Stands Patents (Class 211/22)
  • Patent number: 10882458
    Abstract: An apparatus for safely storing guns in a field environment is disclosed herein. The apparatus is comprised of a recoil rest pad for receiving and supporting a gun's recoil pad and ensuring that it does not become damaged, a barrel support pad for securing the barrel of the gun within an interior diameter that is larger than the diameter of the barrel, and an opening that can be stretched, but wherein the opening—in its unstretched state—is less wide than the diameter of the barrel, and an attachment mechanism for attaching the apparatus to a vehicle. Moreover, the various elements of the invention are connected by a fabric-type element, which makes the apparatus lightweight, and easy to pack-up and stow when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Ruben Laborde, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10850784
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a bicycle rack for organizing a storage area and associated systems and methods of use thereof. The bicycle rack can be adapted to receive and hold bicycles having various diverse characteristics, and store the bicycles in a space-efficient manner. The bicycle rack can have a tire receiving zone for receiving and holding a tire of a bicycle for storage. The tire receiving zone can have an adjustable zone width, an adjustable zone depth, and an adjustable zone orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: David A. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10829172
    Abstract: A bicycle stand for supporting a bicycle or bicycle frame during assembly or repair, and a method of assembling a bicycle are provided. In one embodiment, the bicycle stand comprises a base for contact with a ground surface, and a post extending substantially vertical from the base and being supported by the base. The post includes a cylindrical receiving portion located at an upper end thereof for engaging a seat tube of a bicycle frame while the bicycle is in an upside-down or inverted position. The cylindrical receiving portion has a diameter of greater than 0.5 inches and less than 0.75 inches. A seat adapted for supporting the bicycle frame is located below the cylindrical receiving portion. The seat is positioned between 30 inches and 60 inches above the ground surface. The bicycle can be freely rotated about a central axis of the post while being supported by the bicycle stand in the upside-down or inverted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Lime Tree Assembly Inc.
    Inventor: Karl Szordykowski
  • Patent number: 10807665
    Abstract: A bike stand includes a base that has a sleeve that is open-ended at a first end of the base and that has a first notch at a second end of the base. A support slides within the sleeve and extends partially therefrom. The support terminates in a cradle disposed outside of the sleeve. A locking structure cooperating with the sleeve and support fixes the support relative to the base. A rail has a second notch for engagement with the first notch in the base wherein a surface of the base and a surface of the rail are coplanar and wherein the rail and base are disposed perpendicular to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: PROP IT LLC
    Inventors: Ramon Ybarra, Jr., Vicente R. Ybarra
  • Patent number: 10807664
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a bicycle parking structure comprising a plurality of bicycle hangers supported by a crossbar assembly. Each bicycle hanger is configured to support a bicycle in a substantially vertical position. The bicycle hangers are spaced apart from one another along the length of the crossbar assembly. Each of the bicycle hangers may be secured to the crossbar assembly so that the bicycle hanger is fixed at a desired position or unsecured from the crossbar assembly so that the position of the bicycle hanger along the length of the crossbar assembly may be adjusted. In this manner, the distance between adjacent bicycles need not be fixed and the bicycle parking structure can be adapted for a particular space. The bicycle parking structure is designed to provide for a space-efficient, high-volume parking of bicycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: EVERLAST CLIMBING INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Greenblatt, Andrew Kennedy Lageson
  • Patent number: 10648890
    Abstract: A vehicle restraint apparatus is for restraining a vehicle 1 on one or more rollers 7 of a vehicle test system. The vehicle restraint apparatus 11 includes a vehicle restraining jig 12 to connect the vehicle 1 with a pole 10 on a floor 9, and a deflection absorbing mechanism 90 to absorb deflection of the vehicle restraining jig 12 produced at the time of vehicle test with the vehicle test system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MEIDENSHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshimichi Takahashi, Masao Furusawa
  • Patent number: 10611311
    Abstract: A vehicle roof rack crossbar assembly includes a vehicle crossbar and an installation tool. The crossbar includes a longitudinal body and a stanchion configured to support the longitudinal body to a vehicle roof rack component. The vehicle crossbar further includes a tool storing area configured to store the installation tool that is used for installing the crossbar to the vehicle roof rack component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Raghu Chervu
  • Patent number: 10577040
