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    $20 cardboard bike in production yet?

    this dumb thing

    http://www.gizmag.com/cardboard-bike...m_medium=email

    anybody know?

    i predicted it would never be made or sold
    at least not in the usa under $300
    they said $20
    of all things

    anyway

    i am an unbeliever
    show me!

    i hate dumb news hoopla like this


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    He already has a production agreement, but it won't be in production for a few months.

    There are already people riding paper bikes - http://www.paper-bicycle.com/
    Last edited by OneGoodLeg; 04-23-13 at 10:43 AM.

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    If it costs $12.00 to make, There is zero chance of being able to sell it in stores for $20.00.

    I still find the concept interesting. I wonder how hard it would really be to make one.

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    ha ha
    not really paper, or $20
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    he;s got about $100 worth of bike parts on it
    tires
    brakes
    levers

    "a car timing belt"
    anyone ever buy one of these?
    they are about $100 alone


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    Quote Originally Posted by wle View Post
    "a car timing belt"
    anyone ever buy one of these?
    they are about $100 alone
    You may be thinking of a serpentine belt - the timing belt in question is more like what you'd find on an old 6 or 8 cylinder engine, about as long as a bicycle chain. And maybe $20 in the shop.

    And just because he is using one doesn't mean that it will be the default drivetrain belt if this bike goes into production - an automotive timing belt is serious overkill in this role, a much cheaper and lighter belt would be quite viable.

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    i want to see it
    it;s too much work to have faith :0
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    Pffft.....yeah- you can't even buy a bicycle box [also cardboard] for $20!

    Whatever the price would be, add another 35% or so to cover the taxes the manufacturer will pay and have to pass onto the consumer.

    If he actually does manufacture the dopey things, he'd have a hard job managing to keep the price below that of a metal Walmart bike.....

    I'm no physic[sic], but I see bankruptcy in that guy's future, if he's serious about really manufacturing these things, and it isn't just a publicity stunt.

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    Rule of distribution is 50%. Everyone makes 50%, so the hot wheels car that you buy at walmart for a dollar...walmart makes 50%, Mattel makes 50% and the manufacture makes 50%.

    You pay a dollar, Walmart makes 50 cents, Mattel makes 25 cents, the manufacture makes 13 cents, and you own a 13 cent car.

    The same rule would apply to this bike sold in stores...so start there in figuring a price. They can cut out walmart, but have to add shipping if they sell direct.

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    This might irk some people, but I'm calling BS on this so-called cardboard bike, I think it was just a clever way for someone to get their name into the news. It will never see mass production.

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    I remember reading years ago where GM was doing planning to manufacture a $5,000 car for developing countries. What they found was the people that could afford a $5,000 car would rather buy a used "real" car than a new super-cheap car. You could run into that issue here also.

    On a deal like this, too, you've got several "new" features, and if any one of them doesn't work right, the whole project is dead.
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    call me ''unirked''

    that is what i think too

    guy is probably just writing a @#$$ing screenplay about building and selling ing a $20 cardboard bike

    and how the authorities shut him down, or trek sued him, or something

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    Last edited by wle; 04-24-13 at 12:27 PM. Reason: betterer

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    More preposterous than a news story on a $20 composite bike is the notion it would make a good thread topic half a year later.

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    oh dear!
    i bored someone
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    I remember another story that gave someone their 15 minutes of fame... Remember "Bicycle City"? Yes, the concept here in rural South Carolina that someone was going to build a bicycle city. The idea was people would park their cars in a parking lot, then ride their bicycles to their house. Heck, he even had photo ops where he was starting to clear the land. People were supposed to pay him $15,000 a plot (before the cost of building) even though anyone can buy the same size of land there for $2,000-$3,000. Well, immediately the clearing the land stopped once the cameras left, and not a thing has happened on "Bicycle City" in a few years now.

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    I think I'll start saving my used terlit-paper tubes.... If these cardboard bikes become reality, I have a whole stash of "bicycle parts"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpsblake View Post
    I remember another story that gave someone their 15 minutes of fame... Remember "Bicycle City"? Yes, the concept here in rural South Carolina that someone was going to build a bicycle city. The idea was people would park their cars in a parking lot, then ride their bicycles to their house. Heck, he even had photo ops where he was starting to clear the land. People were supposed to pay him $15,000 a plot (before the cost of building) even though anyone can buy the same size of land there for $2,000-$3,000. Well, immediately the clearing the land stopped once the cameras left, and not a thing has happened on "Bicycle City" in a few years now.
    Wondered what had happened to that. There were way too many holes in the plan when I saw it presented. Lack of connection to any form of mass transit being one of the more noticeable ones.

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