Izhar Gafni invents a cardboard bicycle

Izhar Gafni smiles and shakes his head in wonder when asked about the whirlwind of events that have taken place since news of his revolutionary cardboard bicycle first made international headlines a few weeks ago.

“It’s all happened so fast, and we did not expect it at all,” exclaims Mr. Gafni, a heavyset man who displays all the qualities of an archetypal inventor – a rapid, if somewhat erratic thought process; a tendency to forget the point he is trying to make; and pure delight when describing his next challenge or idea.

Gafni, who has not had even a minute to consider how to properly market or promote his lightweight and extremely low-cost bicycle, has instead spent the best part of the past several weeks entertaining journalists and television crews, responding to throngs of cycling enthusiasts, and starting to develop potential business partners who have contacted him from around the globe.

Those who have visited Gafni’s home and workshop in Moshav Ahituv, a settlement near Hadera on Israel‘s northern coast, and witnessed the colorful 20-pound bicycle in action agree that this two-wheel creation could revolutionize cycling in general and enhance methods of transportation in the developing world in particular.

source : http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2012/1207/Izhar-Gafni-invents-a-cardboard-bicycle-that-may-revolutionize-transportation?nav=87-frontpage-spotlight





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