Clamp Patents (Class 224/536)
  • Patent number: 10843635
    Abstract: A carrier assembly for transporting one or more hand trucks includes a platform having an upper surface configured to support a hand truck, a mount configured to couple the platform to a vehicle such that the upper surface of the platform is positioned to support the hand truck at a first elevation, a support extending generally perpendicular to the upper surface of the platform, and a retainer extending generally parallel to the upper surface of the platform. The support and retainer are each configured to restrict a movement of the hand truck when the hand truck is supported at the first elevation. The retainer is moveable between an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Richard T. Bradley
  • Patent number: 10065568
    Abstract: A bike carrier on a drawbar for a trailer hitch receiver has two trays for the wheels of a bike. The trays pivot between an operational lateral position and a compact forward position for shipping and storage. A tray lock bar mounted in the carrier is urged by a spring into a position that automatically releasably locks the trays in the operational position. Pivoting wheel retention arms on the trays have cross members that contact the bike tires and are adjustable along the retention arms for different wheel diameters. Each cross member is held against a tire by a retention arm pivot ratchet that is releasable to allow the retention arms to pivot outward to release the bike from the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Cal M. Phillips
  • Patent number: 9393912
    Abstract: A bicycle-carrier device includes a brace for connection to the frame of a vehicle, and bearing supporting elements to support one or more bicycles oriented transversely relative to the vehicle. The brace consists of a transverse bar, and the bicycles are supported by at least first and second supporting elements affixed to the bar, in positions that can be adjusted along the bar, so as to receive and support from below the two wheels of a bicycle. Mounted on the bar in an articulated manner is an arm that can be shifted between a raised operating position and a lowered non-operating position. Secured to the bar in an adjustable manner is at least one third supporting element that receives and supports from below an element of a bicycle frame. Each of the supporting elements is provided with means for locking in place the part that is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Fabio Pedrini
  • Patent number: 8814209
    Abstract: Hitch apparatus and a method of using the same with a vehicle hitch allows the use of a vise, anvil, grinder or other tool requiring mounting before use. Various apertures on the hitch apparatus allow for selected vertical or horizontal mounting on a vehicle hitch. The hitch apparatus further includes a leg to provide for additional strength and structural support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Maxwell E. Way
  • Patent number: 8657552
    Abstract: A support rack has spaced vertical rails and horizontal upper, lower and intermediate rails. The horizontal rails are coupled to the vertical rails. A pivotable locking bar is between the horizontal rails. Side plates with rearward ends are attached to the vertical rails adjacent to the lower rail. The side plates have forward ends forwardly of the vertical rails. A rectangular ramp/platform has a forward edge extending forwardly of the vertical rails and a rearward edge extending rearwardly of the vertical rails and having parallel side edges. Hinges pivotally couple the ramp/platform adjacent to its forward edge to the side plates adjacent to their forward edges for movement between raised and lowered orientations. A cross support bar has ends attached to the ramp/platform adjacent to the side edges parallel with and rearwardly of the horizontal lower rail. The cross support bar is spaced above the ramp/platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Keith Raney
  • Publication number: 20140001218
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing and anti-sway arrangement for stabilizing a bicycle supported upon a cradle borne upon an elongate arm of a vehicular mountable load carrier. The arrangement includes a cradle borne upon an elongate arm of a vehicular mountable load carrier. The elongate arm is insert-received in a through-hole located in the cradle and the cradle is configured to abuttingly receive a portion of a bicycle frame thereupon. An anti-sway device is included that has a substantially Y-shape with two upper arms straddling the cradle, and the two upper arms are joined together at a lower common leg thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Kevin BOGOSLOFSKI, Vincent A BOVE, John R LAVERACK, John J PELOSI
  • Patent number: 8602279
    Abstract: A bicycle rack is configured for mounting to a hitch behind a vehicle. The bike rack may include a mast and a mechanism for locking the mast in an upright position, or alternatively, permitting downward rotation of the mast away from the vehicle for access purposes. The rack includes arms and mounting devices for supporting various tubular components for the bicycle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Yakima Innovation Development Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Sautter, Mike Kemery, Zac Elder, Andrew Austin, Richard Jeli, Aaron Foley, Steve Rodden
  • Patent number: 8596508
    Abstract: A rollator carrier is operable to quickly support and secure a rollator. The carrier includes a pair of cradles to support the rollator, and an arm that rotates between a horizontal and vertical position. With the arm down, a user can easily lift the rollator into the relatively low cradles. The user can then rotate the arm up to the vertical position and secure the rollator to the carrier with a clamp of the carrier extending from the top end of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Steady Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Sherry Costanza Steady
