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Cardboard bicycle can change the world, says Israeli inventor
Reuters ^ | Oct 15, 2012 | Ori Lewis and Lianne Gross

Posted on 10/15/2012 9:21:11 AM PDT by posterchild

A bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits from the world's most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa, its Israeli inventor says.

Izhar Gafni, 50, is an expert in designing automated mass-production lines. He is an amateur cycling enthusiast who for years toyed with an idea of making a bicycle from cardboard.

He told Reuters during a recent demonstration that after much trial and error, his latest prototype has now proven itself and mass production will begin in a few months.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cardboardbicycle; israelinvention

1 posted on 10/15/2012 9:21:16 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: posterchild

I just want my damn flying car.


2 posted on 10/15/2012 9:24:15 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: posterchild

Works good until it rains.


3 posted on 10/15/2012 9:25:15 AM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: posterchild

Game Changer.. of course until it rains or you drive through a puddle.


4 posted on 10/15/2012 9:25:20 AM PDT by hkusp40
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To: posterchild
Can you use it in the rain?


5 posted on 10/15/2012 9:25:24 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: posterchild

Damn.. Why didn't I think of that.

6 posted on 10/15/2012 9:25:51 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: SIDENET
"Gafni predicted that in the future, cardboard might even be used in cars and even aircraft "but that is still a way down the road."

Well, isn't it always.

7 posted on 10/15/2012 9:29:05 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: arrogantsob
Works good until it rains.

My thoughts, exactly. However, the article says the cardboard is treated to make it fireproof and waterproof.

8 posted on 10/15/2012 9:30:43 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America; All
Here's the whole story .. video
9 posted on 10/15/2012 9:31:04 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: alancarp

I’ve even heard of a house of cards. Those have acquired a bad rap, however.


10 posted on 10/15/2012 9:32:02 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: alancarp
Well, isn't it always.

Well said.

11 posted on 10/15/2012 9:32:36 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: posterchild

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word... Cardboard.

12 posted on 10/15/2012 9:32:47 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: SIDENET
I just want my damn flying car.

Ask and you shall receive:


13 posted on 10/15/2012 9:32:50 AM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

14 posted on 10/15/2012 9:34:14 AM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: alancarp

My dad knows a guy who is a Cardboard Box Engineer.

It is truly amazing what you can accomplish with a little geometry.


15 posted on 10/15/2012 9:35:25 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: KarlInOhio

Priceless.


16 posted on 10/15/2012 9:41:50 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: hkusp40

Gazillions of people live in deserts or arid regions ~ a large lawn leaf bag used once a year for 10 minutes will probably provide all the protection that market will ever need.


17 posted on 10/15/2012 9:43:14 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Scoutmaster

I saw this story a while ago. As I recall, it costs about $9 to produce the bike, so if you have to replace every year, it’s still a pretty good deal.


18 posted on 10/15/2012 9:46:25 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: posterchild

Pretty cool.


19 posted on 10/15/2012 9:48:15 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: Jonty30

$9 in materials, with an expected retail cost of $20.


20 posted on 10/15/2012 9:50:58 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Jonty30

But you have to add OSHA safety equipment, union labor, batteries, so perhaps 2,000$ after it’s all said and done.


21 posted on 10/15/2012 9:51:31 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SgtHooper

Weight limit -75 lbs


22 posted on 10/15/2012 9:52:57 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: muawiyah

There’s a lot more rain than that in the desert. Then of course there’s “after the rain”, puddles can stick around a long time. The real question for this is what’s wrong with aluminum piping, light, cheap, strong, has no problem with rain or really any weather.


23 posted on 10/15/2012 9:54:20 AM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: SIDENET
I just want my damn flying car.

If you get it, please don't drive it above my house, thanks very much.

24 posted on 10/15/2012 9:57:23 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Scoutmaster
I did not read the article so I may be repeating someone else but I think a technology like that (confirm that water & fireproof part) would be ideal for in a pinch housing.

Be it refugees from storms, war etc, hikers, itinerant populations.

25 posted on 10/15/2012 9:59:06 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: jsanders2001
Weight limit -75 lbs

485 pounds.

26 posted on 10/15/2012 9:59:11 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: discostu
The real question for this is what’s wrong with aluminum piping, light, cheap, strong, has no problem with rain or really any weather.

Since you brought it up, there is a long used axiom in the bicycle industry. There is strong, light, and cheap. You can pick any two you want.

27 posted on 10/15/2012 10:03:38 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: posterchild
Oh, heck. Cardboard Polaris Subs have been available in the U.S. for decades!


