I started riding trials in 1996 at the relatively late age of 30, however have always been interested as my Dad has ridden for as long as I can remember. I am not new to 2 wheeled sport though as I had some success with podiums at British, National and European level in BMX in the early 80’s and also some success at Mountain Bike racing in the 90’s following a 10 year Army career.

I rode classic and modern trials for a few years but stopped in 2000 when the foot and mouth outbreak enforced a lay off and I found other things to do on Sundays. I started riding again at the end of 2006 and in 2007 I decided to keep a BLOG as a record of bikes, trials and all things related to my involvement in Trials.

Building and restoring older trials bikes can be a bot of a minefield and the challenge comes from trying to find the right source for parts. As I have spent a few years doing this leg work and chasing around all over the UK I felt that I could share this information to help other riders and cut down the time and cost involved. As there are relatively few websites that provide this information to Pre 65 or Twinshock riders I decided in October 2010 to move all of my BLOG information into this website and organise the information to make it a little easier to access.

If there is anything that you would like to see on here or any information that you are trying to obtain then please get in touch and I’ll see what I can do.

Please feel free to leave your comments or say hi – I hope you enjoy the site!

Biking not only makes great use of the legs and butt muscles. Being a strong bike rider means engaging your central muscles too, especially your abs. The ab muscles are for balancing you as you ride and supplying yourself using a powerful platform to drive from. They play a massive role in assisting you to keep your balance.

Your stomach muscles contract to offer stability and also the continuous movements help to tone your stomach muscles in addition to improve endurance and strength.  There are some great bike workouts for beginners.

Exercises, for example, sit-ups are fantastic for strengthening your belly. Better yet riding on trial tracks, which compel you to maintain a muscle contraction for a good time period. Maybe most importantly, concerning importance and convenience, are the exercises that you can do in order to strengthen your abdominals as you ride. At any time you end up on a long right stretch of street, you can take advantage of your work out by performing a fast ab routine while on your back.


Work Out Your Abs Throughout a Ride

Sustained Contraction

The easiest exercise you can perform on your own bicycle is that a continual contraction of your muscles. Just take a deep breath and then focus on toning your gut. Hold the contraction for a span of 10 to 15 minutes. This exercise could be repeated several times and may be performed at any given stage in a ride which does not require your entire attention.

Stand Up

When you are standing, your muscles need to work harder to encourage you and keep you erect. Lift off your bike seat from time to time and lean across the handlebars so that your tummy is virtually parallel to the floor. Hold this position while still continuing to pedal.

Extra Contractions

Make your ab muscles contract while you move a single elbow toward you. Keep your hands on your handlebars and do not quit pedaling the bike. Continue alternating sides before you are exhausted, or till you need to get back your entire focus on your trip.

Lift Away

While continuing to pedal, then lift from the saddle. Come back down, then get the saddle gently, return up. Continue up this up and down motion when maintaining your abs flexed. This can be a difficult one, but it is a fantastic workout for the abs and heart.

You do not need to perform these exercises every single time you head out on a journey, and you don’t need to integrate all these. Taking the opportunity to focus on your abs, nevertheless, is an excellent means to strengthen your heart. A more powerful heart will supply you with greater stability and support, boosting your efficiency and creating an obvious difference in your total performance.

One thing that I think has always helped me with my biking is keeping myself in good shape.  I’m always looking around for new toys and recently, one of the things I got help with my fitness was an ab toning belt.  Having a stronger core (albeit under a layer of fat), actually made quite a difference to my biking.

An ab toning belt is a device that is wrapped around the abdomen and delivers tiny electric shocks to the abdominal muscles. The belt is made of lightweight, breathable material that allows you to wear it underneath your clothing. An abdominal trainer belt is usually also equipped with small pads that comprise of electrodes that send electrical pulses to the stomach. They then make the stomach muscles to contract and relax dependent on what program is running. The belts are designed for variety of purposes. Some of the ab belts are designed to strengthen weak muscles, to help improve posture and make the workout process easier.

There are many ab toning belts benefits. These include:

Painless exercise

having a go

me having a go with it

The belt is a great supplement to standard exercises that can be painful and exhausting. The vibrating massage function of the belt stimulates the nerves around the abdominal area thus producing a strong, deep sensation and it’s comfortable. The abdominal muscles will then naturally contract and relax, similar to what occurs when doing sit-ups, only in an effortless way. When set on the correct intensity one can relish hours of workout without heavy exercises.

Rapid results

The ab toning belts helps to strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles. It also sculpts and defines the ab region. For speedy results, you are required to simply incorporate your regular exercise routine, a proper diet, and healthy lifestyle. The belt firmly tones the stomach muscles making them more pronounced.  Research showed that participants abs got stronger when they used them for 40 minutes a day.


The belt is safe for both women and men who are looking to get stronger abdominal muscles. Studies show that therapists use the ab toning belt on patients who have limited mobility due to severe injury, partial or full paralysis. The patients all received outcomes that were safe and beneficial to their recovery process.

Easy to use

They are easy to use. The belt is recommended to be worn for a few minutes every day. It can be worn anywhere, at the office, while working out and carrying out daily routines.

Burn calories

The belt produces heat that quickens the body metabolic rate and helps burn calories faster. Using the belt enables the body to absorb other nutrients while allowing more toxins and unwanted body wastes to be removed through perspiration. This also boosts the blood circulation and effective lymphatic drainage.


The belt helps to relieve stress and shove off fatigue from the body. It increases the body’s serotonin levels and influences the brain cells responsible for better body function, improved mood, and sleep. Using the belt increases your energy level as a woman.


The ab toning belt is designed to fit anyone’s routine. It can simply be worn underneath one’s clothes while exercising as well as going on with the daily routine. It is very lightweight, and its small pads can securely stick to the skin thus allowing easy and comfortable movement while it works through the stomach. The belt utilizes batteries, hence excludes the trouble of wires.

It was a bit like this at first:

The ab toning belts has become a popular trend for an effortless workout. The belts are not replacement for traditional exercise; they are great device to help in reducing body weight while providing muscle support for both men and women.

On Sunday, with no trials on locally and a promise to my wife that I would do some family duties as we had relatives staying for the weekend I took the opportunity to spent a quick hour on Steve’s farm next door.

As the weather has been so dry lately it has totally changed the normal areas that we use and opened up plenty of new ground that is not normally accessible because of the depth of water in the stream.

Those of you that have ridden a trial here might recognise this section but where it is normally a good foot deep, the stream is almost dry – still makes for a good bit of practice just fifty yards from my front door – thanks Steve (however I think it’s time you got the Enfield back out to play!)

Here’s a bit of video showing how different the ground looks without water in the stream! Take a look here