When there's just an inch of snow on your driveway, there's no need to fire up the big power sucking snow plow. Just build yourself a DIY bicycle snow plow like this one to get the job done instead.

The idea of a bicycle snow plow isn't exactly new, but now that the snow season is in full effect, it's as good a time as any to stay prepared. Here's the maker of the bike plow explaining how it works:

So my bike plow makes it easy to make a few runs up and down the driveway to make 2 or 3 piles that can then be easily hand shoveled off to the side. A lever pulls up or lets down the plow with a rope and pulley. Pulling the lever all the way back cantilevers the rope and pivot point so it locks in place. The plow blade is hinged with a bungee cord, so hitting a discrepancy in the road allows the blade to flop and give like a real plow. The bike can turn on a dime so raising the plow and returning up the adjacent path is quick and easy. I can do 'reverse' by pushing down on the front wheel with my foot to roll it backwards.


Anyone else use a bicycle snow plow? [MAKE via Crunch Gear]