Will the Cardboard Bike See the Production Line? On Indiegogo Now

After a lot of hype, the Cardboard Bike has finally gone crowd sourcing. Instead of the Kickstarter as initially proposed, the Cardboard Bike is on Indiegogo¬†- though it is currently only open to those who pre-registered for the campaign. After 24 hours (tomorrow morning) the campaign will open to everyone and will have 45 days left to go. It might be a good thing they have a while, as there is a lofty goal of raising $2 million dollars by the end of the campaign. Of course, the flexible funding campaign through Indiegogo means they receive all of the contributions even if the goal isn’t reached.

In addition to autographed prints, t-shirts, and a miniature DIY cardboard origami model of the bike designed by Paul Jackson, there are also complete bikes and even a kid’s balance bike up for grabs. Set at $250 for a standard bike and $350 for a limited edition autographed bike in one of five colors, the pricing may be higher than what was expected when the bike was introduced. Remember though, that these funds are to get a production line of the bikes up and running. At that point Izhar’s vision of reducing the cost of the bicycles through green rebates and subsidies may come true in the end.

Comments

Mike - 06/24/13 - 1:40pm

That $9 bike sure got expensive.

Eric@505 - 06/24/13 - 2:04pm

Speechless…

Arthur Blandings - 06/24/13 - 3:32pm

How does a cardboard bike “bring a brighter future” for anyone but the guy who collects the sizeable per-bike profit?

Seems to me they’ll sell only to hipsters who collect bikes as art or as personal accessory, rather than selling to people who are going to sell their present metal or carbon framed bike to get onto The Cardboard Miracle Cycle.

Marketing skills = through the roof.

Truth = through the basement.

Alan - 06/24/13 - 4:06pm

Another crowd sourced product on Bike Rumor. Shocking. And yeah, @Mike, that got really expensive in a hurry.

drider - 06/24/13 - 4:10pm

LoL… limited edition autographed bike. Autographed by whom? The Rolling Stones?

Main problem I see with this whole concept is that it is very labour intensive and takes more skill and hands than a carbon fiber bike would. Especially at this initial stage. The only success they can expect out of all this is if they sell DIY kits for kids to put their own bike together, colour and shape certain parts as they like.

As a revolutionary way of transport and means to reduce cardboard waste, not so much.

Greg @ dsw - 06/24/13 - 4:29pm

You could be right about it being labor intensive, but it’s hard to know for sure until we really know what the new technology actually is, the way the cardboard components are actually fabricated and bonded. It might be far easier to automate than we think. Or, maybe it takes labor, but primarily unskilled labor, which is not in especially short supply in many parts of the world. In any case, it was a pretty clever video, I liked it.

Alex K - 06/24/13 - 4:29pm

$2 Million dollar goal? That seems really high, and not attainable. Have there been other Kickstarter/Indiegogo/etc. projects that have gotten funded at that level?

Wojtek G - 06/24/13 - 5:02pm

That price is a typo, right?!

Alan - 06/24/13 - 5:03pm

@Alex K, to answer your question about project funding in the past.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickstarter#Top_projects_by_funds_raised

yojo - 06/24/13 - 6:39pm

anyone know what kind of strength this forming process provides? Cargo capable?
Yet, for $20 I can get a used steel frame that will last a looooong time.

Chris - 06/24/13 - 6:48pm

This going to save the world just like the Segway did.

Jack - 06/24/13 - 8:20pm

What a waste of time.

Old Bike - 06/24/13 - 11:23pm

@Jack–waste of time–waste of money–or a way to make money?

xcgeek - 06/24/13 - 11:40pm

negative nancy! no, negative nancys! PLURAL! i am excited to see how far this can go – awesome ingenuity, great idea and morally superb. read the published articles about this project for more insight, there is a lot more going on than what is said here.

NASH - 06/25/13 - 11:24am

I can say with complete certainty that you wont be building a space shuttle out cardboard!

As for that bike its ugly as hell and no improvement on what we have at the moment. So what is the point? It is not a recycleable as a steel bike and is more difficult to manufacture.

Eric - 06/25/13 - 9:49pm

It would be easier to find tubing and cheaper than to find cardboard of this quality. You won’t find this variety of cardboard in the dumpster or at the recycling center. He can build bicycles for $20, then build wheelsets for 10. This would really help people in impoverished areas. I might be wrong but I think this whole thing is a scam.

Post a comment:

Comment sections can be a beautiful source of knowledge, conversation and comedy. They can also get pretty ugly, which is why we've updated our Comments Policy. If your comment isn't showing up or suddenly disappears, you might want to check it out.