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device and method for adapting a vehicle-mounted bicycle carrier to function as a stand for holding the bicycle to perform maintenance and repairs. A bicycle carrier attachment is provided which may be added to or manufactured as a part of a typical vehicle-mounted bicycle carrier. The attachment consists of a cradle with an open channel to receive and support an axle of the bicycle, an attachment device for attaching the cradle to the carrier, and a mechanism for elevating or lowering the cradle and thus the axle supported by the cradle. When the cradle is elevated, the bicycle is held in a position that allows the wheel surrounding the lifted axle to freely rotate, as is useful for maintenance functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Eldon L. Goates
  • Patent number: 10563945
    Abstract: Securing mechanisms are provided for various applications. As consistent with one or more embodiments, first and second securing mechanisms respectively couple to a surface and an object to be secured. The first securing mechanism includes a device interface that secures a first portion of a device, and includes a rigid protrusion having a concave surface and a flexible structure coupled to the rigid protrusion and configured and arranged to flexibly secure the device via the concave surface. A first surface interface mitigates movement of the first securing mechanism and the first portion of the securable device relative to a surface. The second securing mechanism includes a device interface that secures a second portion of the securable device relative to the second securing mechanism, and a second surface interface that mitigates movement of the second securing mechanism and the second portion of the securable device, relative to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Evergreen Asset Management, LLC
    Inventors: David Sumner Tucker, Jerry Dean Boggess
  • Patent number: 10384111
    Abstract: A bicycle trainer includes a magnetic control damping device controlling a resisting force of a roller set to simulate stamp strengths required by a bicycle on various roads. A lifting device controls a support frame and a base seat to drive a front fork of the bicycle up or down to dynamically simulate states of the body of the bicycle on various roads, so that the actual effect closest to the bicycle running on an uphill, smooth or bumpy road can be achieved. In addition, a power generation device converts the rotating power, generated by the roller set, into the electric power for the dynamic simulation or other electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Shu-Chiung Liao Lai
  • Patent number: 10358304
    Abstract: A loading device for users to move vehicles onto an elevated platform, using an inclined structure formed of a plurality of horizontal sections that are each adjustable so as to adjust the width of the inclined structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: T&T Innovativ Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Donner, Tyler Toepke-Floyd
  • Patent number: 10160112
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a bicycle clamp including a rail having an elongated orientation having a first end opposite a second end. A first stabilizer is attached to the rail adjacent to the first end, the first stabilizer configured to at least partially receive an associated frame of a bicycle and a second stabilizer is operably attached to the rail and movable along the rail between the first stabilizer adjacent the first end and the second end. The second stabilizer is adapted to be rigidly attached to the rail at a support position. The second stabilizer is configured to at least partially receive the associated frame of a bicycle wherein the bicycle repair clamp is configured to be placed against the associated frame of a bicycle to support the bicycle in a maintenance position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hirobel LLC
    Inventors: Gary Brandon Hirokawa, Marc J. Bellett
  • Patent number: 9981706
    Abstract: A bicycle stand which includes a frame with a first channel support and a transversely extending second channel support which are configured to engage with parts of a rim of a bicycle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Willem Johannes Van Straaten
  • Patent number: 9840855
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bicycle parking lock apparatus adapted for locking a crank of the bicycle. The apparatus includes a primary lock part and a secondary lock part movable reciprocatingly relative to the primary lock part. The primary lock part defines a recess adapted to receive the crank. The recess is provided with a sidewall such that when the crank is received in the recess, an outboard side of the crank at a first end thereof is shielded by the sidewall. The secondary lock part is adapted to hold the crank in position in cooperation with the primary lock part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Lin
  • Patent number: 9731659
    Abstract: The invention provides a vehicle rooftop-mounted cargo container of rigid design that has the capability of sliding forward or rearward in the direction of travel of the vehicle on semi permanent mounting points while remaining attached to the vehicle, and that has the means to selectively keep the container from sliding forward or rearward upon the mounting points, and that also has the capability of being assembled as a container into various lengths using only a few interchangeable component parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: James Jordan Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9731164
