Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cardboard bicycle

Cardboard bicycle

A Cardboard bicycle is really interesting you can carry it every where you go and it's pretty easy to commute with it. I really hope it is really durable as mentioned by the inventor.

Izhar Gafni, 50, an expert in designing automated mass-production lines. He is also an amateur cycling enthusiast who for years toyed with an idea of making a bicycle from cardboard.

He told Reuters during a recent demonstration that after much trial and error, his latest prototype has now proven itself and mass production will begin in a few months.

Cardboard, made of wood pulp, was invented in the 19th century as sturdy packaging for carrying other more valuable objects, it has rarely been considered as raw material for things usually made of much stronger materials, such as metal.

He said that first the shape of the parts should be formed then cut. Then the cardboard is treated with a secret concoction made of organic materials to give it its waterproof and fireproof qualities. In the final stage, it is coated with lacquer paint for appearance.

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

Once ready for production, the bicycle will include no metal parts, even the brake mechanism and the wheel and pedal bearings will be made of recycled substances, although Gafni said he could not yet reveal those details due to pending patent issues.

The bicycles are not only very cheap to make, they are very light and do not need to be adjusted or repaired, the solid tires that are made of reconstituted rubber from old car tires will never get a puncture, Elmish said.

Yahoo news

Monday, October 15, 2012

Olympic BMX cyclist dies in a vehicular accident

Kyle Bennett, BMX cyclist, accident, Olympic

Kyle Bennett, 33 an Olympic BMX cyclist was killed in a vehicular accident in eastern Texas. He was a three-time BMX world champion and won an automatic spot the first U.S. BMX Olympic team in 2008.

USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson in an statement said: “All of us at USA Cycling were deeply saddened to learn this morning of the tragic and untimely loss of Kyle Bennett,”

“Kyle was a pioneer in Olympic BMX and an inspiration to those of us that knew him. He will be sorely missed and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Bennett is survived by his fiance and a young daughter.

photo: USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike

Takara Kabuto, Single Speed Road Bike
Here is a pretty cheap bike for daily commute. The price is around $199.99 to $299.99. It has a Steel frame and steel fork. The rims are made of alloy, and it weighs only 29.5 pounds. The yellow tone is pretty cool.

It's a great deal for the price.

Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike

Click here for more info

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Kenyan Riders Mr. Leong Dream

Mr. Nicolas Leong a Singaporean commercial photographer who moved to Kenya to create the Kenyan cycling team. "All these Kenyans were winning marathons all over the world (and) I thought it would be really good if you gave them a bike, that was essentially the idea," - Leong Mr. Leong is convinced that Kenya which is known for its world class runners will also produce world class cyclist, and realized his dream for the first black team to compete in the Tour de France. Goodluck Mr. Leong!
Full story here 

story and picture source: yahoo sports