Extensible And Knockdown Patents (Class 280/278)
  • Patent number: 10870458
    Abstract: A bicycle frame including a front portion configured to receive a front wheel assembly; a rear portion configured to receive a rear wheel assembly; and a connecting member connected to the front portion at a first connecting point and connected to the rear portion at a second connecting point, the first and second connecting points being spaced from one another along the length of the connecting member; wherein one of the front and rear portions extends towards and is connected to the other of the front and rear portions at a third connecting point to form a link; wherein the frame is configured so as to allow a distance between at least two of the connecting points to be adjusted; wherein adjustment of said distance increases or decreases the size of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Jennock Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Webster Lloyd
  • Patent number: 10870460
    Abstract: A vehicle is configurable between an expanded arrangement and a folded arrangement. A front wheel is rotatably and removably mounted in a front fork at a front axle. A front wheel quick release skewer configured to couple the front wheel to and decouple the front wheel from the front fork. A main frame has a head tube configured to receive the front fork and a seat tube distal therefrom. A rear wheel assembly includes a rear wheel carrier pivotably coupled with the seat tube and selectively coupled with the seat tube by seat stays. A quick release clamp is configured to enable selective pivoting of the handlebar relative to a steering tube about a pivot axis of steering tube hinge. A rear wheel carrier mount is provided to the rear wheel carrier and is configured for removable coupling of the front axle with the front wheel removed from the front fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Fook Fah Yap
  • Patent number: 10864960
    Abstract: A portable Double Folding bicycle comprising a front wheel, a frame assembly and a rear wheel, the frame assembly comprises a handlebar, a front frame, a crossbar assembly, a rear frame and a saddle, the handlebar is detachably connected to the upper end of the front frame; and the crossbar assembly comprises a front crossbar, a middle crossbar and a rear crossbar, the rear end of the front crossbar is connected to the front end of the middle crossbar through a first folder, the rear end of the middle crossbar is connected to the front end of the rear crossbar through a second folder, and the saddle is detachably connected to the rear crossbar, with the inclination angle of the first folder being 58°-62°, and the inclination angle of the second folder being 89°-94°. The present invention facilitates the bicycle dragging and improves the overall usability of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Foling Zhang
  • Patent number: 10800476
    Abstract: A vehicle for a person to ride on a ground surface includes a frame that has a front end and a rear end. The frame supports a seat on a top side of the frame and a steering mechanism proximate the front end of the frame for allowing the person to steer a front wheel. A frame extension has a front end pivotally fixed proximate the rear end of the frame and includes two rear wheels projecting laterally away therefrom. At least one of the rear wheels is coupled with a motor through a transmission to drive the vehicle. In use, the frame extension and rear wheels are pivoted forward to place the vehicle in a collapsed configuration for storage. To use the vehicle, the frame extension is pivoted backward to place the vehicle in an operating configuration. Preferably the motor and transmission are disposed between the two rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: John Suratana Thienphrapa
  • Patent number: 10723406
    Abstract: An elliptical bicycle comprises a structural frame including two stringers in opposing arcs, one upper and the other lower, a front wheel and a rear wheel driven by a crankset from its support platforms, as well as a steering box formed by fork, steering tube and handlebar. The elliptical bicycle has multiple hinges. The structural frame is provided with a set of main hinges, each applied to a bipartite stringer having an articulation at an approximate angle of up to 170°. A secondary hinge is applied in a bipartite steering tube of the handlebar having an articulation at an approximate angle of up to 180°. A set of tertiary hinges is applied between a crankset and support platforms of the user's feet, each of them having an articulation at an approximate angle of up to 90° upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Aruana Energia S/A
    Inventors: Brian Ray Brewer, Robert McKinnon
  • Patent number: 10717491
    Abstract: A scooter comprising a collapsible frame pivotally connected to a head stock assembly. A leg support is mounted on the frame. The head stock assembly comprises a handle bar stem having a wheel assembly attached at its lower end. There is a second wheel assembly attached to the frame assembly. The frame is collapsible to allow the scooter to move from an expanded, use position to a folded or collapsed position for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Robert E. Neville, Garrett R. Neville
