A cardboard bicycle???

Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni has developed a bicycle made of cardboard, that he hopes will revolutionize Third World transport.  According to a Reuters report, he estimates it can be sold – at a profit – for only $20, making it vastly cheaper than more conventional competitors.

Here’s a video clip about how he developed his idea.

Having spent many years in the Third World, I can only say that if this holds up to wind and weather, it’ll be a Godsend to many people in many nations.  I’m frankly astonished that cardboard should be a suitable material for a bicycle – but seeing is believing!

Peter

4 comments

  1. He is going to lose a hand if he persists in running a bandsaw with gloves on.
    The shop clutter instills little confidence either..
    But more to the point- forcing materials into a role for which they are poorly suited ,rarely works well in the end. This is basically a stunt, IMO.

  2. I'm a bit surprised that cardboard could be used to make a bicycle, but, come to think of it, who'da thought that timber and plywood would've ended up being a De-Havilland Mosquito.

    Nice aeroplane, nice bicycle.

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