James May builds a bicycle | Part 2


The second instalment of May's epic bicycle build is here, where he finishes the rest of the main aspects of the construction in preparation for some final tweaks and a test cycle in the bunker.
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  • Brad Soup
    Brad Soup24 dager siden

    Are those your motorbikes in the background?

  • Covert Garage

    Covert Garage

    10 dager siden

    Right! So you're welcome to my video blog about cars.

  • Malcolm Brydson
    Malcolm Brydson29 dager siden

    i forgot you britts put the brake levers on the wrong side

  • Dave
    DaveMåned siden

    I'm looking forwards to 'feel-o-vision'... for use in watching people building bikes of course.

  • Vincent Heigel
    Vincent HeigelMåned siden

    What’s about the beautiful 996 Porsche in the Back ? New video content ? Who agree ?

  • TheBrickGuy7939
    TheBrickGuy7939Måned siden

    True. My bike didn't have a side stand so if there was no wall to lean it against I just lay it down on the floor when I had to break from riding for some time.

  • xaraxen
    xaraxenMåned siden

    When there's piano jazz music, you know James May is assembling something.

  • Hou Felix
    Hou Felix2 måneder siden

    shimano components are really scarce resources these days.

  • L. Daniel Levy
    L. Daniel Levy2 måneder siden

    Is it normal in the UK to have the right brake lever control the front brake? I know this is the motorbike standard. However, in the US, the right lever controls the rear brake.

  • philip streechon
    philip streechon2 måneder siden

    nice table

    THE WORD ARTIST2 måneder siden


  • Samuel Kim
    Samuel Kim2 måneder siden

    make clarkson ride a motorbike, i want to see how it goes lol

  • Adam D
    Adam D3 måneder siden

    They should have gotten proper pedals for the kid. The pedals that come with bikes are plastic trash. They're safety hazard.

  • Derrick David
    Derrick David3 måneder siden

    Bet Jezza just needs a hammer to put that all together

  • Terry Lawrence
    Terry Lawrence3 måneder siden

    Did I miss the part where you welded the frame?

  • Mana
    Mana3 måneder siden

    When fitting the pedals ALWAYS double check they're not crossed threaded before tightening with a spanner.

  • Stian Milsett
    Stian Milsett3 måneder siden

    The cable puller tool... That would have made my bikemending back in the day quite a lot easier.. *heading for ebay to get one*-

  • davidlelkington
    davidlelkington3 måneder siden

    I do I own a chopper bike mk 3

  • davidlelkington


    3 måneder siden

    I put the stand on because I can’t be bothered not to leave it because I treasure my bike

  • Kevin Lumoindong
    Kevin Lumoindong3 måneder siden

    how about assembling a 3D printer next ? a proper prusa i3 build, after that, print a miniature toy car

  • Liam small
    Liam small3 måneder siden

    To stop brake rub you need to align the caliper by loosening the two post mount bolts slightly so the caliper can move and then spin the wheel and apply the brake Keeping the brake applied torque them to spec along with the cable adjustments it will be perfect

  • Alan Mitchell
    Alan Mitchell3 måneder siden

    James, this is dull even for you 😢

  • Vikram Singh
    Vikram Singh3 måneder siden


  • The Head Angle
    The Head Angle3 måneder siden

    Little tip James and for anyone who’s reading, if you fit the seat post and saddle first, you can then use the seat post to clamp in the bike stand and then not risk damaging the paint work on the frame and also not pinch or obstruct and of the cables to the derailleur.

  • JPspin
    JPspin3 måneder siden

    Thank you James, for perfectly illustrating exactly why building a bicycle should be left to a professional. The number of things wrong is truly appalling.

  • Luke Torjesen
    Luke Torjesen3 måneder siden

    Are the handlebars upside down? That disk brake caliper mount still needs adjustment. This is making my eye twitch

  • Ezio Yang
    Ezio Yang3 måneder siden

    May u do the review on the HRC CBR1000RR-R plz plz thx

  • Viktor Hedman
    Viktor Hedman3 måneder siden

    Some years ago, James was biking around London with an orangutan on some sort of car show on BBC. I seem to remember James saying something like, “ it’s easy bicycle maintenance, you only need a couple of spammers and a screwdriver”. Yet, he has all those special James May-ish tools..

  • Hadrianus Confoederatus
    Hadrianus Confoederatus3 måneder siden

    next James builds ebike

  • Gerry
    Gerry3 måneder siden

    I mean, it is an improvement to the gocycle

  • Alexandre Pohlmann
    Alexandre Pohlmann3 måneder siden

    Now you can go and set the speed record like SSC TUATARA with this bike. Just get the right GPS equipment.

  • staminapromos
    staminapromos3 måneder siden

    Two things: 1 the bars need to be rotated forwards so that the bar sweeps upwards and backwards, not down. 2 the front brake disc is on backwards. Also you can get easily adjust the brakes by pulling them fully on at the lever, then slackening the bolt on the caliper just enough so you can pull through enough cable that the lever is in perfect position for your hands. You then only use the barrel adjusted to take up also in the cable and wear in the pads.

