This Cardboard Bicycle is Better Than You Think (w/ video)


Inspired by water-cooler talk about a cardboard canoe, inventor and craftsman Izhar Gafni became obsessed with the idea of a cardboard bicycle. Despite Gafni’s enthusiasm and technical/design prowess in the field of mechanical and bio-medical engineering, however, a number of his engineering buddies told him it couldn’t be done. Cardboard didn’t have the structural properties required to build a usable, durable bicycle frame. It was impossible … but people like Gafni love s*** that’s impossible.

Gafni began studying the paper and cardboard packing materials he’d decided to work with, and combined the principles of origami with advanced composite technology (vacuum-bagging, resin technology, etc.) to produce a complete cardboard bicycle.

That’s right – cardboard isn’t just used to make the bike’s frame. Gafni built the wheels, headset, even the seat out of 100% recyclable (if not recycled!) cardboard. Think about THAT the next time you throw away an Amazon shipping box! You can check out some of the design process – and the finished product – in the video, below.

Source: TechVehi.

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  • Marc P.

    I think you meant to say:
    “That’s right – cardboard is NOT just used to make the bike’s frame…”
    Don’t want to be all negative but I do wish writers on Gas2 would proof read their articles before posting them. Just too many of these errors on this web site. Gives it a very amateurish flavour to it.
    That being said, neat article !

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one that notices this stuff. They really need an editor.

    • Brian

      Ummm. the article reads “the frame isn’t just made of cardboard” Isn’t = Is not.

  • Cool project, though with all the laminating & paint, I doubt it’s still recyclable. & as durable as metal or CF? Doubt it.

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  • Tyler

    That was a great video to show the progression from concept to splendid reality, but why were there no drive-side shots? I kept thinking “it’s easy enough to imagine static parts made of cardboard, but how do you make it go?”

  • Henry Graham

    I really like the cardboard bicycle, and I like to design and build wild ‘n whacky stuff myself’, but how about a cement bicycle????????