Video: Cam McCaul Builds Up His New Bike Blindfolded

Nov 1, 2019 at 9:02
by Cam McCaul  

Of all the bad ideas out there, this is one of them. The challenge - can I assemble the parts onto my new Trek Remedy 9.9 while blindfolded? There's only one way to find out. I know my way around my messy garage pretty well, but well enough to navigate a bike-build without the sense of sight? Will this thing even be rideable? To aid in this mania, I enlist the help of my good friend, Dusty Wygle to help keep the train on the tracks.

Blind bike build

But that would be too easy. How about we confiscate Dusty's sense of hearing to further elevate the entertainment value? Ok - sounds like a plan. Watch as these two Sisyphusian buffoons proverbially push this rock up a hill on a quest to ride-ability. But how do we prove that the bike is ride-able? How about a blindfolded test lap out the garage door? Dark outside? All good, I can't see anyways. Plus, we got night-vision... that we didn't use for some reason.

Blind bike build

Spoiler Alert - I now have a scar. But I call it a success anyways. Watch as we bring new meaning to the term "communication breakdown" in this latest edition of "Cam McCaul Video Logs." Led Zep would be proud.

OK Bye.


Blind bike build

Parts for this build:

-Frame: Trek Remedy 9.9
-Fork: Fork: 36, K, FLOAT, 27.5in, F-S, 160, Grip 2, HSC, LSC, LSR, Color Orange
-Wheels: Bontrager Line Pro 30 TLR Boost 27.5"
-Rear Shock: Fox Float X2
-Cranks: Shimano XT
-Brakes: Shimano XT
-Handlebar: Bontrager Line Pro Carbon 35 MTB Handlebar
-Stem: Bontrager Line Pro 35 0 Degree Stem 40mm
-Seatpost: Fox Transfer 150mm
-Tires: Bontrager SE4 27.5 x 2.4 (front and rear)
-Brakes: Shimano XT 4 piston
-Pedals: Shimano Saint
-Grips: Sensus Swayze


  • 287 1
 This isn't new, the guys at Walmart do this every day.
  • 95 1
 hahaha - well played
  • 14 2
 Comment of the Year
  • 4 1
  • 2 1
  • 4 1
 Hahaha!!!! Comment of the century! Here in France Walmart is called Decathlon...
  • 3 1
 I love the ONE downvote!

(better get back to your WM shift pal.... Wink )
  • 2 0
 @softsteel: In here as well. Some nice stuff there actually, but the bikes suck, of course.
  • 1 0
 double post
  • 33 2
 Still managed to do a better job than some local bike shops lol
  • 6 0
 I've had numerous experiences from various shops getting my bike back worse than when I brought it in *face palm*
  • 10 0
 I remember The Fonz being forced to rebuild his motorcycle on an episode of Happy Days...after becoming blind.. cant remember the details but it was a ploy to get him to gain his confidence back...
  • 3 0
 Blast from the past!. I remember that episode.
  • 5 1
 Sit on it Fred.
  • 1 0
 WOW, crazy flashback. Season six... after the show had already jumped the shark.
  • 7 0
 I used to work with a blind guy in a busy workshop at a bike rental center. I don't think his disability effected the quality of his work. Not only was he good, he was a grafter that cared.
  • 7 0
 My commuter bike was in part built by blind people. Works perfectly fine.
  • 3 0
 Super cool!
  • 3 0
 My dad used to tell me about how he worked on the GM assembly line one summer. He was so bored he used to see how many brakes he could put together with his eyes closed. Stay in school, kids!
  • 8 0
 I talked my wife into letting me give her a Dusty Wygle, we ended up throwing that mattress away...
  • 2 0
 what is it with these pro riders, building bikes with absolutely zero grease on anything. makes me cringe. first watched Pilgrims dh bike build and he used a battery to smash a headset in also using zero grease on anything,and now cam lol
  • 3 0
 Gotta be honest, I clicked in this not expecting much, I had a smile on my face the whole time though!
  • 4 1
 Well done, always great to watch your antics, Cam! Keep it up!
  • 1 0
 Thought i'll skim thru and fast forward here and there...ended up watching whole thing with a big grin on my face. Xam delivers once again Smile
  • 2 0
 "Sisyphusian buffoons"? Cam are you talking about the two other commentators at Rampage?
  • 2 0
 This looked like it was sooo much fun!
  • 1 0
 great video, loved it, 10/10 would recommend. please make a sequel "riding my backyard trail blind"
  • 1 0
 Was about to make a bike shop comment 'til I saw I'm sadly not the only one.
  • 1 0
 @CamMcCaul , I thought you were 26 4 lyfe?
  • 1 0
 The kid stole the show. Sorry Caminator.
  • 1 0
 Definitely recovering from a bruised rib lol
  • 1 0
 Cam could commentate anything and succeed. The dude has killer charisma.
  • 1 1
 We should all listen to our wives more.
  • 1 0
 Bye- Poopies.
  • 1 3
 It`s a bit easy actually..... and he didn`t manage to lace the wheels so yeah: easy.

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