Tricks of the Trade video: Two bikes, one lock trick

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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


8 thoughts on “Tricks of the Trade video: Two bikes, one lock trick

  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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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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