5 minutes of boring bike maintenance with James May

2 sep 2020
395 561 Áhorf

You may not know this, but James May is a keen cyclist. His bunker is full of all sorts of bikes and he tinkers with them fairly often. After a few years of that, he's learnt some tricks, and this week he thought he'd show you one of them.
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  • Let any of them 3 sit in a room quietly for 10 minutes id still be entertained..idk why

    heybosheybosKlukkustund síðan
  • 0:33 James, pause this and laugh like how you laugh at the samurai statue 😂

    Yan LuYan Lu3 dögum síðan
  • James May is the beta version of Joe Rogan, except cooler and smarter with a weird accent + margarine addiction.

    Pickle Supply Company Yep!Pickle Supply Company Yep!7 dögum síðan
  • It would be nice to see this topic covered for classic-era center pulls such as Weinmann 610/750, MAFAC Racer, Unv=iversal 61, etc. These brakes do NOT have the handy adjustable-washer system for adjusting toe-in.

    Jon SpanglerJon Spangler10 dögum síðan
  • Fantastic James, thank you.

    Brian NoeBrian Noe12 dögum síðan
  • I would welcome as much content on bicycle maintenance from James as he is willing to produce.

    j24601valjeanj24601valjean14 dögum síðan
  • Are you getting paid for all those product placement name dropping?

    Joe BlogsJoe Blogs14 dögum síðan
  • Haircut time?

    Jack FJack F15 dögum síðan
  • It's the right way to get well.

    Per LarssonPer Larsson16 dögum síðan
  • Platform pedals? James.....

    Hernan HernandezHernan Hernandez19 dögum síðan
  • A little mature for bicycling aren't we 🥂😎

    Buck ShotBuck Shot21 degi síðan síðan
  • What are these pedal thingies you talk of....

    Ross MacfarlaneRoss Macfarlane21 degi síðan síðan
  • Carbon top tube in a bike stand 😱

    Paul DowneyPaul Downey22 dögum síðan
  • "Campy"?

    RushiesBootsRushiesBoots22 dögum síðan
  • At 0:50 are you talking about the bike squealing or the rider??

    Cory StellmackCory Stellmack23 dögum síðan
  • I'm pretty disappointed. I figured this would be about Motorcycles. Boo

    Sapp440Sapp44024 dögum síðan
  • More bicycle things please.

    Luke Nicholson Original MusicLuke Nicholson Original Music24 dögum síðan
  • I was going to toe-in my brake blocks, as per this excellent video yesterday, then I thought - they will only remain toed-in until the pads wear down and become parallel to the rim again....which wouldn't take too long. You'd have to constantly keep toeing-in to compensate for pad wear. I do like the principle of this though.

    Scott TravisScott Travis25 dögum síðan
  • I will do this on my 1971 Campagolos. Thank you. Watch your airspeed!

    Tom CaganTom Cagan25 dögum síðan
  • I am kind of surprised James hasn't got his torque table out and is not using a torque wrench...

    Alex MasonAlex Mason26 dögum síðan
  • Yes more bike related videos !!!

    Harrison PickenHarrison Picken28 dögum síðan
  • Mr may if you're into bike maintenance I would highly recommend kestrel bike stand. They are the best on the market and once you've worked on one you won't want to use another.

    Tom sandersonTom sandersonMánuði síðan
  • It now makes sense why I always thought guides were giving backwards advice: the leading edge is the one that points to the front of the bike, not the one that meets the rim first.

    Christophe LChristophe LMánuði síðan
  • Why is the front brake on the right lever? Do british switch the brakes position on bikes too?

    sargantana100sargantana100Mánuði síðan
  • So all those years while Clarkson was making jokes about wanting to run over cyclists he was presenting next to a keen cyclist?

    Andrew HopkinsAndrew HopkinsMánuði síðan
  • Time for a Ride Tribe Channel James, love these vids 👏🏻

    Shaun KellyShaun KellyMánuði síðan
  • Did my toe in brake blocks on my new brakes a few weeks ago, works a treat!

