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Cardboard bicycle can change the world, says Israeli inventor
http://www.reuters.com ^ | October 16, 2012

Posted on 10/16/2012 12:35:59 PM PDT by grundle

Edited on 10/16/2012 12:43:21 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

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.


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1 posted on 10/16/2012 12:36:07 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Ugly looking thing.


2 posted on 10/16/2012 12:37:37 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: grundle

I really like the cogged belt , chains are expensive to make and aren’t as good at transferring power with minimal friction loss as their grease collects dirt.


3 posted on 10/16/2012 12:43:27 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: grundle

Simple, works, and cheep - nice.


4 posted on 10/16/2012 12:44:11 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: grundle

It cannot be 100% recyclable. There have to be some metal components, I’d imagine, as stress will factor into things like a chain drive, sprockets, etc.

There will likely be a weight limit as well. My 300 lb. body has destroyed several “high end” mountain bikes in my day. I’d likely turn this thing into packing material after a few minutes.


5 posted on 10/16/2012 12:44:19 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: grundle

You can buy a decent bike at Target for 150 to 200 that you can ride for thousands of miles, is not flammable, is adjustable, many gears and won’t make you look like a dork.

And this thing is better because?


6 posted on 10/16/2012 12:44:50 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: grundle
Why not just make your bicycle out of wood in the first place, rather than taking the unnecessary step of converting the wood into cardboard before manufacturing the bicycle?

And he's being hailed as a genius, yet.

7 posted on 10/16/2012 12:48:15 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: rarestia
The Skinny
8 posted on 10/16/2012 12:50:29 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: grundle

GM was way ahead of this man.

I had a few cardboard Chevys and Pontiacs during the malaise era.


9 posted on 10/16/2012 12:50:34 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

The first Honda’s had cardboard door panels


10 posted on 10/16/2012 12:54:04 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: grundle

11 posted on 10/16/2012 12:55:53 PM PDT by far sider
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To: The KG9 Kid

It sounds OK until you realize it will just give liberals one more reason to want taxpayers to pay for nice smooth paved bike paths.

I ride the dirt roads around here and that bike wouldn’t last a mile.


12 posted on 10/16/2012 12:59:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: far sider

I watched the “inventor”’s vid. I just can’’t wait for a picture of the ultimate fem-dork, nobama, on this thing. A cardboard person on a cardboard cycle. LOL.


13 posted on 10/16/2012 1:02:09 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: grundle

I thought that Segway thing was supposed to “change the world”.


14 posted on 10/16/2012 1:05:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (This is America! Being dead is no excuse not to vote!!!)
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To: rarestia

If you don’t think metal is recyclable, stop by the nearest scrap yard. You might be surprised.


15 posted on 10/16/2012 1:05:20 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The only place I’ve seen a lot of Segways was in Wash DC when I was there on vacation. I think the fedgov must have bought a lot of them to help the grossly obese security staff members get around.


16 posted on 10/16/2012 1:08:01 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: nascarnation

Its far more economical to recycle most metals than it is to mine and refine it.


17 posted on 10/16/2012 1:10:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: grundle

I wonder if it will stay waterproof and durable after the inevitable scratches and dents. That being said, for $20, might be worth a shot.


18 posted on 10/16/2012 1:17:09 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: grundle; West Texas Chuck

19 posted on 10/16/2012 1:39:13 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: grundle

... sure ... until it rains ...


20 posted on 10/16/2012 1:45:35 PM PDT by x
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To: grundle

When I was in college I once made a speedboat out of styrofoam and brown paper soaked in marine glue, with a bit of plywood for the frame and across the stern where the outboard motor could be fastened. It was twin hulled, with planing steps on the bottoms of the hulls.

It went pretty fast, and got up on a plane very nicely, but I only took it out a few times. Not exactly a production model. I just wanted to see if a boat made of brown paper and glue would work.


21 posted on 10/16/2012 2:59:01 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Mythbusters did a sailboat made entirely out of duct tape, except for minimal framing. Worked fine.


22 posted on 10/16/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: smokingfrog

At least on my steel, aluminum or titanium bikes I can survive a rainy ride.

That sucker, prolly not so much.


23 posted on 10/16/2012 3:28:58 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: grundle

Something else for the termites to eat.


24 posted on 10/16/2012 3:38:45 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: nascarnation

I didn’t mean it the way it was written. I meant to say that not everything is cardboard.


25 posted on 10/17/2012 5:01:09 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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