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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 14
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2012-10-16 12:05:01 PM  
5 votes:
I like how subby ripped off Colbert from last night. Subby is bad and should feel bad.
2012-10-16 12:44:57 PM  
2 votes:

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 12:05:40 PM  
2 votes:
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 12:05:25 PM  
2 votes:
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 12:03:48 PM  
2 votes:
I don't know what the weight limit on it is, but I bet it's not American-proof.
2012-10-16 07:21:05 PM  
1 votes:

airsupport: I wonder what sort of box it comes in?


The box is made of aluminum reinforced with carbon fiber
2012-10-16 02:33:49 PM  
1 votes:

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."


Yeah, that's what he says. He also says he uses a "secret organic formula" to keep it waterproof and fireproof.

Forgive me if I'm skeptical of anything that's so perfect and yet so secret, at least until the secret is revealed. If it's revealed that the organic formula is in fact a hydrocarbon-based polymer, well, then having a cardboard bike won't have gained us anything, will it?
2012-10-16 01:28:23 PM  
1 votes:
I think that before you are allowed to suggest any inventions for the developing world, you should be required to:

1. Read "The Ugly American" cover to cover.
2. Read a few essays on why "The Ugly American" is important.
3. Complete an extensive interview to make sure you understood "The Ugly American".
4. See "The Ugly American" movie.

I've spent a fair amount of time in India. Metal bicycles work fantastic. The people who can't afford a new bicycle get a second hand one. The people who can't afford a second hand one get a really old one. If you can't afford that, you get junk that you can hammer and spot weld into shape. My clunky Indian bicycle back in the 80's weighed about 35 pounds, had metal linkages instead of brake cables, a single gear, and a brutal looking frame rack that could carry over 300lb with no problems.

This cardboard bike is cute - but where does my passenger sit? How do I carry a 30lb drum of used cooking oil with it? And most importantly, if I hit something and bend my front fork - how do I hammer it back into shape? This was not invented by someone who's actually ridden a bicycle for any length of time in a developing country.
2012-10-16 12:53:18 PM  
1 votes:
Nobody pointing out the non-irony? It's made out of cardboard, not iron.
2012-10-16 12:50:45 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:22:24 PM  
1 votes:
Cardboard you say?
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2012-10-16 12:12:50 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:10:13 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:07:39 PM  
1 votes:
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.
 
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