Bowdin Wire-operated Patents (Class 188/2D)
  • Patent number: 6148963
    Abstract: Handbrake assembly for the wheelbarrow is normally "on" and comprises a brake lever pivoted to the wheelbarrow undercarriage. One end of the lever carries a shoe head, the other a fixture for the drive cable of a Bowden wire leading to a bicycle-type handbrake. A spring presses the brake shoe end of the lever so that it engages the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: B. Earl Canfield, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6122988
    Abstract: A braking force distribution linkage for a muscular energy-actuated parking brake system of a motor vehicle, in which the braking force is transferred at least via control cables both to one gear of the vehicle's transmission and to the wheels of at least one driven vehicle axle, the wheel brakes on each vehicle axle being respectively articulated via a compensation element. A linkage, lever and balance arm arrangement ensures a sufficient parking-hold effect on a road surface with differing nonskid properties, even in the event of failure of a portion of the braking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Mosler, Werner Spielmann, Hartmut Wendt, Siegfried Emmann
  • Patent number: 6065571
    Abstract: A drum brake device is provided in which a stroke before effectuating the parking brake effect of the brake shoes is restricted so that any disconcerting feeling to the driver and any delay in effectuating the parking brake when in an emergency situation are eliminated. The drum brake device includes a pair of the brake shoes 20, 21, a pivot lever 36 pivotally provided at one of the two brake shoes 21, a shoe clearance adjustment device provided between one end of the pivot lever 36 and one end of the brake shoe 20, and a strut provided between the other end of the pivot lever 36 and one end of the brake lever 28, wherein the braking force is transferable between the two brake shoes 20, 21 through the connection with the pivot lever 36. This produces a duo-servo type of brake device. The brake shoe 21 functions as a trailing shoe in which the lining wears slower when the service brake is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Nisshinbo Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 6032765
    Abstract: A brake control device is mounted on a handle of a walking frame used by a lame or elderly person as an aid in walking. The device includes a seat fastened at one end thereof with the handle, and a control handlebar fastened at one end thereof with the seat. The seat is provided with a control arm and a stop member. The control arm is fastened with the control handlebar and is connected with one end of a brake cable. The control arm is actuated by the control handlebar to swivel so as to pull the brake cable to bring about the braking action which can be sustained without having to keep holding the control handlebar. The control handlebar is made stationary temporarily by a rolling rod which is forced into a retaining recess of the stop member for sustaining the braking action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Larmine Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Yang Hsi-Chia
  • Patent number: 5983745
    Abstract: A method of adjusting the tension in a park cable brake system including the acts of providing a brake actuation lever, a connector clip having a first end and a second end, and including a shear member having a shear failure force positioned between the first and second ends of said connector clip, a brake assembly, a front cable strand having a first and second ends, the first end attached to the brake actuation lever, and the second end engaging the shear member on the connector clip, a rear cable strand having a first end and a second end, the first end attached to the second end of the connector clip and the second end attached to the rear brake assembly, and tensioner means attached in a tension force transmitting relationship with the front cable strand and the rear cable strand. The method further includes the acts of tensioning the front and rear cable strands with the tensioner means to break the shear member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Gregory H. Petrak
  • Patent number: 5954161
    Abstract: The braking system of a rehabilitation trolley is controlled by a grasp member having a root portion disposed within a receiving groove of a fixing seat that is attached to the handle of the trolley. The root portion includes upper and lower portions engageable with corresponding upper and lower portions of the groove to permit the grasp member to be rotated upwardly or downwardly about corresponding fulcrum points and pulling a braking wire extending through the fixing seat and secured to the root portion. The grasp member may also engage a portion of the groove to secure the member in a braking mode when the member is pulled downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Apex Care Industry Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Lee
  • Patent number: 5927442
