Super strong, lightweight cardboard bicycle costs just $10 to make!

by , 01/11/15

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Gafni describes the beginning of his cardboard obsession as when he read about a man creating a canoe with the same material. He ran into his shed and began cutting and shaping his old boxes into what eventually became bicycle pieces. He then folds pieces over and over to make them strong, testing their durability under cars and cinder blocks. A coat of resin makes the cardboard waterproof, allowing riders to glide through puddles or a rain storm without fear of going soggy. An attachable electric motor is also available for those with a need for speed.

The best part of the incredible cardboard bicycle is the pocket friendly price tag. Materials cost around $10, making the two-wheeler “so cheap its not even worth stealing” says Gafni, or at least easy to replace. The bicycle is now patent pending and is expected to hit the streets soon!

Via Grist

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  1. Rocco February 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Hi my name is Rocco
    I live in Australia I have a company called
    Eco animal
    I use about 20 ton of cardboard a week
    If you need anyone in Australia shoot me a e mail
    Thanks Rocco

  2. wle May 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    where is it

  3. Antony Lelkes March 28, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I am from Canada. I like the cardboard idea very much. Please get in touch with me. I wish to have a short discussion (email or letter) with you how can we work together. I am looking for to replace a product in the cleaning industry (nothing to do with bicycles) which used almost as much as the bicycle on the road. I have my company related to the cleaning industry and I can make it work and put it on the market with your help and involvement. Keep up the good work. alelkes

  4. Ivan Boudville December 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Can the BOM really be so low? If it is, how many hours to assemble per unit? How long will it last? I have used shoes that I discovered were made from cardboard and it broke down in two weeks. I am really keen on distributing this if it is really what it is presented to be.

  5. Acorn December 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    “Only costs $10 to make”? Yet, it also says, “Gafni first painstakingly bends and folds pieces…” What about labor costs? Materials and labor for just $10? Either this guy is voluntarily doing labor at sweatshop level wages or this description was written poorly. Though it still looks like an innovative and cool product to test drive.(However, I can already guess that I would probably want to change the seat.)

  6. ABROB October 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Please contact me regarding how to order one. Can you custom make a bike i.e. tandem or adult Trike? Thanks, Rob

  7. pingo_bingo October 17, 2012 at 2:11 am

    So what is the drive and chain made of? Cardboard? I’d like more details – this might be more hype and marketing than reality….

  8. guno October 17, 2012 at 12:15 am

    where can i place a pre order for the bike

  9. visitapatient October 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Am writing from Nairobi Kenya. Like Naess from Central America (that’s Kansas, right? lol just kidding) I’d like the wheelchair option.

    I run a visitation program at Nairobi’s Kenyatta National Hospital and we always need wheelchairs. The metal kind almost always come with innnertubes which break easily and always need constant maintainence.

    If I can’t get to the wheelchairs in time, the patients continue using them even with punctures so they end up spoiling the tube AND the tire, too. It’s a real nightmare.

    I’d really like some of these cardboard wheelchairs…

    contact me at visitapatient AT

    website is

    (I’m still uploading some content issues, though)

  10. mphgmh October 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Can you pre-order one now?

  11. naess October 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Exciting! We are missionaries in Central America and can see a tremendous positive impact that this bike could bring to the poor here. Can we get more info on importing this technology?

  12. t1o1m1a1s1 September 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm


  13. guardnplanet July 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Where does he get resin for less than 10? I would love to try this but so far the resin I see online in far far more expensive…

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