    Paul GaidaPaul GaidaMánuði síðan
  • That’s really great Top Gear expert advice James. It’s always wise to toe in soft brake blocks so that the leading edge of the blocks wear down to a smooth ramp shape. Then when the rest of the pad compresses onto the rim, it’s shorter and has less material to wear out. Also, the front ramp sweeps away rainwater and mud, keeping the rest of the block bone dry and clean. The correct toe-in spacing is not, in fact, a gold credit card thickness, but it is measured with the end of the small finger. The brake block clamping nut is never tightened so that the block can float into contact with the rim. It is always vital to ensure that the open end of the brake block shoe always faces in the direction of travel of the bicycle to ensure adequate brake block cooling. Next week, an advice video of how to correctly toe-in disc brake pads and keep them dry will complete the tutorial. I hope this advice provides you with many happy hours of cycling.

    David ChaddertonDavid ChaddertonMánuði síðan
  • You had the gall to write a response to my whitty comment about your half share in a dead pub, The Royal Oak, and tell me, “DO NOT BE A CHIPPY BORE.” Hilarious James. You are the world champion at that game.

    David ChaddertonDavid ChaddertonMánuði síðan
  • James, I would not have expected your garage to be that messy.

    Doug HungerfordDoug HungerfordMánuði síðan
  • This isn't Seth's Bike Hacks

    Rory MagRory MagMánuði síðan
  • Nice shirt james😆

    L LL LMánuði síðan
  • That moment when you’re so hip and trendy you mountain bike like once a year

    ThatsRaidillonActuallyThatsRaidillonActuallyMánuði síðan
  • I'm not gonna lie. I actually like James doing bike stuff.

    Sam ShengSam ShengMánuði síðan
  • Only few newton-meters instead of a Vauxhall torque test in a sand.

    Evaldas MureikaEvaldas MureikaMánuði síðan
  • The next thumbnail will be "Berm Garage"

    Chris BishopChris BishopMánuði síðan
  • nice shirt!

    Dan VanderHelmDan VanderHelmMánuði síðan
  • There should be a whole series of James teaching us the best way to do boring odd jobs around the house.

    Liam CLiam CMánuði síðan
  • Try extending your life by riding them fast and not touching them up

    den coden coMánuði síðan
  • Lies! That wasn't boring at all. I'm going to do that to my bike this weekend!

    Ted McFaddenTed McFaddenMánuði síðan
  • He's doing bike maintenance with a rolex milgauss on :-o

    Machismo1983Machismo1983Mánuði síðan
  • Most of the time, the speed is not too fast. If the brake shoes are parallel, the life will increase. But if the front end touches the wheel first, the brake pads wear out too quickly.

    欺负女同学大鸡煲欺负女同学大鸡煲Mánuði síðan
  • Only James May would put flat pedals on a road bike...

    Dévan CoetzeeDévan CoetzeeMánuði síðan
  • That T-shirt... 🤣

    FhargaZFhargaZMánuði síðan
  • Why did I watch this? I have disc brakes

    JourneyfortwoJourneyfortwoMánuði síðan
  • seth’s bike hacks vs james may

    totaly not jjtotaly not jjMánuði síðan
  • who's is the le mana blue e93 bmw? does it belong to James?

    ya hooya hooMánuði síðan
  • May = Road Seth = MTB Also can you turn right now, Captain May?

    Ghazy PangerangGhazy PangerangMánuði síðan
  • Bin

    splendid red 05 studiossplendid red 05 studiosMánuði síðan
  • When you have a sworn petrolhead go over to the other end of transportation on the road:

    Reapa Nomin8Reapa Nomin8Mánuði síðan
  • It had never before occurred to me why James always seemed so familiar. Little bike shops always used to have a James drinking tea in the background every morning 😅

    John MorrisonJohn MorrisonMánuði síðan
  • Pls make a collab with Global Cycling Network pls pls pls

    Tomket TomciloTomket TomciloMánuði síðan
  • The only things stopping me buying this bike Is the external cabling and rim brakes.

    Andrew SpeirsAndrew SpeirsMánuði síðan
  • Should mountain bike disc brake pads be angled in the same way? I've always sort of bodged new pads in and just ridden with them until they wear down enough to work properly again...makes an awful noise and hard to pedal to begin with but it all works out in the end.