  • James Bell UK
    James Bell UK3 måneder siden

    I’ve just done a review on a Porsche 996 turbo on my channel. I’d really appreciate any feedback and advice!

  • Bruce Lee
    Bruce Lee3 måneder siden

    Yes! Been waiting for this!

  • Imperial Spy
    Imperial Spy3 måneder siden

    1:12 oooh, park tool fifth hand?

  • Evan Davis
    Evan Davis3 måneder siden

    I see a problem. The tires are too high up. It'll never ride properly like that.

  • David Collins-Cubitt
    David Collins-Cubitt3 måneder siden

    Really love this! Like the re-assembler. Would love to see the 3 hour uncut live version... Just fantastic!

  • Spooners outings
    Spooners outings3 måneder siden

    James I know you like the countach I have a massive story about countach reg : B967MLN please contact me on Spoonersoutings@outlook.com thanks hope to her from you

  • GTA V Editor Vids
    GTA V Editor Vids3 måneder siden

    Why does James have such a big garage ?

  • Rogue
    Rogue3 måneder siden

    Since part 1 I bought new tyres, inner tubes and tyre levers. Now I’m just in time for some more tips!

  • Miron Klescik
    Miron Klescik3 måneder siden

    James May is Bob Ross of wrenching

  • Rover200Power
    Rover200Power3 måneder siden

    We need a James May / GCN crossover.

  • Mike Nurse
    Mike Nurse3 måneder siden

    Bikes of that price generally do have grumbly bearings!! 😂

  • mank demelord
    mank demelord3 måneder siden

    Anyone get the feeling that James just narrates every part of his life, even when the cameras aren’t on?

  • Dave Cryer
    Dave Cryer3 måneder siden

    James it sounds like you have got tennis elbow in your arm like I have had!! (Caused by trauma like you not playing tennis!)

  • Rob Davies
    Rob Davies3 måneder siden

    Build a bike - if you can buy one.

  • Ederson simples
    Ederson simples3 måneder siden


  • Inder Chahal
    Inder Chahal3 måneder siden

    I thought you died in Albania

  • Smith M
    Smith M3 måneder siden

    James May, the front brake disc rotor is the WRONG way round!! Please correct this for safety reasons.

  • Smith M

    Smith M

    3 måneder siden

    @Ben T. Its weaker. Hence the manual will tell you it is directional.

  • Doug
    Doug3 måneder siden

    I love the shirt

  • Doug
    Doug3 måneder siden

    The problem with those brake lines is that the Front is going to the right instead of the left.

  • Lio Mio
    Lio Mio3 måneder siden

    The least you should do appreciate the comments you don't have to answer all of them but at least a thumbs up, many deserve something, don't you think those who comment also like a little appreciation...capish cabeza de pinga.(:

  • Joseph Nicholls
    Joseph Nicholls3 måneder siden

    I guess I'm a pervy bike mechanic like James then

  • Flying Lap Productions
    Flying Lap Productions3 måneder siden

    Easy on those pedals! 😄🤦‍♂️ just snug James 👍

  • CopperKid_CDN 2004
    CopperKid_CDN 20043 måneder siden

    I’d rather get a better look at that Honda f4i and fireblade in the background

  • Chris Teschke
    Chris Teschke3 måneder siden

    fun fact : cheap suspension is a pogo stick :)

  • Lima Whiskey
    Lima Whiskey3 måneder siden

    James May was born at the age of 5 years old, and had built his first jet engine by age of 11.

  • Cristobal Van cappellen
    Cristobal Van cappellen3 måneder siden

    the handle bars are on the wrong side and its picking on me

  • Adam Smith
    Adam Smith3 måneder siden

    Is the front disc fitted the right way round James? There should be an arrow for direction of rotation! Looks wrong to me!

  • David Chadderton
    David Chadderton3 måneder siden

    Congratulations James, you can assemble a new child’s bike straight out of the box.

  • Braxton Burtis
    Braxton Burtis3 måneder siden

    Right, now have send the jumps

  • mark alsop
    mark alsop3 måneder siden


  • simon stucki
    simon stucki3 måneder siden

    jep that's exactly what I say to the car drivers as well, and now if they complain, I'll tell them to take it up with James May from Top Gear !!!

  • weebic two
    weebic two3 måneder siden

    never in my life have I been as riveted as I am now

  • blkwgn4
    blkwgn43 måneder siden

    Maybe May's 5 favorite tools he owns and 5 he regrets buying?

  • blkwgn4
    blkwgn43 måneder siden


  • Stephan S
    Stephan S3 måneder siden

    Front rotor is on backwards

  • marshalt
    marshalt3 måneder siden

    If we ever do get Feel-O-Vision, this is the last channel I'll ever watch.

  • Alex Lumb
    Alex Lumb3 måneder siden

    May please can you show us a collection of your cycles?? Really want to know if your cool enough to be in the pinarello club like me 😆

  • Tom Pryts
    Tom Pryts3 måneder siden

    James shows us his new Tee Shirt...

