It Took An Incredible Amount Of Skill To Make This $9 Cardboard Bicycle

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An Israeli inventor has created what might be the first ever commercially-sold cardboard bicycle.

The prototype is called the ERB and at just $9 to produce, it could bring simple, green transportation to the masses at a fraction of the typical cost. 

“Years were devoted to learn the properties and behaviour [of cardboard] from all aspects,” says inventor Izhar Gafni. 

In a documentary directed by Giora Kariv, Gafni shares the ups and downs of making his invention a reality.

Gafni was inspired by news that a man had successfully built a cardboard canoe.

Three separate engineer friends told him it was impossible, but his wife encouraged him to go forward anyway.

He decided to buy the thickest cardboard he could find and test its durability.

Folded and glued together, the finished product can hold up to 220 kilograms.

It made for a pretty wobbly ride, too.

The cardboard alone is tough but is still susceptible to the elements.

He applies a thick layer of special paint that adds strength and makes the bike appear to be made out of plastic.

It's waterproof, too.

The finished product cost $9 to make and would be sold at the consumer level for between $60 and $90.

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