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September 18, 2012

Cardboard bike costs $16 and doesn't get soggy in the rain

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Can your cardboard bike do that?

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Didn't think so.

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Everything except the chain and brakes is cardboard, coated with painted waterproof resin.

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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.

http://news.discovery.com/adventure/cardboard-bicycle-120807.html

"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."


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http://www.greenprophet.com/2012/07/israeli-bike-made-of-cardboard-makes-cycling-even-greener/

"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

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£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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