How to Make a Bicycle Out of Cardboard
Cardboard is a material that has been used for decades to carry packages. But a few years ago, an Israeli inventor discovered that it can also be used to build a bicycle.
This cardboard bike is not only light and inexpensive, but it’s also strong and durable. The frame, wheels and even the saddle are made from corrugated cardboard.
What’s more, the bicycle is water-resistant and fireproof. The cardboard is treated with a secret concoction of organic materials that gives it these characteristics.
The bike’s inventor, Izhar Gafni, says that he has made it as strong and durable as any metal-based bicycle. He claims that by folding the cardboard in various ways, it tripled its strength – which means it’s much stronger than a conventional bicycle and is designed to hold a much heavier load.
In addition, the cardboard is waterproof and fireproof, which means it won’t burn up in the rain or on a sunny day. And the bike’s design is simple enough that anyone can make one, says Gafni.
Unlike traditional steel bikes, the cardboard bike doesn’t have any metal parts and is completely recyclable. Moreover, it needs no maintenance and doesn’t need to be inflated or fixed.
This makes it a great choice for commuters who don’t want to worry about their expensive bicycle being stolen or destroyed. And it could be a useful way of getting around in developing countries, where a metal bike is often too expensive to produce or maintain.
How to make a cardboard bicycle
To get started on this project, you’ll need a few things. First, you’ll need some small moving boxes. You can buy these at U-Haul centers or similar retailers. Then you’ll need a few pieces of paper and glue.
Once you have the cardboard and a few paper strips, you’ll need to cut out some shapes. Start by cutting the cardboard into four strips that are 10 cm long and a smaller strip that’s 7 cm long. Next, you’ll glue a 5 cm strip to the top of each of these three sheets in a V shape (or less than symbol).
Then, you’ll glue the open end of the larger V to one of the other strips in a T shape. Repeat the process with the remaining two strips in a greater than symbol shape.
If you want to add some details, cut out a few circles for spokes on each wheel. You can also decorate the wheels with stickers or tassels.
After you have the bike all assembled, you can take it for a test ride. This will make sure that it’s all set up correctly.
You can also put the bike in a cardboard box like this one for safe transport, if you want to keep it from getting damaged. Just be sure that the box is flattened before putting it together and use some Mover’s Wrap to make sure the entire bike stays in place inside.