  • Patent number: 8534522
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing and anti-sway arrangement for stabilizing a bicycle supported upon a cradle borne upon an elongate arm of a vehicular mountable load carrier. The arrangement includes a cradle borne upon an elongate arm of a vehicular mountable load carrier. The elongate arm is insert-received in a through-hole located in the cradle and the cradle is configured to abuttingly receive a portion of a bicycle frame thereupon. An anti-sway device is included that has a substantially Y-shape with two upper arms straddling the cradle, and the two upper arms are joined together at a lower common leg thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Kevin Bogoslofski, Vincent A. Bove, John R. Laverack, John J. Pelosi
  • Patent number: 8393506
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a support assembly (1) for securing a bicycle to a load carrier for vehicles, comprising a bar (2), which is provided at both ends with a gripping means (3, 4) for mounting the support assembly between a substantially fixed frame of the load carrier and the bicycle, a common tensioning means (5), when tightened forcing together said gripping means (3, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Torbjörn Malm
  • Patent number: 8240528
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a unique and novel universal vehicle accessory mounting device which attaches to either a left hand or right hand control body of a vehicle handlebar, and permits various orientations for attachment of multiple accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Ted A. Barnes
  • Patent number: 8235268
    Abstract: A bicycle rack is configured for mounting to a hitch behind a vehicle. The bike rack may include a mast and a mechanism for locking the mast in an upright position, or alternatively, permitting downward rotation of the mast away from the vehicle for access purposes. The rack includes arms and mounting devices for supporting various tubular components for the bicycle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Sautter, Mike Kemery, Zac Elder, Andrew Austin, Richard Jeli, Aaron Foley, Steve Rodden
  • Patent number: 8074851
    Abstract: The invention provides improvements for an enclosed carrier configured for mounting on top of a car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Settelmayer, Scott R. Allen, Timothy C. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110253758
    Abstract: A bicycle carrier comprising an upwardly extending tube having a substantially horizontal tube connected thereto, a clamping mechanism for retaining a bicycle mounted on the horizontal tube, a display mounted on the tube, the display including a plurality of lights and a license display portion, and electrical interconnection between the lights and the electric wiring of the vehicle to which the bicycle carrier is to be attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Claude Bertrand
  • Patent number: 7874531
    Abstract: A big game support device for supporting and posing big game animals on a surface is provided. The big game animals having a first antler and a second antler. The big game support device comprises a clamping mechanism for directly and releasably clamping both the first antler and the second antler and an elevating mechanism for elevating the clamping means above the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: David Douglas Walden
  • Publication number: 20100301082
    Abstract: A securing device includes a frame having first and second pivot points spaced apart from one another, a travel member extending vertically between the first and second pivot points and movable generally linearly between a lowermost position and an uppermost position, a first arm pivotally coupled to the frame at the first pivot point, and a second arm pivotally coupled to the frame at the second pivot point. First and second intermediate links are pivotally coupled to the first and second arms, respectively, and pivotally coupled to the travel member. A biasing element imparts force directly or indirectly upon the first intermediate link to maintain the travel member at the lowermost position when the travel member is at the lowermost position, the force biasing the first intermediate link to impede the travel member from moving to the lowermost position when the travel member is not at the lowermost position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Scott W. Beckley
  • Patent number: 7757917
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing and anti-sway arrangement for stabilizing a bicycle supported upon a cradle borne upon an elongate arm of a vehicular mountable load carrier. The arrangement includes a cradle borne upon an elongate arm of a vehicular mountable load carrier. The elongate arm is insert-received in a through-hole located in the cradle and the cradle is configured to abuttingly receive a portion of a bicycle frame thereupon. An anti-sway device is included that has a substantially Y-shape with two upper arms straddling the cradle, and the two upper arms are joined together at a lower common leg thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Kevin Bogoslofski, Vincent A. Bove, John R. Laverack, John J. Pelosi
  • Publication number: 20100072240
    Abstract: A vise body has a trailer hitch insert beam which slides into a trailer hitch receiver on the back of a vehicle at four different angles of use. An adjustment nut driver on the end of the vise is turned with any of a variety of tools to adjust the vice gripping jaws. The vise may be turned and mounted sideways for use as an anvil. A bench mounted replicated hitch receiver receives the trailer hitch insert beam to use the vise on a workbench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Howard Ray Cornes
  • Patent number: 7556229
