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Tired of shoveling, man invents bicycle snow plow

For The Win logo For The Win 2/18/2019 David Strege
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A Connecticut man combined his love of bike riding with his hatred of shoveling snow and came up with an ingenious invention: a bicycle snow plow.

Rob Wotzak of Milford has been building unusual things with scrap metal ever since learning how to weld in college in the early 1990s.

"My family and friends are used to my crazy ideas, so it wasn't a surprise to anyone that I would build something like this," he told to FTW Outdoors.

"The bike plow came about because I hate shoveling snow but love riding bikes. Plus, legs are stronger than arms, so a bike plow should be easier to use than a shovel, right?

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"I had a rusty old tractor plow sitting behind my barn for years, and I had often dreamed of turning it into a pedal-powered snow-moving machine. Finally, two years ago I grabbed the plow and a pile of bike parts and started cutting and welding."

After building and learning from two prototypes, he finally created a third, workable bicycle snow plow that he is seen demonstrating in the video.

a car parked on the side of a snow covered road: File Photo © File Photo File Photo

"It's not perfect, but it works pretty well-way better than my first two attempts," he told FTW Outdoors. "Plowing with it is definitely a workout, though, so I don't know that I'd want to use it on anything more than my short, level driveway."

The response he's gotten has been "overwhelmingly positive and supportive."

"If I had my way, I'd be designing and building fun stuff like this every day, so it's very satisfying to know that other people are getting enjoyment from my creations too!" Wotzak said.

Photo courtesy of ViralHog.

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