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(Yahoo)   Inventor of a bicycle made entire of cardboard says his idea can change the world-just so long as it doesn't rain   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 100
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2012-10-16 12:00:42 PM  
headline could use an "l" and a "y" cut out of cardboard
 
2012-10-16 12:02:03 PM  
I'd worry more about the brakes. They might be fire proofed via his spray, but that doesn't mean they'll continue to function well after repeated uses/they heat up.
 
2012-10-16 12:03:48 PM  
I don't know what the weight limit on it is, but I bet it's not American-proof.
 
2012-10-16 12:03:53 PM  
Subby shellacs faith.
 
2012-10-16 12:05:01 PM  
I like how subby ripped off Colbert from last night. Subby is bad and should feel bad.
 
2012-10-16 12:05:13 PM  
I don't steal, but I do like to burn things
 
2012-10-16 12:05:25 PM  
Hey subby, try reading TFA before making your witty headline.

"In testing the durability of the treated cardboard, Gafni said he immersed a cross-section in a water tank for several months and it retained all its hardened characteristics."
 
2012-10-16 12:05:40 PM  
FTA: "Once the shape has been formed and cut, the cardboard is treated with a secret concoction made of organic materials to give it its waterproof and fireproof qualities."

I don't know if subby is trolling, stupid, or just making a bad joke
 
2012-10-16 12:06:13 PM  
This is kind of stupid. What will he call it? The Zioncycle perhaps?
 
2012-10-16 12:06:51 PM  
Didn't Gibson think that up twenty years ago?
 
2012-10-16 12:07:05 PM  
In testing the durability of the treated cardboard, Gafni said he immersed a cross-section in a water tank for several months and it retained all its hardened characteristics.

But yeah, what cgraves said.

I'm more blown away by their business concepts than the actual product. Plus I still like the idea of the daffy tinkerer building stuff in his shed.

"Cardboard bikes, I said! Told me I was crazy, they did!"
 
2012-10-16 12:07:38 PM  
It's an interesting idea, and something we need to be thinking more about as a society. The more items we can make from recycled post-consumer waste and the less from raw materials the better off we'll be going forward. It reminds me of another guy invented a brilliant method for creating temproary housing in disaster zones by building Geodesic domes made out of beams made from corrugated plasticized cardboard folded into triangles (like a shipping tube). I wonder whatever happened to that guy?
 
2012-10-16 12:07:39 PM  
What would be even more cool is if it was also the shipping box. You just unfold it as a box and refold it into a bike.
 
2012-10-16 12:07:56 PM  

Snargi: "In testing the durability of the treated cardboard, Gafni said he immersed a cross-section in a water tank for several months and it retained all its hardened characteristics."


Rather impressive for someone made entirely of cardboard
 
2012-10-16 12:08:05 PM  
Meanwhile, the homeless curse for not coming up with this idea themselves
 
2012-10-16 12:08:10 PM  

C0rf: Didn't Gibson think that up twenty years ago?


I know I'm missing a lot on the internet but I don't go to websites that end in .ru.
 
2012-10-16 12:08:34 PM  

mtbhucker: I like how subby ripped off Colbert from last night. Subby is bad and should feel bad.


Is subby, didn't watch Colbert, but it's a pretty obvious joke
 
2012-10-16 12:10:13 PM  
With all he's done to it, it's not really cardboard any more, it's more of a treated composite. He basically made a bike out of hardboard.

And I seriously doubt the bearings are cardboard.
 
2012-10-16 12:11:23 PM  

Magorn: I wonder whatever happened to that guy?


The Trilateral Commission... bet on it.
 
2012-10-16 12:11:26 PM  
How is a paper bike that will deteriorate over time cheaper in the long run than a metal one that will last forever?
 
2012-10-16 12:12:50 PM  

Snargi: Hey subby, try reading TFA before making your witty headline.

"In testing the durability of the treated cardboard, Gafni said he immersed a cross-section in a water tank for several months and it retained all its hardened characteristics."


It's still funny.

Besides, two things:
1) Jury is still out on durability
2) "Because Gafni says" is not reliable testing data
 
2012-10-16 12:13:03 PM  
From childhood experiences I state that cardboard boxes make lousy bobsleds - especially on stairs.
 
2012-10-16 12:13:38 PM  
doesn't the F-35 have problems operating in wet or if there is a lot of sand?
 
