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Cardboard never ceases to amaze. Having been deployed in gramophones, stereos and even digital cameras, one inventor now believes it can be used to make the ideal bicycle. Izhar Gafni, from Israel, spent 18 months just folding the material every-which-way in order to discover a strong enough design, and now he claims his technique is almost ready for mass production.

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Eeeek solid rubber tires? You're in for a smooth ride with that.

Though if every where you go you have nice smooth sidewalks this might be your new ride.

Gut reaction is that it is really fuggly, but that is just because it is different...after I've seen a dozen different people ride by on one I'd think it looked fine for a bike...just don't make a car out of it OK?
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For city commuting I could see this working pretty well.

How does it stand up to less-than-ideal roads though? Potholes, dirt roads, etc. would take their toll I imagine, both on the bike and on the rider (no pneumatic tires or suspension it looks like). But that's pure speculation. tongue.gif
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Wow. Just wow.
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That is awesome! Actually I heard about this while talking to a close friend, who is very active in the Africa scene. Bikes are used everywhere in Africa, so this extremely cheap bike would do wonders for simple transportation.

Very cool!
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What I like about it the most, it's made out of cardboard! ^_^ lol this guy.
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If there were an order page, I'd buy one right now.
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For city commuting I could see this working pretty well.
How does it stand up to less-than-ideal roads though? Potholes, dirt roads, etc. would take their toll I imagine, both on the bike and on the rider (no pneumatic tires or suspension it looks like). But that's pure speculation. tongue.gif

When I was a kid I found my dad's old childhood bike in an old barn from the 1940's...it looked pretty much like a regular bike, but had solid rubber tires. I tried to ride it around on gravel roads and it was like I was getting the life shook out of me. No suspension will lead to some sore butts.
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If there were an order page, I'd buy one right now.

Same here smile.gif
    
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Think of the designs and styles. This could be sold to anyone and everyone (major retailers) with those different designs/style/paint.

I can see it now. $20 for any primary color, $30 for 'styled' versions.

I want one. Either style. thumb.gif
    
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