A Cardboard Bicycle That Can Change The World

Wow, another news-worthy invention! If I had to choose between driving a car or writing a cardboard Bicycle to work and everywhere, the car would lose out each time. Easy choice huh? Unlike driving a car routinely which can have a negative impact on your heart and lungs, the bicycle even made out of cardboard can help you optimize health and add years to life. And with the state of the economy, not to mention $5 dollar gas prices, most people would choose the Cardboard Bicycle.

This bicycle is made mostly of cardboard and has the potential to reinvent the process of transportation from the world's most congested cities to the poorest areas of Africa, Said Izhar Gafni, who is an expert in designing automated mass-production lines. He is an amateur cycling enthusiast who for years wrestle with the idea of making a bicycle from cardboard. During a recent demonstration he cited that after much trial and error, his latest prototype has now proven itself and mass production will begin in a few months.

"I was always fascinated by applying unconventional technologies to materials and I did this on several occasions. But this was the culmination of a few things that came together. I worked for four years to cancel out the corrugated cardboard's weak structural points,"  -Gafni

"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. It took a year and a half, with lots of testing and failure until I got it right," -Gafni

Cardboard, made of wood pulp, was invented in the 19th century as sturdy packaging for carrying other more valuable objects, it has rarely been considered as raw material for things usually made of much stronger materials, such as metal. This is the most unusual use of cardboard I have seen in years. At $20 a pop everyone in the world will own a cardboard bicycle.

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Svetlana KoslovAbout the Author
Svetlana Koslov is the founder and CEO of Miami Observer, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in fitness, social media, design and everything of human-interest. As an Internet entrepreneur, she is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a streamlined fashion. To connect with Svetlana for topic ideas, email her at miamiobservers@gmail.com or via social media.

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  1. It´s an unusual form of use cardboard, but it is not a very practical one. I go everyday to work in a bicycle (a quite normal indeed) and the most important capability of it is the reliability. A very old bicycle with wide tires (that seldom punctures) very well maintained does fine. A used bicycle in that conditions can be acquired for less than 100 u$s.




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