Israeli Inventor Creates Working Bicycle Made Entirely of Cardboard

Israeli Inventor Creates Working Bicycle Made Entirely of Cardboard

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Using cardboard for boxes is so 2011.

While in many American and European cities, the bicycle is looked at as the cheap alternative to driving a car, there hasn't really been much thought put into finding the cheap alternative to riding a bicycle (those ratty tennis shoes you've had for eight years excluded). Izhar Gafni hopes to change that with his latest invention, a $9.00 bicycle made entirely of cardboard that he believes is "a game-changer."

"Making a cardboard box is easy and it can be very strong and durable, but to make a bicycle was extremely difficult and I had to find the right way to fold the cardboard in several different directions," Gafni claims. "It took a year and a half, with lots of testing and failure until I got it right."

Gafni's wonder-bike won't just mind-bogglingly support your weight, but is also both waterproof and fireproof, a feat accomplished via a secret organic spray that, reportedly, has kept one of his bicycles hard even after being immersed in water for several months. Currently, the chain is replaced by a car's timing belt, and the tires, created from reconstituted rubber, not only can't go flat, but last without filling for ten years.

"When we started, a year and a half or two years ago, people laughed at us," Gafni said, "but now we are getting at least a dozen e-mails every day asking where they can buy such a bicycle, so this really makes me hopeful that we will succeed."

The bike, if it works as reported, isn't just an amazing feat of engineering, but also of production. With a per unit cost of $9.00, there will be no financial incentive for businesses to produce the bicycles in cheap labor markets. Perhaps even more impressive is that fact that the vehicle is made from 100% "green" materials, allowing for government grants that neutralize the production cost, and allow the bikes to be distributed completely free of charge in poor and developing nations.

While you can't pick up one of these magical voodoo bikes yet, Gafni claims that in just six months, plans will be set in motion for an urban bike assisted by a rechargeable electric motor, a small bike (about 2/3 the size of an adult's) for African children, a "balance bike" for teaching people to ride, and even a wheelchair. As for the distant future? Gafni sees his special cardboard used in cars and airplanes, though admits that's "still a way down the road."

Source & Image: Yahoo News

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Mike Kayatta:
a feat accomplished via a secret organic spray that, reportedly, has kept one of his bicycles hard even after being immersed in water for several months.

Sounds like he should be selling that, alternative to Viagra, hey-o!

Darn, I would love too see a working Cardboard airplane.

Cheap Corp-duster lowing cost of food. Cheap long-range transport, no more needing too drive 6 hours too get to a major airport. The possibilities are truly remarkable.

This is incredibly cool. I wonder how much they weigh.

Usually when I go to buy a bike, I tend to worry about the costs. Not really so much about health and safety...

Cool, I'd love to see the bike in person in person. A cardboard bike seems impossible to me.

ritchards:

Mike Kayatta:
a feat accomplished via a secret organic spray that, reportedly, has kept one of his bicycles hard even after being immersed in water for several months.

Sounds like he should be selling that, alternative to Viagra, hey-o!

The problem is that such a thing wouldn't be practical, seeing as if it stays up for more than four hours, you need to consult your doctor immediately. =P

Wait, if it's made entirely out of cardboard, what happens when it rains?

Filiecs:
Wait, if it's made entirely out of cardboard, what happens when it rains?

As the article says, the bike is covered in a "mystery spray" that makes it waterproof

Wow. A 9 dollar bike. It obviously won't be a schwin, but it will give so many people an affordable means of transportation without having to smell the hobo on the train the just threw up on himself.

How long untill he masters time travel?
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ritchards:

Mike Kayatta:
a feat accomplished via a secret organic spray that, reportedly, has kept one of his bicycles hard even after being immersed in water for several months.

Sounds like he should be selling that, alternative to Viagra, hey-o!

Well it does come with rubbers!

Well, I'm impressed... though I'd like to at least see it in action...

EDIT: Read the article properly -_-

I'd like to know what the spray that they used is though XD, WD-40 variant?

