The North Coast is bicycle crazy – they’re literally everywhere – and the Ear knows at least two Astorians who only have bicycles for transportation and many who go biking for fun or a workout.

Sure, bicycles don’t use gas and are great for exercise, but they’re expensive. But maybe not any more. According to a CNN blog, Israeli inventor IZHAR “IZZY” GAFNI and his company, CARDBOARD TECHNOLOGIES (www.

cardboardtech.com), plan to mass market CARDBOARD BICYCLES they will make for $9 and sell for $60 (http://tinyurl.com/boardcycle).

He is pictured in a still shot from a CNN video.

It took four years and six prototypes, but he had “guts feelings” that he would succeed, and he did. Built using the principles of Japanese origami, he folded and refolded recycled cardboard, then coated it with a “secret concoction of glue and varnish.” The end result is a 20-pound waterproof bicycle that “never has to be adjusted or repaired” that can hold a rider weighing up to 500 pounds.

“The tires are made of reconstituted rubber from old car tires so they will never puncture,” Izzy proclaims.

The cardboard bike will go into mass production later this year, but Izzy isn’t done. He’s already working on cardboard wheelchairs and high chairs.

— Elleda Wilson

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