    Abstract: A device for controlling the operational sequence of brake assemblies for bicycles includes a box within which a frame is slidably received, a first member and a second member juxtaposedly and slidably received in the frame, two cables extending from two brake levers respectively connecting to the two members respectively, each of the two members having a recess for receiving a barrel end of a front brake cable extending from a front brake assembly when the two recesses are not in alignment with each other by grasping eitherone of the brake levers, a drop recess defined below the corresponding recess in each of the members so that a barrel end of a rear brake cable is received in a space formed by the two drop recesses when the two brake levers are grasped or released simultaneously. Accordingly, whichever brake lever is grasped, the rear brake assembly is engaged first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Chi-Chao Liao
  • Patent number: 5924328
    Abstract: The braking device of the present invention is equipped with a resistance element which acts so that, when the brake device is operated by pulling a brake lever to a set operating position where the wheel braking force produced by brake shoes reaches a certain set value, a discretely increased force resists operation of the brake lever so that further operation of said brake lever is inhibited until a pulling force which is greater than the resistance force is thereafter applied to the brake lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventors: Shinpei Okajima, Masanori Sugimoto, Kazuhisa Yamashita
  • Patent number: 5910194
    Abstract: An automatic parking brake cable tension adjustment apparatus includes a first connecting member attached by a cable to a brake handle, a first pivoting member, a second pivoting member, a mechanical linkage between the first and second pivoting member, and a second connecting member attached by a cable to a parking brake. As the brake cable becomes extended past a certain point, the first pivoting member contacts a fixed stop and pivots, thereby pivoting the second pivoting member. A threaded connection between the second pivoting member and the second connecting member rotates, automatically adjusting the tension of the brake cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Won-bong Cho
  • Patent number: 5875688
    Abstract: A parking brake operating mechanism having a brake apply pedal arm module and a housing module pivotally mounted on a vehicle. The housing contains a linearly movable toothed rack operatively connected to one end of the pedal arm for movements by that arm and operatively connected at its other end to a front brake cable which is operatively connected to one or more vehicle parking brakes to be tensioned for parking brake application, a pawl member having a pawl tooth selectively engaged with a tooth of the rack to lock the rack in a brake applied position, and a pawl release mechanism which when activated moves the pawl tooth out of engagement with the rack tooth, permitting the rack and the pedal arm to be returned to the parking brake released position by the brake apply tension in the brake cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Dura Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Hank Porter, John David Hanson
  • Patent number: 5829756
    Abstract: The invention provides a braking systems and methods for slowing or stopping a roller skate having a plurality of wheels. In one exemplary system, at least one braking surface is spaced apart from the wheels. A means is provided between the braking surface and at least one of the wheels for slowing or stopping the wheel such that heat generated when slowing or stopping the wheel is created at the braking surface and is substantially prevented from reaching the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Out of Line Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Mitchell, Gregory C. Sturgeon
  • Patent number: 5816109
    Abstract: A system and device for connecting and adjusting at least two cables is disclosed. The device includes a first elongate cavity with an upper portion having a cable receiving aperture disposed therein, a lower portion having a bracket disposed therein, and a middle portion integrally formed with, and connecting, the upper and lower portions of the first elongate cavity. A second elongate cavity is also included in the device that has an upper portion with a cable receiving aperture disposed therein. A lower portion is also included that has a rotation aperture disposed therein. The rotation aperture provides for rotation of the device when a tool is inserted therein and when a first cable is inserted into the cable receiving aperture of the first elongate cavity and a second cable is inserted into the cable receiving aperture of the second elongate cavity, thereby creating an over-center lock by moment of force that maintains tension on the first and second cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Dege
  • Patent number: 5769441