    Abstract: A stationary bike has a main frame. The main frame has a base that is configured to be laid on the ground. The base has its end surface facing the ground provided with a plurality of elastic feet that are arranged symmetrically with intervals therebetween for pressing on the ground. The elastic foot is made of a soft, elastic material and contains therein an inner space defined by a circular wall. When the elastic foot receives an external force from the base, the circular wall of the elastic foot deform correspondingly, thereby allowing the main frame to jolt and simulate road-riding experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Singularity Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia Lin Tung
  • Patent number: 9662533
    Abstract: A self-compensating tire compression device is provided for use with a trainer. The device attaches to a frame, such as a bicycle, that holds the axis of a driving wheel fixed. The device has a pivoting portion that presses a driven portion of a resistance device against the driving wheel. The pivoting point of the pivoting portion is located on the trainer to provide a static contact pressure between the driving wheel and the driven wheel, and when the driving wheel begins to rotate and the resistance device begins to resist the rotation, the contact pressure between the driving wheel and the driven wheel increases to prevent slippage between the two wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SportCrafters, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter V Colan, Patrick T Kulwicki
  • Patent number: 9656797
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display panel storing device, having a framework; two support frames, which are opposite to each other and slidably connected to the framework, for supporting a display panel therebetween; and a driving unit for driving the two support frames to move towards or away from each other to change the distance between the two support frames. The display panel storing device can simplify the adjustment procedure, increase efficiency, and reduce manpower cost, and is unnecessary to detect the symmetry of the two support frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yanping Hong, Wenhao Wang, Liping Liu, Huixuan Ma
  • Patent number: 9598023
    Abstract: A bicycle-fork support device configured to hold: a conventional fork, allowing insertion of a quick-release-skewer support shaft, in a lower end portion of the fork of a bicycle; a through-axle fork where a through-axle insertion hole for securing a through-axle hub formed in a lower end portion of the through-axle fork, and configured to deal with outer diameters of through-axle forks. The support-fork switching unit includes: a support-device main body where a hollow portion is formed; end portions formed in right and left end portions of the hollow portion; a conventional-fork-use supporting body including, a contacting portion formed with an internal shape that fits the support shaft; a through-axle-fork-use supporting body including, a contacting portion formed with an internal shape that fits the through axle; and a unit for removably mounting any of the supporting bodies on the right and left end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CAR MATE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kisaka, Yasutaka Usuki, Hideaki Okano, Suguru Uejima
  • Patent number: 9586639
    Abstract: A bicycle and bicycle parking and lock system wherein a hub locking device that is secured to a bicycle cooperates with a parking rack. The bicycle includes an engagement member that is secured to an axle of the bicycle. The engagement member selectively removably cooperates with a recess formed in the parking and lock system. The parking and lock system includes a number of upstanding members that are positioned to generally flank the front wheel of a bicycle to maintain the bicycle in a generally upright orientation. Each or select number of the upstanding members include a lock system that cooperates with the locking engagement member so as to secure the respective bicycle with respect to the parking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: B-Cycle LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kritzer, Alex Bogusky
  • Patent number: 9527455
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bicycle carrier which can be mounted inside a vehicle for carrying a bicycle. The bicycle carrier includes: a frame which is formed so as to be settled on a flat bottom; a screw shaft which is joined with the frame; a sleeve which is joined with the screw shaft; fastening nuts which are joined with both ends of the screw shaft; a holding rail which is mounted on one side of the frame; and fixing means for fixing the frame in a vehicle, and thus can be mounted in a rear space of a vehicle, such as a medium or large sized SUV or a van, for easily fixing a bicycle by separating the front wheel from the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Yong-Ho Jung
  • Patent number: 9517729
