Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike

I want to be a paper bike rider

Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike

I want to be a paper bike rider

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Carrying the Re-Cycle

Carry your bike around the shops

It has to be seen to be believed, but riding on the success of their award-winning Paper-Pulp Canoe, German engineers Zeug and Unsinn have created the Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike – set to revolutionise the way we get around city spaces forever!

Made from the equivalent of two hundred red-top tabloids, the Re-Cycle is light, easy to carry and simple to assemble. In the time it would take you to flag down a cab, just follow the step-by-step instructions* to pop, fold, score and tear the pieces you need to assemble your bike in a flash. No glue, tape or staples required.

Paper Chain

Paper chain

Calling on their experience of the paper pulp industry, Zeug and Unsinn have designed the Re-Cycle’s saddle using the same technology that protects hens’ eggs in transit. The rounded contours and soft material “intuitively” adapt to each rider’s unique eggs. What’s more, this innovative design also doubles as a secure place to store your keys, wallet, or bike-lock.

But what makes this the perfect city bike? The answer is three-fold. Firstly, the Re-Cycle’s stylish travel bag lets you transport it with ease. Carry it discreetly on the tube, the train, the bus, in taxis, as hand luggage on aeroplanes, or store it in the boot of your car until it's needed.

Corrugated cardboard wheels

Re-inforced corrugated
cardboard wheels

Secondly, the “unpoppable” corrugated wheels make riding on uneven surfaces feel exactly the same as riding on a completely level surface – reducing vibrations, muscle strain and paper cuts. Thirdly, the saddle and wheels can be quickly released using patented Rip/Tear technology. With these valuable parts removed, the bike can be left securely taped to a wall without the risk of theft.

Finally, capitalising on cutting-edge advances in vending machine cup manufacture, the Re-Cycle’s eco-friendly cardboard is plastic coated to make it almost completely impermeable to moisture – making it the most durable and hardwearing cardboard bicycle on the market.

Fold markings

Fold Markings

However, when you’re finally ready to dispose of your bike, simply crumple it up and throw it in the bin, or onto your compost heap. The Re-Cycle will naturally degrade over the same period as a typical disposable coffee cup**.

* twelve steps for “Boris” setup, thirty-seven for “Racing” (includes helmet)
**75-80 years (approx)

more info

Product Features:
  • Self-assembly cardboard bike
  • Clear fold markings and instructions
  • Reinforced corrugated wheels
  • Quick-release saddle and front wheel using patented Rip/Tear technology™
  • Not suitable for use in rain, snow or heavy fog
Technical Specifications:
  • Maximum rider weight 50kg
  • Not suitable for riders under 16yrs
  • Plastic coated for durability. Not suitable for recycling

Customer Reviews

Firebox! mine keeps melting in the rain? got any solutions? ;) thanks.
Libby - 2nd April 2011
A splendid idea! The original recycled bike was developed during WW2 from old bedsteads which citizens were encouraged to send into the war ministry. They were to be dropped by parachute for the invasion of Europe. In keeping with the best traditions of the British Army, officers would jump ON THEIR BIKES. (Ouch!) Perhaps fortunately, by D-Day the Americans had invented the jeep and our lads abandoned their bikes and hitched a lift from the Yanks. PS - at least part of this is true and I still have a 1944 folding commando bike.
Jake - 1st April 2011
Excellent product, I've got two shoe boxes ready to fit as panniers for touring purposes... and no more punctures, just need a bit of papier mache' ready.
Leigh - 1st April 2011
This wasn't a good idea, owing to the fact that this is England and a sudden downpour (and we have many) will leave you suddenly stranded in the middle of nowhere and a puddle will give you a bumpy ride.
Shaz - 1st April 2011
Doesn't the fact that it as a paper chain tell you thats its not real! Some people are just sooo gullible.
CJ - 1st April 2011
Do you have re-unicycles? I have sweaty palms, need one without the handle bars:P.
Peter Iesan - 1st April 2011