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Cardboard Bike Creator May Soon Start Peddling His Product

Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni and his cardboard bicycle.
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Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni and his cardboard bicycle.

After capturing the imagination of people around the world last year with video of a bicycle made almost entirely out of cardboard, Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni is now hoping to capture money from folks who would like to own one.

Cardboard Technologies is launching a Kickstarter campaign that offers "limited and exclusive access" to those interested in getting one of the bikes.

Bike Biz reminds readers that:

"When news of his cardboard creation went viral last year, Gafni said the finished bike would retail for $20. There's no details on the company website on costs, but it's likely to be far in excess of $20 per bicycle. However, costs could be brought down through on-bike advertising, claims Gafni's business partner, Israeli entrepreneur Nimrod Elmish."

As Bill Chappell posted for us last December, there's also a cardboard helmet in the works for bike riders.

(H/T to Bike Rumor.)

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