    Abstract: A clamp for securing an item includes a locking rod, first and second clamping members, and a retainer. The locking rod includes an elongated body and a locking member connected to a first end of the elongated body. The locking member is movable between a clamping position and a release position. The first clamping member includes a first opening for receiving a second end of the locking rod body therethrough. The second clamping member is adapted to align with the first clamping member to receive the item therebetween. The retainer is connected to the second clamping member and includes a second opening for receiving the second end of the locking rod body and an interlocking feature for engaging a corresponding interlocking feature on the locking rod body when the locking rod body is in a first rotational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Master Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Joe Elliott, Frank Scott
  • Patent number: 7527012
    Abstract: A paddle clip for a human powered watercraft, comprising a first flexible resilient portion with an opening to fit around the gunwale or cockpit rim of the watercraft. A second portion of the paddle clip includes a flexible portion for removably receiving a cylindrical shaft of an oar or a paddle used for propelling the watercraft. The paddle clip may further comprise at least one accessory clip for receiving an additional cylindrical shaft or an accessory. The paddle clip is configured to be quickly installed, repositioned or removed from the watercraft without tools or hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventor: Deborah Kutny Splaine
  • Publication number: 20090008421
    Abstract: A vehicle rack includes a non-pivotal portion and a pivotal portion. The non-pivotal portion is adapted to be mounted on a motor vehicle such as a public transportation vehicle such as a bus, a trolley, train, van, or car. The pivotal portion, when in the bicycle receiving position, includes in a preferred embodiment retractable arms to hold bicycles in place by their tires. The bicycle rack includes elements that assist in the raising of the pivotal portion from the vehicle receiving position into a stowed position and for lowering the pivotal portion from the stowed position to the bicycle receiving portion. Other elements assist in the single-handed reposition-ability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: SPORTWORKS NORTHWEST, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald Stewart
  • Patent number: 7353974
    Abstract: A body-mounted holder apparatus includes a rack member which includes bottom rack portions, riser rack portions extending upward from the bottom rack portions, and top rack portions supported by the riser rack portions. Strap members are connected to the bottom rack portions for securing the rack member to a user. A clamp assembly is connected to the top rack portions for holding a game call device. The strap members are used to encircle a portion of the user's body, e.g. a user's thigh, for securing the rack member to a user's body, leaving a free hand for carrying a weapon. The riser rack portions prevent a call device that is being supported by the apparatus from contacting the user and having its sound muffled thereby. Preferably, the strap members include first hook-or-loop connectors and complementary second hook-or-loop connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: James D. Arndt, III
  • Patent number: 7337934
    Abstract: A gripping device having a body with at least one moveable arm. The moveable arm may be selectably positionable and secured at a position by a locking pin. The gripping device may have a body selectably attached to a base having a release. Actuating the release allows the body to be removed from the base. A gripping surface on an arm may have an engagement surface and a plurality of air pockets positioned below the engagement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Kolpin Outdoors, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Alling, Mike Pelland, Greg Aper, Brendan Doorhy
  • Patent number: 7246731
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transport rack for use in securing cargo in a transport vehicle. The transport rack preferably comprises a frame assembly mounted to a support surface at a lower end of a pair of telescoping legs, and to opposing sidewalls at the distal end of a pair of telescoping arms. The transport rack further comprises a clamping assembly mounted to the frame assembly, wherein the clamping assembly has a rotatable shaft, at least two hook members mounted to the shaft for rotation between an open position and a clamped position, and a fixed arm member mounted subjacent each of the at least two hook members. The present invention further comprises means for selectively changing the height of the clamping assembly above the support surface, and means for selectively varying the distance between the hook members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventor: Bernard A. Matherne, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7222763
    Abstract: A ride ready vehicle-mounted bicycle carrier includes a pair of spaced apart wheel supports and a stabilizing member which is engageable with the bicycle, preferably with one of the bicycle wheels, at a location above the wheel supports. One of the wheel supports is in the form of a pair of spaced apart wheel engagement members which are pivotably mounted to a structural member associated with the carrier, and which are configured to grip the wheel so as to provide initial support for the bicycle on the carrier. The stabilizing member is in the form of a clamp arm mechanism having a base mounted to the structural member and an extendible and retractable arm having a wheel-engaging portion at its outer end, which can be moved into and out of engagement with the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Fabio Pedrini
  • Patent number: 7219822
