The Cutting Edge: Bicycle Lawnmowing

Bike with a lawn mower instead of a front tire

Northfielder / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

There we were, ruminating on just what gizmos creative minds will dream up to win fame and glory (plus cash and bike) in the Specialized Innovate or Die competition, and in a totally unrelated web search, happened upon the 'B.O.B. Mower,' which looks like a customised Sunlawn mower, attached to B.O.B. bike trailer linkage.

All the fossil-fuel-free goodness of a push (reel) lawnmower with the superior strength of legs over arms in a bicycle. Genius! Whether it works or not we don’t know. But just the idea makes us feel better. And, of course, all good design is just evolutionary so it stands to reason the idea has been developed before.

And boy, has it ever. Take a peek, after the fold, at the plethora of bicycle-lawn mower combos we've dug up.

Bike with a lawnmower instead of front tire parked in the grass
Ken Ratcliff / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Rusted bike with a lawnmore in front parked in the grass
Lee Coursey / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Bike with a mower instead of front tire and the label "Ladies ride-on mower"
Leonard J Matthews / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0
Bike with attached lawnmower parked on the sidewalk
David B. Gleason / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Bike with an attached mower parked in the dirt
Neon Luxe / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0