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HandsomeRyan
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Question Bike powered sweeper ideas?

I'm playing with the idea of making a bike powered "sweeper" to clear off the sticks, leaves and other debris that collects on the local MUP. I'm looking for design ideas and I know this forum is full of engineering minded bicycle enthusiasts.

Here is some of my brainstorming so far-

Sweep or Blow?
a Sweep mechanism would be more effective but requires fabricating more parts (More $$$ too)
I already have a gas powered blower I could modify so I'm leaning this direction

Trailer Mounted?
I think I can weld up a simple trailer from some scrap I have laying around.
A trailer would allow others to use the device too.

Blower Nozzle
Least ammount of bends from motor to outlet for maximum power transfer
Single outlet like stock leaf blower or "gang" outlet allowing several smaller streams of air?

Other-
How to secure blower to trailer?
How to attach trailer to bike?
Trailer size and dimensions?
Routing of tubing from blower?

If anyone has any ideas and wants to share them please do. Bonus points for MS Paint drawings or other images.

Thanks,
Ryan
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