    Abstract: A shopping list organizer includes a rigid substantially planar member sized to support a shopping list when the shopping list is mounted thereon. A clamp is provided for releasably mounting the shopping list on a first surface of the planar member. Magnets are mounted on a second side of the planar member, opposite the first side, for releasably mounting the planar member on a flat substrate. At least one clip is hingedly mounted to the second side of the planar member for rotation about the hinge between a closed position substantially flush against the second side of the planar member and an open position substantially orthogonal to the second side of the planar member. In the open position, the clip is disposed for releasably mounting onto an elongate handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventors: Bradly A. Chretien, Alan Chretien, Michael Howard Boudreau
  • Patent number: 7213731
    Abstract: A cradle or hold-down for a vehicle-mounted equipment carrier, such as a bicycle carrier, includes a resilient support member interconnected with a rigid shell, in combination with a flexible retainer strap that is secured to a retainer base associated with the rigid shell. The support member defines a passage within which a support arm of the carrier is received, and the shell includes aligned openings through which the support arm extends. The support member includes engagement structure, such as a trough, which is configured to receive and engage the equipment supported by the carrier, e.g. the frame of a bicycle. The retainer base is formed integrally with the shell, and extends laterally from the shell so as to be offset from the engagement area of the support member. The retainer strap is fixed to the retainer base, such as by an interlocking T-slot arrangement interposed between the retainer base and the retainer strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Saris Cycling Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Clint D. Kolda
  • Patent number: 7165704
    Abstract: A bicycle fixing rack assembly includes a main frame, a plurality of X-shaped fixing plates, two pivot units, and a plurality of clamping units. Thus, the seat tube of the bicycle is clamped between the two clamping blocks of the respective clamping unit, so that the bicycle is fixed by the respective clamping unit rigidly and stably without detachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Yung-Sheng Lo
  • Patent number: 7153062
    Abstract: Provided is a vertically adjustable support device for scuba equipment, which attaches to the rear of a vehicle via a hitch receiver to allow the device to be raised or lowered to a convenient usage height for the diver. One implementation includes a vertical support tube that provides a rigid structural support for other components of the scuba tank holder apparatus to be joined to, a slideably joined holder carriage, and a hitch receiving member; in which a first end portion of the hitch receiving member is joined to a lower portion of the vertical support tube, and a second end portion is configured to be operable for being securely joined to a vehicle hitch, thereby structurally supporting the vertical support tube and associated components when joined thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Jaimie Joseph Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 7111764
    Abstract: A clamp assembly secures a first article to a second article. The clamp assembly includes first and second spaced-apart article holders adapted for engaging respective first and second articles. An elongated gear rack interconnects the first and second article holders. A pinion operatively engages the gear rack, and is adapted for moving the first article holder along the gear rack relative to the second article holder. A locking bar has a plurality of spaced teeth adapted for meshing with respective teeth of the gear rack in a locked position. The locking bar is moveable between the locked position and a released position. In the locked position, the meshing teeth of the locking bar and gear rack cooperate to prevent linear movement of the first article holder relative to the second article holder, thereby securing the first article to the second article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Nordman Corporation of NC
    Inventors: Robert F. Smith, Michael S. Richardson
  • Patent number: 7104430
    Abstract: A rack for securing wheeled vehicles, particularly bicycles, includes wheel-receiving wells for receiving the front wheel of the vehicle and contacting the wheel at least at two points. A wheel-engaging arm, pivotally mounted to the rack, is pivoted upwardly and is extensible outwardly against a biasing element. The arm is adapted to engage the wheel of the bicycle at least at a third point for securely holding the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Sportworks Northwest, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael K. Reeves
  • Patent number: 7044347
    Abstract: A bicycle carrier includes a wheel support arrangement and a stabilizer engageable with a bicycle wheel, for maintaining the bicycle upright. The stabilizer includes an inner section and an extendible and retractable outer section. The inner section is pivotable throughout a range of positions, including an operating position. A releasable engagement arrangement selectively maintains the outer section in a predetermined position relative to the inner section. The inner section includes an interlock, which prevents engagement of the releasable engagement arrangement other than when the stabilizer is in the operative position, to ensure that the stabilizer is engaged with the bicycle in a desired position relative to the bicycle. The interlock provides a sensory indication when the stabilizer is in the operative position, and includes a manual actuator disengaging the releasable engagement arrangement to move the stabilizer away from the operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Fabio Pedrini
  • Patent number: 6948645
