Are you ready to ride the cardboard bike? This video shows how Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni created a functioning cardboard bicycle. Ride on!
Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni has created a functioning cardboard bicycle that he hopes to put into mass production in the next three months.
Despite being made almost entirely of cardboard, Gafni says the bike is strong, durable, fireproof and waterproof. And because it is made of cardboard, it will also be cheap. Gafni’s business partner Nimrod Elmish told Reuters that he expects the bike to sell at retail stores for $20.
Gafni spent years figuring out how to make cardboard strong enough to support a human. The trick was bending and gluing the cardboard in such a way that it becomes strong like a piece of wood. In a video about Gafni and his cardboard bike, Gafni describes the process as a type of origami, and demonstrates how his cardboard is strong enough to support a car.
After creating the super strong cardboard, Gafni said he treats it with a substance that gives it its fireproof and waterproof properties. He says it is organic, but he hasn’t said from what it is made. He did tell Reuters that he soaked a cross-section of the treated cardboard in a water tank for several months and it still kept its hardened characteristics.