I what happens if it gets wet...

I actualy want one, It be really light too! So fast!

Baresark:
This is incredibly cool. I wonder how much they weigh.

20 lbs. Like 30% lighter than a normal bike.

DVS BSTrD:
How long untill he masters time travel?
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xD We will visit the distant past to solve the mysteries of the dinosaurs and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and we will visit them in our futuristic alien cardboard.

And we will not be ashamed whatsoever.

Mike Kayatta:
Israeli Inventor Creates Working Bicycle Made Entirely of Cardboard

As a journalist, shouldn't you know the definition of the word "entirely"? I can see several parts of that bike which are not cardboard. That's not to take away from this accomplishment which is pretty impressive. But why stretch the truth?

ResonanceSD:
EDIT: Read the article properly -_-

I'd like to know what the spray that they used is though XD, WD-40 variant?

seriously, that shit must be made of superman skin to be strong enough to hold a person and sufficiently bike you around for periods of time.

granted, in my area there are decent amounts of hills and stuff, so i don't think this bike would be good for it..but for mostly flat places it'd probably hold up.

really want to see a video of him biking around, still, it's damn impressive..fucking cardboard.

Mike Kayatta:

Gafni's wonder-bike won't just mind-bogglingly support your weight, but is also both waterproof and fireproof, a feat accomplished via a secret organic spray that, reportedly, has kept one of his bicycles hard even after being immersed in water for several months.

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Wow. I don't think regular bikes could even do that

I wonder how it performs going uphill?

Anything is possible, the Mythbusters made a crossbow out of paper.

TeletubbiesGolfGun:

ResonanceSD:
EDIT: Read the article properly -_-

I'd like to know what the spray that they used is though XD, WD-40 variant?

seriously, that shit must be made of superman skin to be strong enough to hold a person and sufficiently bike you around for periods of time.

granted, in my area there are decent amounts of hills and stuff, so i don't think this bike would be good for it..but for mostly flat places it'd probably hold up.

really want to see a video of him biking around, still, it's damn impressive..fucking cardboard.

Because of the information given regarding the tires it's fairly clear that its only application could be paved urban areas. One must keep in mind though he created it so that the poor (his country having a great many) would be able to afford to travel in a way that wasn't just walking so that they could reach work and the like more easily, so it's more than sufficient.

Also, any details on the type of cardboard? Is it corrugated? I can see it supporting a great deal of stress then but I don't know how that could allow for the intricate folds that the design apparently incorporates.

That to me is the world's greatest and cheapest way of getting around. If they sold these all around the world, it'd help millions of people out thus imagine what they can do to enhance if not improve the cardboard the box is made out of. Dearly hope to see these around and buy one for myself, me and my girlfriend can ride down the fields after school in these!

Also it's not only waterproof, but fireproof?? This guy is a pure genius overall.

Baron_BJ:

TeletubbiesGolfGun:

ResonanceSD:
EDIT: Read the article properly -_-

I'd like to know what the spray that they used is though XD, WD-40 variant?

seriously, that shit must be made of superman skin to be strong enough to hold a person and sufficiently bike you around for periods of time.

granted, in my area there are decent amounts of hills and stuff, so i don't think this bike would be good for it..but for mostly flat places it'd probably hold up.

really want to see a video of him biking around, still, it's damn impressive..fucking cardboard.

Because of the information given regarding the tires it's fairly clear that its only application could be paved urban areas. One must keep in mind though he created it so that the poor (his country having a great many) would be able to afford to travel in a way that wasn't just walking so that they could reach work and the like more easily, so it's more than sufficient.

Also, any details on the type of cardboard? Is it corrugated? I can see it supporting a great deal of stress then but I don't know how that could allow for the intricate folds that the design apparently incorporates.

yeah, hopefully it really does hold up it's "efficiency" part and doesn't require a new one to be purchased every 6 months or so, getting it "repaired" is not cost worthy obviously.

god i hope apple doesn't see this design and try to strap an apple logo to it...all the hipsters will come orgasming over the hills to spend hundreds of dollars on this bike with apple on it.

