January 8, 2020

Let's ramp up TBN's travel agenda

Do you want to help decide future trip destinations for TBN and get more involved in the planning of trips? If so, think about joining TBN's new Trip Committee. We expect a time commitment of 1-2 hours per month, with meetings in-person or by conference call or video conferencing.

Or are you interested in organizing a trip in 2020?

Contact Lora at weekendtrips@tbn.ca by January 15.

Wanted: Director of Touring

TBN is looking for a new volunteer to oversee our regular programs for cycling and winter activities. As touring director you will be a key member of the TBN board, working with the coordinators of individual ride programs and acting as a liaison between the coordinators and the board. What do we do well? What can we do better? How do we make TBN activities better, safer and more fun? Please contact President John Clausen at president@tbn.ca if you can help.

Are you seeking tips on trips?

Are you involved in organizing official TBN events, including cycling and camping/hiking overnight trips? If so, you are invited to attend a budgeting workshop planned for January 20 at Mountain Equipment Co-op, 300 Queen St. W., beginning at 6:30 pm, where we will outline ways to ensure everyone is following consistent budgeting processes and offer tips on planning trips and making sure they run smoothly. This will also serve as an opportunity to pose questions and share best practices on TBN events. More details coming soon in the TBN calendar, which will also give you an option to register for the workshop, and in the next issue of Chain of Events. 

Bike show coming up

TBN will again have a booth at the Toronto International Bike Show, March 6-8, at its new location in the International Centre at 6900 Airport Rd. Organizers say their survey from last year showed overwhelming support for the new location, which offers free parking. We will soon be sending out a call for volunteers to help with booth setup and hosting duties. Updates coming on the TBN website and in future issues of Chain of Events.

Travel with TBN

Wolf Den: January 31-February 2 SOLD OUT

Our winter trip to Wolf Den resort, on the edge of Algonquin Park, is full. Click here to join the waitlist for this get-away-from-it-all skiing, snowshoeing and hiking adventure.

Springtime in Washington

Watch for a new trip to Washington DC this spring, with rides planned along the scenic Potomac River and elsewhere in and around the US capital. Details, and sign up information, coming on the website, through TBN's Facebook page and in a future edition of Chain of Events. Contact Lora on weekendtrips@tbn.ca if you think you might be interested.

Cyclon survey winner

Congratulations to Mary Jane Owen, picked as the winner of a gift card for completing the Cyclon survey. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. We will use your feedback to improve future Cyclons.

Spin your way to fitness with TBN

TBN's popular series of winter spin programs is underway. Skilled instructor Carmen Dieges offers carefully designed weekly sessions that will to keep you fit for when the cycling season starts again. The sessions take place at the Adelaide Club in downtown Toronto. See the website for more details.

Skating season's started

TBN's Friday evening skating sessions started last month and will continue at various points around Toronto while the rinks remain open. We skate for about 90 minutes, starting at 6:30 pm, and then head to a nearby restaurant for refreshment. Come join the fun. More details on the website.

City Walks on Sundays

TBN's programme of city walks will continue through the winter, provided the weather cooperates just a little bit. Check the website for details on location. The walks start from near a TTC station and explore parks, neighbourhoods and city ravines, with coffee stops to warm up and an optional lunch stop at the end.

More here about TBN's year-end finances

TBN's 2019 financial statements are now available on the club's website, along with explanations to some of the questions asked of the treasurer at the annual meeting. Click here to see the figures and the explanations. Please note you must be logged in as a TBN member to access this page.

Buying at a discount

Many bike stores in the Toronto area offer hefty discounts for TBN members, as do a number of bicycle related services. Check the website for the full list.

As always, check the TBN website for details of all rides and other events, 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. The little TTC logo below will help alert you to any subway closures.

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