    Abstract: A parallel vehicle includes three main control systems. The first controls the position and angle of the two parallel wheels relative to a fixed chassis, enabling the wheels to be moved outwardly and inwardly and the camber varied for greater stability, aerodynamic effect, or turning. This first system may be mechanically or hydraulically actuated, but preferably is controlled by a pair of control members whose position relative to the chassis corresponds to the desired position of the wheels relative to the chassis in order to provide an intuitive control mechanism. The second system is the propulsion system which may, for example, take the form of a derailleur drive of the type used in bicycles, but with power from the propulsion system being transmitted to the wheels via a rotating cable and individual gearboxes for each wheel which permit the direction of the wheels to be reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Abdulatif Namngani
  • Patent number: 5769189
    Abstract: In order to improve an electrically actuatable automotive parking brake with mechanical emergency actuation, the brake pads (52, 54) of the parking brake, which may be either a disk brake or a drum brake, can be applied or released via gear arrangement (100) arranged within or at the brake. The gear arrangement (100) has one power input and one power output, with the power input being coupled with the one end of a flexible shaft, the other end of which being arranged remote from the brake can be coupled with a manual crank, in order to be able to actuate the parking brake mechanically in the case of a failure of the electric actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Lucas Industries public limited company
    Inventors: Helmut Heibel, Hermann-Josef Geilen, Werner Dieringer
  • Patent number: 5716063
    Abstract: A walking aid for physically challenged persons having front and back leg assemblies each having a front leg extending forwardly and a rear leg extending rearwardly and wheels at the lower ends of the legs, and modular hinges at the upper ends of each pair of legs. Each modular hinge has a bearing housing with bearing recesses, two bearing bodies, each bearing body being received in a respective recess. Each bearing body is interengagable with a respective front or rear leg, and, a transverse assembly bar is connected to the hinge mounting and secures the hinges in spaced apart side by side relation. Also disclosed is a brake locking system for an in-line two part brake handle, and a multi-use seat for a walker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: CSIA Research Foundation
    Inventors: Brian Peter Doyle, Geoffrey Roy Fernie
  • Patent number: 5706914
    Abstract: A parking brake assembly for connecting a cable to a lever. The lever has a generally flat base member pivotally mounted on the second brake shoe with a first end connected to the first brake shoe and a second end joined to a brake cable. The cable is located in a helical guide spring retained in a spring support which extends from the base member. A front face on the ramp is initially engaged by a tip of the cable while the slot forms a guide to allow an input force to move the tip over a lip on the end of the second tine. Once the tip has moved past the second tine, the cable tries to straighten out to eliminate any flexure induced by moving up the ramp by snapping into the slot and become aligned with the helical spring. A force applied to the cable which pulls the tip into engagement with a rear face on the ramp to complete the connection between the cable and lever. The projection assures that the cable remains located in the slot no matter how far the tip moves past the lip on the second tine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Charles D. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 5699884
    Abstract: In an automatic play compensation arrangement for a cable-operated parking brake including a brake operating element and a cable extending between the brake operating element and a vehicle brake for actuating the vehicle brake, a support bracket is mounted for movement with the brake operating element and has a spring-loaded clamping lever supported therein through which a cable end extends and by which the cable end is firmly engaged with the support bracket when the brake operating element is actuated, and a spring is provided for tensioning the cable when the brake operating element is in a brake-releasing rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Norbert Koch, Kurt Bohm, Nikolaus Schefcsik, Jurgen Eipper
  • Patent number: 5690191
    Abstract: A new wheelbarrow braking system for facilitating braking of a conventional wheelbarrow while transporting heavy loads thereby retaining the desired position of the wheelbarrow on uneven surfaces and reducing velocity when transporting down hill. The inventive device includes at least one brake disc secured to the inside surface of a support member of a conventional wheel barrow near the tire rim, and an ergonomic handle support member of a conventional wheel barrow near the tire rim, and an ergonomic handle connected to a brake cable secured to the opposite end of the support member and mechanically connected to the brake disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Inventor: Daniel P. Burbank
  • Patent number: 5682963