  • Patent number: 10710669
    Abstract: A foldable fork of a bicycle, comprising a stem having a first end and a second end; a pair of prongs configured to receive an axle of a bicycle wheel; and a pivot having an axis that is angled with respect to the axle of a bicycle wheel when connected to the prongs, the pivot connected to the second end of the stem on a top section of the pivot and connected to the pair of prongs on a bottom section of the pivot. The top section of the pivot is configured to receive the bottom section of the pivot. When the bottom section of the pivot is rotated away from the top section, a wheel connected to the prongs is offset by a distance to a side of a frame connected to the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Valentin Jordanov Vodev
  • Patent number: 10647376
    Abstract: The flip-pivot bicycle is a collapsible bicycle, that can be folded by a new method, and belongs into the class of the bicycles foldable about two or more axes. The flip-pivot bicycle consists of a driving-frame-segment (1) comprising the driving-wheel (7), a steering-frame-segment (3), comprising the steering-wheel (6), and a central-frame-segment (2), which connects them. The central-frame-segment (2) and the driving-frame-segment (1) is connected by and can pivot above a pivot-axis (4), which pivot-axis (4) is perpendicular to the plane of the parallelly positioned wheels (6, 7), or forms an angle of maximum 45 degree with this perpendicular. The central-frame-segment (2) and the steering-frame-segment (3) is connected and can pivot by a flip-axis (5), which flip-axis (5) is in the plane of the parallelly positioned wheels (6, 7), or is parallel to this plane, or forms an angle of maximum 45 degree with this plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Ferene Molnár
  • Patent number: 10617591
    Abstract: A scooter comprising a frame pivotally connected to a head stock assembly. A leg support is mounted on the frame. The head stock assembly comprises a handle bar stem having a wheel assembly attached at its lower end. There is a second wheel assembly attached to the frame assembly. The frame is movable generally vertically and horizontally relative to the head stock to allow the scooter to move from an expanded, use position to a folded or collapsed position for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Pro-Motion Mobile Medical Marketing, LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Neville, Joshua Scott
  • Patent number: 10513304
    Abstract: A configurable cycle vehicle (10) has an adjustable frame (12) which is formed from a plurality of relatively configurable frame members (26, 28, 30, 32, 34), and which can be separately arranged in a first, upright riding condition, or alternatively in a second, recumbent riding condition. A method of conversion of a cycle vehicle between first and second riding conditions is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Designs (Jersey) Ltd
    Inventor: Wendy Thomson
  • Patent number: 10414458
    Abstract: A single-track scooter for transporting people is provided. The scooter includes a front wheel and a rear wheel (arranged one behind the other in the longitudinal direction of the scooter, a fork for holding and guiding the front wheel, a rear wheel mount and a frame formed in three parts. The frame includes a fork mount, a middle part and a rear wheel mount. The fork mount can rotate relative to the middle part about a first axis of rotation and the rear wheel mount can rotate relative to the middle part about a second axis of rotation, with the axes of rotation being arranged at an acute angle to the longitudinal axis of the scooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Udo Ochner, Robert Bobinger, Fabian Bachmann, Ernst Gruenwald
  • Patent number: 10377438
    Abstract: A bicycle frame assembly including a seat tube having first and second end portions (wherein the seat tube second end portion includes a bend and terminates in a first open end facing a first direction), a down tube having first and second end portions (wherein the down tube first end portion is mounted to the seat tube first end portion, and the down tube second end portion includes a bend and terminates in a second open end facing a second direction opposite to the first direction), and a top tube having first and second end portions (wherein the top tube first end portion is mounted to the seat tube second end portion and terminates in a third open end facing the first direction, and the top tube second end portion is mounted to the down tube second end portion and terminates in a fourth open end facing the second direction).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: PENSA LLC
    Inventors: Mark Prommel, Kevin O'Leary, Pil Ho Chung, Marco Perry, Thomas Mattimore, Thomas Callahan, Lisa Lehman, Otis Poisson
  • Patent number: 10336395