    Abstract: A repositionable mount and related methods including a method for mounting a bicycle to a bicycle rack The repositionable bicycle fork mount can include a mount for connection to a vehicle to support the bicycle fork, a bicycle fork receiver coupled to the mount, the bicycle fork receiver being configured to receive and secure the bicycle fork, and means for repositioning the mount and/or bicycle fork receiver with respect to the vehicle. Repositioning the mount and/or a bicycle fork receiver with respect to the vehicle can include a forward most position related to a relatively large bicycle and a rearward most position related to the relatively small bicycle such that a rear wheel of both the relatively large bicycle and a rear wheel of the relatively small bicycle are supported by a rear tailgate of the vehicle when attached to the properly positioned repositionable bicycle fork mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Nate Peck
  • Patent number: 9517376
    Abstract: The invention encompasses a removable attachment for installing on a bicycle with the goal of altering the resistance to either front tire or back tire revolution. In this way, the bicycle includes enhanced physical training capabilities allowing the rider to use a bicycle on a standard trainer frame or as a regular bicycle for riding in the usual manner. In one embodiment, the attachment includes a resistance support connected to a bicycle and supporting a resistance device that engages a bicycle wheel or bicycle tire for altering the resistance to tire revolution. In this exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes a resistance support attached to the bicycle proximate a bicycle tire along with a resistance device removably attached to the resistance support. In one embodiment, the resistance device defines a slot, and the resistance support projects through the slot to position the resistance device against the bicycle wheel or the bicycle tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Brian H. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9511271
    Abstract: A two-stage resistance trainer is provided having a first magnet that is in proximity to a rotating wheel, and a moveable second magnet that is linked to the first magnet. The first magnet is moved when the rotating wheel rotates and the second magnet is moved closer to the rotating wheel to add a second order effect to the resistance. The trainer is capable of adjusting the first magnet position in relation to the rotating wheel to provide a different relationship of speed to resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SportCrafters, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter V. Colan, Patrick T. Kulwicki
  • Patent number: 9505124
    Abstract: One bicycle service kit includes: a main body; at least one slot formed at an upper end of the main body; and at least one cable positioned in the slot, the cable including a head portion held within an interior of the main body, the head portion having a dimension larger than a width of the slot, the cable including a free end configured to be attached to a bicycle tool. Another kit includes: a circular main body defining an open interior; a shelf formed in the open interior of the main body, the shelf defining a plurality of slots; at least one cable positioned in at least one of the slots, the cable including a free end configured to be attached to a bicycle tool; and a front cover coupled to close the open interior of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: EVERLAST CLIMBING INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Greenblatt, Andrew Patrick Kennedy Lageson
  • Patent number: 9493123
    Abstract: The present teaching are related to an article and method comprising: a.) a horizontal rail capable of bearing loads; b.) affixed to the horizontal rail are two or more vertical support rails wherein the distance between the vertical support rails may be varied; c.) affixed to the horizontal rail are two or more carrying rails wherein the carrying rails are capable of carrying a load wherein the carrying rails may be moved to multiple positions; wherein the horizontal rail may be affixed to the vertical support rails and the carrying rails are affixed to the horizontal rail directly or through a clamping mechanism, and the vertical support rails are adapted to be affixed to a side wall of the bed of a pick-up truck. The system may be adapted with add-on accessories for carrying articles for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Robert Martin
  • Patent number: 9486687
    Abstract: A self-compensating tire compression device is provided for use with a trainer. The device attaches to a frame, such as a bicycle, that holds the axis of a driving wheel fixed. The device has a pivoting portion that presses a driven portion of a resistance device against the driving wheel. The pivoting point of the pivoting portion is located on the trainer to provide a static contact pressure between the driving wheel and the driven wheel, and when the driving wheel begins to rotate and the resistance device begins to resist the rotation, the contact pressure between the driving wheel and the driven wheel increases to prevent slippage between the two wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SportCrafters, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter V. Colan, Patrick T. Kulwicki
  • Patent number: 9421417
    Abstract: A bicycle trainer is adapted to be arranged with a bicycle to simulate riding a bicycle on an outdoor road. The bicycle includes a stand, a roller, a first resistance source and a second resistance source. The stand is adapted to support the bicycle. The roller is pivoted to the stand and is adapted to contact a bicycle wheel of the bicycle. The first resistance source is coupled to the roller and provides resistance to the bicycle wheel via the roller. The second resistance source is coupled to the roller and provides resistance to the bicycle wheel via the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsaio-Wen Hsu
