A bicycle is a pretty low-impact form of transportation, but what if you could reduce its environmental footprint even further? What if, instead of metal and rubber, it was constructed completely of cardboard? Impossible, you say? Maybe not, we reply. Indeed, we have proof.

Izhar Gafni had heard about a canoe made of cardboard and there was something about the notion that he just couldn't let go of. It eventually came to him that he should try to build something equally as unexpected with the stuff: a bicycle.

The challenge was about as difficult as you can imagine, but the Israeli inventor now has a rolling prototype and the backing to commercialize it. Although it reportedly only requires about $9 of raw material, the finished product might cost somewhere between $60 to $90 when (Okay, if) it finally goes on sale. The plan is for this to happen around the end of 2013.

While we sit and ponder what kind of box it might come in, scroll below for a nicely produced little movie about the man and his improbable project.


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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's the motor? :)
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would not last a day in Britain where it never stops raining all summer long. $60-$90 bucks would by you a second hand cheap n nasty proper durable bike on eBay that would last you a hell of a lot longer than this throwaway Micky Mouse bike that is not one bit green at all, it will have the lifespan of a Mayfly. Still nice to see something cycling related on Autoblog, things are looking up. Another few Golds for the British cycling team today touchwood, keep my fingers crossed.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Check out the article on this cycle @Yahoo. The man submersed it in water for four months... if that's not water proof enough for you- nothing will be.
      bigbenaugust
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the kid's one at about 4:30 in the video... I would so get one for my son.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      how to stay busy & out of trouble
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Watch out for puddles. :) Pretty cool invention though. And I think you could come up with a epoxy spray of some sort, or use corrugated plastic panels...
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is a remarkable engineering feat, I am not ready to give up my carbon fiber bicycle for this, but I bet that the engineering techniques used to build this have many other useful applications.
      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the 1990's/early 2000's, there were shingles made out of compressed cardboard and wood particles for houses ("Organic" shingles). They work for a while, but eventually the water works it's way past the protective layer and they fail. It is basically a disposable roof, but it does its job for a while. I don't personally know how long a cardboard bike would last when exposed to the elements and punished by riding, but I'd expect it would turn out much like the cardboard shingles in the long run. Anywhere the cardboard gets exposed by chips, scratches, gouges, etc would be a potential failure point. If your goal is to buy a bike that is disposable and cheap to replace, I suppose this is one option. Personally I like bikes that aren't disposable because I don't have a disposable head that is cheap to replace if the bike fails. Just my own personal risk/reward values call, YMMV.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh no! It started raining!
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      @Rick, Feel free to post on any and all articles about cycling ! But, try to remember ABG, is primarily about green transport technology. So keep your passion for cycling, relevant to the articles concerning cycling and you'll find yourself better appreciated.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Cape Coral, Florida, they have cardboard boat races every year. Very entertaining.
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Ezee Same here ! In the centre of the City of Melbourne, strange cardboard craft of wondrous design compete on the river.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @ Ezee, Yep, but we have even better, strange young men who leap from the bridge with contraptions intending to fly. The 'birdsman rally' ! (but only after a lot of beer ! )
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          It's always fun when one starts to get wobbly. You stand back with your beer, thinking, 'no, not gonna make it....' then it breaks up and sinks.... Them the....'should we save him?' and....'no, he knew the risks....'
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