    Abstract: A brake assembly for a bicycle includes a stationary portion fixedly mounted to a handlebar of the bicycle, the stationary portion having a first tube for a rotatable portion rotatably mounted thereto, a spring disposed between the rotatable portion and the stationary portion to pull the rotatable portion back to an original position thereof after the rotatable portion is rotated, a protrusion extending from one side of the rotatable portion, a brake cable having one end thereof extending through a second tube which extends from the stationary portion and towards a direction opposite to that of the first tube, and connected to the protrusion such that when the rotatable portion is rotated, the cable is pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventor: Jen-hui Tang
  • Patent number: 5671639
    Abstract: A lever 22, which comprises a slot 28 and an abutment 30, is supported on a housing 18 so as to pivot about a pivot axis A. A cable 40, which is supported against the abutment 30 via an enlarged butt end 42, is placed in position in the slot 28, such that the lever 22 can be pivoted by a pulling force C of the cable. The lever 22 comprises a projection 34 which, in extension of the cable 40 and defining an intermediate space 32, is disposed opposite the abutment 30. The end 42 is accommodated in the intermediate space 32 and is supported against the projection 34 for transmitting a pushing force D of the cable. The projection is provided, at its side facing away from the abutment 30, with a ramp 38, on to which ramp the end 42 of the cable 40 is adapted to be placed, when the cable is inserted in the slot, and from which ramp the end 42 slides downward into the intermediate space 32 when a pulling force C is exerted on the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Lucas Industries public limited company
    Inventors: Lothar Wagner, Frank Madzgalla
  • Patent number: 5649609
    Abstract: A brake arm for a brake device of a bicycle includes first and second arm members and a locking unit. The first arm member has an elongated arm body with an upper end portion, a lower end portion and a shoe mounting portion between the upper and lower end portions. The upper end portion is formed with a threaded hole. The lower end portion is adapted to be secured pivotally on the bicycle. The mounting portion has a brake shoe attached thereto. The second arm member is formed as an elongated member with first and second end portions and an intermediate portion between the first and second end portions. The second arm member is provided with a mounting hole unit which extends from the first end portion toward the second end portion. The second end portion of the second arm member is provided with a wire attaching unit that is adapted to be connected operably to the brake device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Ah-Ping Lin
    Inventors: Jung-Hua Li, Chi-Cheng Lai
  • Patent number: 5632362
    Abstract: A disc braking assembly provides a compact, lightweight braking arrangement which utilizes hydraulic fluid to provide greater braking power. Durability and reliability are achieved by use of a compensating chamber and piston having a compensating piston biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Assignee: RockShox, Inc.
    Inventor: Horst Leitner
  • Patent number: 5628387
    Abstract: An infinitely self-adjusting mechanical brake system which has a caliper housing and actuator assembly partially surrounding a brake disk for making small brake adjustments automatically. A brake disk pad adjacent to a mechanical brake is connected to a brake activator. A brake adjuster is connected to the brake activator for automatically adjusting to substantially reduce the gap between the brake disk pad and the brake disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: Arctco, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne G. Schantzen
  • Patent number: 5590744
    Abstract: This brake comprises a housing (1) intended to be mounted preferably close to the rear crossmember of the vehicle and which contains a gearwheel (2), a nut (3) fastened axially through the wheel, able to move in translation on either side thereof, and profiled so that it can be driven in rotation by the wheel, cables (8,9) connected to the braking members passing through the housing on each side of the nut and connected to the latter so that the rotation of the nut in one direction or the other gives rise to the application or release of the braking members; an electric motor (16) for driving the wheel in rotation is connected to a control button (17) which can be actuated from the driving position of the vehicle. This brake allows a gain in storage space and habitability of the vehicle, eliminates the need for adjustments upon assembly or during the life of the vehicle, guarantees a balanced distribution of the brake-application force between the two members and reduces the length of the cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Rockwell Light Vehicle Systems
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Belmond
  • Patent number: 5584491