    Abstract: The invention discloses a novel rapidly foldable electric vehicle comprising a main beam, a rear wheel, a cross beam, a bracket and a forward/backward movable saddle, wherein a pin is arranged at a junction between a lower end of the bracket and the main beam, a supporting post is arranged at the lower end of the bracket, the bracket and the supporting post are rotatably arranged about the pin, an included angle of less than 180° is formed between the supporting post and the bracket, and a towing wheel is arranged at a lower end of the supporting post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CITY BOWMI INTELLECTUAL DRIVING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Li, Zerui Li, Jianming Zhu
  • Patent number: 10328984
    Abstract: A bike adapter includes a tube composed of an inner tube and an outer tube which is slidably mounted to the inner tube. Two sleeves are respectively mounted to the inner and outer tubes. Each sleeve has an engaging member so as to release the inner/outer tube from the sleeve corresponding thereto. Two catchers are respectively connected to the inner and outer tubes. Each catcher has a catch end which is coated by a coat. A connection portion is formed to the catch end. Two insertions each have a connection end coated by another coat and has a slot. The insertion is securely inserted through the sleeve. The connection portion of the catcher is detachably engaged with the slot in the connection end of the insertion when moving the sleeves along the tube to form an opening between each catcher and each insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KING RACK INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chiu Kuei Wang
  • Patent number: 10300978
    Abstract: In order to provide a foldable bicycle frame which can be folded to form a very small packing size on the one hand and also satisfies high stability requirements on the other hand, a foldable bicycle frame is provided in accordance with the invention, comprising a seat tube (1) for accommodating a seat post (2), an upper tube (3), a head tube (4), a lower tube (5), two chain stays (6) and two seat stays (7), wherein a first releasable locking mechanism is provided in order to connect, in an unfolded state of the bicycle frame, the seat post (2), the seat tube (1), the upper tube (3) and the seat stays (7) in a rigid and detachable manner to each other and to fix the position to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Schwaiger
  • Patent number: 10251467
    Abstract: A backpack support system has a frame, which is equipped with shoulder straps and preferably also a waist belt and which preferably inherently rigid so hat the loads that occur during use, the frame only flexes by inevitable amounts in the millimeter range by which any rigid body flexes when subjected to a load. A bike mount is fastened to the frame. The bike mount is embodied so that the bike, almost exclusively by its frame or frame components such as the rear fork can be fastened directly to the frame, i.e. without luggage or a pack compartment being situated between the bike and the frame in the points at which the bike rests directly against the frame. When properly fastened, the bike is thus affixed to the frame so that it cannot move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AFR ENGINEERING GMBH
    Inventors: Dominik Donhauser, Teresa Wimmer, Roman Setzmüller, Christine Overbeck, Felix Weinkauf, Ludwig Standl, Florian Ruhland, Andreas Funkenhauser
  • Patent number: 10150529
    Abstract: The present invention is a folding bicycle that folds along a vertical axis into a compact, free standing unit. Specifically, the present invention comprises a front frame assembly and a rear frame assembly connected at a hinge point. The method of folding the bicycle is quick and easy, resulting in a folded position wherein the front and rear wheels are near adjacent. An optional bushing assembly at the hinge point laterally separates the front and rear frame assemblies as the bicycle folds. The folded bicycle can be easily rolled while folded to another location. When stationary, the seat post and saddle act as a floor rest to keep the folded bicycle balanced in its upright position. The folding mechanism can be locked or unlocked using a remote wireless device, such as a mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Agustin Augustinoy, Eric Sevillia, Lucas Daniel Toledo
  • Patent number: 10149792
    Abstract: A surgical assembly (20) comprises a post (100) having a longitudinally extending axis (104), a support (56) for resisting movement of the post in a negative longitudinal direction, and a platform (70) offset from the support in a positive longitudinal direction. The platform includes an opening (82) through which the post projects. The opening includes a throat (86). The post has a first dimension which renders the post incapable of passing through the throat and a second dimension which renders the post capable of passing through the throat. Alternate embodiments in which the post can be removably engaged with the support and platform and disengaged therefrom without translating the post in the longitudinal direction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse S. Drake, Dustin T. Libby
  • Patent number: 10137955
