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One of our wonderful MAKE magazine illustrators, Tim Lillis, who does the Tricks of the Trade cartoon in each issue, did a video version. I really like it and hope we get to see more.

Tricks of the Trade: episode 1


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. TimLillis says:

    I’ll take this opportunity to point out that you should get locking skewers for your wheels, or travel with a cable.

    (another trick, if you get the skewers that can be unlocked with an allen wrench, is to put a little wax or petroleum jelly in the hole, and insert a ball bearing. This will deter many casual thieves, while keeping the wheel easily removable for when you’re fixing a flat)

  2. Eric Moritz says:

    It’s better, if you can, to put the ulock around the rim inside the rear triangle. It’s impossible to get the ulock out of the triangle short of taking a hacksaw to the rear wheel. I’d be surprised if you could get a ulock around two rims and a pole though.

    The way he locked up the bikes, some one could take off with two slightly used rear wheels.

    1. Emmagoose says:

      Heck, they didn’t even bother to run a cable through the front wheels. Even where I live, in a suburb-city, they would come back to find two bike frames securely connected to the pipe without wheels.

  3. critter42 says:

    Of course, the point is moot if your older Kryptonite U-lock can be opened with a bic pen! :)

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