2012-10-16 12:14:41 PM  

Magorn: mtbhucker: I like how subby ripped off Colbert from last night. Subby is bad and should feel bad.

Is subby, didn't watch Colbert, but it's a pretty obvious joke


that's what i figured. not a hard joke to come up with.
 
2012-10-16 12:15:38 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: How is a paper bike that will deteriorate over time cheaper in the long run than a metal one that will last forever?


Metal bikes don't deteriorate over time? There's no such thing as rust, weld fatigue, et cetera? Wow, my materials classes in college were all wrong.

It is almost as if some Farkers don't, and I know this is crazy, but hear me out... they don't read the articles.
 
2012-10-16 12:17:44 PM  

factoryconnection: It is almost as if some Farkers don't, and I know this is crazy, but hear me out... they don't read the articles.


The hell you say!
 
2012-10-16 12:19:10 PM  
I wonder what sort of box it comes in?
 
2012-10-16 12:19:26 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2012-10-16 12:20:35 PM  

cgraves67: I don't know what the weight limit on it is, but I bet it's not American-proof.


Needs to be taller, so American buttocks don't drag on the ground.
 
2012-10-16 12:22:24 PM  
Cardboard you say?
bigpicture.typepad.com
 
2012-10-16 12:24:13 PM  

theorellior: With all he's done to it, it's not really cardboard any more, it's more of a treated composite. He basically made a bike out of hardboard.

And I seriously doubt the bearings are cardboard.


Well maybe not, but you could make them out of Lignum vitae wood and they'd probably out-last steel ones
 
2012-10-16 12:24:45 PM  
can't rain all the time.

/obscure?
 
2012-10-16 12:26:15 PM  

JackieRabbit: This is kind of stupid. What will he call it? The Zioncycle perhaps?


So when does the fatwa condemning this Zionist conspiracy to make the world ride Jewish bicycles get issued?
 
2012-10-16 12:30:47 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: How is a paper bike that will deteriorate over time cheaper in the long run than a metal one that will last forever?


Haven't been to too many junk yards, eh?
 
2012-10-16 12:32:13 PM  
This is the ultimate Hipster bicycle. Nobody else has one yet. It's biodegradable. Makes you look poor even though you probably aren't.
 
2012-10-16 12:33:28 PM  

factoryconnection: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: How is a paper bike that will deteriorate over time cheaper in the long run than a metal one that will last forever?

Metal bikes don't deteriorate over time? There's no such thing as rust, weld fatigue, et cetera? Wow, my materials classes in college were all wrong.

It is almost as if some Farkers don't, and I know this is crazy, but hear me out... they don't read the articles.


I read the article. Shockingly, the man who made the bike claims it is durable. I am shocked. This is me shocked...

*picture me shocked*

See? SHOCKED.

Also, rust is easy to avoid, especially in the climates likely in question. And metal can be re-welded.

How are you going to repair this bike? Popsicle sticks and paste? Hell, if these people could afford paste they'd eat it.
 
2012-10-16 12:33:39 PM  

Magorn: Well maybe not, but you could make them out of Lignum vitae wood and they'd probably out-last steel ones


A bike with lignum vitae bearings would definitely *not* cost $20.
 
2012-10-16 12:33:55 PM  

Magorn: It's an interesting idea, and something we need to be thinking more about as a society. The more items we can make from recycled post-consumer waste and the less from raw materials the better off we'll be going forward. It reminds me of another guy invented a brilliant method for creating temproary housing in disaster zones by building Geodesic domes made out of beams made from corrugated plasticized cardboard folded into triangles (like a shipping tube). I wonder whatever happened to that guy?



He found out what happened to Jimmy Hoffa's body?
 
2012-10-16 12:34:57 PM  

whipbambucket: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: How is a paper bike that will deteriorate over time cheaper in the long run than a metal one that will last forever?

Haven't been to too many junk yards, eh?


Oh please...wastefulness on the part of those who can afford to not repair things is a different story.
 
2012-10-16 12:36:05 PM  

Magorn: mtbhucker: I like how subby ripped off Colbert from last night. Subby is bad and should feel bad.

Is subby, didn't watch Colbert or actually read the article, but it's a pretty obvious joke

 
2012-10-16 12:36:21 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: How is a paper bike that will deteriorate over time cheaper in the long run than a metal one that will last forever?