  • Patent number: 9409508
    Abstract: A portable and adjustable motorcycle wheel support including a wheel chock and a support post is provided. The wheel chock includes a first side member and a second side member, each extending from a base. The first side member and the second side member form a receptacle in between sized to secure a wheel within. The support post extends laterally from the wheel chock, and is formed to support the wheel chock in an upright position. The support post is extendable in length to secure the present invention in different sized truck beds and trailers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Adam J. Graham
  • Patent number: 9381396
    Abstract: A collapsible folding training device is provided having a rear frame portion that contains a resistance device. The resistance device uses eddy currents and has a pivoting magnet internally that creates progressively increasing resistance as speed increases. An arm is attached to the rear frame portion that can pivot from a stored position to an in-use position. At the opposite end of the arm, a front frame is attached where it can affix a portion of a driving mechanism, such as a bicycle. The front frame supports and stabilizes the driving mechanism. The arm sets the distance between the front frame and the resistance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: SportCrafters, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter V Colan, Patrick T Kulwicki
  • Patent number: 9340245
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an aesthetically pleasing, functional, versatile solution to the problems associated with bicycle storage. The free-standing bicycle rack includes a base having at least two legs, a vertical support member projecting from the base, and a hook attached to the vertical support member for holding the wheel of a bicycle, such that the bicycle is stored in a vertical orientation. The bicycle rack is readily expandable to accommodate different numbers of bicycles, and the hook may be repositioned to different heights to accommodate bicycles of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: David Kerman
  • Patent number: 9216699
    Abstract: A bicycle fork anchor includes an anchor body which can have an interior space housing a skewer contraction device. The body can include a pair of skewer access ports. Also, the anchor body can include a pair of axially aligned elongate skewers, each extending through the access ports. The skewer contraction device can be operably coupled to the engagement portion of each of the pair of skewers. The skewer contraction device can be laterally moveable within the interior space of the anchor body so that during contractive operation of the skewer contraction device, the skewers draw together and simultaneously the skewer contraction device moves laterally within the interior space of the anchor body causing the skewers to extend different lengths outside the body and thereby accommodating reception of different thickness fork dropouts on the skewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Joseph Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20150122749
    Abstract: A bicycle stand has a base, an upright support structure extending upwardly from the base to a top end, and a spindle engaging post that extends outwardly from the top end of the upright support structure, for engaging a spindle of a bicycle so that the bicycle stand supports the bicycle in the upright position on a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Scorpion Bike Stands, LLC
    Inventor: Mike Diorio
  • Patent number: 9004296
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a display apparatus. More specifically, the invention relates to an apparatus that displays large items, such as bicycles, safely and in a manner that enhances sales experience. The present invention also relates to associated kits and packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Justin Huntington, Randal Huntington
  • Patent number: 8998003
    Abstract: A freestanding storage station includes a pair of spaced-apart, generally parallel side members and a roof that is supported by the side members. Each side member includes a cross bar, and at least one saddle-shaped, hollow ballast-receiving member that straddles the cross bar and rests on the ground. When filled with ballast, the ballast-receiving members serve to stabilize the storage station relative to the ground and enable the storage station to resist movement due to environmental winds or collision. The ballast-receiving members include a first ballast-receiving portion and a second ballast-receiving portion, and the ballast member straddles the cross bar such that the first ballast-receiving portion resides on an interior-facing side of the cross bar and the second ballast-receiving portion resides on an exterior-facing side of the cross bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: McCue Corporation
    Inventors: David S. McCue, Brent Hild, Teodoro A. Mesa
  • Patent number: 8984782
    Abstract: Certain embodiments disclose a corral and enclosure defined by three members having an opening configured to hold one or more shopping carts and display one or more advertisements, with two substantially parallel walls of different lengths and advertisement panels affixed on the walls, such that they are staggered. The staggered arrangement of the at least two advertisement panels facilitates better visibility and allows the simultaneous viewing of at least two advertisement panels. The longer member also further protects vehicles parked on its side from colliding with shopping carts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Starlite Media, LLC
