September 18, 2012
Cardboard bike costs $16 and doesn't get soggy in the rain
Can your cardboard bike do that?
Didn't think so.
Everything except the chain and brakes is cardboard, coated with painted waterproof resin.
The current prototype — the third — is made from 100% recycled materials, weighs 20 pounds, and can carry riders weighing up to 485 pounds.
[via Discovery News and Leah (Kay)]
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That seat looks incredibly uncomfortable.
Posted by: Halloween Jack | Sep 25, 2012 5:39:36 PM
a round of applause for Izhar Gafni - ingenuity personified
Posted by: sherlock | Sep 19, 2012 12:28:24 AM
I heard about this bike in Australia here and want to buy one. Where can I buy one of these from please?
Posted by: Daniel | Sep 18, 2012 10:26:40 PM
Hummm... I think that the Guardian's headline implies that it costs $16 to purchase, not to make.
"Origami techniques helped Gafni make the bike capable of handling riders up to 485 pounds. The bikes take about $9 worth of cardboard to build, and Gafni hopes they hit the market in 2013 for around $60. An added benefit? They just may be too cheap to steal."
"And once the bike hits the market, what will be the price to the consumer? An incredibly cheap $60, and up to $90 with extra attachments like a removable motor. Production costs of only $9-12 make this eco-friendly bike available even to teenagers with babysitting money."
Which, for some reason, $60-$90 is being considered "too cheap to steal". Heck, free things are not too cheap to steal.
Posted by: Rocketboy | Sep 18, 2012 8:39:35 PM
£10 = $16
Posted by: bookofjoe | Sep 18, 2012 3:01:55 PM
Too good to be true, $60 not $16, still a bargain and hard to believe.
Posted by: tamra | Sep 18, 2012 2:54:15 PM
So you have to watch out for that 486th pound or you'll go down in a heap.
Posted by: Flautist | Sep 18, 2012 9:08:42 AM
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