    GazmusGazmusMánuði síðan
  • Anyone else notice that James shakes his head seeminlgy unintentionally quite often?

    998746998746Mánuði síðan
  • Yes please, Mr. May, please do more bike maintenance videos!

    CarlosGlatzos976CarlosGlatzos976Mánuði síðan
  • Yes, I'd love some more bike maintenance videos :) As someone who has a very nice bicycle that is in utter disrepair and wants to fix it up I would love more of James walking us through maintenance. I've got a "rim brake" aswell, they judder/skip and squeel and the rear one has recently decided to stop working entirely. I can deal with disc and drum brakes just fine but those rim brakes cause me to be violently mad.

    Dieser MannDieser MannMánuði síðan
  • Please more cycling videos!.. And get closer looks and more focus on the techniques themselves

    Khaled GomaaKhaled GomaaMánuði síðan
  • I used to file the leading edge of drum brake shoes for similar reasons

    Capture VRCapture VRMánuði síðan
  • Great vids, thank you. How about converting your bike to an Ebike?

    Daragh CounihanDaragh CounihanMánuði síðan
  • I have 203mm rotor disc brakes. Great for throwing you off the bike when you don't pay attention.

    Colours CapelloColours CapelloMánuði síðan
  • to be very boring, the same applies to disc breaks only a bit different

    j00lsnj00lsnMánuði síðan

    Dean FranzDean FranzMánuði síðan
  • This is exactly what I was looking to find months ago! Perfect!

    WillWillMánuði síðan
  • 👍👍

    Ederson simplesEderson simplesMánuði síðan
  • Fun fact: rubber can't be compressed :)

    orlovsskibetorlovsskibetMánuði síðan
  • You can tell May’s been biking - no more big belly. I’m trying to do the same with my lockdown belly. Back on the bike!

    honestmcgyverhonestmcgyverMánuði síðan
  • No one going to mention the involuntary head wobble Ive noticed in several videos now

    Grizzly AdamsGrizzly AdamsMánuði síðan
  • As a bike mechanic, I approve this message.

    G BG BMánuði síðan
  • Thank's James for breaking setting up brakes on bicycles I am also a motorcyclist I have 39-year-old BMW R65 with Side Car I did meet with Jeremy Clarkson BBC Top Gear Live At The NEC Birmingham back in the 90's Her lad what are you showing at the show I said the Ex GPO Bantum Motorcycle standing with was a manakin next to the bike he did not want to know where you and Richard I do like more rouned moto journalist and you do know what you are talking about not afraid to pick up tools and you know what talking about ride safe I live in S.W Cumbria near the Lake district

    Laird Nigel P LawrenceLaird Nigel P LawrenceMánuði síðan
  • I could watch this man talk about bikes for the rest of my life and die happy

    Jakob GabrielssonJakob GabrielssonMánuði síðan
  • I am baffled the right hand activates the front brake. It is the left hand here in Italy, in the civilised world.

    m._cellom._celloMánuði síðan
    • @JM's unemployment tube I get it. UK always be different. It's the metric vs imperial all over again

      m._cellom._celloMánuði síðan
    • @m._cello It’s a UK thing, not just me.

      JM's unemployment tubeJM's unemployment tubeMánuði síðan
    • @fddsagfdshdfgfdsdf thank you for clarification, but I insist. Bikes around the world have the rear brake on the right hand lever!! butJames is James so...

      m._cellom._celloMánuði síðan
    • Motorcycle front brake is the right hand lever, it just makes sense for bicycles to have the same setup. Especially for motorcycle riders who also like to occasionally pedal to where they're going.

      fddsagfdshdfgfdsdffddsagfdshdfgfdsdfMánuði síðan
  • Bruh James Dancing has to be the best thing ever!🤣🤣🤣🤣❤

