A Tricycle built for Plowing

What do you get when you combine two bikes, a couple levers, and a home made wooden shovel? Why, a light duty tricycle plow, of course! [Craig] of Firefly Workshop cobbled together this contraption to assist him in shoveling his 90′ driveway when a few inches fall. More convenient than a normal shovel, and much more environmentally friendly than his 8 Horsepower snow blower, this trike looks like it could actually make shoveling the snow fun. Not really much more here than meets the eye, we just wish we had a video to share of this sweet ride in action.

Comments

  1. colsolare says:

    Creative, yet I imagine it only works with the first few inches :)

  2. Andy Lippitt says:
  3. Beatzi says:

    He should add ‘Zip-tie-DIY-bicycle-snow-chains’

    http://www.dutchbikeco.com/_blog/Dutch_Bike_Co_Weblog/post/Seattle_Snowpocalypse/

  4. Curt Mathews says:

    Very cool.. Glad to see he has the proper supervision out there too.

  5. GottaBeThatGuy says:

    I doubt it could even push a few inches of snow. A few inches of snow cover quickly adds when you are trying to ride a bike with a plow down a 90 foot driveway.

  6. Dwayne says:

    I doubt it could push more than a few inches as well, which is probably why there is no video with it.

  7. colecoman1982 says:

    @GottaBeThatGuy: You’re right, but for a driveway that long you could always do what real snow plows do and mount the plow on an angle so that it just shoves the snow to the right as you ride along. At that point, as long as the snow isn’t too deep at any single point, it should work fine.

  8. Mitch says:

    Could have easily hand shoveled the whole driveway in the time it took to build that contraption. This is not hacking, it’s slacking.

  9. Retroplayer says:

    @Mitch: Ever heard of the philosophy that you work hard once so you dont have to a hundred times? That’s the whole drive behind invention and hacking.

    That said, I doubt this even really works. The tires would simply slip without modification, and as others have already pointed out, the snow would get too heavy too quickly without an angled plow.

    Bottom line. This is a cool idea, but needs some more modifications before it would work.

  10. andres says:

    @mitch

    yes, but you have to do it by hand every time now while this person only has to ride a bike from now on. its no more slacking then using a hammer instead of your fist to put in a nail is slacking.

  11. jim says:

    very cool!!

  12. Mr. Plow says:

    I still think I prefer the plow on my 390hp Dodge Ram.

  13. walt says:

    if you’re really lazy, you could just ask your mom to take care of it. then, the title would read “Your Mom built for Plowing”

  14. MRC says:

    would probably be more effective if the plow part was a wedge or on an angle.

  15. Hirudinea says:

    I’ed like to adapt this to an e-trike! (Yes, I am that lazy!)

  16. vonskippy says:

    Now he just has to teach that dog how to drive the trike.

  17. swantron says:

    I have some pretty big seams in my sidewalk and driveway…he would last about 10 seconds before taking a ride over those handlebars

  18. mic says:

    Send them to New York, QUICK before it’s to late!

  19. Birdman says:

    @swantron

    Did you read the article? He said the plow is hinged so cracks in the driveway wont flip the bike…

  20. freschetta says:

    Am I the only one who wonders how he turns this thing around or makes another row?
    @Birdman
    Have you seen his sidewalk? XD

  21. andrew says:

    I’m sorry, what’s the point of plowing just a few inches? Where I am, a few inches can easily melt just from the sun even when the temperature stays below freezing. I don’t get why people bother shoveling it.

  22. Whatnot says:

    So andrew, born and raised and living in sunny california eh? cool.

  23. strider_mt2k says:

    Not to mention that this thing will back up into the mains so quick that you’ll be dead three times before you hit the ground.

    -so wear a helmet.

    In all seriousness, you can see the spot about a foot back where they started a small push for the photograph.
    Heck, If you timed it right it could be a photograph of it pushing hot lava.

    Photography.

    I’m beginning to think that HAD posts goofy stuff like this with no other intention than to raise the amount of clicks the site gets as we hackers spin up our keyboards in outrage.

    Meh. It worked on me. :|

  24. strider_mt2k says:

    -okay like two feet, sorry.

    -and just to poke fun at myself I will state that the dog was photoshopped in also.

  25. Mike of England says:

    Ahh, just what Britain needs.

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