    Abstract: A kick scooter includes an interconnecting member at a bottom of a deck; two links pivotably attached to two ends of the interconnecting member respectively; two biasing members in the interconnecting member and each having one end urging against one link; and a steering angle adjustment mechanism including a positioning member secured to the interconnecting member, an internally threaded member secured to the deck, an adjustment screw secured to the internally threaded member, a first bifurcation member disposed through a compression spring, the first bifurcation member having one end secured to the positioning member and the other two hooked ends secured to one end of the compression spring, and a second bifurcation member disposed through the compression spring, the second bifurcation member having one end secured to an end of the adjustment screw and the other two hooked ends secured to the other end of the compression spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Anita Wu
  • Patent number: 10053179
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foldable electric vehicle and a foldable vehicle frame thereof, wherein the foldable electric vehicle comprises a front frame adapted for being pivotally arranged on a vehicle body of a cycle, a back frame adapted for being pivotally arranged on a vehicle body of a cycle and an actuating arm arranged between the front frame and the back frame, wherein the actuating arm forms a front end and a rear end, wherein the front frame is pivotally arranged on the front end of the actuating arm, and the back frame is pivotally arranged on the rear end of the actuating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Onemile Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Chunlei Xie
  • Patent number: 10023254
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a scooter is provided and is movable from a substantially upright position for a seated user to a lowered position for a standing user. The assembly comprises a seat post and upper and lower mounting plates. The seat post comprises a center plate and side plates connected to opposite sides of the center plate with hinges. Tabs extending from the upper and lower ends of the side plates are mateable with corresponding slots in the upper and lower mounting plates. The upper mounting plate comprises a hinge that is connected to a top edge of the center plate and is attachable to the bottom of a seat. The lower mounting plate comprises a hinge that is connected to a lower edge of the center plate and is attachable to the rear of a foot deck of the scooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Stian Nilsen
  • Patent number: 9981714
    Abstract: A frame assembly is provided for a two-wheeled vehicle, in particular for a bicycle, including: a main frame, which has a head tube for connecting to a front wheel mount and a saddle connection for connecting to a saddle; and a drive-train swing arm pivotably connected to the main frame. The drive-train swing arm includes a wheel suspension for a rear wheel to be driven and a pedal-crank drive having a pedal crank for driving the rear wheel by muscle force of a rider. The pedal-crank drive is associated with the drive-train swing arm. The drive-train swing arm is pivotably connected to the main frame by a multijoint assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Robert Bobinger, Fabian Bachmann, Udo Ochner, Robert Loch
  • Patent number: 9969453
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product comprising: a bicycle with an integrated folding system comprising at least a main hinge feature in a frame comprising: a first frame component and a second frame component, wherein the first frame component and the second frame component are pivotally attached to each other; a cable which extends through the frame, wherein a first end of the cable is attached to a steerer tube and a second end is attached to a spring-loaded latch pin; and wherein in an unfolded position the spring-loaded latch pin extends between the first frame component and the second frame component which holds the frame together in the unfolded position, and wherein the spring-loaded latch pin is constructed and arranged so that when the main hinge feature is activated, the cable is lifted upward which pulls the spring-loaded latch pin out of the second frame component so that the frame folds together to a folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jess R. Bailie, Lawrence G. Cole, Brett Crockett
  • Patent number: 9963186
    Abstract: Allows a convenient, simple and compact folding, without requiring to remove any of the wheels, while occupying a minimal space in its maximum folded position. The folding bicycle (1) of the invention is characterized in that: the bar (11) has two articulation points (F1, F2), where each of said articulation points (F1, F2) has its own axis of rotation (A1, A2); the folding means comprise a pair of hinged attachments (110A, 110B), integrated in the bar (11) and connected to each of the articulation points (F1, F2); and where the pair of hinged attachments (110A, 110B) are separated from each other by a distance (D) in the longitudinal sense of the bar (11), at a position opposite to and facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: BHBIKES EUROPE, S.L.
