Patents Assigned to Shimano, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10737744
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device is basically provided with a main support body, a first operating member, a hydraulic brake operating unit, an additional operating unit and a second operating member. The main support body is configured to be attached to a handlebar. The first operating member is pivotally coupled to the main support body about a first pivot axis. The hydraulic brake operating unit is mounted to the main support body. The hydraulic brake operating unit has a piston operated in response to operation of the first operating member between a rest position to an operated position. The additional operating unit is mounted to the main support body. The second operating member is configured to actuate the additional operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takaaki Fujiwara, Tatsuya Matsushita, Yoshimitsu Miki, Kazutaka Fukao
  • Patent number: 10742248
    Abstract: A bicycle component is provided that facilitates replacement of a communication device. The communication device bicycle component includes an operation member, a power generator, a communication device and an attachment portion. The power generator generates power in a state in which the operation member is operated. The communication device transmits a wireless signal with the power generated by the power generator. The attachment portion is attached to the communication device in a removable manner. The communication device is attachable to another attachment portion of another bicycle component in a removable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takaya Masuda, Takafumi Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20200252987
    Abstract: A wireless communication device for a human-powered vehicle comprises a wireless communicator and a controller. The wireless communicator is configured to wirelessly transmit a connection demand signal to establish a wireless connection between the wireless communicator and an additional wireless communicator. The controller is configured to control the wireless communicator to wirelessly transmit the connection demand signal at first frequency for a first period. The controller is configured to control the wireless communicator to wirelessly transmit the connection demand signal at second frequency which is different from the first frequency after a passage of the first period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Shota INOUE, Yoshiyuki KASAI, Makoto USUI, Masako ITSUKASHI, Akihiro NOZAKI
  • Patent number: 10731678
    Abstract: A hydraulic device comprises a hydraulic structure and a release member. The hydraulic structure includes an interior space in which a fluid is to be filled. The release member is attached to the hydraulic structure so as to be exposed to the interior space and an atmosphere. The release member is configured to release air from the interior space toward the atmosphere in accordance with an internal pressure of the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Masahiro Nakakura, Atsushi Yamazaki, Takafumi Nishino
  • Patent number: 10730581
    Abstract: An operating device comprises a base member and an operating member. The base member is configured to be mounted to one of a dropdown portion and a bar end portion of a handlebar. The base member includes a cylinder bore and a reservoir bore. The cylinder bore has a cylinder center axis. The reservoir bore has a reservoir center axis. The operating member is pivotally coupled to the base member about a pivot axis. The cylinder center axis is offset from the reservoir center axis in a pivot axis direction parallel to the pivot axis and in a perpendicular direction perpendicular to both the pivot axis and the cylinder center axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Yuusuke Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10730580
    Abstract: A bicycle control device is basically provided with a base member, a first operating member, an electric unit and a hydraulic unit. The base member is configured to be fixed to a bicycle part. The first operating member is coupled to the base member. The first operating member is configured to move along a first path from a rest position to a first position as a first movement. The first operating member is configured to move along the first path from the rest position to a second position via the first position as a second movement. The electric unit is configured to output a first signal causing a first operation of an electric device in response to the first movement. The electric unit is configured to output a second signal causing a second operation of the electric device in response to the second movement. The hydraulic unit is coupled to the base member to operate a hydraulic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Takafumi Nishino
  • Publication number: 20200239106
    Abstract: A bicycle sprocket arrangement comprises a smaller sprocket and a larger sprocket. The larger sprocket has at least one upshifting facilitation area configured to facilitate an upshifting operation in which a bicycle chain is shifted from the larger sprocket toward the smaller sprocket. The at least one upshifting facilitation area includes an upstream tooth, an intermediate tooth, and a downstream tooth. The upstream tooth has a first recessed portion. The intermediate tooth has a second recessed portion. The downstream tooth has at least one of a third recessed portion and a chamfered portion. The at least one of the third recessed portion and the chamfered portion are separated from the second recessed portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Yasufumi FUKUNAGA, Shota SUYAMA
  • Patent number: 10721922
    Abstract: A dual-bearing reel comprises a reel main body, a spool, a spool shaft, an adjusting member, and an operation lever. The adjusting member is attached to the reel main body. The adjusting member adjusts a braking force with which a rotation of the spool shaft is braked. The operation lever is attached to the adjusting member such that the operation lever extends in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ikuta, Akira Nago, Shingo Aoki, Shunsaku Asaka
  • Patent number: 10721921
    Abstract: A spinning reel for casting a fishing line forward includes a reel main body and a lid. The reel main body has an accommodating portion including an accommodating space, an opening located in a side of the accommodating portion, and a cylindrical portion disposed in front of the accommodating portion. The lid has a lid main body for sealing the opening, and a projection projecting forward from the lid main body. The projection overlaps with the cylindrical portion in a side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Takuji Takamatsu, Kei Saito, Satoshi Ikebukuro, Tomoya Deguchi