    Abstract: A brake for remotely decelerating a roller skate. The inventive device includes a brake assembly for engaging and frictionally retarding a wheel of a skate and a ground surface. A cable assembly extends from the brake assembly and terminates in a hand-held actuating assembly for operating the brake assembly through the cable. Securing straps are coupled to the cable assembly for securing the cable to portions of an individual wearing the skate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Inventor: Dennis P. Kronyak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5579872
    Abstract: A bicycle brake device comprises a rotating device, a rotating shaft and a pair of pintles. Two recesses are formed on the rotating device to receive the heads of the front and rear brake lines, respectively. The rotating device has two chambers defined by two corresponding flanges of the rotating device. The first and second pintles are on the corresponding chambers, respectively. Each pintle has a slot and a circular hole at each of a top end and a bottom end of the pintle. The bottom circular hole receives hollow cylinder post. A hollow screw which has a through hole passes through the bottom slot and the hollow cylinder post. The first and second brake control lines pass through the corresponding through holes, respectively. One end of the first or second brake control line is positioned by the positioning hole of the screw bolt. The screw bolt passes through a washer, a nut, and the through hole. The springs are disposed between the corresponding pintles and the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Inventor: Tsung-I Chen
  • Patent number: 5566789
    Abstract: An improvement for brake systems that use a Bowden cable mechanism whereby the actuating force applied by a user is opposed and limited to a predetermined magnitude to avoid locking the rim of the wheel. The improvement includes the use of a spring member between the sheating and the adjusting nut. The spring can be either linear or non-linear. The action applied by a user to a brake system and transmitted to a brake caliper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventor: William B. Allen
  • Patent number: 5560260
    Abstract: A connector for engaging brake cables of a bicycle, the connector has a bore defined therein, a counter-bore defined therein and in communication with the bore, and a first hole transversely defined therein which is in communication with and perpendicular to the bore through which a bolt extends. A first brake cable and a second brake cable respectively extend from the connector and connect to a corresponding brake arm thereof, a third brake cable extending to connect a brake lever at a first end thereof and passing through a second hole defined in the bolt and extending through the first hole with a second end thereof, the bolt engaged to a nut via a spring and a washer so as to securely position the third brake cable such that the third brake cable is able to be adjusted by unscrewing the bolt and the first cable and the second brake cable exerting an equal force to the corresponding brake arms thereof when the connector is pulled upwardly by the third brake cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventor: Yung-pin Kuo
  • Patent number: 5540304
    Abstract: A transmission unit for bicycle brakes consisting of a single operating force input (10, 12) connected to a force multiplier (14) which distributes said multiplied force between two operating force outputs (16, 18) via a differential which equalizes the two operating force outputs while giving preferential motion of one of the outputs in the phase of motion prior to the full equalization of the multiplied operating force. This unit allows a single brake cable (12) from a control lever (10) to connect within the unit to a cam actuator follower which transfers this single operating force by means of a ratio modulating cam lever (26) which incorporates a guide pulley which moves via a fulcrum pivot axle (28) located between the cam structure and the guide pulley structure. This mechanism is combined with a cable (16, 18) which is looped around of the guide pulley and which exits the unit in parallel paths in a direction of opposition to the motion of the cam structure via the pivot axle described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Inventors: Rollin D. Hawkins, David N. Krafchick
  • Patent number: 5538116
    Abstract: A brake assembly includes a guide spring for returning a parking brake actuator arm to a release position and which serves to guide an apply cable into engagement with the actuator arm during assembly. The guide spring is inhibited from deflecting during insertion of the cable by a retaining spring that spans across the opposing lower brake shoe ends at the adjuster link and which includes an extending tail positioned adjacent the guide spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Donald L. Parker, Brad N. Venetos, William A. Fetty
  • Patent number: 5531295