    Inventors: Jose Luis Beistegui Chirapozu, Javier Cuñado Landa
  • Patent number: 9902453
    Abstract: A locking structure is applied to a folding frame. The folding frame includes a first frame and a second frame. The first frame includes a first hole. The second frame includes a second hole. The second frame can rotate relative to the first frame to fasten to the first frame. The locking structure includes a case, a first pivoting axis, a second pivoting axis, a fastening column, a connecting column and a third pivoting axis. The case includes a top, a bottom and a container. The first pivoting axis is pivotally connected to the bottom and the first hole. The second pivoting axis is pivotally connected to the second hole. The second pivoting axis includes a fastening groove. The fastening column is located in the container. The connecting column includes a connecting column first end and a connecting column second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: MOBILITY HOLDINGS, LIMITED
    Inventors: Joakim Uimonen, Eric Yi-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 9878758
    Abstract: A motorized foldable bicycle assembly is foldably collapsible from a ridable elongated, segmented four sectioned frame arrangement. The frame consisting of a front wheel support frame, a front frame, a mid frame and a rear wheel support frame, with a set of electronically controlled motorized front and rear wheels spaced longitudinal alignment, apart one on each end of the four-sectioned elongated frame arrangement. The frame sections are foldable into an unridable configuration wherein the front wheel and a displaced rear wheel are arranged in an aligned, side-by-side adjacent, tandem configuration controllably guided by a steering column supported handlebar motor speed and direction control arrangement. A bicycle-supported tilt sensor actuator is in communication with a control computer and a circuit electronically connected to a bicycle handlebar switch, to permit operator controlled non-riding, self-powered, electric-motor-engaged movement of the tilted, partially foldably collapsed bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: FTR Systems, Inc
    Inventor: Chunghsin Lee
  • Patent number: 9840303
    Abstract: A folding bicycle has a main-frame with a bottom bracket, crank, pedals, and a seat post. A front is attached to the main-frame by a front hinge having an axis parallel to the crank axis, and has a mono-fork suspension. The front frame rotates about the front hinge to a folded position wherein the mono-fork is behind the front hinge axis. A rear swingarm suspension has a rear sprocket and is attached to the main-frame by a rear hinge that preferably is coincident with the crank axis. The swingarm is of a single-stay configuration and is rotatable about the rear hinge to a folded position wherein the rear sprocket is forward of the crank axis. The main-frame may consist of left and right sidewalls spaced apart from one another, and the mono-fork lies at least partially between the sidewalls when the front frame is in the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Lutz, Jan Linsel, Kay Hohenboeken, Stefan Quiring, Markus Reith
  • Patent number: 9815513
    Abstract: The teachings provided herein are generally directed to compact vehicle drive mechanisms that can be used in the design of a foldable, carry-on vehicle. The compact drive mechanisms presented herein, for example, have contributed to the advent of the compact, carry-on bicycles set-forth in the teachings which include drive-and-steering units and drive-and-chassis units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MDM PRODUCTIVITY, INC.
    Inventor: Jon P. Moldestad
  • Patent number: 9776682
    Abstract: A foldable bicycle has a front assembly including a front frame member supporting a front wheel and a handlebar column. A rear assembly has a rear frame member supporting a rear wheel, a seat structure and a drive mechanism. A central joint interconnects the front and rear frame members to form an articulated main frame. The articulated main frame is pivotable about a pivot axis between an assembled state such that the front and rear wheels are coplanar in a first plane that includes a vertical axis and a longitudinal axis and a collapsed state such that the front wheel is laterally offset and adjacent to the rear wheel. The front assembly rotates towards the rear assembly about the pivot axis when the articulated main frame is pivoted from the assembled state to the collapsed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Gabor Gerencser
  • Patent number: 9604689
    Abstract: An apparatus, includes a first pair of brackets coupled to a first bicycle frame component, and one of the first pair of brackets has a radially-inwardly extending first protrusion. The apparatus includes a first gear component coupled to a second bicycle frame component, and the gear component is rotatably coupled within the first pair of brackets. The first gear component has a first set of recesses radially spaced from each other about a periphery thereof. The apparatus further includes a first clamping component engaging at least one of the first pair of brackets and selectively biasing the first protrusion into one of the first set of recesses to rotatably lock the first gear component with respect to the first pair of brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Robert George Thompson
  • Patent number: 9598133
    Abstract: Compact vehicle drive mechanisms are provided. These compact drive mechanisms, for example, have contributed to the advent of the compact, carry-on bicycles set-forth in the teachings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: MDM PRODUCTIVITY, INC.