That information is proprietary.

Now SHUT UP AND INVEST!
 
2012-10-16 12:38:01 PM  
To add on to the debate of paper vs metal. Metal is not infinitely durable of course, but it lasts for a long time. The argument is more of:

1(Cost of Metal Bike + Shipping)
The advantage to the paper bike is making some NGO can ship a bunch over really cheap, help people get some mobility and by the time the cardboard one breaks they can afford a metal one. Personally I'd say round up all the old heavy metal Schwinns that are near indestructible and ship them over, but that is just me.
 
2012-10-16 12:38:25 PM  

Amos Quito: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: How is a paper bike that will deteriorate over time cheaper in the long run than a metal one that will last forever?


That information is proprietary.

Now SHUT UP AND INVEST!


Sadly, it appears many Farkers truly are that naive.
 
2012-10-16 12:39:11 PM  

ha-ha-guy: To add on to the debate of paper vs metal. Metal is not infinitely durable of course, but it lasts for a long time. The argument is more of:

1(Cost of Metal Bike + Shipping)
The advantage to the paper bike is making some NGO can ship a bunch over really cheap, help people get some mobility and by the time the cardboard one breaks they can afford a metal one. Personally I'd say round up all the old heavy metal Schwinns that are near indestructible and ship them over, but that is just me.


Bad fark filter:

1(Cost of Metal Bike + Shipping) LESS THAN X (Cost of Cardboard Bike + Shipping), where X is the number of cardboard bikes needed to equal the lifespan of one metal bike.
 
2012-10-16 12:39:39 PM  

not5am: can't rain all the time.

/obscure?


Arkansas Traveler?
 
2012-10-16 12:43:14 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: factoryconnection: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: How is a paper bike that will deteriorate over time cheaper in the long run than a metal one that will last forever?

Metal bikes don't deteriorate over time? There's no such thing as rust, weld fatigue, et cetera? Wow, my materials classes in college were all wrong.

It is almost as if some Farkers don't, and I know this is crazy, but hear me out... they don't read the articles.

I read the article. Shockingly, the man who made the bike claims it is durable. I am shocked. This is me shocked...

*picture me shocked*

See? SHOCKED.

Also, rust is easy to avoid, especially in the climates likely in question. And metal can be re-welded.

How are you going to repair this bike? Popsicle sticks and paste? Hell, if these people could afford paste they'd eat it.



shirtsays.com

Tastes like Weyerhaeuser!
 
2012-10-16 12:44:07 PM  

ha-ha-guy: I'd worry more about the brakes. They might be fire proofed via his spray, but that doesn't mean they'll continue to function well after repeated uses/they heat up.


It's a hipster bike so naturally it's a fixie. Brakes? Who needs brakes when we can run over the proles?
 
2012-10-16 12:44:57 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: In testing the durability of the treated cardboard, Gafni said he immersed a cross-section in a water tank for several months and it retained all its hardened characteristics.

But yeah, what cgraves said.

I'm more blown away by their business concepts than the actual product. Plus I still like the idea of the daffy tinkerer building stuff in his shed.

"Cardboard bikes, I said! Told me I was crazy, they did!"


It's a real shame Americans aren't allowed to do that any more.

/between the patent trolls, the regulation trolls, and the union trolls, if it hasn't been invented already it's never going to be invented in the US
//we're not turning out the lights, we're just not letting anyone replace them as they burn out
 
2012-10-16 12:50:45 PM  

DVDave: Magorn: mtbhucker: I like how subby ripped off Colbert from last night. Subby is bad and should feel bad.

Is subby, didn't watch Colbert or actually read the article, but it's a pretty obvious joke


Son, come and sit here for a spell 'cause I got some hard truths to tell ya. Now I've been a Farker for a little while and gotten a few green lit submissions now and again, so I'm sorry to be the one to have to tell you this, but sometimes, just sometimes mind you, headline writers take a few liberties with the actual content of the article for comedic effect. The might say something that's not, shall we say, 100% factually accurate, just so's they can make a better joke. Now admittedly such folks are lower than a polecat's belly and twice as ornery, but sad to say, in this imperfect world we live in, they do tend to get rewarded with green lights more often than not.
 
2012-10-16 12:51:14 PM  
Does not look like it can take the beating my Motolite can. Probably not made as a mountain bike.

/my road bike weighs less than 16 lbs
 
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