    Inventor: Harold Lueken
  • Patent number: 8905245
    Abstract: A free-standing bicycle parking rack has multiple bicycle parking stations that accommodates most bicycles, including those equipped with disc brakes. The rack has a generally rectangular base, with two longitudinal tubular members rigidly coupled to two lateral tubular end members. Each parking station includes a pair of generally parallel, spaced-apart, interconnected V-shaped uprights which are affixed to one of the longitudinal members. A straight brace interconnects each of the uprights with the longitudinal member to which it is not directly affixed. Upright pairs can be alternately reversed so that each pair is affixed to the opposite longitudinal member, thereby facilitating parking of bicycles on both sides of the rack. A sliding collar, a tire-securing bracket, and a pair of bungee cords, which are provided for each parking station, enable the front or rear wheel of a bicycle to be securely clamped in place for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Wild One Enterprise.LLC
    Inventor: Jason Ron Long
  • Patent number: 8893900
    Abstract: A bicycle rack including a support structure defining at least a back groove portion having an upper and a lower end, and a base groove portion having a front and a rear end, wherein at least the base groove portion is formed with a central narrow groove for receiving a first width of tire, a wedge-angled slot configured to receive tires of a range of widths from a second width to a third width, the second width having a value greater than the first width and the third width having a value greater than the second width, and a transition portion connecting between the central narrow groove and the wedge-angled slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Alon Kedar
  • Patent number: 8893897
    Abstract: A device and method of clamping bicycles in a mouth (6) having a moveable jaw (8) and a stationary jaw (7) to which a high load potential may be utilized within a toggle joint (18) and ratchet mechanism (14) and a release (12) may be triggered to open a mouth in a quick movement(s). In embodiments, a multisized object securement grip (9) may be located on a contact surface of a moveable jaw and stationary jaw to allow for universal gripping of various sized objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Feedback Sports, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Workman, Donald H. Eason
  • Patent number: 8767382
    Abstract: A server rack according to the present invention mounts a plurality of servers. The server rack includes a plurality of central power supply units, each of which arranged between the plurality of servers with regular intervals, each of the plurality of central power supply units supplying electric power to one or more of the servers; and a direct-current power supply cable that connects the server and the central power supply unit. The direct-current power supply cable connects each of the servers and the central power supply units within a range of a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Katsutoshi Mori
  • Patent number: 8720699
    Abstract: A hoist system for securing a bicycle in an elevated or stationary position includes a hoist attachment and a clamp. The hoist attachment, which connects to a seat post of the bicycle, includes a T-shaped joint, a pair of tube members, a T-shaped tube, and a pair of attachment brackets. The T-shaped joint has receptacles for receiving the pair of tube members and the T-shaped tube. The first tube member attaches to the T-shaped joint via a first receptacle, and the second tube member attaches to the T-shaped joint via a second receptacle. The T-shaped tube includes a stem and a cross-piece, the stem attaching to the T-shaped joint via a third receptacle. The pair of attachment brackets, which are configured to engage the seat post of the bicycle, extends beneath the T-shaped joint from the T-shaped tube to the first tube member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Paramo
  • Patent number: 8528749
    Abstract: The free-standing bicycle rack includes a base having at least two legs, a vertical support member projecting from the base, and a hook attached to the vertical support member for holding the wheel of a bicycle, such that the bicycle is stored in a vertical orientation. The bicycle rack is readily expandable to accommodate different numbers of bicycles, and the hook may be repositioned to different heights to accommodate bicycles of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: David Kerman
  • Patent number: 8528748
    Abstract: A stand for supporting at least one bicycle may include a plurality of tubular frame members including a plurality of generally linear portions, a plurality of angled portions and a plurality of U-shaped portions. The stand also may include a foot having a generally planar bottom surface and an upper surface adapted for operatively engaging one of the U-shaped portions, a wall attachment for coupling a top of the stand to a wall, and a plurality of holders slidably coupled to the generally linear portions. Each of the holders may comprise a band surrounding a portion of the generally linear portions, a hook extending downward and outward from the band, and compressible portions that hold the hook at a desired position along the generally linear portion. In addition, the frame members may include swaged ends and spring-loaded pin assemblies for easy assembly and disassembly of the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Bruce Shaha, Marcus Bosch