    Inventor: Jon P. Moldestad
  • Patent number: 9580131
    Abstract: A foldable child's tricycle and a folding method thereof are provided, wherein the foldable child's tricycle comprises a body frame and a handlebar arranged in the front of the body frame; wherein the body frame includes a head tube, an upper connecting rod assembly, a lower connecting rod assembly, a push rod assembly, and a supporting rod; the upper connecting rod assembly, the head tube, the lower connecting rod assembly, and the supporting rod form a four-bar linkage; the push rod assembly is rotatably connected to the upper connecting rod assembly, and is fixed to or separated from the lower connecting rod assembly via a locking device; when folding, firstly unlocking the locking device; then pulling the push rod assembly upwardly such that the push rod assembly is separated from the lower connecting rod assembly; finally turning over the push rod assembly forwardly, and the folding volume thereof is small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Jiaxing Xiaohuzi Bike Factory Company Limited
    Inventor: Chunhua Wu
  • Patent number: 9580130
    Abstract: A bicycle may include a detachable head subassembly comprising a fork configured to support a front wheel, and handlebars connected to the fork via a stem at least partially disposed in a head-tube. The head-tube has a first attachment feature. The bicycle may also include a frame having a second attachment feature. The first and second attachment features cooperate to releasably attach the head subassembly to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William Paul Perkins
  • Patent number: 9580124
    Abstract: A bicycle seatpost assembly comprises a first cylinder, a second cylinder, a positioning structure, and a mechanical position informing structure. The second cylinder is configured to be telescopically received in the first cylinder. The positioning structure is configured to relatively position the first cylinder and the second cylinder such that a positional relationship between the first cylinder and the second cylinder is continuously adjustable within an adjustable position range of the bicycle seatpost assembly. The mechanical position informing structure is configured to inform a user that at least one of the first and second cylinders reaches a reference position. The reference position is defined between a maximum-length position and a minimum-length position of the adjustable position range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Toyoto Shirai
  • Patent number: 9561832
    Abstract: A foldable scooter is disclosed with two rotational connections to the steering column, and a fixing structure that maintains the frame elements fixed relative to each other and stable when riding. Once the fixing structure is disengaged, the frame elements are free to rotate relative to each other such that the scooter can be folded into a more compact dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jing He, Hongping He
  • Patent number: 9481419
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bicycle, with a bicycle seat assembly rotatably connected to the bicycle. Rotation movement of the bicycle seat assembly is possible, seen in the driving direction, to the left and to the right side and is independent of the steering movement of the bicycle. The axis of rotation of the bicycle seat assembly is arranged in front of the axis of the bottom bracket, seen in the driving direction, and the seating surface of the bicycle seat is arranged behind the axis of the bottom bracket, seen in the driving direction. The rotatable bicycle seat assembly enables an upright riding position by dodging the cyclist's leg pedaling downwards through a rotational movement. At the same time it supports the hip side of the other leg. The driver is supported by the bicycle seat even in the upright riding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Karsten Bettin
  • Patent number: 9475540
    Abstract: A handlebar attachment for use with an existing handlebar of a bicycle is provided. The handlebar attachment includes a curvature to provide a user with different hand placement positions to enhance rider comfort and safety. The handlebar attachment includes a bar member pivotably mounted to the existing handlebar of the bicycle, the bar member having a pair of symmetric halves continuously connected together, each symmetric half of the pair of symmetric halves having a plurality of bent sections continuously connected together. The bar member is designed to pivotably adjust relative to the existing handlebar to one of a plurality of locking positions to permit hands of the user to rest on any of the plurality of bent sections of the symmetric halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: John Gregory Demay
  • Patent number: 9457864
