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This $9 Cardboard Bike Can Support Riders Up To 485lbs

This $9 Cardboard Bike Can Support Riders Up To 485lbs
Izhar Gafni has designed award winning industrial machines for peeling pomegranates and sewing shoes. He’s also a bike enthusiast who’s designed a lot of carbon fiber rigs. But one day, he’d heard about someone who’d built a cardboard canoe. The idea drilled its way into his consciousness, and ultimately, led him to create a cardboard bike called the Alfa. The Alfa weighs 20lbs, yet supports riders up to 24 times its weight. It’s mostly cardboard and 100% recycled materials, yet uses a belt-driven pedal system that makes it maintenance free. But as the above video documents, the design process was arduous. The development to what you see today took three years. At the moment, Gafni is working with a company to raise the funds to finalize manufacturing processes for his adult and child bikes and then actually put them into production. Then again, the best way to score yourself a recycled bike is just to go to a pawn shop and buy one used. [Hat tip: Design Taxi]

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