I think what he did was basically made a wooden bike. I don't see how it's green since you need trees for cardboard.

Marowit:
I what happens if it gets wet...

Lol'd.
I assume you wonder what happens if it gets wet, well my friend, as stipulated in the article the inventor had it soak in water for months with no ill effects.

ExtraDebit:
I think what he did was basically made a wooden bike. I don't see how it's green since you need trees for cardboard.

This is a common and understandable misconception, for stuff like paper and cardboard the trees are grown in large scale tree farms which are extremely energy efficient and use trees that grow rapidly in size in short periods, in the end causing no harm to the environment and helping with oxygen creation. Rainforest clearances and the like are almost always for large scale cattle ranches and the like where great, wide open spaces are needed.

You might now be thinking of recycling, however a great deal of recycling does more harm than good (it uses more energy and causes more pollutants than simply growing more of the farm trees). The reasons recycling is still a thing are very very long and complicated so I'll simply say that often it's more "green" to use new things than recycle (except for certain things like aluminum cans which you totally should recycle because 100% of the can is recycled and reusable, not to mention that unlike trees, metals are a finite resource, so this is infinitely more "green" than any regular bike).

Pretty cool.
Airplanes and cars also in his plans?
At least he'll have work 'till he dies.

Thats great, lets just see if it works in a place with a high humidity...
I fear my cardboard bicycle would be doomed here in the high humidity of Florida.

William Gibson predicted this in 'Virtual Light' (excellent first book in a sweet trilogy if anyone cares) back in the early 90's, glad to see it finally happened.

If this was on Kickstarter i'd back it.

This would be amazing... If it did cause a massive spike in bike usage though, the government around where I live at least would have to get around to making those biking lanes they always talk about... And I mean biking lanes, not just painting a line in the car road and going "there... Bikes go in this one, cars in that one". Man has that idea caused troubles... They could have widened the roads a bit first at least! The Dutch made it work, we should be able to...

*ahem* Cool bike. I hope it's really as awesome as it seems, and I hope this will mean even cheaper transport for the masses (so cheap that it can indeed be distributed for free to those in need). It's clearly quite resistant though, as the article says it could stay in the water for ages without even being damaged. The question then is, is it actually bio-degradable on its own? If not that means places using them will need sites for dumping and recycling of the bikes, as just throwing them in a ditch wont make it go away. Might complicate things for the parts of the world that truly need these things.

That is, if it's not so sturdy that you dont even NEED to throw it away. If it could last a person many years, thats just pretty damn impressive.

NiPah:
Thats great, lets just see if it works in a place with a high humidity...
I fear my cardboard bicycle would be doomed here in the high humidity of Florida.

How about the salty, chilly coast or Northern Norway? Does it stand up to spending half it's life burried in snow if you (like me) don't have room for the bike inside? There are many ifs and buts... Heh, butts...

ritchards:

Mike Kayatta:
a feat accomplished via a secret organic spray that, reportedly, has kept one of his bicycles hard even after being immersed in water for several months.

Sounds like he should be selling that, alternative to Viagra, hey-o!

I actually know the guy who made the spray! :D Can't find him though. He's somewhere on the streets looking for money...

Avaholic03:

Mike Kayatta:
Israeli Inventor Creates Working Bicycle Made Entirely of Cardboard

As a journalist, shouldn't you know the definition of the word "entirely"? I can see several parts of that bike which are not cardboard. That's not to take away from this accomplishment which is pretty impressive. But why stretch the truth?

You're entirely right. I don't use that word properly.

Just good to see someone taking a simple idea that will create many opportunities for so many people in the world!

Hmm I dunno.
This investment sounds like it might fold.
The design is too boxy.
It may seem cool now but people will get board.

In other news my wallet is miraculously missing nine dollars.

 

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