SpiroFlo shares on Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni’s cardboard bike: the Alfa.
When I heard Izhar Gafni had designed a cardboard bike, the first image I had in my head was that of a bike on fire—because let’s face it: setting stuff on fire always pops up first—then that of a bike warping in the rain. Well, turns out Gafni thought of that, as the bike is both fire- and waterproof.
Dubbed “the Alfa,” Gafni spent three years perfecting the design. First off, he needed to make it functional. In the same way that paper folded over several times can be quite strong, the bike—made mostly of cardboard folded over repeatedly—can hold up to 485 pounds. After getting basic functionality out of the way, Gafni needed to improve the bike’s looks, as early designs looked like a cardboard box on wheels. Finally, some comfort tweaks were clearly in order, as a cardboard seat doesn’t sound appealing at first thought.
With the design basics out the way, Gafni is now looking towards mass production. Depending on subsidies—and you know what a mess that can be—initial estimates could put the sales price as low as $9. If it does go big, I expect some parent to threaten their kid with, “Mouth off to me again and I shove your bike in a wood chipper.”
For now, you can learn more about the Alfa bike by watching the video below:
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Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:
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