    Abstract: An adjustable frame, mountable on a vehicle, for releasably securing hand trucks of different sizes and configurations includes: a support platform for receiving a base of a hand truck; a first and a second side member affixed to the platform; a first bracket and a second bracket attached to the first and second side members, respectively, the brackets extending in parallel therewith; an elongate swing bar pivotally connected to the first bracket and pivotal between a first position that retains the hand truck on the platform, and a second position, which allows access and removal of the hand truck from the platform; and a latch mounted on the swing bar. The second bracket may include a strike that engages the latch for releasably securing the swing bar in the first position. Cushioned crossbars attachable to the side members dampen vibration of the hand truck during transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Mickey Truck Bodies Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Pierce, Bill Snowa, Billie M. Bloodworth
  • Patent number: 6913286
    Abstract: An adjustable carrier for attachment to a vehicle which includes a holding member that has a first arm and a second arm with at least one aperture and at least one hook. The holding member further includes an intermediate base interconnecting the first arm to the second arm and a resilient strap having at least one opening used to restrain an object within or against the holding member. Means for interconnecting the holding member to the vehicle are also encompassed within the scope of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Kwik Tek, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Foster Kramer
  • Patent number: 6863198
    Abstract: An apparatus for the transport of a propane tank for filling includes a clamp assembly that is adapted for attachment to a portion of a sidewall of a pickup truck. A removable assembly is detachably-attachable with respect to the clamp assembly. The removable assembly includes a pivoting plate that is adapted to receive a bottom of a propane tank thereon, and a band assembly that is adapted to secure an upper portion of the propane tank. The pivoting plate is adapted to pivot upward for storage and the band assembly is adapted to pivot downward for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventor: Richard Wyland Darby
  • Patent number: 6854630
    Abstract: A combination bicycle car rack and work stand is provided. The device has one or more bicycle carrier channels to secure one or more bicycles, and a clamp assembly which can be oriented in a desired position in order to perform maintenance or repair on another mounted bicycle. The invention may be mounted to a vehicle, or may be mounted to a stationary base. If the clamp assembly is not in use, additional bicycles may be transported by removing the clamp assembly, and attaching a bike transport assembly which includes additional bike carrier channels. Enhanced structural support is provided on the support assembly of the device to ensure a strong and rigid connection with the hitch assembly of a vehicle. The clamp assembly is adapted to receive various sized components of a bicycle, and can be rotatably oriented with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventors: Evan R. Anderson, Ganya M. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6843395
    Abstract: A deer stand & gun carrier that includes structures for attaching guns and hunting stands and a bracket for securing the carrier to a carrying rack of an all terrain vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Martin, E. Carl Martin
  • Publication number: 20040238582
    Abstract: A ride ready vehicle-mounted bicycle carrier includes a pair of spaced apart wheel supports and a stabilizing member which is engageable with the bicycle, preferably with one of the bicycle wheels, at a location above the wheel supports. One of the wheel supports is in the form of a pair of spaced apart wheel engagement members which are pivotably mounted to a structural member associated with the carrier, and which are configured to grip the wheel so as to provide initial support for the bicycle on the carrier. The stabilizing member is in the form of a clamp arm mechanism having a base mounted to the structural member and an extendible and retractable arm having a wheel-engaging portion at its outer end, which can be moved into and out of engagement with the wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Fabio Pedrini
  • Patent number: 6786373
    Abstract: An adjustable frame, mountable on a vehicle, for releasably securing hand trucks of different sizes and configurations includes: a support platform for receiving a base of a hand truck; a first and a second side member affixed to the platform; a first bracket and a second bracket attached to the first and second side members, respectively, the brackets extending in parallel therewith; an elongate swing bar pivotally connected to the first bracket and pivotal between a first position that retains the hand truck on the platform, and a second position, which allows access and removal of the hand truck from the platform; and a latch mounted on the swing bar. The second bracket may include a strike that engages the latch for releasably securing the swing bar in the first position. Cushioned crossbars attachable to the side members dampen vibration of the hand truck during transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Mickey Truck Bodies, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Pierce, Bill Snowa
  • Patent number: 6783041
    Abstract: An apparatus to assist an operator in loading a bicycle onto a substantially vertical bicycle rack attached to an automotive vehicle, includes a base that attaches to the upper portion of the bicycle rack, and a substantially U-shaped hook, having one end that pivots at its base end and having another end that engages the inner rim portion of bicycle wheel when the bicycle is lifted into the proximity of the upper portion of the bicycle rack. The present apparatus and method of loading of a bicycle assists an operator in loading a bicycle by fully supporting the weight of the bicycle while the operator positions and secures the bicycle to the bicycle rack for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Ford, Noah Barlow Mass, Noel Ranka, Travis Steven Garland