    Abstract: Lever-mounted brake pads are applicable to two non-swiveling wheels at the rear of a hand truck. The pads are normally spaced away from the wheel treads by return springs. A foot pedal at the front of the truck is operable between two positions, one of them being a "brake off" position, and the other being a "brake on" position. Cranks are connected to the pedal and have links and cables associated with them and with the brake pad levers whereby the pedal, operating through the cables, is useful to either simultaneously apply both brakes in one pedal position, or simultaneously release both brakes in the other pedal position. The return springs keep the cables taut when the brakes are off. An over-center arrangement on the cranks and links, together with an appropriately positioned stop in the "brake on" pedal position self-energizes to keep the brakes on until intentionally released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: FKI Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Kopman, Glenn A. Sorlien
  • Patent number: 5529149
    Abstract: The drum-in-hat assembly (10) comprises a disc brake (12) mounted slidably relative to a backing plate (18) which includes an opening (19) through which extends a reverse scissors actuator (40) for the drum brake (30) of the assembly (10). The drum brake (30) includes a pair of arcuate drum brake shoes (32, 34) supported relative to the backing plate (18), with the shoes (32, 34) having a pair of opposed brake shoe ends (36, 38) engaged by the actuator (40). The actuator (40) comprises a pair of levers (42, 46) pivotably attached to one another with each lever (42, 46) having a second lever end (48, 58) engaging a respective end (38, 36) of an associated brake shoe, wherein the second lever end (48, 58) has either a slot (49) or an edge (59) located laterally away from the other and engaging the associated brake shoe end (38, 36). The actuator (40) is free to float relative to the backing plate (18), and the levers (42, 46) are located within a housing (70) attached to the backing plate (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventors: Donald D. Johannesen, Rodney R. Rodriguez, Clyde E. Carr, John R. Wegh
  • Patent number: 5524731
    Abstract: A brake assembly is universally mountable to any one of several different types and sizes of hand trucks. The complete brake assembly includes a brake control handle that is removably attached to the upper frame of the hand truck; a brake bar assembly having a base removably attached to the axle of the hand truck, and a horizontally extending brake bar with brake pads on its two ends adapted to engage the wheels; a cam mechanism for depressing the brake bar; and a cable coupling the brake control handle to the cam mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignees: John R. Grieg, David M. Grieg, James J. Grieg
    Inventor: James J. Grieg
  • Patent number: 5505105
    Abstract: A connector for engaging brake cables of a bicycle, the connector is composed of a first part and a second part, the first part has a first hole, a second hole and a bore defined therein, two passages defined in the first part and each of which located above the first hole and the second hole respectively, a tubular portion extending from the first part and defining a counter-bore therein in communication with the bore, the second part has a first recess, a second recess and a third hole defined therein, two protrusions extending therefrom and a groove defined therein between the first recess and the second recess and communicating with the third hole, the first part and the second part engaged together by extending the two protrusions through the two passages and a first cable and a second cable respectively received in the first recess, the first hole and the second recess, the second hole, a bolt having a hole defined therein for a third brake cable extending therethrough and the bolt threadedly engaged to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Inventor: Yung-pin Kuo
  • Patent number: 5503251
    Abstract: A straddle yoke assembly for a bicycle including a seat having a body portion formed with a recess, a groove having a first outlet at an end thereof and two second outlets at another end thereof, a plurality of protuberances, and a tubular member connected at an end thereof with the first outlet, a cover formed at a central portion thereof with a raised portion having a through hole and at a circumferential portion with a plurality of openings adapted to engage with the protuberances of the seat, a L-shaped rod provided with threads at both ends, a spring put over the L-shaped rod, a first cable provided with two barrel nipples one at each end thereof, and a second cable passing through the tubular member of the seat and engaged with a brake arm of the cantilever brake at an end thereof and the brake lever at another end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: Yih Jina Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David Lin
  • Patent number: 5485764
    Abstract: A ratchet wheel, connected to a motor through a worm gear and a worm wheel, is supported on a pedal shaft which pivotally supports a brake pedal. The ratchet wheel engages a ratchet member mounted on the brake pedal. When the brake pedal is depressed, the ratchet member rotates on the pedal shaft so that the brake pedal is turned with the ratchet wheel remaining stationary. When the motor is driven, the ratchet member is brought into engagement, so that the brake pedal is turned along with the ratchet wheel. When the ratchet member is operated by a release arm, the brake pedal is released from the ratchet wheel and returned to an original position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akinori Sugimoto, Atsushi Mori, Kunio Nanno