    Tommy TomTommy TomMánuði síðan
  • You must have the world's best behaved brake blocks for you to simply loosen and tighten them without their position changing whilst loose. I would never hold the brake lever with one hand, I would hold the position of the pad with one hand while tightening with the other, otherwise when you loosen the block it shifts and when you tighten it, it typically shifts again by twisting in the direction that you turn the Allen key. Also when you tighten your blocks there are slight changes to the distance from the rim so you don't center your caliper first, you do this after you have correctly aligned your blocks, then you can change cable tension, the centering of the caliper and if using v brakes on a mtb this is also when you would alter spring tension at the break pivots to centre on the rim, but pad position always comes first. In my experience toeing in is always more effective in the back than on the front as the rigidity of the frame boosts the strength of the braking action as the brake mechanism is drawn inwards between the seat stays toward the seat tube. In the front this is not the case, although I have seen one or two bikes that have mounted their caliper on the back side of the forks to replicate the action of the back brake and give greater power.

    BUNJI82BUNJI82Mánuði síðan
  • Thanks, interesting way of doing that. Maybe do another with covering vintage Raleigh, or even older.

    Paul LawickiPaul LawickiMánuði síðan
  • better than game of thrones

    Ryan A.CRyan A.CMánuði síðan
  • Do the Brits switch the front/back brake for left/right as well?

    Kenny YungKenny YungMánuði síðan
  • I heard may was saying how long do people want to watch old blokes do this stuff. The answer is forever. There's no one else who can fill the shoes of may, clarkson and hammond

    yonder manyonder manMánuði síðan
  • Anyone else get the thumbnail reference?

    Ryan MarottaRyan MarottaMánuði síðan
  • your mom is boring

    SrijaSrijaMánuði síðan
  • I liked and subscribed, where are my other gripping bicycle maintenance videos 🙀 ?

    delucerrrdelucerrrMánuði síðan
  • More please!

    Jonathan hatherallJonathan hatherallMánuði síðan
  • James' Bike Hacks

    Neil McLindenNeil McLindenMánuði síðan
  • Just call "a guy"

    Sean ArnoldSean ArnoldMánuði síðan
  • I just love that documentary voice of his. So pleasant to hear, more so than anyone in my ken.

    QWERTY ytrewqQWERTY ytrewqMánuði síðan
  • Boring? Do you have brain damage?

    Free WheelsFree WheelsMánuði síðan
  • 0:38 that's what i called reverse D***

    ranggarangga2 mánuðum síðan
  • Rim brakes and 23c tyres =🦕🦖🦖🦕

    alan gilmouralan gilmour2 mánuðum síðan
  • Is it me or do the entire top gear team share the same voice or are they indeed the same person in various stages of development

    David CoomberDavid Coomber2 mánuðum síðan
  • I like those now old men passing the fire , passi g their experiences to us yound lads. Thank you sir!

    Firefighter GTXFirefighter GTX2 mánuðum síðan
  • Nice video James and news to an old cyclist like myself. Two points if I may (...) why ‘only’ 105 and just open pedals? Ultegra is superb though you could afford DuraAce and clip-in pedals offer significant mechanical benefit. More please.

    M WallisM Wallis2 mánuðum síðan
    • I have another bike with a posh SRAM groupset and proper pedals. This is my biffabout town bike.

      JM's unemployment tubeJM's unemployment tubeMánuði síðan
  • Love it!

    Peter HeinePeter Heine2 mánuðum síðan
  • Now try MTB

    adam7x1 xadam7x1 x2 mánuðum síðan
  • Italian Mode .. Right Front Braking ...

    J JJ J2 mánuðum síðan
  • very usefull, you should do a youtube version of the reassembler

    327ewok327ewok2 mánuðum síðan
  • Loved it

    orsodaikinorsodaikin2 mánuðum síðan
  • I thought he would have used Disc brakes.

    Drushen NaidooDrushen Naidoo2 mánuðum síðan
  • You know, I would very much like to watch that Public Service Documentary on Bicycle Maintenance from TG S21E05.

    Salman AzamSalman Azam2 mánuðum síðan
  • Great!

    Charl PrakCharl Prak2 mánuðum síðan
  • Thanks for that info, I think, I was not aware but am not sure it will make a difference. But now am going to have to try it !

    Phil ReevesPhil Reeves2 mánuðum síðan