Meet the inventor of the world’s first cardboard bike

Nobody believed it would work, but an Israeli cycling enthusiast thought otherwise.

Izhar Gafni is crazy about bikes – he makes them, fixes them and rides them. But three engineer friends thought the chain had really slipped from the gears when Gafni suggested crafting a cheap and environmentally friendly bicycle out of cardboard.

He had been inspired while working in California on a pomegranate project, and one day saw a car outside a bicycle shop sporting a wood-frame boat with a cardboard cover.

Gafni started testing and building, refusing to accept the engineers’ opinion that the project would never work. Israelis, he reminded them, “did impossible things with agriculture, with military, with high-tech and science. I thought, if they can do it, I can do it.”

Gafni has built six prototypes of 100 percent recyclable materials, 95% percent of it strong cardboard. He sees it as a possible urban environmental project or perhaps as a mode of transportation for schoolchildren in Africa. He is hoping the worldwide publicity for his project will win his cardboard bikes corporate or governmental sponsors.

Music by Kevin MacLeod

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  • Emunah

    This innovation is genious and the way to go to help save the Planet. I love cycling and when I visit Israel next wil check out the purchasing posibility. Excellent!!!!! Beat that Einstein!!

  • Susan Ireland

    That’s israeli ingenuity!

  • Edith Morgan

    What a delightful invention – I especailly like the nevironmental benefit, and ther possibility of making it available to poor countries. Grat!!

  • Edith Morgan

    Great idea – I hope it will be the stimulus for other such uses, especially for the poor countries, and for creative uses for recyclables… More power to you!!

  • Matthew

    Amazing achi!

  • Hemant Parulekar

    unbeleivable , only Israelis can do it .

  • Joan Serentill

    Wonderful,I want one!.