  • Patent number: 5484039
    Abstract: A parking brake system for use in a motor vehicle, mounted on a floor member which operatively connects a hand-operated brake actuator to a wheel brake is disclosed. The parking brake system comprises a pulley for reversing the direction of a rearwardly directed tensile force output from the brake actuator and transmitting a forwardly directed tensile force to the wheel brakes. The system allows a hand operated parking brake actuator to be used in a vehicle with a cable linkage routed into the front of the vehicle rather than into the rear of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Robert W. Singleton, Donald R. McCann
  • Patent number: 5484032
    Abstract: A hanger device is used to interconnect a pull cable and a yoke cable in a bicycle brake assembly and includes a vertical guide rod which is adapted to be mounted to a fork portion of a bicycle frame. A slidable member is mounted slidably on the guide rod and is adapted to be connected to the pull cable. The slidable member is formed with a transverse receiving groove that is adapted to receive an intermediate portion of the yoke cable therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: Ah-Pin Lin
    Inventor: Jung-Hua Li
  • Patent number: 5464235
    Abstract: The braking system for an in-line roller skate is operated by a cable attached to a trigger type of lever in a hand grip. This braking system is improved by incorporating an arrangement for allowing the skater to quickly attach or detach the end of the brake cable at the skate. Locking of the brakes to permit walking without rolling is obtained by incorporating a latch mechanism in the gripper handle. The gripper handle is storable by a snap-on type retainer for the belt or pocket of the user which permits the brake cable to move without unintentionally releasing the retainer from the person of the skater while avoiding kinking and twisting of the cable in response to the normal skating motions of the skater. Retention of the cable relative to the thigh of the user is realized by a belt or other attachment arrangement including a Velcro type of clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventors: David A. Goldman, Robert J. Dalton
  • Patent number: 5452775
    Abstract: A safety or emergency brake system for a slow moving off-road passenger vehicle has a brake lever that is adapted to pivot into contact with a wheel-mounted flexible tire that partially supports the vehicle and then be further pivoted by the tire, as it rotates in a forward direction due to vehicle inertia, into an interference position with the tire that locally deflects the tire to prevent further wheel rotation. The brake is activated by a device sensing impending vehicle impact with an obstacle, or by the vehicle operator, and is initially released by rotation of the tire in a reverse direction as the vehicle is caused to reverse or move backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: Amigo Mobility International, Inc.
    Inventor: Allen L. Bussinger
  • Patent number: 5443131
    Abstract: A trailer brake system including a releasably latching hand lever, a series of cables interconnecting the lever and mechanically energized brakes capable of locking an opposing road wheel pair. The trailer brake system attaches to an existing travel or boat trailer and is employed to enable a user to secure a trailer when parked thereby preventing inadvertent movement between uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Inventor: Ronald D. Bartlett
  • Patent number: 5443134
    Abstract: A hydraulic actuating device for brakes and gearshifts on bicycles or the like comprises an actuating lever (1b), a transmitting cylinder (1a), a flexible pressure line (9) and a receiving cylinder (1). The receiving cylinder (1) is connected with a first component (A) of a device to be actuated, and the piston (20) in the receiving cylinder (1) is mechanically connected with a second component (B) of the device by a traction cable (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Fichtel & Sachs AG
    Inventors: Joachim Gajek, Hannsjorg Stumpf
  • Patent number: 5431255
    Abstract: A braking device for bicycle provided with two wire brake systems is disclosed. There is provided a relay amid outer tubes of both brakes to which divided ends of the outer tubes are connected and both continuous brake wires are fixed together inside the relay after individual adjustment. It is then possible to actuate the two brake systems simultaneously by manipulation of either brake lever and proper adjustment is feasible with ease for it can be done independently before fixing of both wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Inventor: Kimihiro Tsuchie
  • Patent number: 5431256
