Introducing: A $20 Bike Made of Cardboard
Inventor hopes to have it in mass production soon
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2012 3:29 PM CDT
Updated Oct 20, 2012 8:21 AM CDT
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(Newser) – It's a pretty nifty idea assuming it all comes together: An Israeli inventor has made a bicycle almost entirely out of cardboard and hopes to have it in mass production in months, reports Reuters. Izhar Gafni swears his $20 bike is uber-durable, thanks to a treatment of organic materials that makes it both waterproof and fireproof. It has no metal parts, and its tires are made of recycled rubber from car tires. It can accommodate a simple motor, too. (You can see a video here.)

"I was always fascinated by applying unconventional technologies to materials ... but this was the culmination of a few things that came together," says Gafni, who thinks the bike could have a huge impact on third-world countries. "I worked for four years to cancel out the corrugated cardboard's weak structural points." The bike is expected to go on sale in Israel within a year, and production will expand after that. The invention is winning favorable mentions in Time, the Street, and DesignTaxi.

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BrushMan
Oct 20, 2012 10:31 PM CDT
$20 in materials and hundreds of hours labor.
jgarbuz
Oct 20, 2012 4:50 PM CDT
One more ingenuous Israeli innovation to bring something useful to the people of the world, unlike its numerous surrounding enemies who only contribute such "innovations" as IEDs, suicide vests and rockets whose only purposes are to maim and kill.
tbat
Oct 20, 2012 3:37 PM CDT
"The axles and bearing almost certainly have to be made of steel............." Bearing could be sleeves made of cardboard and cables could nylon, etc, etc, etc.......Izhar probably already figured this out.....good luck Mr. Gafni!