28 posted on 10/15/2012 10:05:05 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: discostu
So, what's wrong with something that costs more than cardboard and requires special welding equipment ~ good question!

Did you check out the tires?

And that occasional rain in the desert ~ I proposed a large plastic bag to protect the bicycle until it drives up, which it will, with more certainty than a snowstorm melting in a cold winter.

29 posted on 10/15/2012 10:08:05 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Melas

There are stronger lighter option than aluminum that are really expensive. But for your non-racing, actually going to use this as transportation crowd aluminum scores very well on all three. It’s a good solid middle of the triangle metal.


30 posted on 10/15/2012 10:08:05 AM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I wanted one of those -so- bad when I was a kid.


31 posted on 10/15/2012 10:09:29 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: muawiyah

It doesn’t cost that much more than cardboard, and it doesn’t have to be welded (I know a guy on the bike trail with a hand built from scratch no welding bike), and it will last much much longer. The tires didn’t look that exciting.

I live in the desert, we finished our rainy season last month. A cardboard bike would have to be in your plastic bag for 4 months. If it’s a primary transportation option having it unavailable for 4 months isn’t really much of an option. And of course the fact that the rainy season ended didn’t keep me from getting caught in a cloudburst Thursday.

This is an attempt to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. There are tons of cheap materials to make bikes out of that last longer. They’re what these poor areas are already using.


32 posted on 10/15/2012 10:13:54 AM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: KarlInOhio
I just want to say one word to you. Just one word... Cardboard.

Cardboard--it's the new plastic.

Thanks for the laugh.

33 posted on 10/15/2012 10:17:24 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: posterchild

THERE WE GO... lookin’ for more uses for wood fibers. Please!!! Hug your tree!


34 posted on 10/15/2012 10:22:11 AM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

My dad knows a guy who is a Cardboard Box Engineer.

It is truly amazing what you can accomplish with a little geometry.


I am a patent attorney and a have several clients over the years in that technical space (boxes, food containers, etc).

It was really fun. I call it “Industrial Origami” and have a few great examples in my office.


35 posted on 10/15/2012 10:22:43 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Dr. Sivana

36 posted on 10/15/2012 10:27:59 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: freedomlover

Lucky kid!


37 posted on 10/15/2012 10:37:52 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Scoutmaster

The cheapest bike I can buy is about $50 at a pawnshop.


38 posted on 10/15/2012 10:42:59 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: posterchild
Because you get a lot of government grants, it brings down the production costs to zero, so the bicycles can be given away for free

First time it rains, all our tax dollars are once again washed away.

39 posted on 10/15/2012 11:02:57 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Dr. Sivana

I love the first sentence of the description.

Yes. I will be proud — for I will lay waste to half of the world with my Polaris nuclear sub. LOL


40 posted on 10/15/2012 11:09:52 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: discostu

I dunno about that. My primary mountain bike is aluminum. It’s $2,000 for the frame alone. Aluminum is vastly underrated in today’s carbon world. The axiom still holds true through: Even with aluminum, you can have any two of strong, light and cheap.


41 posted on 10/15/2012 11:10:09 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Melas

You can always find an expensive version, but my point holds. Basic cheap aluminum tubing is strong enough and light enough for most basic biking needs in poor countries. You CAN have all three, just not to extremes. The center of the triangle exists.


42 posted on 10/15/2012 12:17:28 PM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I once built a cardboard toboggan ... it lasted about 4 hours, but ...

It lasted abouty 4 hours !!

I was impressed

43 posted on 10/15/2012 1:00:34 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: NativeSon
Here's the vid
44 posted on 10/15/2012 1:03:44 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Jonty30

I guess that is cheap enough, although you can get a real bike for under $100, and so long as you don’t leave it out in the weather, it will last essentially forever.


45 posted on 10/15/2012 2:28:02 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Melas

my D’Adachi Steel Pinarello road bike wasnt cheep, but its very light and strong, the weight of most aluminium but with more flex giving it a very smooth ride, its over 10 years old now but still a great ride! now for alternatives to metal, a buddy of mine makes bamboo bikes, no welds, uses twin and resin, he rides them all year round even in Minnesota winters, he does use metal forks and hubs


46 posted on 10/15/2012 2:28:28 PM PDT by Docbarleypop
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To: posterchild
If this guy is telling the truth, then he is a hero for the environment and for the poor. This is just another example of how the world's supply if resources is getting bigger, not smaller. For more examples, see: http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/the-worlds-supply-of-resources-is-getting-bigger-not-smaller/
47 posted on 10/15/2012 4:37:20 PM PDT by grundle
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