinner dance, which takes place on November 3 at Fantasy Farms on Pottery Road near Bayview. More details are available on the TBN website, but food includes both meat and vegan options, as well as a chocolate raspberry crepe. Early bird pricing expires on October 16.

Ride the Velodrome

Sign up now for our exciting change to ride the Milton Velodrome, with a no-brakes, fixed gear bike that spins you round the steep, banked circuit. The $65 session takes place on Sunday October 14, and the price includes detailed instructions, plus rental bikes. Check out the website for more details.

Seven members are signed, just three more needed for the event to go ahead, so don't delay.

Wolf Den in the winter

Registration is open now for our excursion to the winter wonderland of the rustic Wolf Den lodge, on the edge of Algonquin Park. The Feb 8-10 trip costs $105 for members, or $115 for non members, and activities include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Check the website for details of the trip.

Member of the month: David Middleton

David Middleton is TBN's September member of the month. David, who joined TBN in 1985, is responsible for the successful Sunday Urban Roller rides, routes that he has upgraded and tweaked over the years. He recruits ride leaders and sweeps when needed, and is often the first to help when riders run into mechanical problems, David programs Ride with GPS maps for the Urban Roller adventures, and keeps the cue sheets current. But he doesn't actually have a GPS device, preferring to rely on his knowledge of Toronto's streets and trails. If you see David on a ride, please thank him for his contribution and congratulate him on being September's Member of the Month.

(Photo credit: Irvin Mintz / Star Metroland Media)

October member of the month

Nominations are open for TBN’s October Member of the Month - your last chance to nominate a deserving member this year. Please email memberofthemonth@tbn.ca to nominate a TBN member who went above and beyond the normal call of duty this month. Please include your name, who 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.

Safety tip: Changing a tire

If you ride enough you will inevitably get a flat tire. You should always carry a spare tube and basic tools to change your time, and you should know what you need to do. TBN often offers sessions on changing tires or you can watch this video for tips. Bicycle shops like Mountain Equipment Coop also offer sessions on changing a tire.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you are well off to the side of the road before you start working on your bike. 

Check out the home page for a collection of weekly safety tips. 

Cycling tip: Winter cycling

Check out TBN's new cycling tips,

Check out the new cycling tips section on the TBN website, including tips for winter cycling. If you have suggestions for additional articles or you read a tip that you disagree with, let us know at publicity@tbn.ca.

Travel with TBN

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

Fitz fall hiking Oct 12 - 14 (Waitlist only)

Wolf Den Winter Feb 8 - Feb 10 

New trip ideas?

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


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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