  • Patent number: 6761297
    Abstract: A ride ready vehicle-mounted bicycle carrier includes a pair of spaced apart wheel supports and a stabilizing member which is engageable with the bicycle, preferably with one of the bicycle wheels, at a location above the wheel supports. One of the wheel supports is in the form of a pair of spaced apart wheel engagement members which are pivotably mounted to a structural member associated with the carrier, and which are configured to grip the wheel so as to provide initial support for the bicycle on the carrier. The stabilizing member is in the form of a clamp arm mechanism having a base mounted to the structural member and an extendible and retractable arm having a wheel-engaging portion at its outer end, which can be moved into and out of engagement with the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Fabio Pedrini
  • Patent number: 6736301
    Abstract: A support assembly, which is mounted on a vehicle for carrying bicycles thereon, comprises a first frame member, a second frame member, two retractable tube sets, four front wheel seats and four rear wheel seats. The retractable tube sets pivot their ends on said first frame member and said second frame member respectively such that angles between said first frame member, said second frame member and said retractable tube sets and a distance between said first frame member and said second frame member can be adjusted to make the support assembly of the present invention can be mounted on any type of vehicle. The front wheel seats and the rear wheel seats are provided at the first frame member and said second frame member respectively to put and secure the bicycles' wheels thereon. The front wheel seats are rotatable so that the front wheels of the bicycles secured on the front wheel seats can be turned to shorten the lengths of the bicycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Chin-Sung Huang
  • Patent number: 6695185
    Abstract: A vehicle equipment rack for being removably attached to a vehicle rear hitch includes a carrier having a generally question-mark shape. The carrier has a substantially-vertical rigid carrier post assembly with a rigid extension arm connected to the carrier post assembly extending first in a diagonal direction toward the rear of the vehicle and then outwardly away from the rear of the vehicle to an outer end portion of the extension arm where it is connected to an attachment assembly. In one embodiment there are multiple carriers, with the post assemble of each carrier being rigidly linked to a laterally-extending cross bar that has a common post assembly for rigidly linking the multiple carriers to the hitch member. The laterally-extending cross bar extends diagonal to the horizontal so that adjacent carriers are positioned at different levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: John D. Church
  • Patent number: 6648195
    Abstract: A carrier comprised of a holding member and an article support member. The holding member includes a tubing with a plurality of grooves lengthwise down the tubing. The article support member is coupled to the holding member. The article support member includes a tray and a collar. The collar is coupled to the tray and interlocks with the holding member in a plurality of angular orientations. The collar enables the tray to be rotatably adjusted with a slope in accordance with a selected angular orientation of the plurality of angular orientations. An integral locking mechanism allows an article to be locked to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Danik Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: James C. Morris, Lopin Wang, Donald E. Schlenker
  • Patent number: 6644525
    Abstract: A collapsible bicycle carrier has a base that is configured to fit a trailer hitch receiver on a motor vehicle. An upright frame is operatively connected to the base. A T-shaped member having a vertical upright body and a horizontal crossbar is connected to the frame. A substantially U-shaped carrying assembly having a pair of carrying arms at an open end thereof is pivotally mounted to the crossbar. A slide having a tab is slidably received on the upright body. A bracket is rotatably mounted at its ends to the tab and a closed end of the carrying assembly. A lock is provided on the slide for locking the slide in first and second positions. The carrying arms are in an extended carrying position when the slide is locked in the first position and in a collapsed position when the slide is locked in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: R. A. Allen Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander R. Allen, Richard A. Allen
  • Publication number: 20030201290
    Abstract: A rack assembly (100) for attachment to the back of a vehicle is disclosed. The rack assembly includes an upper retaining member (160) and a lower retaining member (180), the upper and lower retaining members being offset vertically and transversely, such that elongate gear, for example, skis or other sports equipment, will be oriented generally at an angle between about 20 degrees and about 70 degrees, near the rear of the vehicle. Protective sheaths (163, 183) may be provided to protect the retained gear. In one embodiment the upper and lower retaining members are removably attachable to a support assembly (120) that engages the hitch (92) at the back of a vehicle. In an embodiment of the invention, a plurality of upper and lower retaining members (220, 240) attach to a frame (204) disposed near the rear of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: Allsop, Inc.
