Just barely cartoonish in appearance, this bike is made from cardboard. It is not, however, a gimmick, but a well-designed, engineered, and crafted bike that is both durable and cheap, the total production receipt hovering between $9 – 12. The final product shown in this great short video is still a prototype, but the potential for such a machine to enter into larger production seems to be there.
The creator, Izhar Gafni, is part dreamer, part engineer who decided to build this in his spare time and came to a working conclusion that could have amazing potential in both developing and developed countries alike. I certainly don’t think more “refined cyclists” would toss their urban rides out the window, but I don’t see why the casual urban cyclist wouldn’t take to such a cheap alternative to bikes sold in traditional shops. The value to developing countries is inherently astounding. I’m on-board. What do you think?