Izhar cardboard bike project from Giora Kariv on Vimeo.

We’ve seen bicycles made from different types of metal to help reduce its weight and make it more sturdy at the same time. However those sort of improvements are probably the furthest from our minds when we think about a cardboard bicycle, but that’s exactly what Giora Kariv set out to do which was to make a bicycle out of cardboard and that would only cost $9 to manufacture. This was in spite of three different engineers telling him it would be impossible, but as you can see in the video above, it is anything but impossible.

Inspired by a man who made canoes out of cardboard and fueled by his passion for bicycles and riding, Kariv set out to create his cardboard bicycle. The secret to the strength is apparently in the folding of the cardboard which made it a lot sturdier, and according to Kariv, it is able to withstand water and humidity although to be on the safe side, we wouldn’t want to be riding this out in the rain. No word if he plans to sell his idea to bike shops , but it does seem like a pretty cheap way to get around, not to mention potentially environmentally-friendly as well since the cardboard can be recycled. So if you want to see what a cardboard bicycle in action looks like, check out the video above.

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