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product comprising a bicycle with an integrated folding system comprising: a first latch system in a stem of the bicycle; a second latch system in a headset of the bicycle; a third latch system in a frame of the bicycle; and wherein the first latch system, the second latch system, and the third latch system work simultaneously to fold the bicycle to a compact size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jess R. Bailie, Lawrence G. Cole, Brett Crockett
  • Patent number: 9428065
    Abstract: Provided is an automatic folding electronic car that is driven with power supplied from a battery and folded automatically including: a body portion to which a front frame and a rear frame are connected rotatably through a connection shaft and on which a support shaft is formed on an upper part of the rear frame so as to support the front frame from a rear side; a front wheel portion that is arranged on a front of the body portion and is provided with a pair of front wheels connected through a front wheel shaft and a braking means; a rear wheel portion that is arranged on a rear of the body portion and is provided with a pair of rear wheels connected through a rear wheel shaft and a driving means; a handle portion including a handle frame connected upright to the front wheel shaft, an operation panel arranged on an upper part of the handle frame and provided with a folding switch and a handle formed on an upper part and provided with an acceleration lever and a hand brake; a seat portion a front of which is c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: KC Motors Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won Dong Lee, Yong Joo Kim, Ki Won Lee, Kyoung Hoon Yoon, Tae Ho Kim, Chang Won Seo, Tae Hyoun Jang
  • Patent number: 9381973
    Abstract: An e-bike center module includes a substantially straight first center module connecting surface that is releasably connectable to a substantially straight front module connecting surface. A substantially straight second center module connecting surface is releasably connectable to a substantially straight rear module connecting surface. the center module is part of a bicycle frame when the first center module connecting surface is connected to the front module connecting surface and the second center module connecting surface is connected to the rear module connecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce Preston Williams
  • Patent number: 9359036
    Abstract: A bicycle frame includes a top tube, a head tube rotatably coupled to a forward portion of the top tube about a first pivot, a seat tube having an upper portion rotatably coupled to a rear portion of the top tube about a second pivot, and a chain stay rotatably coupled to a lower portion of the seat tube about a third pivot. The head tube and the seat tube each pivot between operating positions away from the top tube and storage positions substantially along the top tube, and the chain stay pivots between an operating position away from the seat tube and a storage position along the seat tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Robert George Thompson
  • Patent number: 9359035
    Abstract: A foldable bicycle is provided in its self-propelled use position in its folded-out state, for transporting and for storage in its folded-up state and in both its folded-out and folded up states has fixing components for maintaining the reliability of these states, and in its folded-up state it has significantly lower space demand as compared to its folded-out state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Gábor Gerencsér
  • Patent number: 9327791
    Abstract: A battery or mechanically powered, foldable, light two-wheel or three-wheel vehicle that is rapidly lockable and unlockable at two points. The vehicle includes an upper frame pipe consisting of two parallel parts, whose front end is connected to an upright element connecting the front wheel fork and the vehicle's handlebar with a certain length of the distal end of the upper frame pipe extending distally from under the saddle; a lower frame pipe consisting of two parallel parts, whose front end is connected to the upright element connecting the front wheel fork with the vehicle's handlebar, with the rear wheel or wheels located at the distal end; a support pipe consisting of two parallel parts between the saddle and the lower frame pipe, and extending below the lower frame pipe so that the lower end of the support pipe is equipped with leg supports. The vehicle has auxiliary transportation wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: STIGO OU
    Inventors: Matti Ounapuu, Rainer Nolvak, Ardo Reinsalu
  • Patent number: 9290229
    Abstract: A bicycle chain stay coupling apparatus includes a first bracket component coupled to a seat tube of a bicycle frame, a connecting component of a chain stay of the bicycle frame, and a coupling component encasing the connecting component and coupled to the first bracket component. The coupling component is relatively more elastic than the first bracket component and the connecting component, and the coupling component is positioned in series between the first bracket component and the connecting component with respect to a common axle of the first bracket component, the connecting component, and the coupling component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Robert George Thompson