  • Patent number: 8485369
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods involve a motorcycle stand for adjustably securing a motorcycle, such as for storing or transporting a motorcycle in an immobilized, upright position. A motorcycle stand in accordance with one or more embodiments of the present invention may include a stand base connected to an axle support post. At a top end of the axle support post, the axle support post includes an axle bar slot having a self-engaging latch. An axle bar may be inserted into the axle bar slot and engage the self-engaging latch. The self-engaging latch may include a release mechanism to disengage the latch, to release the axle bar from the axle bar slot, and to reset the self-engaging latch. A stand may include two axle support posts for engagement on either side of a wheel axle. A motorcycle stand system may include one or more stands and an axle bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Woodrow Loyd Glover
  • Patent number: 8379231
    Abstract: A display apparatus that has a display screen visible from a back face or a side face of an image forming apparatus is disposed on at least one side face of an image forming apparatus case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Nakai, Satoshi Machino, Kenzoh Yoshida, Hiroyuki Sawai, Osamu Ueda
  • Patent number: 8371598
    Abstract: The leverage device is intended to be installed on motorcycle stands that currently use a hex head machine screw for width adjustment. It consists of a) a female hex portion to mate with the hex head of the machine screw, b) a lever portion to be actuated by the user and c) a flat bottom to keep it captive to the machine screw. The device allows the user to loosen the screw slightly for width adjustment then re-tighten it without the use of tools. The low profile device is installed on the motorcycle stand to become a permanent part of the stand, unlike a wrench that is separate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Innovation First, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles N. VanValkenburgh
  • Patent number: 8342339
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include a sport accessory support stand. In some aspects, the sport accessory support stand is configured for retaining a sport accessory. In certain embodiments, the sport accessory support stand includes a base member and a support member wherein the support member is configured for being associated with the base member. In certain embodiments, the support member includes a plurality of post elements which extend away from the base member, wherein each of the post elements are positioned relative to one another so as to form a receptacle there between for receiving a portion of a sport accessory. In certain embodiments, the receptacle comprises a first width and a second width. For instance, in certain embodiments, the receptacle comprises a first width that is configured for receiving a portion of a bicycle, e.g., a front wheel portion, and the receptacle comprises a second width that is configured for receiving a portion of a scooter, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Robert James Cole
  • Publication number: 20120312763
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a display apparatus. More specifically, the invention relates to an apparatus that displays large items, such as bicycles, safely and in a manner that enhances sales experience. The present invention also relates to associated kits and packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Justin Huntington, Randal Huntington
  • Patent number: 8302339
    Abstract: A display system utilizing a graphics box as a primary component is disclosed. The graphics box greatly increases the flexibility and aesthetic appeal of displayed graphics cards. The ability to mass produce the graphics box, use multiple graphics boxes to deliver displays of different size and information content and, especially, the ability to reuse the graphics boxes, means that costs of the disclosed display system are relatively low and are achievable without a decrease in the aesthetic appeal of the entire display. Structures for supporting the graphics box to further increase the flexibility of the display system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Randy Pender, Van Stry Erik
  • Patent number: RE43233
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cart corral assembly of the type employed by stores, such as grocery stores, to encourage the consumer to temporarily store grocery carts in the parking lot before bringing the cart within the store structure. The cart corral includes a first set of two spaced apart vertical rails in a base support extended between these rails. The base support supports the vertical rails in an upright position. At least two spaced apart horizontal rails are provided and are removably engaged with the vertical rails in a position abut above the base support. The horizontal rails form an obtuse angle with the vertical rails. A second set of two spaced apart vertical rails are provided opposite the first set of vertical rails and are removably engaged with the horizontal rails. A second base support extends between the second set of vertical rails and supports the vertical rails in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Frank Venegas, Jr.