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Bicycle Created from Recycled Cardboard for $9


They told him it was impossible – three engineers that is. Engineers may be smart, but obviously these ones lacked vision. After his wife persuaded him to give it a try, designer Izhar Gafni got to work on a bicycle made out of cardboard, with a cost of less than $9 to manufacture.

Gafni was inspired by a man who made a canoe out of cardboard, and since he himself had a passion for bicycles and recycling, he wanted to create a functioning cardboard bike. Mission accomplished. Surprisingly, it can even withstand water, humidity, and it’s pretty strong. Gafni had to work through several generations of the design to get it just right. It had to be strong enough to hold a person of up to 300 pounds after all.

Folding the cardboard is what makes it so strong. Its creator compares folding the cardboard to origami. With a total materials cost under $10, Gafni sees much potential here. Assuming the labor costs aren’t prohibitive, stores could sell them to consumers for around $60 depending on what they wanted to add to the bike over and above the original design. The cost is great, especially if it should be stolen, you won’t be out as much money.

[via No Camels via Geek]

Comments (8):

  1. Alex_D says:

    Perhaps $9 for materials, but labor hasn’t been factored in.

    • Technabob says:

      I would imagine that labor would be hundreds of dollars for something as complex as the prototype, but maybe machines could be used to keep costs down.

  2. matt says:

    i wonder how tourist sites would take this.

  3. Lane McCutcheon says:

    Our company McCutcheon Enterprises would like more info on your product to Rep for it in the outdoor camping field and sporting good field. Please email or call 660-728-248. Looking forward to you response.

    Lane McCutcheon

  4. Soren Petersen says:

    Hi Kariv,

    Great product with a fantastic bagground/story and huge potential world wide.

    We are based in Copenhagen Denmark, which is one of the cities in the world with most special bike lanes,CNN has made special reports on the use of bicycles in Denmark as well. So Denmar/Scandinavia would certainly be an attractive market and give you good publicity worldwide. Looking forward to hearing from you.BR Søren

  5. STEVE K says:

    A very nice finished product, but as a designer in a cardboard plant I can’t see any way these can be produced to the costs shown. I’m sure those tires & brakes alone would cost $9 & the Labour to make one of these will be far greater than any material costs. A nice product, but good luck making them cheaply. I would love to hear a final production cost if you take it that far. Hopefully you can prove me wrong.

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