  • Patent number: 9290228
    Abstract: A durable, full-sized, transformable bicycle that is capable of being comfortably ridden in outdoor or other rougher riding environments and that is capable of being transformed into a cart or the like capable of carrying heavy or awkward loads when transformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Jess Kitchen
  • Patent number: 9254884
    Abstract: A wheel converting mechanism for a child vehicle having a wheel includes an elongate body having a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion, wherein the third portion of the elongate body is configured to be coupled to the wheel of the child vehicle. The first portion and second portion are coupled together through a pivot joint that allows the second portion to pivot relative to the first portion about a pivot axis defined by the pivot joint. Additionally, the second portion and the third portion are coupled together through a swivel joint that allows the third portion to rotate relative to the second portion about a swivel axis defined by the swivel joint. A method of moving a wheel of a child vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Donald K. Jessie, Jr., Andrew Bean
  • Patent number: 9193414
    Abstract: A kick scooter at least includes a vehicle frame, an upright arm, a handle, a front wheel, left and right bearing bars, a flexible linkage mechanism, left and right rear wheels, and left and right footboards. The upright arm and the left and the right bearing bars are assembled to the vehicle frame. The handle and the front wheel are respectively mounted to an upper end and a lower end of the upright arm. The flexible linkage mechanism is coupled between the upright arm and the left and right bearing bars to provide the left and right bearing bars with swinging torques. The left and right rear wheels as well as the left and right footboards are respectively disposed at positions near rear ends of the left and right bearing bars. Centers of gravity of the left and right footboards are located between the left and right rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: HSIN LUNG ACCESSORIES CO., LTD
    Inventor: Cheng-Neng Fan
  • Patent number: 9187144
    Abstract: A vehicle configured for conversion between expanded and folded arrangements, includes a front frame assembly, a front wheel and a rear wheel assembly having a rear wheel carrier and a rear wheel coupled with the rear wheel carrier. A central frame assembly extends between the front frame assembly and the rear wheel assembly. A forward hinge coupling enables relative pivoting of the front frame assembly and the central frame assembly about a front frame pivot axis extending at an acute angle relative to a rear vertical transverse plane and at an acute angle relative to a horizontal plane orthogonal to both a rear vertical longitudinal plane and the rear vertical transverse plane. A rearward hinge coupling enables relative pivoting of the central frame assembly and the rear wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Fook Fah Yap
  • Patent number: 9174692
    Abstract: A foldable mobility device includes a chassis assembly, a steering assembly rotatably coupled to the chassis assembly, a seat assembly coupled to the chassis assembly through a first folding mechanism configured to convert the seat assembly between a first folded position and a first unfolded position, a front wheel assembly coupled to the steering assembly and configured to be rotated by the steering assembly for steering the foldable mobility device, and one or more rear wheel assemblies coupled to the chassis assembly through a second folding mechanism configured to convert the one or more rear wheel assemblies between a second folded position and a second unfolded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Acton, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Treadway, Janelle Wang Treadway, Enoch Morishima, Jason Hill
  • Patent number: 9114843
    Abstract: A collapsible cycle for use by a rider over a terrain surface comprises a frame having front and rear portions and a seat attached to the frame. A front wheel is rotatably attached to a steering member, the front wheel rotatable in a first plane about a primary axis, and the steering member being pivotally attached to the front frame portion for rotation about a secondary axis orthogonal to the primary axis. A user-operable steering mechanism is coupled to the steering member. A rear wheel is rotatably attached to the rear frame portion and rotatable in a third plane about a tertiary axis. A drive mechanism is operatively coupled to the front and/or rear wheel. The cycle is collapsible from an erect riding configuration to a collapsed configuration by repositioning the front and rear wheels into mutually closer proximity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: PROJECTGARLIC LIMITED
    Inventors: Grant James Ryan, Peter Lloyd Higgins, Caleb Peter Smith