The Alfa: $9 Cardboard Bike
IT’S 100% RECYCLED AND VERY LIGHTWEIGHT, WITH A FRAME THAT’S STRONGER THAN CARBON FIBER.
This is the (amazing) story of Izhar Gafni, an award winning Industrial designer from Israel, that happened to chance upon a conversation about a cardboard canoe which ultimately led him to create a cardboard bike he named the Alfa.
The development to what you see today took three years. Two were spent just figuring out the cardboard complications—leading to several patents—and the last was spent converting a cardboard box on wheels to a relatively normal looking bike.
Bikes are amongst the most efficient transportation systems in the planet, converting up to 99% of a person’s power into mobility that’s up to five times faster than walking. Imagine the impact for developing nations, assuming the Alfa (or a derivative) could handle itself on unpaved roads—especially when fitted with an optional small motor upgrade to enhance range—or what you could do in a small school district where every child could be given a bike in place of a few days of school-bus gas.
Enjoy … or get on your bike!
Sources: fastcodedesign.com and designtaxi.com