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Super strong, lightweight cardboard bicycle costs just $10 to make!
Posted By Molly Cotter On January 11, 2015 @ 3:55 pm In Bicycles,Green Transportation,Innovation,News,Recycled Materials | 13 Comments
Israeli cycling enthusiast Izhar Gafni has created the coolest eco-vehicle to hit the streets in quite a while - a bike made entirely of cardboard! The sturdy cycle is cheap, eco-friendly, and certainly unique. Gafni first painstakingly bends and folds pieces of cardboard into what initially looks like a shipping package on wheels. He then dunks the design in resin, adds a layer of pearly paint and voila - his one-of-a-kind cardboard creation works and looks just like a beautiful bicycle, but it only costs $10 to make.
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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URLs in this post:
 canoe : http://www.gcbr.com/tips.html
 waterproof: http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/waterproof-resin.html
 electric motor: http://www.nycewheels.com/conversionkits.html
 Grist: http://grist.org/cities/biking/this-amazing-lightweight-bike-is-made-entirely-out-of-cardboard/
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