    Abstract: An adjusting device for a brake cable of a bicycle includes an adjusting element with a threaded hole defined in an end thereof, a first cable and a second cable. The first cable has a first end pivotally engaged to a connector and a second end with a head part which is rotatably engaged to the other end of the adjusting element. The second cable has a first end with a threaded portion which is engaged to the adjusting element by threading to a threaded hole defined therein and a second end, has a head part which is pivotally engaged to one end of a brake arm. The second cable is adjusted by rotating the adjusting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Inventor: Chun T. Wen
  • Patent number: 5417624
    Abstract: An actuating device for a locking brake of a motor vehicle includes a reversible electric motor which drives a threaded spindle with a serrated coarse screw thread through a preferably self-locking gear connection. A spur lever having a spur which engages the screw thread is connected to a force-transmitting member which actuates the tensioning element of the locking brake. The electric motor and threaded spindle turn in one direction to set the locking brake and in the opposite direction to release the locking brake. The actuating device also includes a manually operated handbrake lever which can pivot about an axis spaced from and transverse to the longitudinal direction of the spur lever and the force-transmitting member. When the handbrake lever is pulled, an actuating lever pivotally mounted on the same axis causes the spur lever to pivot toward the brake-locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Alfons Weissbrich, Simone Ruhr
  • Patent number: 5415419
    Abstract: A braking system for an in-line skate for use with in-line skates having a chassis and boot assembly and a cuff pivotally mounted thereon, preferably including a plate secured to the cuff at one of the pivot points, to rotate relative to the boot with rotation of the cuff. A cable is attached to the plate a short distance from the pivot point, and is routed to lead rearwardly from the lower edge of the plate and thence through a cable housing connected to the boot and chassis near the heel area, and thence forwardly to the area of the wheels. At least one brake assembly is connected to the cable and is configured such that braking action is initiated when the cable is pulled by rearward rotation of the cuff relative to the chassis/boot assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Canstar Sports Group Inc.
    Inventor: Rene Bourque
  • Patent number: 5391014
    Abstract: A universally rotatable nipple for a brake cable includes a socket device having a hemispherical body and a first tube extending from a periphery portion of the hemispherical body and a rotatable device including a sphere and a second tube extending from a periphery portion of the sphere. The sphere of the rotatable device is rotatably received in the hemispherical body of the socket device with the second tube being in communication with the first tube, thus allowing a brake cable to be guided from the second tube through the first tube. The rotatable nipple responds to the pulling from the brake cable and rotates in an appropriate direction to release the friction between the nipple and the brake cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Kalloy Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chao F. Chen
  • Patent number: 5386887
    Abstract: A brake-adjusting system in particular for motor-vehicle handbrakes which allows quick adjustment of the handbrake using two freewheel units of which one is employed for driving-conditions proper. As a result unintended brake adjustment shall be prevented. The housing of the system sub-assembly used to adjust the brake cable is divided longitudinally and all parts relating to operation are displaceable solely in the single operational plane of the freewheel units to actuate or to adjust the brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Kuster & Co. GmbH
    Inventors: Gunter Hilgert, Reiner Moritz, Armin Perner
  • Patent number: 5368136
    Abstract: A hydraulic brake for bicycles consisting essentially of a brake lever fastened on the steering column of a bicycle which works on a master piston movably arranged in a master cylinder, wherein the chamber in the cylinder is filled with hydraulic fluid, which is conducted by way of a hydraulic tube into the chamber of a working cylinder, in which a main piston is movably arranged, which works on the brake shoes of the bicycle. Along with lower manufacturing costs, there is easy interchangeability and a good reliability in servicing the brake. A single working cylinder is fastened above the fork of the bicycle and the main piston is connected with a control head, over which a traction cable is directed, which works on the usual brake shoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Willi Walte
  • Patent number: 5351974
    Abstract: A braking assembly and method are disclosed for use with in-line skates, the assembly including a brake pad or pads movably mounted to the skate and positioned adjacent to a selected wheel or wheels of the skate for selectively contacting a structure connected with the hub of the selected wheel or wheels. An actuator is operatively associated with the brake pad for selectively causing the pad to contact the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventor: Donald E. Cech