I thought it was a bad idea the first time I saw it and nothing has changed now.
If you think picking a saddle for your current bike was difficult, what would this be like?
$20? Obviously the guy knows nothing about running a business. Labor costs alone would blow that budget out of the water. Then you have liability, machinery, building overhead, shipping, etc, etc, etc. No way it could be brought to retail under $200 and that's if it materials were free.
You're right about cost reckoning though. Even when they get all the initial costs right, they don't think about how massive production will change those costs. As demand for something goes up, it's price will follow, so things like biofuel will have their costs soar stratospherically as demand far exceeds available supply.
... and those rectangularly shaped handlebars look REALLY uncomfortable...
I like the 'phantom rear brake'... jeez.
"the cardboard bikes would be made on largely automated production lines and would be supplemented by a workforce comprising pensioners and the disabled."
I knew there was a reason this was posted in this forum, must be some kind of help wanted advertisement to boot :roflmao2:
Maybe he plans on using prison labor like many companies do now(very cheap labor). Believe it or not, some call centers you may call for help or to order products have a prisoner taking down your order/information.
Seems to me that the third world has made do for a number of decades with around WWII technology bicycles and already has the infrastructure to keep them maintained and functioning. I don't think you are going to push them off old steel frames and balloon tires.*
As is typical of the media about most everything