Cardboard Bike Hopes to See Commercial Production
About a year ago, Israeli engineer Izhar Gafni caught the attention of the cycling community as well as the world, when he debuted his new bike. That was made from cardboard. The original video illustrated that it was possible to make a completely functional bicycle out of essentially recyclables, though it required a tremendous amount of work. Even so, Gafni and his business partner believe the cardboard bicycle has serious market potential. According to Gafni, “[cardboard] it’s strong. It’s durable. It’s cheap.” This has led to the duo getting ready to launch a Kickstarter funding campaign to produce the bicycles – the Kickstarter is not live yet, though you can sign up for advanced information here.
Gearing up for production, Cardboard Technologies has a few new videos by Giora Kariv like the one above, and the one showing the creation of their own custom hydraulic press after the break.
As a bonus, anyone who is going to be in Chicago any time soon can check out the cardboard bike in person at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The display is part of the Art of the Bicycle exhibit which will be on display until 2018. For the most up to date news on the Cardboard Bike, follow them on Facebook.