    Inventor: Eivind Clausen
  • Patent number: 6626340
    Abstract: A load carrier for a bicycle including a load carrier frame adapted to be mounted to a transport vehicle. A bicycle support is carried upon the load carrier frame and is configured for engaging a bicycle at a position proximate a rotatable connection of a bicycle pedal crank assembly to a frame of the bicycle. A securement mechanism is coupled to the load carrier frame and adapted for releasably-engaging the bicycle pedal crank assembly of the bicycle for securing the bicycle upon the load carrier frame. In one version of the load carrier, the securement mechanism is a substantially J-shaped hook securable about the bicycle pedal crank assembly. The J-shaped hook being of conventional design, it includes a hooked end portion and a straight end portion. A biasing member may be optionally associated with the J-shaped hook for urging the hooked end portion toward the load carrier when a bicycle is being transported upon the load carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald J. Burgess
  • Patent number: 6575344
    Abstract: A bicycle rack for supporting a bicycle has an attachment mount member configured for coupling to a transport vehicle. A support assembly is connected to the attachment mount member and is configured to hold a wheel of the bicycle. A vertical support beam is connected at a first end to the support assembly. When the bicycle rack is used to transport a bicycle, the vertical support beam is stationary relative to the support assembly. A seat anchoring assembly is attached at a second end of the vertical support beam and is configured to hold a portion of a set of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Hollywood Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Nusbaum
  • Publication number: 20030102343
    Abstract: A combination bicycle car rack and work stand is provided. The device has one or more bicycle carrier channels to secure one or more bicycles, and a clamp assembly which can be oriented in a desired position in order to perform maintenance or repair on another mounted bicycle. The invention may be mounted to a vehicle, or may be mounted to a stationary base. If the clamp assembly is not in use, additional bicycles may be transported by removing the clamp assembly, and attaching a bike transport assembly which includes additional bike carrier channels. Enhanced structural support is provided on the support assembly of the device to ensure a strong and rigid connection with the hitch assembly of a vehicle. The clamp assembly is adapted to receive various sized components of a bicycle, and can be rotatably oriented with ease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventors: Evan R. Anderson, Ganya M. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20030089751
    Abstract: A bicycle carrier adapted to be secured to an article carrier portion of an existing vehicle article carrier so as to carry the bicycle supported thereon in a vertical orientation over a liftgate of a vehicle, and normal to an outer surface of the liftgate. The bicycle carrier includes a wheel supporting member for engaging one wheel of a bicycle when the bicycle is placed in a vertical orientation. A frame supporting assembly engages a portion of the frame to hold the bicycle to the bicycle carrier. The bicycle carrier permits a single individual to load and unload a bicycle from the bicycle carrier without being required to lift the bicycle up onto the roof of a vehicle. Since the bicycle is supported at an angle generally normal to the liftgate, visibility through the rear window of the liftgate is also improved when a bicycle is being supported on the bicycle carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventors: Donald L. Munoz, David J. Spolyar, Gerard J. Kmita, Brian E. Henderson, Dan Svenningsson, Claude K. Trambley, Brett J. Borella, Conde M. Gonzalez