Gafni experimented with several prototypes before coming up with the winning design.
Made out of corrugated cardboard sheets, the bicycle can withstand up to 140kg.
In some cases, the cardboard is rolled up to give it strength.
Engineers told Gafni it would be impossible to build a bicycle out of cardboard, but he persevered (at his wife’s behest.)
In Israel, bicycles are regularly stolen. Gafni’s design is so cheap that it’s not worth stealing, he told local media.
Early prototypes looked like delivery boxes on wheels, he said. But the final design, for cardboard, is pretty darn sleek. At least we think so.
This is definitely not a winner!
But this one is.
Although it costs only 9-12 USD in materials, Gafni sells his cardboard bike for USD 60; still, that’s a steal for a simple whip around.
Izhar Gafni: the man who defied the naysayers and followed his dream.
Photography: Uri Ackerman