A bicycle is stolen in England every 71 seconds. So how do you solve this problem through the power of design? According to design student Phil Bridge, make a bike so cheap that there’s no incentive to steal it. And the intrepid design student did just that, by building a bike for about $30 made out of cardboard. Yes, my friends, cardboard!
The 21 year old student designed and created a cardboard bike as part of his degree course in product design at Sheffield Hallam University. The bicycle is not made out of simple ordinary corrugated cardboard, as that would not be strong enough to hold a person’s weight. Instead, Phil used hexacomb board, a more structurally stable form of cardboard which, by the way, is also waterproof. Not all of the bike is made out of cardboard. Tires, chain and brakes are still the same metal and rubber components as any other bike.
The cheap and cheerful cardboard bicycle will hold anyone, provided such person does not weigh more than 168 pounds. And while not designed for speed, the bike does work and will get you to where you want to go. Bridge is now hoping to get a sponsor for to turn his bike into an actual product. Any takers?
Can you buy one?
Well that guy could collaborate with Izhar Gafni's and the next creation would be able to hold more pounds when it's there and it's cheaper
And then it rains.... WTF concept.
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If that lasts 20 seconds up the road from the Uni at the world-famous Bolehills, then you will sell a million. 19 seconds and you will hear laughter wherever you go.
I think its a great idea and wondered if you'd like to come and speak about it at a festival next year? Let me know if your interested and I'll send further details Alice
Great Job!! Congratulations.
I want to still it !
i would be more devastated by the loss of my cardboard bike than an ordinary bike
This guy is my hero - I have a stack of cardboard I am going to make a work desk out of- and now I am so inspired to do it- cause it can be so functional! If he can ride a bike made out of it, I can surely set up my computer on it!
I love this. We humans are so creative and how very earth friendly. I\\\'ll definitely share it with my readers here: http://www.planetpinkngreen.com --Cheryl Janis writer of Planet Pink n\\\' Green , Twitter: PPnG
Great job Phil !!!!