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A bicycle made of cardboard?

My brother Doug sent me a curious article about an Israeli engineer named Izhar Gafni who has developed a bicycle made of cardboard. He says everything apart from the brakes and chain is cardboard – including the seat. The cardboard is covered with a waterproof resin and painted. He claims the machine is durable, waterproof and costs only £10 to produce. The bike is apparently stronger then carbon fibre and can carry riders weighing up to 220 kilograms. It weighs only 9 kilograms. Gafni says the ‘bike is going to be cheap and available to any child in the world, including children in Africa who walk dozens of miles to school every day.’

Don’t know how it can cost only £10 with all that polymer and paint. A good chain can cost 3 times the suggested build price. What about tires, peddles, hubs and bottom bracket. Are these also cardboard? Doesn’t look like it in the picture. And think of the carbon footprint: processing all that wood fibre into paper then recycling it into cardboard then reusing it to build a bike. Bamboo seems a more direct route.

An ingenious and  fascinating bit of innovation. Think I’ll stick with the croix de fer.

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UK wins again: what’s in the water?

Leaving Priory Park, Reigate – Start of ToB stage 8

The final stage of this year’s Tour of Britain started in Reigate at noon today and finished in Guildford. I went to both the start and finish – a brilliant race, totally dominated by Brits. The general classification was won by the young Devon rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke. Mark Cavendish came through to win the stage, his third of this 8-stage race, in an uphill sprint on cobblestones. I was standing just inside the 100M to the finish marker.  The sprinters were going crazy fast. Brits also took the points jersey – Peter Williams and the King of the Mountains jersey – Kristian House. There must be something in the water this year: Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour de France, 29 gold medals at the Olympics, Rory McIlroy is winning every golf tournament he enters, and Andy Murray wins the US Open and ends a 76 year grand slam drought for UK tennis. So why can’t the politicians even tie their shoe laces?

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See # 10: Dr Julie Makani – Africa innovations: 15 ideas helping to transform a continent | World news | The Observer

Africa innovations: 15 ideas helping to transform a continent | World news | The Observer

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Sickle Cell Centre of Excellence

I had an excellent meeting with Dr Julie Makani of the Sickle Cell Foundation yesterday. We have done two new things. We have wrapped the Alan Knight Tour d’Afrique fundraising campaign for the Sickle Cell Foundation into the larger, US$2.7million fundraising campaign for the Sickle Cell Centre of Excellence at the Muhimbili Hospital here in Dar Es Salaam. And we have put together a corporate sponsorship appeal and have begun to go out to corporate sponsors.

This is all very exciting. The Sickle Cell Centre of Excellence is desperately needed in Tanzania. The team at the hospital and the Foundation are doing a great job of raising awareness and establishing a a world class facility. It is inspiring to see their dedication and professionalism.
If you would like more details on the Sickle Cell Centre of Excellence Campaign or the Corporate Sponsorship Appeal, let me know by sending a note to alan@taylerknight.co.uk

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