Remember when we wrote about the DIY cardboard bike?
Turns out the bicycle, made up of about $9 in materials, isn’t just a one-off project. The inventor Izhar Gafni, 50, recently told Reuters that he has plans for commercialization.
Instead of a chain, the cardboard bike, which weighs about 20 pounds (about five pounds heavier than metal ones), uses a car timing belt. Gafni says the tires can last a decade (and to state the obvious, don’t need air). Yet because the bike is so cheap, longevity isn’t an issue.
“We are just at the beginning and from here my vision is to see cardboard replacing metals … and countries that right now don’t have the money, will be able to benefit from so many uses for this material,” he said.