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Cardboard bicycle can change the world, says Israeli inventor

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  1. entropy13

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    MOSHAV AHITUV, Israel (Reuters) - 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.

    "I was always fascinated by applying unconventional technologies to materials and I did this on several occasions. But this was the culmination of a few things that came together. I worked for four years to cancel out the corrugated cardboard's weak structural points," Gafni said.

    "Making a cardboard box is easy and it can be very strong and durable, but to make a bicycle was extremely difficult and I had to find the right way to fold the cardboard in several different directions. It took a year and a half, with lots of testing and failure until I got it right," he said.

    Cardboard, made of wood pulp, was invented in the 19th century as sturdy packaging for carrying other more valuable objects, it has rarely been considered as raw material for things usually made of much stronger materials, such as metal.

    Once the shape has been formed and cut, the cardboard is treated with a secret concoction made of organic materials to give it its waterproof and fireproof qualities. In the final stage, it is coated with lacquer paint for appearance.

    In testing the durability of the treated cardboard, Gafni said he immersed a cross-section in a water tank for several months and it retained all its hardened characteristics.

    Once ready for production, the bicycle will include no metal parts, even the brake mechanism and the wheel and pedal bearings will be made of recycled substances, although Gafni said he could not yet reveal those details due to pending patent issues.


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    Not as much as teleportation
     
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    So what happens when it rains?

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    You need to read the article before you post.

    This is a teleportation cardboard bicycle.

    Once the shape has been formed and cut, the cardboard is treated with a secret concoction made of organic materials to give it its waterproof and fireproof qualities
     
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Everyone but 3870x2 should reread the entire article.
     
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    entorpy do you really hate pictures?
     
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    ill still ride on a bike of steel for durability. Neat concept, just not for me
     
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    Including me? :laugh:

    Portland is one big water tank?
     
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    Especially you.

    Now, again, with more feeling and pictures.
     
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    So basically you need to spin the pedals to open an extra dimension? That's so booooooooring.
     
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    Did nobody read anything about this? Rain doesn't do anything to it. Part of the testing was submerging it for months.
     
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    I just wonder how much cardboard is actually used and if it wouldn't just be easier to use wood.
     

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