  • Patent number: 10721923
    Abstract: A dual-bearing reel capable of reeling in and reeling out a fishing line includes a reel body, a spool, a spool shaft, an operating member, and an oscillating mechanism. The spool is rotatably supported by the reel body. The spool shaft supports the spool. The operating member is movably provided on the reel body and moves to perform an adjustment operation on a braking force that acts on the spool. The oscillating mechanism causes the fishing line to oscillate in the axial direction in synchronization with a rotation of the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ikuta, Kunio Takechi, Yohei Toake, Shunsaku Asaka, Kohei Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10717495
    Abstract: A bicycle sprocket comprises a sprocket body, a plurality of sprocket teeth, an axially outward protuberance, and an axially inward protuberance. The axially outward protuberance is disposed on an outward facing side of the sprocket body to overlap at least partly with a bicycle chain engaging with a neighboring bicycle sprocket when viewed along a rotational center axis. The axially inward protuberance is disposed on an inward facing side of the sprocket body to overlap at least partly with the axially outward protuberance when viewed along the rotational center axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Yasufumi Fukunaga, Hiroshi Fujita, Tsuyoshi Fukumori, Atsuhiro Emura
  • Patent number: 10717494
    Abstract: A bicycle magnetism generation device and a disc brake adapter are configured to allow a rotation state of a bicycle wheel to be detected in a suitable manner. The bicycle magnetism generation device includes a magnetism generator generating magnetism. In a state where the disc brake rotor is coupled to a hub of a bicycle, the bicycle magnetism generation device is at least partially arrangeable between the disc brake rotor and the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Satoshi Shahana, Tadaharu Kurotobi, Kazuhiro Fujii, Kanako Kiyokawa
  • Patent number: 10717321
    Abstract: A bicycle rim comprises a tire-attachment portion, an inner peripheral portion, a first side portion, a second side portion, and a first non-contact printed deposit. The inner peripheral portion is provided radially inwardly from the tire-attachment portion with respect to a rotational center axis of the bicycle rim. The first side portion includes a first curved surface. The first non-contact printed deposit is at least partly provided on the first curved surface. A first tangential line is defined on the first curved surface in which the first non-contact printed deposit is provided. A first surface angle is defined by the first tangential line and a reference plane perpendicular to the rotational center axis. The first surface angle is larger than 30 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Dai Yokozawa, Wataru Yamauchi
  • Publication number: 20200223255
    Abstract: A hub assembly for a human-powered vehicle comprises a hub axle, a first rotatable member, a second rotatable member, and a rotation control structure. The rotation control structure couples the first rotatable member to the second rotatable member to transmit a first input rotation of the first rotatable member to the second rotatable member at a first ratio of a first output rotation of the second rotatable member to the first input rotation of the first rotatable member. The rotation control structure couples the second rotatable member to the first rotatable member to transmit a second input rotation of the second rotatable member to the first rotatable member at a second ratio of a second output rotation of the first rotatable member to the second input rotation of the second rotatable member. The second ratio is different from the first ratio. The second ratio is larger than 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Kenji KAMADA
  • Patent number: 10709122
    Abstract: A spinning reel includes a reel body, a rotor, a bail arm and a bail reversing mechanism. The rotor is rotatable relative to the rotor body. The bail arm is pivotable with respect to the rotor. The bail reversing mechanism has a pressing part configured to be capable of pressing the bail arm to swing the bail arm, a biasing part configured to bias the pressing part, a housing part disposed in the rotor and housing the biasing part, and a guide part housed in the housing part and configured to guide the biasing part between the pressing part and the housing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Ochiai, Hirokazu Hiraoka
  • Patent number: 10710674
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal comprises a pedal axle, a main pedal body, a coupling mechanism and a cleat movement restricting member. The main pedal body is rotatably supported on the pedal axle. The coupling mechanism includes a first cleat securing member and a second cleat securing member. The first cleat securing member is configured to be coupled to a front portion of a cleat. The second cleat securing member is configured to be coupled a rear portion of the cleat. The cleat movement restricting member is configured to restrict movement of the cleat in at least one direction between a frontward direction and a rearward direction. The cleat movement restricting member is further configured and arranged relative to the coupling mechanism such that the cleat movement restricting member guides the cleat during a cleat disengagement operation in which the cleat detaches from the coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Inoue
  • Patent number: 10711808
    Abstract: A bar-end type bicycle hydraulic operating device is basically provided with a base member and a hydraulic unit. The base member is configured to be mounted on a handlebar. The base member has an abutment that is configured to contact an end of the handlebar. The hydraulic unit is provided on the base member. The hydraulic unit includes a hydraulic cylinder that has a cylinder bore, a piston movably disposed in the cylinder bore, and a reservoir fluidly communicating with the cylinder bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takaaki Fujiwara, Kazutaka Fukao
  • Patent number: D890880
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Motohiro Niitsuma
  • Patent number: D890881
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Shingo Aoki
  • Patent number: D892969
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Shingo Aoki