  • Jason Rodger
    Jason Rodger3 måneder siden

    Shakey Weightlifting is the finest euphemism for wanking I have ever heard.

  • Tan Rui Qin
    Tan Rui Qin3 måneder siden

    You must install the wheel with the bike on the floor standing straight and not on the bike stand, all that brake adjustment is a waste!

  • Jeff Lynch
    Jeff Lynch3 måneder siden


  • Ben Hunt
    Ben Hunt3 måneder siden

    People build up wheels, install bottom brackets and build up a whole bike in one video. Why 3 parts

  • Doug


    3 måneder siden

    see the comment below.

  • ClintSch
    ClintSch3 måneder siden

    Was worried about that cable for the past week...

  • Иван Петро
    Иван Петро4 måneder siden

    0:54 I help you setup a blog and setup it to earn money W ha ts app +7 9 6 7 1 5 7 0 5 8 1

  • Graeme Beer
    Graeme Beer4 måneder siden

    Can't believe i waited a whole 2 weeks for this! Lol

  • Cameron Jarrett
    Cameron Jarrett4 måneder siden

    Anything James May is BRILLIANT

  • Matthew Evans
    Matthew Evans4 måneder siden

    Matthew yes 👍 🚵‍♂️

  • schotte
    schotte4 måneder siden

    The front disc brake is still the wrong way round.

  • MTB.W.C 11
    MTB.W.C 114 måneder siden

    You don’t need to undo the clamp you just need to loosen the bolt and squeeze the brake and tighten the bolts if you want more advice go to gmbn on NOlocal

  • Mihai C
    Mihai C4 måneder siden

    James, the front disk is mounted wrong, see the one on the back that is mounted right.

  • Paul Ashbrook
    Paul Ashbrook4 måneder siden

    So many things wrong in this assembly and setup.

  • Paul Ashbrook
    Paul Ashbrook4 måneder siden

    Never never never clamp a bike in a workstand by the frame. First thing when assembling a bike is put the seatpost in, so that can be used to clamp it in the workstand.

  • apagoogoo
    apagoogoo4 måneder siden

    james. when it's once again safe to travel, come to ontario, canada. bring your mountain bike and your road bike, and we can ride. plenty of great routes for both bikes. i suspect our speed, style and enthusiasm would coincide.

  • Eris 88
    Eris 884 måneder siden

    I'm afraid that with this rhythm the bike will be ready for that kid's kid! :D

  • Paul Lawicki
    Paul Lawicki4 måneder siden

    Awesome job sir, like pervy brake tool. Now, ya just need a teen stig test thrashing ride.

  • Civicboomer
    Civicboomer4 måneder siden

    On mechanical disc brakes the actuator arm should be set all the way out with the barrel nut in the middle. Usually the stack is adjusted with the pads. You tighten the pads down or just touching with the arm all the way out and no slack then adjust the pads. Fine tune with the barrel nut. If you just use the barrel nut eventually you run up on the stop. When you squeeze the brake it hits the stop and no brakes!

  • Silver Back
    Silver Back4 måneder siden

    Why no hydraulic brakes James? It's not 1995 anymore lol

  • Greg B
    Greg B4 måneder siden

    I certainly do have that tool, which makes me a "pervy bike mechanic" I suppose. I'm not sure why watching someone assemble a bicycle is entertaining, but apparently, it is.

  • Leroy Jenkins
    Leroy Jenkins4 måneder siden


  • LemonadeMouthSomebod
    LemonadeMouthSomebod4 måneder siden

    Did this really need to be split in 3 parts?

  • Leiska
    Leiska4 måneder siden

    Can we get James May to react to Bottom Gear?

  • BrickBrother Studios
    BrickBrother Studios4 måneder siden

    James working on this bike has showed me how to actually fix MY bike, all I have to do is get one...

  • Can0spam
    Can0spam4 måneder siden


  • Daniel Roper
    Daniel Roper4 måneder siden

    ცɛŋɖ ɬɧɛ ცıƙɛ

  • Jamie Lindley
    Jamie Lindley4 måneder siden

    4:50 ... The wobble on that front wheel, more adjustment required James!

  • Danny Philippo
    Danny Philippo4 måneder siden

    As a Dutchman, the lack of grease and oil at this assembly tells me this bike won't last a year. Be surprised if it makes it through winter.

  • Master Chief
    Master Chief4 måneder siden

    I would want James to make my bike

  • Boyan Zhelyazkov
    Boyan Zhelyazkov4 måneder siden

    Build a pc wearing tank top like Henry Cavill

  • Faisal Adi
    Faisal Adi4 måneder siden

    I kept focusing on fireblade on the garage

  • Rapidpanda1st
    Rapidpanda1st4 måneder siden

    6:32 "Slacken the stem bolts, don't take them out entirely" was said with the same energy as "Flood the cowling, plenty of it"