Cardboard Bike From The Holy Land

by editors on October 15, 2012

Israeli “mass-production” engineer Izhar Gafni, 50, has designed a new bike that is made out of cardboard. Gafni believes it has the “potential to change transportation habits in the world’s most congested cities,” according to a story on Haaretz.

“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 said. . . “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,” he said.

Guess the biggest question we have is this: is it stiffer, lighter, and cheaper than carbon?

[Link: Haaretz]

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